Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School is blessed to have an experienced and dedicated Governing Body who work tirelessly to ensure that our children receive a high quality education in an environment that develops them spiritually, socially and academically. The Governors bring many educational, legal, financial and spiritual skills together so that we have a secure leadership structure overseeing the running of the school.
Our Governors play a very active part in the life of our school and they work closely with Mrs David and the rest of the staff to make sure…
Please read the short biographies below to learn a little more about your school Governors.
For a number of years I have supported the parish as a Eucharistic minister and reader at Mass. I have broad experience of Catholic education through the headship of two Catholic schools and working at the Diocesan Education department. In addition I have worked as a school improvement adviser for a local education authority combining this with Ofsted inspection. My three children attended Catholic schools and I am committed as a governor to help the school continue to provide the excellence and whole child formation for which our Catholic schools are renowned.
Canon Sean Grady, Foundation Governor
Vice Chair of Governing Body
Vice Chair of Catholic Life Committee
Responsibility for HT Performance Management
RSE and Catholic Ethos Link Governor
On behalf of the Governors of Our Lady of Lourdes, I would like to offer you a very warm welcome to our school. I am privileged to be the Vice Chair of a hardworking, dedicated Governing Body, which works as a team with our children, staff and parents. The Governors role is to ensure that not only does the school provide the best possible education for our children, but that it also provides a caring, loving atmosphere where everyone is valued. As a Catholic school, we are keen to support the Head Teacher and staff in promoting Christian teaching and values that will enable our children to develop into young adults who will enrich our community and society.
I have been a Catholic teacher for 26 years and at a senior level of school leadership for 16 of those. I have been a Governor at 4 schools in that space of time and the contribution of Governors to the wellbeing, leadership and successful development of a school cannot be underestimated. I am privileged daily to work with this group of Governors, who are not only committed to strategic leadership as their role requires but also to the development of holistic Catholic Education and what that looks like for the children and families of OLOL
Deacon Tim Anthony, Parent Governor
Chair of Finance and Resources Committee
Safeguarding and PREVENT Link Governor
Single Central Record Reviewer
Computing & New Technologies Link Governor
Health & Safety Link Governor
I have been a Parent Governor since 2005, during the time in which my three children have attended the school. It has been an absolute pleasure to watch them and their classmates grow into confident, well-rounded individuals, ready to meet the new challenges of secondary education. To my mind, this is what Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School does best.
Together with academic progress, the "twin thread" of spiritual formation is at the heart of what we provide for each pupil. As a secondary school teacher myself, it is always easy to identify those children who have been given a firm foundation to their faith. The partnership between Our Lady of Lourdes School, the parish and the home is the essential basis for this, and I am always very proud of the children in their commitment to the Faith and charitable works.
Mrs M Healy, Parent Governor
Finance and Resources Committee
Science and STEM Link Governor
I have been involved with Our Lady of Lourdes Primary school for the past 9 years as a parent of 4 children, my eldest just leaving last year. I am passionate about Catholic Education and the development of the whole child. As an OLOL parishioner and, pre-Covid, one of the Sunday Liturgy Leaders, I have experienced OLOL children eloquently speaking about their faith and their personal duties and responsibilities. This has reflected how they are developing spiritually through the school and the home. Through my own children’s’ experiences, I have seen how nurturing the OLOL staff are and how many opportunities the children are given to flourish. As parents we want our children to be academically at their best, but being happy, confident and socially responsible is just as, if not more, important. I take my role as a Parent Governor very seriously and will dedicate all I can to ensure the school keeps moving forward by being self-reflective and looking at how it can best operate for the good of the children and families it serves.
Mrs Anna McGlone, Foundation Governor
Chair of Catholic Life Committee
Vice Chair of Performance & Standards Committee
Catholic Life and RE Link Governor
I have been a foundation Governor since April 2014 and a parishioner for the last 13 years with 2 children currently attending Our Lady of Lourdes School. I have worked at a Girls Catholic secondary school for the last 14 years which is both interesting and rewarding ensuring the pupils have a safe and practical environment to learn in. As the link Governor for R.E I am privileged to help support and develop the important link between the school community and Our Lady of Lourdes Church in all its aspects of catholic life. It is very encouraging to see all the work that staff, parents and governors do to strive to develop and maintain the high standards at the school. What is paramount, is that every child is safe and has every opportunity to learn and develop both academically and spiritually.
Mrs Kathleen Price, Foundation Governor
Responsibility for HT Performance Management
Performance & Standards Committee
English & PSHEE Link Governor
My appointment as Foundation Governor at Our Lady of Lourdes School commenced in March 2017. I have been a parishioner of Our Lady of Lourdes for thirty-seven years and have served as a Eucharistic Minister in the parish for twenty years. I am a retired Head teacher of a Catholic primary school, therefore I feel I can use my experience of teaching and leadership in helping and supporting the school in continuing to move forward. I am delighted to have this opportunity to serve the school and parish in the role of a governor.
Mrs Maisie Greavy, Foundation Governor
Finance and Resources Committee Member
EYFS Link Governor
This is my second term of office and I am in my ninth year as a governor at Our Lady of Lourdes School. I am on the Finance and Resources Committee and I am the EYFS link governor. I am married, am a mother and grandmother and I live in the parish. Having retired from teaching after many years in the school I have a well-established educational knowledge in all areas of teaching and learning. I visit the school as often as I can and enjoy meeting with the staff, children and parents and where needed, I am always willing to lend a hand. I am enjoying my experience of school governance and working with others as part of a team, making sure that our children have access to an education of the highest standard. It is very pleasing to see what we have achieved so far and I look forward to continuing our hard work to ensure that every child will be given a great head start in life both academically and spiritually at Our Lady of Lourdes School.
Mrs Ann Carbery, Foundation Governor
Performance and Standards Committee Member
Maths & More Able Pupils Link Governor
I have been a Foundation Governor since 2001, at which time I was a new parent to Our Lady of Lourdes School. As a Catholic teacher myself, it is extremely important to me that our children have the best opportunities to grow and flourish, both personally and academically and it is a great privilege for me to be able to work alongside the board of governors and staff to ensure this continues to happen. As maths is a subject that I personally enjoy, it is an honour to work alongside a very well-informed and dedicated subject leader in my role as Maths Link Governor. It is amazing to see the progress that our children make and the distending levels of support that are available to those that need it.
Mrs Lesley Loughran, Staff Governor
Performance and Standards Committee Member
Arts (Music, Art & Design, Design & Technology) Link Governor
Hello. My name is Lesley Loughran. I have worked at Our Lady of Lourdes school for almost 25 years and the school is very much part of my everyday life. I have been involved with the Governing Body for 18 years and have in that time built up extensive experience and knowledge of Health and Safety and how the school is run on a day to day basis. I am currently a staff Governor working within the Performance and Standards Committee. I support all the staff where I can and my passion is seeing the children in our school striving to work towards their individual potentials. In my position as a HLTA and governor I am lucky enough to see our children go through their school journey and hopefully I have some influence in making their journey successful.