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, and have 2 cats and 1 dog. I am a big football and rugby fan and love going to watch live sporting events. 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 St Sebastian’s since January 2001 and have a passion for teaching (especially Maths). Initially, I started by doing a job share and now I am the Deputy Head. My achievements outside school have included running the New York Marathon and performing at Wokingham Theatre. In my spare time I enjoy cooking, going to the theatre and I regularly volunteer at local park runs. 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.

Brigid Cook   I   SENCO & Inclusion Manager, Year 1/2 teacher

I am originally from Co. Kildare Ireland and proud of my roots, having moved here 13 years ago. I am working in Saint Sebastian’s CE Primary since 2007, which provides a nurturing and caring family to enable all pupils to reach their potential emotionally and academically.

I  completed an MA in Education in Reading University in 2014, studying Special Education Needs and Inclusion. I am our school SENCO and Inclusion teacher, including safeguarding deputy. I love playing music and studied music as my initial degree in Trinity College Dublin, qualifying as a music and history teacher before realising my true passion was primary teaching. 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, cooking, watching rugby and spending time with my family and friends. I enjoy travelling and exploring new places. I recently married in May 2018 and am enjoying every minute!

Tom Millward I Assessment & Standard Leader, Year 5 Teacher

I have been teaching at Saint Sebastian’s since I qualified from Kingston University nine years ago. I am currently the Year 5 class teacher and my whole school responsibilities include: Curriculum Leader for English and Geography, Assessment, Pupil Premium as well as Initial Teacher Training 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 couple of years, I became the proud father of two daughters, Amelia and Isla. For my sins, I am a 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 12-year old boy, who is missing 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 R/1 teacher, EYFS Leader
I have been a teacher for many years working in many different counties and in many different year groups. I joined St Sebastian's in 2016.  I have two lovely teenage girls both of whom came to St Sebastian's and who have now moved on to Edgbarrow.  Outside of school I enjoy gardening, reading and a bit of yoga! 

Amy Kite  I  Year R/1 Teacher 

I have been teaching since 2005, working in a large primary school in Earley. I have taught Reception, Years 1, 2 and 3 and have enjoyed each age group for different reasons. I have joined St. Sebastian’s teaching one day a week in year 2 and have worked part time for the last few years since becoming a Mum to three children. They keep me extremely busy but in any spare time I do have I enjoy reading and going for afternoon tea!

Leanne Fildes  Year 4 teacher, PE Co-ordinator

I have been teaching since 2006, previously in a small school in South Buckinghamshire before I went traveling to Australia and then I was at my last school (which was a lot larger) for 8 years. I love being in the classroom, trying to think of creative ways to engage the pupils in their learning.   

I have a son of my own, who loves to talk, and a very handy husband who likes technology (and fixes things for me when I break them).

I have a passion for sport, whether it's spectating or participating, although I can get slightly competitive! I currently play for Finchampstead Netball Club and I think our Netball Commonwealth Gold was the most exciting thing I have watched in sport for a while (that's including having to hide behind a cushion to watch England's penalty shoot out in the World Cup)!

Office Staff

Mrs Chloe Frankilin
Mrs Kate Rail
Mrs Jo Ralley-Shawley


Support Staff and Lunchtime Supervisors 

Mr Ray Cox

Miss Lucie Dunn

Mrs Jill Gardener

Mrs Sandra Renshaw

Mrs Aisha Rizwan

Mrs Julie Wilson

Mrs Debbie Carter

Miss Vicky Yarnton

Mrs Daniela Costin

Mr Andy Gorham 



Operations Manager 
Finance Administrator
School Secretary