The Trust is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Patrick Caldwell as the new Headteacher of Sacred Heart Catholic Secondary School.

Dr Patrick Caldwell

I was born and brought up in Gloucester, attended St. Peter’s Catholic High School and Sixth form centre before leaving to study for my Masters degree in Chemistry at the University of Warwick. Following that my degree took me into postgraduate study at York University where I gained my PhD in inorganic chemistry.

My teaching career started in Ripon Grammar school, North Yorkshire where I taught Chemistry and developed my passion for getting the very best from pupils. After that, I moved to St John Fishers, Harrogate as Head of Chemistry. Leading a department and all the challenges that brought, spurred me on to move into senior management which led me to Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School, Leeds as an assistant headteacher and later to the deputy headship.

Moving to take up the headship at Sacred Heart is a wonderful opportunity which realises my desire to lead a fantastic Catholic school and secure for its children the same opportunities and encouragement that I received in my own life.




The Trust is delighted to announce the appointment of Mrs Louise Dwyer as the new Headteacher of Trinity Catholic College.

Mrs Louise Dwyer

I was born and brought up in Stockton-On-Tees where I attended Our Lady & St Bede’s Catholic Secondary School and Stockton Sixth Form, before leaving to study a degree in Theology and Politics at the University of Newcastle.  Following my degree, I began my teacher training at the University of Durham.

My teaching career started in St Robert of Newminster Catholic School & 6th Form, Washington where I taught Religious Education and later became Head of Department and qualified as an Advanced Skills Teacher.  Supporting other colleagues to get the very best out of the young people they teach is a real passion of mine and led me to move into senior management.  In 2013 I took up an Assistant Headteacher post at The James Hornsby School in Essex where I led teaching and learning and was later promoted to Senior Deputy Headteacher and a Specialist Leader of Education.

Moving back to the North East and taking up the position of Headteacher at Trinity Catholic College is a real honour and privilege.  As a parent myself I understand how important education is in shaping our children and offering them the very best opportunities. Therefore, I aim to lead the school through the eyes of a parent and ensure that every child at Trinity Catholic College is given the Catholic education, care, and guidance that I would expect for my own child.



We are delighted to announce the appointment of Mrs Angela O’Brien as the new Lead Lay Chaplain of Nicholas Postgate Catholic Academy Trust.

Mrs Angela O’Brien

I have always been passionate about encouraging young people and those who work with them to put faith into action. My career has been focused on this since I graduated from my degree in theology at Birmingham University and started my career in education as an RE teacher working in the Manchester area.

Alongside my teaching, I became an active member of the Young Christian Workers. I became regional president in Salford Diocese and then acting national secretary before I went to work as a development worker for the movement. Here I had the privilege of working with many young people across the country empowering them to make real changes in their own lives and those of their local communities by using the see, judge, act method to put faith into action in their daily lives. I also worked with the adults who supported these young people to train them in the vision of the YCW that young people can be leaders in life.

Following this, I went to St Dominic’s Sixth Form College in Harrow on the Hill as Chaplain. Here I have worked to support the students and staff to explore faith and the impact it can have on their lives. I have also been very involved in the core programme and have co-ordinated this for the past two years.

I am very much looking forward to working with students and staff of the Nicholas Postgate Catholic Academy Trust to continue their journey as a faith community.



We are delighted to announce the appointment of Mrs Angela White as the new Senior Standards Officer of Nicholas Postgate Catholic Academy Trust.

Mrs Angela White

Angela began her teaching career 20 years ago in Catholic education. During this time, she has held previous roles as an Advanced Skills Teacher, Specialist Leader of Education, Subject Leader and Senior Leader.

Angela has significant experience at senior level, both in schools and local authority, to raise standards, enhance teaching and learning and ensure outstanding governance. She has wide experience of working with and supporting other schools ranging from those which are outstanding to those in more challenging circumstances. Angela is committed to the Catholic ethos of the Trust and has significant experience of working in Catholic education.

She is a practising Ofsted inspector for both primary and secondary phases. Angela has substantial knowledge of all areas of school accountability including leadership at all levels and governance. As a governor herself, she understands the importance of this role when offering support and challenge.

Her desire to support and collaborate with others has always been a passion, leading and delivering CPD locally and regionally.

Angela passionately believes all children should have the highest quality of education and has high standards and expectations of what they can achieve.

Angela fully believes in working with people and building strong relationships built on trust and honesty as well as providing challenge and rigour. Working together for the best interests of the children and communities we serve is a key philosophy of hers.