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St. Felix Catholic School

St. Felix
Catholic School

Governors

A message from the Chair of Governors

Welcome on behalf of the Governing Body for St Felix RC Primary School. The school is part of Our Lady of Walsingham Catholic Multi Academy Trust.

We are delighted to welcome you to our website which we hope provides all the necessary information to parents and visitors about how our school is run and the aims and expectations we set ourselves.

As a part of the Trust, our Local Governing Body is made up of Foundation Governors (who are appointed by the Diocese), Staff Governors, and Parent Governors. We are entrusted with ensuring the school is well run and promotes the best outcomes for each child.

The Governing Body’s key duties include: setting and reviewing the curriculum, responsibility for standards, receiving the school budget and reviewing progress against it and setting and implementing the admissions policy. The Governors also act as a critical friend to the school by supporting and challenging Mrs Clark / Mrs Dodds and their staff to ensure that the teaching and learning standards are high and that all pupils make good progress in a safe, engaging and rich learning environment.

In addition, the Foundation Governors on the Governing Body have a legal duty to preserve and develop the Catholic character of the school and to ensure that the school is conducted in accordance with the vision and values of the Multi Academy Trust.

We hope our website answers many if not all of your questions, but the school is always happy and willing to answer any additional concerns or queries you may have.

The Governing Body is made up of 6 foundation governors, 2 parent governors, 1 staff governor, and the headteacher. The information below gives a brief description of the background and skills of our current members of the Ste Felix Governing Body.

Andrea Dodds

Head of School

Appointed: 1st September 2018

Term of Office: Ongoing

Other Responsibilities: None

Register of Interests:
Member of staff

Former member of staff at St. Louis Catholic Academy

My career in teaching began in 2009. I have worked exclusively in the Catholic education system, successfully fulfilling roles as Class Teacher, Subject Leader, Senior Leader, Deputy Headteacher and currently as Head of School.

Prior to teaching I worked clinically as a midwife but chose to train as a teacher once I had my own children and have found this much more fulfilling, particularly in a Catholic setting. I have worked in the Diocese of East Anglia and Diocese of Westminster.

I have had subject responsibility for a variety of subjects but my real passion is Religious Education which I have led successfully in both of my previous settings.

I became Head of School at St Felix in September 2018

Tracy Anderson

Staff Governor

Appointed: 1992

Term of Office: 4 years

Other Responsibilities:

None

Register of Interests:
Member of staff

I am the Staff Governor for St Felix School. I have served on the governing body for nearly twenty years and I enjoy representing the staff views. I have been a teacher at St Felix since 1992 and have seen many changes in the school and education. I am the Leader of Key Stage One, working with and leading two teachers and six teaching assistants.  I am also responsible for leading Science in the school and I am the E safety Lead (part of Safeguarding).

I am married with one daughter who attended St. Felix, St. Louis Middle and St. Benedict’s Upper School. She now attends university.

Magalie Cooper

Parent Governor

Vice Chair

Appointed: 2019

Term of Office: 4 years

Other Responsibilities: Health and Safety

Register of Interests: Parent

Born in France, I have been living in the UK since 2002. I originally came to refine my English after graduating in Hospitality Management with three foreign languages (English, Italian and Spanish). I am passionate about Learning and Development – individual and team-based – I work as a Bursar in a Cambridge theological college and manage a medium-sized team (just under 50 people). I chose to further my education whilst working with the Open University and graduated in 2017 in Modern Languages Studies (English-French) and qualified last year as Associate for the CIPD with a Certificate Level 5 in Human Resources Management. I believe we can learn something every day and we should be excited about the various opportunities ahead of us and our children. I live in Haverhill with my husband and our three children, I am step-mum to two wonderful young adults (21 and 16) and mum to one very energetic little boy (6). My main concerns are in the quality of teaching and curriculum for our children whilst growing within a Catholic community.

I am supporting the Chair of the governing body as his vice-chair and advising the governors on Health and Safety matters

Victoria Eccleston

Parent Governor

Appointed:
January 2020

 

Term of Office:
4 years 

Other Responsibilities: SEND

Register of Interests:
None

I have been working as an Internal Auditor for Local Government for 12 years. I have experience of auditing schools, as well as Local Authority financial and operational systems.  I have lived in Haverhill for seven years and enjoy being part of the local community. My two daughters were born in 2014 and 2016 and by being a Parent Governor I hope to help the school continue to teach and develop all pupils to reach their full potential.

