Governor Interest Statement
The Governing Body of Blessed Robert Widmerpool have no Business and Pecuniary Interests.
The school’s senior leadership team have no Business or Pecuniary interests.
The Business and Pecuniary interests of the Directors of the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Multi-Academy Trust can be found on the Trust website.
Chair of Governors-Mr T Hagues -Foundation
My role is Chair of the Local Governing Body for Blessed Robert Widmerpool Catholic Academy, having been elected in November 2015. As chair of the schools local governing body, I am also Director of the Multi-Academy Trust Executive Committee. I am also vice Chair a member of the schools Finance Committee. I have been a Governor at the school for three years in total, having begun my governance as Parent governor.
My aims are that Blessed Robert Widmerpool Catholic Academy maintains its outstanding status and all children are cared and nurtured; that the children exceed their potential; that the staff we employ continually strive for nothing but high standards and excellence and are supported in this quest; that the school, staff, parents, governors and wider community work together harmoniously and safely and that the children at Blessed Robert thrive with a thirst for learning that extends beyond their time at primary school.
My focus within the Finance committee and strengths lie in ensuring the school is financial stable and that money is spent effectively for the benefit of the children and their education. I also ensure that Catholicism is at the heart of everything the school does. I strive to make sure that parental views are shared with the school through a variety of means and feedback is welcomed and acted upon when necessary.
Parent Governor - Mr M Pollard
I have been on the Governing Body since 2008 when the oldest of my three children was in year 1 at BRW, my youngest is now in year 4 (2015) with the two oldest now at Becket. I was initially a Local Authority Governor, then with the change to an Academy Community Governor and have recently been voted in as Parent Governor.
I work for an Engineering consultancy company, often travelling overseas and seeing different countries and cultures, many of which are represented at the school.
I am currently on the Buildings Committee, having also spent time on the Strategic Development Committee.
I joined the Governors as I was interested in the school my children attended and wanted to try and contribute to the development of the school and the children. Over the last seven years I have seen several changes in staff at the top and through the school but what has impressed me has been the way there has always been continuity maintained and a continuous focus on the children and how much they can achieve.
I think one of the strengths of the school is how much work is done to build relationships between the children, supporting each other and giving them the confidence to act, dance, sing and play sport as well as do their best academically. As a Governor I want to ensure this always continues and that each child leaves the school having been given the opportunity and help and to do the best they can in all areas.
Foundation Governor - Mr R Harding
I have been a governor at Blessed Robert Widmerpool for over 20 years and am currently enjoying an extended term as Foundation Governor appointed by the Bishop. At present I am chair of the Finance Committee and act as Vice Chair of the Full Board of Governors.
I am also a Foundation Director of SNCAT, the Trust to which the school is an important part, and chair the Finance and Audit Committee of the Trust.
I retired from business a few years ago having worked as an accountant in the Nottingham area. I was raised in Clifton and whilst I didn’t attend Blessed Robert Widmerpool, I have always felt at home there with my family having long connections with the Parish and Blessed Robert Widmerpool since the school was built in 1957, with my wife, Sue, our 3 children and grandchildren attending the school.
I consider Blessed Robert Widmerpool to be an integral part of the community where the children have the opportunity to develop their potential to its fullest, providing a sound standard of education and spiritual footing for the future ahead.
Foundation Governor - Ms S Lodge
I have been a foundation governor since September 2014 and recently became the chair of the Strategic Development Committee, which deals with reviewing and monitoring the school improvement plan; agreeing targets and generally having an overview of the curriculum. I also sit on the Pupils and Personnel committee and this involves staffing and pupil issues.
I am a Physiotherapist and currently work at the University of Nottingham in the Division of Physiotherapy and have been involved in tertiary education since 1999. I also work part-time in a local private physiotherapy clinic.
Father Chris approached me about becoming a foundation governor and I jumped at the chance to be involved in supporting the school. At the time I had three children at BRW, one has now moved onto the Becket School, and I have children in years 1 and 5. Although we don’t live in the parish we attend Corpus Christi as we feel this is our community. Our family arrived to the school in 2012, we were made welcome from day 1 and I have been nothing but impressed with the school its standards and the way it looks after the educational, spiritual and emotional needs of the children. I wanted to be a governor to give something back and support the school and staff.
My hopes for the school are that it stays outstanding in every aspect and continues to develop children who are confident and well rounded.
Foundation Governor - Mrs C Haywood
“I’ve been a Governor at Blessed Robert since May 2017. I came to Nottingham to study at University and loved the city so much I stayed, and have now been here for 30 years. My children have attended Blessed Robert and subsequently the Becket school.
The school’s Mission Statement “We walk kindly in the footsteps of Jesus Christ as we live and learn.” is evidenced every day at the school which is a wonderful and nurturing place for the children. As a foundation governor our role is to ensure that the catholic character of the school is preserved and developed, and to maintain the relationship between school, parents and the parish. The Governing Body works closely with the school to ensure that the best outcomes are achieved.”
Foundation Governor - Mrs N Paterson