I was appointed head teacher at Our Lady School in September 2016.
In my role as Headteacher I work closely with the governing body on the strategic development of Our Lady School in order to ensure its continued success. The governors offer both challenge and support to me in my role as Headteacher. I report to governors via sub committees and at the full governing body meetings,18 times per year, on all matters in relation to school improvement, operational matters involving school maintenance and staffing issues, and school finance.
I have been a governor at the school since 2015 and am the Parish Priest at Our Lady Immaculate and St Andrews church. I have been involved in the recruitment of our new Head Teacher Mrs Nicholson and I work closely with the Senior Leadership Team providing support and a listening ear at all times. I am involved in leading masses, liturgys and enjoy attending assemblies as often as I can.
I joined the school as a member of staff in 2007 and have been the School Business Manager since September 2014 and the Staff Governor since September 2013. As the School Business Manager I deal with all school finance, including income and expenditure, reporting to the Operations Committee. I also deal with all admissions, including reception and in year applications, reporting to the Admissions Committee. I am a member of the Senior Leadership Team.
I was elected as a Parent Governor from September 2017. I am Chair of the Operations committee, and Chair of the Publicity and promotions subcommittee. I also sit on the Admissions committee and am the governor linked to the subjects of English and Phonics. My experience outside school includes a Law degree and Solicitors qualification, practicing as an International Tax accountant for 17 years, and for the last 8 years as Head of Global Mobility within the Professional Services industry. This helps me scrutinise budgets, HR and health & safety within the Operations committee.
I am one of the Foundation Governors and am currently the deputy chair of the Governing Body. I’ve been a governor since October 2018. I currently chair the School Curriculum Committee and am a member of the Communications and Publicity Group. Like all the other governors, I’m involved in focussing on specific subject or curriculum areas, in liaison with the subject leads and I have termly meetings with them. My areas of interest currently, are science, physical activity and British values.
Over my working life I was involved in working with children and young people via the Schools Library Service, Public Libraries and, latterly, cultural provision across Hertfordshire. My son attended Our Lady, leaving in 2000, so it has fascinating to be involved with the school from a non-parental viewpoint and to have the chance to support the school’s continuing development.
Joanna Martorana is our linked Governor for EYFS and Pupil Premium, and also a parent of two pupils at Our Lady's School. As a member of the Operations Committee she comes with a wealth of experience from her previous 12-year career in Wholesale Banking, and in more recent years, as the Founder of The People's Coach Ltd. Joanna's experience in building her own businesses and helping others grow their businesses through Business Growth, Leadership & Executive Coaching is an invaluable asset for the school as we look to grow and continuously improve well into the future.
I joined Our Lady School as Assistant Head Teacher in September 2018. In my role I lead across the whole school and have a part time teaching commitment. I currently sit on the school curriculum committee and support the curriculum development within the school. It is important that as a leader I have an overview of the running of the whole school. By attending all governor meetings I am able to gain the knowledge needed to continue to drive the school forward and build upon our successes.
I have been an Assistant Headteacher at Our Lady School since September 2018. In my role as Assistant Headteacher I help lead initiatives across the whole school whilst retaining a part-time teaching commitment. I currently sit on the Operations Committee and attend all Full Governing Body meetings. I work closely with the governors to ensure short term gains and long term targets are achieved. I really enjoy working within such a dedicated team.