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St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School

We Grow, Learn and Achieve by following Christ.

Welcome to

St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School

We Grow, Learn and Achieve by following Christ.

"Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school." Albert Einstein
“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” Margaret Mead
"Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today." Malcolm X
“The soul is healed by being with children.” Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Governing Body Information

MEET OUR GOVERNORS

ST VINCENT’S CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL

1 Pierrepoint Road, Acton, London W3 9JR

 

 Chair of Governors - Mrs Mary Umrigar -  mumrigar@stvps.co.uk

 

Clerk to the Governing Body - Mrs Catherine Hughes - khughes@stvps.co.uk

 

Financial Benchmarking: https://schools-financial-benchmarking.service.gov.uk/school?urn=101926

 

 

Governor Biographies

Fr Patrick Adusei Poku (Foundation Governor / Religious Education and Catholic Life)

 

Mr Michael Arthur (Parent Governor / Quality of Education (Curriculum)

 

I have lived and worked in Acton since 2008. I trained as a Maths teacher in 2002 and have worked ever since in state schools in Australia and England. I am currently the Head of Sixth Form at a local secondary school with prior experience as Head of Maths of a large department. I am committed to ensuring that every student maximises their potential in school and ensuring that teachers continue to develop and refine their practice. As of September 2021 I have two children in the school.

 

 

Mrs Evadne Cookman (Foundation Governor / Quality of Education (Equalities)

 

I have lived in the local community for many years. My children and niece all went to St. Vincent’s. This is my second stint at governorship at this school.  In the past I have been fortunate enough to have been able to contribute to the life of the school as a member of the Parents Association, parent governor and chair of governors.  During my time as chair of governors I was closely involved in the first four classroom brick built extension and nature area in the playground. My working background is in the National Health Service (NHS), specifically, Clinical Neurophysiology which deals with disorders primarily affecting the brain, muscles, and nerves. In addition to this, I contribute to the judicial system and have been a magistrate for over 20 years.

 

 

Jules Faulkner  (Foundation Governor / Chair of Curriculum Committee / Personal Development / Well-Being)

I joined the governing body after six years as a parent at St Vincent’s, during which time I was a regular volunteer involved in various aspects of school life. Prior to motherhood, children and families were at the heart of much of my work as a producer of documentary films covering subjects ranging from adoption to child protection. I’m especially interested in the positive impact which access to the arts has on children’s learning and am passionate about the joy of reading!

 

Mrs Claire Hatfield (Staff Governor / SENCO and Inclusion)

I am privileged to have worked at St Vincent’s since 2008 after 4 years of teaching in Greenford. I started as a class teacher, then moved onto the role of SENCO. In 2017, I was appointed as Assistant Head for Inclusion. I love getting to know all the children in school and watching them grow and change as they journey through from Early Years to Year 6. The highlight of my day is greeting the children at the gate in the morning and watching them come into school, often skipping or running happily into class whilst chatting to their friends. I enjoy working closely with children and their families to give them the support needed to succeed at home and in school.

 

Ms Marcella Phelan MBE (Foundation Governor / Safeguarding and Child Protection)

I am a former senior manager at Ealing Council Children and Families service, with an extensive background in social care and safeguarding. I have lived and worked in the area for many years and in 2018 was awarded an MBE for services to young people in Ealing. I am also a Trustee at Brentford FC CST and Chair a local Youth Mentoring Project.

 

 

Jonathan Powell (Co-opted Governor / Chair of Resources Committee / Health and Safety) 

Jonathan joined St Augustine’s Priory as Bursar and Clerk to the Governors in January 2017. He was co-opted as a Governor of
St Vincent’s in 2018. Born in Sydney, Jonathan was educated at Wellington College and read modern languages at Southampton University before serving in the Royal Navy. In 1990 he moved to the not-for-profit sector and from 2000 to 2016 was CEO of three charities. Jonathan is a Magistrate on the West London bench, a role he has fulfilled for more than 20 years.
He lives in West Ealing, is married and has two children. His wife, Sarah, works in the pharmaceutical industry.  Their daughter works for Barclays Bank in Canary Wharf and their son has recently completed a degree in chemistry at Durham University.

