Holy Cross Catholic Primary School

Outstanding Catholic School(Nov 2015
Diocese of Clifton)

Governor Profiles

Mrs Hryb Len

Mrs Margaret Hryb - Vice-Chair of Governors

Mrs Hryb is a Foundation governor and also our Chair.  She is a civil servant specialising in finance and planning and links in school with Miss Stewart.  Her two daughters attended the school and she is passionate about supporting catholic education to enable children to achieve the very best outcomes. She is an active member of St Peter’s parish and links with the childrens’ liturgy.

Mr Len Mochan

Mr Mochan is a Foundation Governor within the school.  He currently works as a Tax Specialist and links with Mrs Ouldridge.  He says " I enjoy the challenge of putting in place processes for pupils to attain their best and assess these to ensure levels are maintained.  I also enjoy the Catholic Ethos which is demonstrated throughout numerous policies, teaching and activities adopted by the school."  His three sons all attended this school 


Father John

Mr O'Neill

Canon John Cunningham

Canon John is currently the Parish priest of Holy Rood and has been since 2012.  He has been a Foundation Governor from 2013.  His background is :-

A native of Trowbridge and on leaving school worked for Lloyds Bank for 14 years.  Ordained 1992 he became the Assistant Priest in Taunton, Parish priest in Matson and Taunton.  As Chaplain to Holy Cross he enjoys being a Governor, looking at the Catholic Ethos and how the school can meet the needs of each individual pupil. 

Mr Keiran O'Neill 

I have had a long connection with the school having attended it when it was first opened. My two children were also at the school and my wife is the school SENCO. I have retired from the RAF after spending over 25 years as an Engineer. I enjoy the challenge of this new role and look forward to being able to put something back into the community. Presently I am employed as a Civil Servant at MOD Lyneham teaching helicopter structural repairs to REME students.


Mr Christian


Mrs S D'Costa

Mr Robin Christian

I first started teaching here at Holy Cross (formerly Holy Rood Junior) in September 1996. Having spent five years teaching Year 4 and 5, I ‘transferred’ to Year 6 where I have remained ever since in a teaching capacity during which time I became the Deputy Headteacher. These past twenty years have allowed me to become fully immersed into the culture of the school and its ever increasing diversity is something that I value strongly. The sense of a true catholic community has always pervaded the school and it is this that has inspired a deep commitment from me. Serving on the governing body is something which allows me to help shape the school’s future but also to paint a picture of how well our children are achieving and attaining. I have a daughter currently enjoying her time in Year 5 while my outside interests include supporting Stoke City, half-marathon running, all things railways and collecting Ladybird books.

Mrs Sheila D'Costa

Mrs D'Costa is a HLTA in school.  She is a Foundation Governor and links with Mr Forrester.  She enjoys being a Governor because she is part of a successful team that encourages children and nurtures their development.  She has worked in the school for seven years and her youngest son attended this school. 


Mrs Holliday

Mrs Holliday - Chair of Governors

I am a Foundation Governor at Holy Cross and link with Mrs Rutherford, Mrs O'Neil and Miss Evans - with responsibility for Safeguarding, Special Educational Needs and English as an Additional Language. Our 3 children attended the school and very much enjoyed their time there. My working life has been in the field of clinical psychology and I am actively involved in Holy Rood Church - particularly in music, liturgy and the pastoral parish council.

Mrs Julia D’Souza


Currently I am doing my Level 2 TA course in Swindon College and doing some voluntary hours in Holy Cross School as well as in Holy Rood Church as a catechist for communion preparation children. I am pleased to take the role of the Parents’ Governor and serve the school in all possible ways. I am very familiar and impressed with the schools supportive and friendly atmosphere because my two sons are studying in the school.