Academy Committee

The aim of the Academy Committee Representatives of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Primary School (which is part the St Nicholas Owen MAC) is to work together with the Principal, the Vice Principal and all the staff on operational matters in the school in order to support the children at the school to achieve their full potential in a happy, caring, Christ-centred environment maintaining at all times the Catholic ethos.

The key elements in achieving this aim are to:

  • Preserve and develop the ethos and character of a Catholic School and the academy through high expectations of everyone in the school community including fundamental British values of democracy (rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs).
  • Ensure strong links within the Parish are maintained to ensure children and their families are given the opportunity to deepen their faith building on the knowledge and values taught at the school.
  • Monitor the performance and progress of all the children at the school.
  • Work with all the staff to help them to teach and care for all our children in the most effective manner.
  • Ensure that the resources of the school are best utilised, in consultation with the Principal.
  • Plan with the Principal to guarantee that the overall performance of staff, children, and hence the school, continues to improve in all aspects.

To enable the Academy Committee Representatives to achieve these objectives, the Academy Committee is made up of key groups within the school- parents, staff, the Church and the community. The Foundation Academy Committee Representatives are appointed by the Diocese, whilst the parent and staff representatives are elected. All representatives serve for a term of four years.

The Academy Committee meets each term; at which time they focus on specific activities such as: finance and budgeting implications, curriculum, staffing, admissions, premises and health and safety. Individual members of the Academy Committee bring valuable experience and skills which are utilised to ensure the community of Our Lady Of Fatima School continues to be happy, caring and successful whilst benefiting from the wider community of the Multi Academy and the Church.

The Academy Committee, whilst responsible for operational matters takes overall direction from the St Nicholas Owen Catholic Multi Academy Company Board of Directors and as such, communication and links are put into place to ensure that there is cohesion and clarity among and between all of the schools within the Catholic Academy. We also welcome views from our parents and supporters. If you would like to get in touch with me at any time, please contact the Senior Office Manager at the school.

Dr Lorraine Cemm

Academy Committee 2016/17

Name Type of Member Related to any Employee
Dr Lorraine Cemm Foundation Representative, Chair of the Academy Committee, Safeguarding Lead Academy Representative  
Mr Kieran Keegan Foundation Representative, Vice Chair of the Academy Committee  
Mrs Clare van Vliet Principal  
Mr D O’Connor Staff Representative, Vice Principal  
Mr Stephen Rollason Non-teaching Staff Representative, Building Site Manager Married to Mrs K Rollason (Cleaner)
Mrs K Bowater Foundation Representative Sister of Mrs G Wakeman (TA)
Mrs I Byrne Foundation Representative  
Mrs M Hooper Foundation Representative  
Mr K McGuinness Foundation Representative Brother-in-law of Mrs J McGuinness (Teacher)
Mr Stephen Rogers Elected Parent Representative  
Mrs Helen Walsh Elected Parent Representative
Ms Joanna Murgatroyd Clerk to the Academy Committee

Committee Member Profiles

Mrs Kathy Bowater

Being a former pupil of Our Lady of Fatima and then many years later a parent of two children who also attended this wonderful school, I have very strong links to both this school and the parish community it serves. It is therefore an honour for me to now to serve as a Foundation Academy Representative for Our Lady of Fatima School. As well as being a busy parent, I have over 30 years experience in the banking industry, currently working in Corporate Banking and achieving a BSc Honours in Banking and Finance.

Mrs Irene Byrne

I was invited to become a Foundation Academy Representative during the Autumn Term 2014, just before the school became part of the Multi Academy Company. I am an active member of Our Lady of Fatima Parish, serving as a Eucharistic Minister, data secretary for the SVP Conference. I am also a member of the church Finance Committee and assist at the church fetes and bazaars. I recently retired after 35 years in Quality Control in the aerospace industry. Recently I became Link Governor for Training and for the Creative Curriculum.

