Nine Mile Ride, Wokingham, RG40 3AT


Telephone: 01344 772427


Inspiring and nurturing young hearts and minds



Martin Gater  I   Headteacher

I started teaching in 2002 and since then have worked in schools in Wokingham and Bracknell Forest. I am passionate about teaching and learning and the fact that we are all continuously learning. However, in order for children to learn they need to feel happy, valued, safe and secure. 

I am married with a young child, who is starting school this year. That is all very exciting but does present its own worries too, as I am sure you will all understand. I am a big football and rugby fan and love going to watch live sporting events. I even went to a cricket match in the summer! I also enjoy going to the theatre, cinema, travelling, reading and relaxing with my family.

Heather Barnes   I   Deputy Head, Year 6 teacher

I have been teaching at Saint Sebastian’s since Jan 2001 and have a passion for teaching (especially Maths). Initially, I started by doing a job share and have built up to being Mr. Rouse’s deputy. Being a Mancunian, means I support the superior team in Manchester, not the one supported by Mr Rouse. In addition to teaching I have a fourteen year old son who attends St Crispin’s and on his INSET days offers his IT skills in Year 6. My achievements outside school have included running the New York Marathon and performing at Wokingham Theatre. It is a joy to see how well the children who attend St Sebastian’s thrive, both academically and emotionally. This is reinforced by the fact, many of our ex pupils and parents still visit and keep in regular contact with the school. I still believe our school ethos sets us apart from many other schools.

Des Nightingale   I   Foundation Stage Coordinator, KS1 lead

I’ve been a teacher for over 20 years. I am currently head of Key Stage One and teach the Reception class. Other responsibilities include Science and EAL coordinator. I have a degree from Exeter University in Classical Civilisation and a PGCE (teaching certificate) from Durham University. I have recently achieved a National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership. I have taught at St Sebastian's School for 9 years and have experience teaching in other schools including Our Lady's Preparatory School in Crowthorne and Watford Girl's Grammar School in Watford. I have been married for over 25 years and have four wonderful children, twin girls aged 13 who attended St Sebastian's School, another daughter aged 23 and a son aged 25. We have two guinea pigs named Poppy and Peppa and a large tank of Tropical fish. I enjoy cooking, tennis, racket ball and reading.

Brigid Delaney   I   SENCO & Inclusion Manager, Year 1 teacher

I am originally from Co. Kildare Ireland and proud of my roots, having moved here 10 years ago. I am working in Saint Sebastian’s CE Primary since 2007. I recently completed an MA in Education in Reading University, studying Special Education Needs and Inclusion. I am our school SENCO and Inclusion teacher, including safeguarding. I love music and studied music as my initial degree in Dublin, qualifying as a music and history secondary school teacher in 1999. I play violin and harp and love working with various classes teaching music throughout the school, including our thriving school choir, which we proudly take to various external venues to perform. In my spare time, I love playing my violin, reading and watching rugby.

Tom Millward   I   Assessment coordinator, Year 5 teacher

I have been teaching at Saint Sebastian’s since I qualified from Kingston University eight years ago. I am currently the Year 5 class teacher and my whole school responsibilities include: Curriculum Lead for English and Geography, Assessment and Staff induction and Mentoring.

After being born in Germany and spending a couple of years living in Cyprus, I spent the majority of my childhood in the local area and attended St Crispin’s Secondary School.

During the last year, I become the proud father of a baby girl, Amelia. For my sins, I am a keen follower of Bolton Wanderers Football Club. 


Richard Handy    Computing coordinator, Year 3 teacher

I started teaching in 2005, and have worked in a number of Maidenhead and Bracknell schools.  Before realising teaching was where I should be, I worked in engineering and telecoms for the airline industry, which enabled me to spend my single years in interesting parts of the world.  

I am now married, with two teenagers and an energetic eight-year old boy, who is very annoyed with me for not moving him to St. Sebastian's!  I spend most of my spare time with my family; camping, sailing, cycling, playing cricket, or just enjoying family life at home (mowing, painting,  shelf-fixing...)


Fiona Hardman  I  Year 2 teacher 
I have been a teacher for over 20 years and have worked in Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Essex, Cambridgeshire and Buckinghamshire. I moved to the area 2 years ago although it feels like coming home since I trained in Reading and grew up in Buckinghamshire. I have two lovely girls one who has just left Saintt Sebastian’s for secondary school and one who is still here!  Outside of school I enjoy gardening, reading and a bit of yoga! 

Nichola Johnson  Year 4 teacher, PE Co-ordinator

I'm quite a ‘newbie’ to teaching as I took some time out after graduating from Winchester University so that I could explore some different parts of the world – the problem being, that I forgot to come back from my travels initially!
Since then, I have used my experiences and resources of working abroad, especially teaching in The Gambia, to enrich and inspire many children's minds as well as build on their curiosity for exploring the world they live in. 

I have an energetic lifestyle that sees me playing hockey numerous times a week as well as swimming and cycling when I can. If I'm not helping to run a hockey club, or playing hockey myself, then you'll either see me creating something artistic for my home or the classroom or with my nose jammed into a book so I can continue to expand my world without leaving the room. I'm looking forward to joining everyone at Saint Sebastian's and seeing how my time here will unfurl...

Amanda Wright   I  PPA Teacher

Before teaching I worked in marketing analysis, having graduated from Bournemouth University and I then went on to spend thirteen years in IT recruitment, moving into a position in HR within a large IT services provider.

After having my two children, I decided to do something I had always wanted to do and teach! I trained at Reading University in conjunction with working at Saint Teresa’s Catholic Primary School in Wokingham. I joined Saint Sebastian’s in 2014 having spent two years at a primary school in Bracknell,  firstly as a full time Reception teacher and then moving onto Year One.

I currently cover the Planning, Preparation and Assessment (PPA) time for teachers in Reception, Year One and Five and work on a part time basis. This is a fantastic opportunity to spend time with children in KS1 and KS2 and means my job is very varied which I love.


Sheilagh Lord      I  PPA Teacher

I began my teaching career in 2001, after graduating with a degree in Social Studies from Trinity College Dublin in 1995, moving to England and working with adults with special needs for several years before doing my PGCE in St Marys University in Twickenham.

I have taught in a variety of Primary Schools in London Boroughs, mainly Lambeth, Newham and Southwark. Since I moved to the area in 2010, I took a break from teaching to care for and bring up my two lovely children, who are now in Primary School. I am now covering some classes for Years 4 and 2 and the children (and staff) are great! My friends and family have all commented how my passion for teaching has been reignited and I have a bounce in my step! I pride myself on never giving up and have high expectations for myself and the pupils I teach.

On my days off, I spend a lot of time with my family, doing DIY, going to the children’s various activities and socialising with friends. I love going to live music and festivals, as well as visiting our family who live all over the world! I love nature and have been to about 30 countries, many of them more than once, trekking, diving and taking thousands of photos! You may see me at Clubbercise or out walking for exercise, so if you see me break into a run cheer me on - running is my next challenge!


Office Staff

Mrs Julia Mead
Mrs Kelly Bradley
Mrs Jo Ralley-Shawley

Support Staff

Mrs Lucia Bennett
Mrs Hilary Carless
Mrs Debbie Carter
Ms Sara Chisholm
Mrs Lucie Dunn
Mrs Jill Gardener
Mrs Sandra Renshaw
Mrs Aisha Rizwan
Mrs Ruchita Srivastava
Mrs Diana Sivertsen
Ms Beata Tworek
Mrs Julie Wilson

School Business Manager
Finance Administrator
School Secretary