Foundation Governor appointed by Westminster Diocese. Chair. Currently on School Improvement Committee. No pecuniary interest. No relatives on staff.
I have been fortunate to spend over 38 years of my professional life in Catholic Education. From 1993 until 2012 I was Head Teacher of The John Henry Newman School in Stevenage, North Hertfordshire. It was a post which I loved and valued; I was very proud that the school was recognised as outstanding and one of the highest achieving schools nationally in the last Ofsted Inspection before my retirement. That retirement has taken on new challenges; I was fortunate to be invited to lead a Jesuit secondary school and was delighted when that school achieved a good Ofsted report whilst benefitting from significant investment in the school environment.
As a parent and grandparent, I recognise the importance of the trust that parents place in our school when they choose to send their child to Pope Paul Catholic School. It is a trust that we work hard every day to honour and fulfil. We want our pupils to be safe, happy and successful, to grow in an understanding of themselves, of each other and of their faith. It is a journey we embark upon in full partnership with our parents and as active members of our vibrant parish. We fully understand that a Catholic school must first and foremost be a good school and that only then can we be a good Catholic school. Our recent uplifting and very good Ofsted report is evidence of our determination to ensure that we achieve this; we want the very best for and from every one of our children as our school community embarks on an exciting future.