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Governors' Pen Portraits

Fr. A. Austin

Fr Alex Austin is parish priest of St Gregory’s Stratford and has also served as parish priest in Studley and Pershore. He is a Benedictine monk and taught art and R.E. in the monastery school at Douai for fifteen years as well as serving as school chaplain, a housemaster and novice-master. He has degrees in Social and Political Science, Theology and Christian Spirituality.


Mr. Chris Billings

Chris Billings has been an associate Governor at St. Gregory's school since April 2017. He has been teaching in secondary Catholic education for 12 years and is currently Head of School at Bishop Ullathorne Catholic School in Coventry. Chris has two children at St. Gregory's in year 1 and year 4.


Mrs. M. Caffrey

Mel Caffrey has been the Deputy Headteacher and SENCO at St Gregory's since June of 2013. She has a degree in Business Information Systems, a Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Education and the Post-graduate certificate in SEN coordination. Mrs Caffrey currently teaches Year One on Mondays and Tuesdays and Year Three on Fridays. She also teaches in Reception, Year Five and Year Six providing management release time for members of the senior leadership team. Prior to taking up her post at St Gregory's Mrs Caffrey worked in Primary Schools in Bromsgrove and the Wyre Forest in Worcestershire. She sits on the Curriculum and Pupil Welfare Committee.


Mrs D. Hunter

Dani Hunter has been teaching GCSE Science and A Level Chemistry since 2010 in a range of secondary schools, mainly in Wiltshire and Warwickshire. As a Head of KS3 within Science, she has a particular interest in aiding students progressing from primary to secondary education. Being in middle leadership in a grammar school, she understands what it takes to create and maintain an outstanding teaching environment to ensure all students perform to the best of their personal abilities. She is currently a stay-at-home Mum to a baby boy.


Mrs. D. Kelly

Mrs. Debbie Kelly was elected as one of the two Parent Governors in May 2014. Debbie is a Speech and Language Therapist with over 20 years experience in a range of educational settings. She has three children in the school, the youngest in Reception.


Mrs. J. McNally

Mrs. Jane McNally is the Headteacher of St Gregory’s Catholic Primary School. St Gregory's is a good catholic primary school; it is a one form entry school with 203 pupils on roll. Mrs McNally has a BA Honours degree in History and English, a Post Graduate Certificate in Primary Education and holds the NPQH qualification. She has been a headteacher since September 2012.


Mrs. S. Mellon

Mrs. Stephanie Mellon has been a Foundation Governor at St Gregory's since 2015 and prior to this served as an Associate Member of the Governing Body. She is the current Chair of the Catholic Life Committee and a member of the Finance Committee. Her background is in finance and she has a long-standing association with the school, having six children, the youngest of which will join Reception in September 2016.


Mr. K Silvester

Kevin Silvester joined the Board of Governors at St. Gregorys in May 2017. Kevin is an experienced Senior Manager who has worked with a number of large Financial Services enterprises in the UK and Europe. He is qualified to Level 4 as he holds the Diploma in Financial Planning.

In addition, he has a Parents experience of education and the challenges it faces, his son having been educated at St Gregorys since 2010/11. Kevin currently acts as Vice-Chair to the Board of Governors.


Mr. M. Webb

Mark Webb has been a Foundation Governor at St. Gregory's Catholic Primary since 2014. He has three children at the school and works as a GP in Solihull. Currently he is chairing the finance committee.


Mrs. M. Whelbourn

Mrs. Marion Whelbourn has been Chair of Governors at St. Gregorys since September 2014. Mrs. Whelbourn is experienced in Project Management and General Management having worked for a global IT Company for over 24 years. In addition, she has experience of education and the challenges it faces, having been Head of Modern Languages at a secondary school. She has been previously been Vice Chair of Governors for a Roman Catholic Primary School in Hampshire.



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