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Inspirit - St Thomas More Teaching School

St Thomas More Teaching School

Meet The Team

We are proud to introduce you to our team here at Inspirit. If you would like to get in touch with any of the Inspirit members listed below, you can do so here via the website or by calling 01234 400222.

Bernadette Grimley, Director of Inspirit Teaching School I am the Deputy Head Teacher of St Thomas More Secondary & 6th Form and took on the role of Director of Inspirit in April 2019.

Tony Bishop, Executive Principal of Bedford Catholic Schools I work with and support all schools in our trust including Inspirit. We are very proud that our trust includes a Teaching School. We deliver high quality professional development for schools in both local and surrounding areas. If you are looking for support tailored to your needs, which can have a real impact in your school - Inspirit will deliver.

Cathy Piotrowski, Director SFAAT and NLG  I have been a Foundation Governor for the Bedford Catholic Schools since 2008 and am now a Director for the St Francis of Assisi Academies Trust. I am also the Lead Governor for both the St John Rigby Primary and St Thomas More Secondary local governing boards. I became a National Leader of Governors in April 2016 and work with the Teaching School in this role to promote effective governance in the region.

Frances Topa, Strategic Project Leader for the Academy Trust Previously Head teacher of St Gregory’s Middle School with many years of experience in the secondary sector as Deputy Head Teacher at St Thomas More. As a Local Leader of Education I have been involved in school to school support both within and beyond the Local Authority. I am also a Section 48 Inspector and have undertaken work for the Diocese of Northampton.  I am delighted to be working with the Teaching School.

Angela Bamford, Teaching School Events and Administration Manager.


At Inspirit we offer you the chance to collaborate and learn alongside our highly skilled practitioners. Be part of an outstanding school.