Who are we?
Chair of Governors, Foundation Governor, Governor for Kingfisher Class - Year 5
Sandy joined both the Governing Body and was appointed Chair of Governors in September 2014 although he had been a governor previously from 2005 to 2010 but had lived in Belgium in the interim. He also sits on the Board of Directors of Plymouth CAST.
Vice-Chair, Community Governor, Governor for Puffin Class - Year 2
Michelle started as a Parent Governor 10 years ago. She believes passionately that all children should reach their full potential with all Governors having a fundamental role in helping them to achieve this. Michelle attempts to visit the school once a week. She is approachable and always willing to talk. Please feel free to contact Michelle through the school if you wish to know any more.
Foundation Governor, Lead Governor for RE and Catholic Life, Governor for Eagle Class - Year 4
Di is a former Headteacher and has been a Governor at Our Lady's for several years. Di has a grandchild at the school.
Di is the lead governor for RE and Catholic Life.
Parent Governor, Lead Governor for Parents and the Community, Governor for Swallow Class - Year 6
Sarah joined us as a parent governor in November 2018. Sarah is a lecturer at a local FE college and firmly believes that an excellent start in primary education goes a long way in helping children achieve to the best of their abilities. Sarah wanted to become a governor to help ensure that every child within the school receives that excellent start in their learning journey. She has two children who attend Our Lady's School.
Fr James Barber
Fr. James Barber is the Assistant Priest of the Parish of the Immaculate Conception, Barnstaple. Fr. James was appointed Foundation Governor in November 2019 and also operates in a chaplaincy role within the school in connection with the parish. He comes from Plymouth, converted from Atheism in 2008 before reading Theology at Heythrop College, London. Fr. James completed his formation for the priesthood at the Venerable English College, Rome where he completed a diploma in Philosophy, a second degree in Sacred Theology, and a Licence in Moral Theology. He was ordained to the priesthood in June 2019.
Rob started working at Our Lady's School in 2004 as a supply teacher. He has since held various roles within the school, Class Teacher, Head of PE, Assistant Headteacher. Rob became the Principal in September 2015.
Clerk to Governors
Claire is our Clerk to Governors. If you have any governor enquiries or would like to contact any of the governors please email Claire at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning the school on 01271 345164 during school hours.
Foundation Governor, Lead Governor for SEND, Governor for Robin Class - Reception
Geraldine became a Foundation Governor in June 2016. She is the Governor with responsibility for SEN and regularly attends our School Council Meetings.
Geraldine is a retired headteacher with vast experience in behaviour and special educational needs.
Geraldine is the lead governor for SEND.
Parent Governor, Lead Governor for Health and Safety, Governor for Barn A Bs Pre-School
Matt has been a Parent Governor since 2014 and has two children attending the school. Since commencing as a Governor he has found it rewarding helping the school to flourish for the benefit of the children.
Matthew is the lead governor for Health and Safety.
As a year 6 teacher, and Assistant Principal, Diane is committed to striving for the very best for our pupils so they each achieve their own individual potential. Diane enjoys working alongside the governing body for the benefit of our whole school community. Diane became a staff governor in September 2015.
Staff Governor, Governor for Heron Class - Year 1
Cathy has been a Staff Governor since 2017 and is the Manager of our Barn A Bs Pre-School. Cathy is a mother of four children, so she bases the principles of her work, on how she would want her own children to be treated. She believes children should be treated with respect, kindness and they should be valued for their own unique character. It is a great blessing and joy to work with the children and families in Barn-a-b’s, and Cathy is happy to champion the early years in Our Lady’s Governing Body.
Foundation Governor, Lead Governor for Safeguarding
As a practising Catholic (still in training) Simon was appointed as a Governor in September 2015. Simon graduated from DeMontfort University, Leicester with a DIPHE in Youth and Community Work and a BA (Hons) in Applied Social Sciences. Simon has been a professional Youth Worker and Manager for over 17 years, having worked directly with children and young people and managing three district council areas in Devon. Simon currently works ‘freelance’ as an Investigating Officer regarding allegations made against employees and grievances. Simon’s two teenage children attended Our Lady’s.
Simon is the lead governor for Safeguarding.
Foundation Governor, Lead Governor for Statutory Grants, Governor for Owl Class - Year 3
Married to a former teacher and with a daughter who is engaged to a teacher, he has a keen interest in education. He was educated at St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Comprehensive in Swindon, before reading law at Oxford University. He then trained as solicitor and has served for many years as a trustee of diverse charities . Vernon was appointed as a Foundation Governor in January 2018 and is the lead governor for statutory grants.