Michael Bradshaw

Chair

Foundation Governor

Appointed: 1st November 2019

Term of office: 4 years

Other Responsibilities:

  • Named Safeguarding Governor

Register of Interest: None

This is my first term of office as a Governor.

I have three young grandchildren. Who attend school in Essex.

I am a member of the Parish Council of St Felix Church.

I have a financial background in both Banking and Building Society’s.

Auditing, IT Management and HR.

Currently I am a Business Analyst based in the UK for a global IT Software provider, supplying Payroll, HR and Accounting solutions.

I am looking forward to my period of tenure and the challenges ahead.

Carole Fairbairn

Appointed: September 2019

End of Governance: 23/09/2020

Term of Office: 4 years

Register of Interests: 

 

 

The below is an overview at the time of Carole’s governance:

Carole has been associated with St Felix in the past and re-joins the Governing Body as a Foundation Governor bringing expertise in SEND

Wendy Lashmar

Foundation Governor

Appointed: November 2019

End of Governance: 31/10/2023

Term of Office: 4 years

Other Responsibilities:  Pupil Premium, Sports Premium

Register of Interests: 

Previous Headteacher

 

I was a teacher for thirty-three years in West Suffolk schools, fifteen of those were in leadership as headteacher. I have an education degree and an advanced diploma in children’s language and literacy. I am now retired but am still keen to be involved in education.

I play the organ at St. Felix church and am interested in music and children’s literacy learning.

I have a long history with St. Felix School as a teacher, headteacher, parent and now grandparent and it is a real privilege to serve this community in my role as governor.

Fr John Warrington

Foundation Governor

School Chaplain

Appointed: October 2020

Term of Office: Ongoing

Other Responsibilities: RE

Register of Interests: Foundation Governor at St Benedict’s Catholic High School, Bury St Edmunds Parish Priest of St Felix Catholic Parish, Haverhill

I am the local Parish priest of St Felix Catholic Parish in Haverhill and the school chaplain to St Felix Catholic School.

I am a Catholic priest of the Diocese of East Anglia and was ordained a priest in 1993. As a priest I have worked in parishes and schools in Bury St Edmunds, Peterborough, Ipswich and now Haverhill. I also worked in Poringland as Bishops Secretary to Bishops Peter Smith and Michael Evans.

I have many years of experience as a Foundation Governor and school chaplain in many of our Catholic schools in the diocese.

Before I trained for the priesthood I worked as a trainee Quantity Surveyor in Norwich and for Sainsbury’s before that.

I was born in Cambridge and grew up mainly in Norwich where my parents still live.

I was appointed as Parish Priest of St Felix Catholic Parish in October 2020

Huw Williams

Foundation Governor

Appointed:
March 2012

 

Term of Office:
4 years

Other Responsibilities:

RSE

Register of Interests:
None

Permanent Deacon in the parish, I have been a foundation governor for some years.

My children attended the school. 

I have been a sixth form science teacher in Cambridge but have retired from teaching.

Previously lived in South Africa where I lectured in Agriculture and Nature Conservation – teaching and training game rangers.

Maciej Zielinski

Foundation Governor

Appointed:
June 2018

Term of Office:
4 years

 

Other Responsibilities:

Register of Interests:
None

This is my second term as Foundation Governor at St Felix Roman Catholic Primary School. I am married with two kids. Both of my children attend St. Felix primary school. I have 4 years of experiences working as a Foundation Governor for the school. Last year, I took up the role of the Vice-Chair of Governors for St. Felix supporting the school. During that time, I have undergone an extensive training programme called “Development for Chairs” which was sponsored by the Department for Education. Recently, I have been appointed to the role of the Co-Chair for the St. Felix Governing Body. Currently, I work as Continuous Improvement Manager for a multinational corporation based in Essex. My professional experience includes business transformation, team building as well as change and project management.

Governor Meeting Attendance 2019-20

Governor Meeting Attendance 2018-19

Governor Meeting Attendance 2017-18