Dr Lorraine Cemm

I have attended Our Lady of Fatima Church for many years. I have the privilege of being both a Eucharistic Minister and Reader. I became a member of the Governing Body of the school ten years ago and since that time have served on various committees. As a mature student I trained as a teacher and taught primary children for 23 years; within that role I became a Senior Leader. I have always valued education and as such continued my own studying to graduate as Doctor of Education and since retiring I now work for Birmingham City University supporting trainee teachers. I find the role of Academy Representative both challenging and rewarding. I feel blessed to be part of the team guiding children to achieve their full potential.

Mrs Marea Hooper

I am a retired primary school teacher who worked in Early Years through to Key Stage 2. I taught for many years at Our Lady of Fatima Primary School and my children attended the school. I currently work at the school as a cover teacher as required. I support Father Seamus with the Children’s Liturgy at the 11.00 am Mass on Sundays at Our Lady of Fatima Church. As a Foundation Representative of the Academy Committee, I regularly have the privilege of listening to the children’s views and sharing in their learning. I often attend school events, where I enjoy meeting parents and grandparents, getting to know them and having informal chats with them. Within the school, I work particularly closely with the Inclusion Leader and the RE Co-ordinator, as I am the Link Representative for SEND and Religious Education. Having previously held similar responsibilities to these teachers, I am in a position to assist them in their role of promoting and further developing a wonderful school experience for children and their families.

Mr Kieran Keegan

I have two sons; my eldest son attended Our Lady of Fatima School and is now studying at Hagley High School; my youngest son still attends Our Lady of Fatima School. I became a Foundation Academy Representative because I feel very grateful to the school for all they have done for my children and I wanted to give something back to Catholic education with my time and efforts. I work in the IT industry, employed by BT, for the past 25 years.

Mr Kevin McGuinness

I have been a Governor / Academy Foundation Representative for approximately 10 years at Our Lady of Fatima School. My two daughters were fortunate to attend our wonderful school and by supporting the school in this way, I feel that I have the opportunity to "put something back into the school and Catholic education" as a small thank you for the excellent education my daughters received. I am the Regional HR Director for Kärcher and am responsible for the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

Ms Joanna Murgatroyd

I am clerk to the Academy Committee. I am also the Senior Office Manager at the school. Previous to this I held various support roles at Bournville School, and have 17 years of retail management experience.

Mr Daniel O’Connor

I am currently the Vice Principal at Our Lady of Fatima and have worked here for five years. As well as my role as Vice Principal, I am one of the Designated Senior Leads for Safeguarding, with additional responsibility across the school for E-Safety, Assessment, Mathematics and Computing. Prior to this I worked as a teacher of Business Studies and ICT at Bishop Challoner Catholic College.

Mr Stephen Rogers

My daughter currently attends Our Lady of Fatima School. My son left the school in July 2015. I work for the Department for Education, dealing with exams and qualifications, and previously I worked on the revision of the Maths and Science policies. I was involved in redesigning the National Curriculum and looking into new approaches to teaching Maths.

Mr Stephen Rollason

I have worked at Our Lady of Fatima School for 17 years as a Building Site Manager and have been a representative on the Governing Body/ Academy Committee for over 10 years. I also serve on the Health & Safety and Admissions Committees. I previously worked in the building trade as a qualified carpenter and joiner for over 20 years, which helps in the day to day running of a busy school, including leading and assisting in many various projects.

Mrs Clare van Vliet

I have been a primary school teacher for over 30 years across EYFS and both Key Stages and have spent the last 20 of these years at Our Lady of Fatima School. I was originally appointed as a class teacher, then a Senior Leader, Deputy Headteacher and am currently very proud to be the Principal of this successful catholic school. It is a real privilege to come to school every day and work together with the children and families of this community. I believe that learning needs to be relevant and exciting, so that all of our children experience the pleasure of achieving both academic and personal success. Being happy, safe and secure in school enables all children to have the very best start to their education.

Mrs Helen Walsh

I enjoy being a stay at home parent which I have been for the last eight years. I have two daughters, both of whom currently attend the school. Previously I worked in the motor trade as an after sales administrator. I feel very privileged to be a Parent Representative for Our Lady of Fatima School as it is so friendly and welcoming.