 

Emma Shanahan (Foundation Governor / Behaviour and Attitudes/ Personal Development)

 

I am a full-time parent of 2 children and have been part of the St. Vincent’s school community since 2013. I have a son who previously attended St Vincent's and a daughter who is currently at the school. I was a Parent Governor under the last Headship and am now a Foundation Governor.
I studied Humanities and worked in Journalism and Finance. I am originally from New Zealand with an international upbringing and broad education. I am heartened by our diverse, inclusive school community and have watched the children propelled from infancy to wing-toting teens. I am delighted to play a strategic role in the further evolution and betterment of the school.

 

Ms Jenifer Travassos (Parent Governor / Religious Education and Catholic Life)

I am a parent Governor with St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School in Acton since 2021 and an active member of the school community since 2017.  I worked in the banking sector for a couple of multinational banks and now taking time off from my
active career, looking after my 3 children. My eldest daughter is studying medicine and my other two children are in High school and Primary school.
I reside in Ealing Common and am a parishioner of Our Lady of Lourdes in Acton.
My interest in becoming a Governor was driven by my desire to contribute to the school and local community, while gaining a greater understanding of education as I understand education influences individuals to play an important part in progress and development of our society.

 

Mrs Mary Umrigar (Chair of Governors)

I  joined the Governing Body as a former career Local Government Officer,  working across Ealing Council's Childrens and Adult Services with a lead responsibility for performance and Government inspection  support. In addition I managed the statutory complaints function for the services, along with project managing a range of operational and strategic projects. I am a local Ealing resident with a keen interest in children's education and the opportunity education delivers to enable all our children to reach their potential. 

 

Dr Sophia Varadkar (Foundation Governor / Curriculum, Medical/Welfare)

Dr Sophia Varadkar is a Consultant Paediatric Neurologist and Deputy Medical Director at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London, where her clinical work focuses on the care of children and young people with epilepsy.  She completed her undergraduate degree at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland and her postgraduate medical training in Dublin and London.  She has a PhD in Neuroscience from University College London.  Originally from Dublin, she now lives in the local area with her husband and two children.  Sophia loves to cook for family and friends. Her guilty pleasure is classic rock music.   She is delighted to join the team of Governors at St Vincent's Catholic Primary School

 

 

St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School - Governing Body 2023/24

Name

Date appointed

Term end date

Appointed by

Declaration of interests 

2023/24

Attendance 2022/23

Governing Body

Curriculum committee

Resources committee

Michael Arthur

(Parent Governor)

07/06/2021

06/06/2025

Parent Body

None declared

4 of 6

3 of 3

n/a

Patrick Adusei Poku 

(Foundation Governor)

01/10/2022

31/08/2026

Diocese

None declared

1 of 5

n/a

n/a

Evadne Cookman

(Foundation Governor)

01/09/2022

31/08/2026

Diocese

None declared

6 of 6

2 of 3

n/a

Julie Faulkner

(Foundation Governor)

01/04/2021

31/08/2024

Diocese

None declared

6 of 6

3 of 3

n/a

Claire Hatfield

(Staff Governor)

17/10/2023

16/10/2027

Staff Body

None declared

n/a

n/a

n/a

Monica McCarthy

(Headteacher)

Ex-officio

Ex-officio

Ex-officio

None declared

6 of 6

3 of 3

3 of 3

Marcella Phelan

(Foundation Governor)

01/05/2021

31/08/2024

Diocese

Trustee:  Brentford FC  Community Sports Trust

Chair:  Potential Youth Mentoring

5 of 6

2 of 3

n/a

Jonathan Powell

(Co-opted Governor)

30/11/2021

29/11/2025

Governing Body

Trustee: St David’s Home for Disabled Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen

4 of 6

n/a

3 of 3

Emma Shanahan

(Foundation Governor)

21/05/2021

31/08/2024

Diocese

None declared

6 of 6

n/a

3 of 3

Mary Umrigar

(Foundation Governor)

01/09/2021

31/08/2025

Diocese

None declared

5 of 6

n/a

2 of 3

Sophia Varadkar

(Foundation Governor)

01/09/2021

31/08/2025

Diocese

None declared

4 of 6

2 of 3

n/a

Jenifer Travassos

(Parent Governor)

07/06/2021

06/06/2025

Parent Body

None declared

6 of 6

n/a

3 of 3

Governors who have left in the past 12 months:

Patricia Brady

(Staff Governor)

25/09/2019

24/09/23 (Term ended)

Staff Body

None declared

5 of 6

3 of 3

n/a

Alex Cornell

(LA Governor)

01/09/2020

31/08/2023

(Resigned)

Local Authority

None declared

5 of 6

n/a

3 of 3

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