The aim of the Local Governing Body of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Primary School (which is part the Emmaus 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:
To enable the Local Governing Representatives to achieve these objectives, the Local Governing Body is made up of key groups within the school- parents, staff, the Church and the community. The Foundation Local Governing Body Representatives are appointed by the Diocese, whilst the parent and staff representatives are elected. All representatives serve for a term of four years.
The Local Governing Body 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 Local Governing Body 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 Emmaus Academy and the Church.
The Local Governing Body, whilst responsible for operational matters takes overall direction from the Emmaus 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.
Mr Matthew Higgins
|Name||Type of Member||Appointed||Term in Office (until)|
|Mr M Higgins||Foundation Governor, Chair||28-Jan-21||27-Jan-25|
|Foundation Governor, Vice Chair|
|Mr D Simmons||Principal||01-Jan-21||31-Dec-25|
|Dr A Morris||Foundation Governor||08-Jul-22||07-Jul-26|
|Father Long||Foundation Governor||28-Jan-21||27-Jan-25|
|Mr M Leese||Staff Governor||29-Oct-21||28-Oct-25|
|Mrs Melanie Jat||Parent Governor||31-Mar-21||30-Mar-25|
|Mrs Joanne Chapman||Parent Governor||31-Mar-21||30-Mar-25|
|Full Name of Governing Body Member||Status||Date of Appointment/Re-Appointment||Term of Office||Date stepped down||Appointment||Attendance 2021-22||Attendance 2022-23||Pecuniary Interest||Details|
|Matthew Higgins||Foundation||28/01/2021||4 years||DES & Board of Directors||6 of 6||2 of 2||Y||Sister-in-law is Parent Governor|
|David Simmons||Foundation||01/01/2021||Ex-Officio||n/a||6 of 6||2 of 2|
|Father Long||Foundation||28/01/2021||4 years||DES & Board of Directors||5 of 6||2 of 2|
|Melanie Jat||Parent||31/03/2021||4 years||Elected by Parents||5 of 6||1 of 1|
|Joanne Chapman||Parent||31/03/2021||4 years||Elected by Parents||5 of 6||0 of 1|
|Michael Leese||Staff||October 2021||4 years||Elected by Staff||4 of 6||1 of 1|
|Andrew Morris||Foundation||08/07/2022||4 years||DES & Board of Directors||2 of 2|
|Lorraine Cemm||Foundation||October 2018 *||4 years||15/10/2021||DES & Board of Directors||5 of 6|
|Marea Hooper||Foundation||October 2018 *||4 years||15/10/2021||DES & Board of Directors||6 of 6|
|Irene Byrne||Foundation||October 2018 *||4 years||15/10/2021||DES & Board of Directors||5 of 6|
* Served since October 2014
I have two daughters at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Primary School and I am passionate about providing them with the support required alongside the fantastic education they receive. I am fortunate to have a longstanding relationship with the school through close relatives who have previously attended the school and whose children continue to do so. I have been employed for 25 years by Scottish Widows and work with Heads of Business to ensure that appropriate advice, discussions and behaviours are consistently used with customers. I am highly motivated and dynamic and my employment role requires me to have strong engagement in all business matters. I am also an active member of the school’s PTA and relish the opportunity to offer my skills and experience to further support and challenge the school.
I am an Associate Professor in Mathematics at the University of Birmingham. I attended Catholic schools in Australia and have a longstanding passion for education. I have worked in mathematics research and teaching at universities in the UK and the USA since 2010. My research concerns the mathematical analysis of wave propagation in rough geometric environments. I became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2017. I am also the Link Governor for English and Physical Education at Our Lady of Fatima.
I am the Principal at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Primary School. I have a variety of roles as Principal: I am the Lead Designated Senior Lead for Safeguarding, with additional responsibility across the school for Online Safety, Assessment and English. Prior to this I worked as a Deputy and Acting Headteacher at St Francis Xavier Primary School and as a teacher at St Philip's Primary School.
I was born and grew up in a village in the South of Vietnam. After finishing my studies at SaiGon University I became a qualified teacher in 2001. In 2002 I was accepted for the priestly formation for the Diocese of Vinh Long and I spent 3 years in the Seminary. In 2005 I was accepted by Archbishop Vincent Nichols to come to the UK in order to complete my seminary formation. I came to England in January 2006 and I finished my training, as a deacon in summer 2013, then the Archbishop sent me to St Joseph's in Malvern and ordained me on 19th March 2014. I took up my first post as an Assistant Priest until 2015. In August 2015, I had served over 3 years as an assistant priest in Ss Mary and Modwen, Burton on Trent where I sat on the board of Governors at the Primary school. In August 2019, I was appointed the parish priest to Our Lady of Fatima. Currently, in addition to my role as a parish priest and I also serve as foundation governor of the parish school, Our Lady of Fatima.
Having previously attended Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Primary School as a pupil, I am now very proud to be the school's Vice Principal. Within this role, I have a variety of different responsibilities: I am the school’s SENCo and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead, with additional responsibility across the school for the Creative Curriculum and Behaviour.