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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 a 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 2 and year 5.

 

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 Five. Prior to taking up her post at St Gregory's Mrs Caffrey worked in Primary Schools in Bromsgrove and the Wyre Forest in Worcestershire.

 

Mrs. V. Holtom

Newly elected parent governor. I have experience and qualifications in the Leisure & Tourism industry prior to studying nursing at Canterbury Christchurch University. Qualified in 2001 and practiced in various nursing posts prior to leaving the profession in 2009, to become full time carer to disabled son.

I have two children at St Gregory’s, currently in year 1 and year 3. Due to the nature of my sons disability, I have experience with the Special Educational Needs system and I am very passionate in helping the school achieve the best for all its pupils.

 

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. 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. Her background is in finance and she has a long-standing association with the school, having six children, the youngest of which is in Year one.

 

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 two children at the school and works as a GP in Solihull. Currently he is the Safeguarding Governor.

 

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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