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Our Lady and St Teresa's Catholic Primary School

Our Lady and St Teresa's Catholic Primary School

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Meet The Governors

Our Lady and St Teresa's School is very fortunate to have a dedicated Board of Governors - some of whom are very experienced and some who are new to the role. 

The Board of Governors is made up of different categories of governance - 

  • Foundation Governors (appointed by the Archdiocese)
  • Staff Governors
  • Parent Governors
  • Local Authority Governors
  • Headteacher
  • Associate Governors

The Governing Body has three main duties - 
  • Ensuring the clarity of the Catholic vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school. 
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the academic performance and Catholic character of the school. 
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school to ensure that its money is well spent. 

The full Board of Governors meet at least once a term and there also two sub-commitees which meet once a term- 
  • Resources
  • Ethos, Peformance & Standards

The Headteacher and staff are responsible for the day-to-day management and running of the school but Governors are happy to answer any questions you may have about the school, its organisation and performance. 

Our Chair of Governors is Miss Claire Walsh. She can be contacted via the school office or on 01926 424420.

Governor Profiles

Jo Mander
Foundation Governor

I am a retired Primary School teacher and an active member of Catholic Leamington, particularly at Our Lady’s Church. I have a had a long association with Our Lady and St Teresa’s School having been a parent and a teacher there. I am proud to work as a governor with particular interest in Safeguarding and Early Years and enjoy visiting the school to work with children and supporting events.


Simon O’Brien
Vice Chair
- Resources Committee

I have been a Foundation Governor of Our Lady’s for some 20 years now. I have carried out a variety of roles as a Governor, at present I serve on the Resources committee and undertake a variety of other tasks throughout the year. I believe the School and so the pupils are best supported by a mix of Governors from a variety of backgrounds and occupations. Demands on Governors however are increasingly technical and in future I see the role being occupied more exclusively by those with educational qualifications. My daytime job is to run the Property Development arm of my family’s business. As a Governor, I assist in the management of the School and I hope that through their education the children will be equipped to maximise their potential in life based on merit alone. I am confident that whilst at Our Lady’s they will not be held back by any other issues such as Class and Gender. I have lived in Cubbington all of my life. My initial involvement with Our Lady’s was as a pupil when the School first opened in the 60s and my Father was a Governor. 
My hobbies include walking, Classic Cars and reading the daily paper when there is time.


Sean O’Rourke
Foundation Governor
-Chair of Resources Committee
Sean is an ex pupil of OLST and lives in Lillington.  He holds a MSc in Manufacturing and Production Management and works for CSC, a company that specialises in IT solutions and services.  



Sean Philpott
Foundation Governor
-Ethos and Standards Committee 
I was appointed as Foundation Governor during the summer term of 2016. I am a past pupil of Our Lady and St. Teresa’s school so feel privileged to be asked to serve in the capacity of Foundation Governor. My late father was also a governor so I feel I would like to carry on the good work which he and others did in order to advance the school. At present I am retired but come to the role of Governor of Our Lady and St. Teresa’s with an Education background. I hope to bring experience in Educational Management, Inspecting of schools and classroom practice to my role as Governor. I hope the present Governing body is able to support the Head, teaching staff and all who work in this thriving school to achieve the best educational experience for the children in their care.


Simon Tibke
Foundation Governor
-Resources Committee
 I joined the Governing Body in September 2014, and am a member of the Resources sub-committee. I began attending the parish of Our Lady’s in September 2011 after meeting, and subsequently marrying, a former pupil of the school. From then on I have tried to take an active part in parish life, and when asked to join the Governing Body of OLST, I was happy to accept. The school has an exceptionally welcoming atmosphere and puts an emphasis on looking after the needs of each individual, and it is this focus that has seen the school grow and improve over the last few years.

By day, I am a Director of Learning for Mathematics at a secondary school in Rugby, but most importantly, I’m a family man, and father of 3 wonderful children, 2 of whom attend the school. I enjoy spending time participating in sport, particularly golf and cricket, and during the winter months, pursuing my hobby of football refereeing.


Claire Walsh
Foundation Governor
- Chair of Governing Body
Our Lady and St. Teresa’s Catholic Primary School has a long tradition of providing an excellent education where children have always been given the opportunity to develop their God-given faith, talents, gifts and abilities. I am proud to be part of this continuing mission in the twenty-first century where the provision of a distinctive Catholic Education in Leamington Spa is at the heart of what the Board of Governors and staff do. Following a career in Education in Warwickshire, London and Coventry I was delighted to join the Board of Governors of Our Lady and St. Teresa’s School where I am the Chair of Governors as well as a member of the Ethos, Performance and Standards Committee.
I have been a member of the worshipping community of Our Lady’s for over twenty years where I am the Safeguarding Representative and a Reader at Mass. My recent retirement has given me the opportunity to keep busy following my many interests namely travelling, walking, theatre, cinema and literature.


Kathryn McMahon

Local Authority Governor

I joined the Board of Governors as the Local Authority representative in April 2019. I am also a member of the Ethos, Performance and Standards Committee. As a long-time resident of Leamington Spa I was delighted to be asked to serve as a Governor of Our Lady and St. Teresa’s whose dedicated teaching staff foster a friendly and inclusive school environment with a strong ethos that strives for the best for each student. My educational background is in economics and law and I have been teaching and researching in the Higher Education sector for over 30 years.


Kate D’Alessandro

Parent Governor

Ethos and Standards Committee

I joined the Governing Board in July 2021.

I’m a full time Mum to 3 beautiful children who all attend OLST. Prior to having children, I worked in marketing before a career change led me to supporting people, back into work.

Our Lady and St Teresa’s is such a warm, welcoming school where they support and nurture each child’s individual needs. I’m pleased to be able to use my skills to support the school and help children reach their potential.


Martin Foley

Parent Governor

My daughter attends Our Lady and St Teresa's and is currently in Year 2. My family and I are active members of the Catholic Leamington parish.

By day, I am a Chief Executive Officer of a national Catholic charity. 

Our Lady and St Teresa's is a wonderful school. It is a great privilege to serve the school community as a Governor.


Mrs Beeri
Reception Teacher - Staff Governor

Mrs Enstone
​Head Teacher

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