Our Governors

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 South Nottingham Catholic Academy Trust can be found on the Trust website:

Business and Pecuniary Interests


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.

Staff Governor - Mrs A Larcombe - Finance/Building

Site Manager – Non-Teaching Governor – Finance – Building

I have been a staff governor for the past 6 years. This is a role I have enjoyed and I have really valued the experience. I am a member of the Finance committee and Buildings and Sites committee.

I am currently employed by the school as the Site Manager and have worked at Blessed Robert for over 18 years. Blessed Robert has always maintained an aspirational ambition and vision during this time. The long standing mission statement to, ‘Walk kindly in the footsteps of Jesus Christ’ is woven throughout school life.

I thoroughly enjoy attending school events as a staff member and as a governor, particularly the school masses, assemblies and concerts where the children let their singing and acting talents shine.

Having had two children and being a grandmother, I am aware of the importance of an excellent education – one that sets high expectations, encourages creativity, inspires children to aim high and dares children to dream big, not just as young pupils but in later life too.

My aims for the school are that Blessed Robert Widmerpool remains an outstanding school with excellent leadership, learning and teaching; that children are cared for, supported and nurtured to fulfil their potential with aspirations to go beyond; that the children at this school thrive and that everyone in our community feels safe, valued and proud to be a member of Blessed Robert Widmerpool.

Parent Governor - Mr M Pollard-Building & Sites

Mark PollardI 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 - Finance

Mr Harding PhotoI 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.

Parent Governor - Mrs L Baker - P&P

Lisa Baker

I put myself forward for Parent Governor as I am keen to be involved in supporting the other Governors and school leadership team in the running of our school.

I am a mum of two; my daughter attends the school and is very happy here. I intend to send my second daughter to the school once she reaches nursery age.

I was born and raised in the local area and attended Blessed Robert myself many years ago. This means that the schools future is extremely important to me.

For work I am a full time property lawyer and through a work scheme I volunteer and read with young children in another city school.

As Parent Governor I offer commitment, enthusiasm and determination to support our children. I have put myself forward to sit on the strategic development and personnel committees as this is where I believe my skills will be best suited.

Foundation Governor - Mrs C Whitaker - Admissions

I have been a Foundation Governor with Blessed Robert Widmerpool for 14 years now, appointed by Monsignor Phelan.

At present I serve as Chair of the Admissions Committee and have sat on both the Strategic Development and Pupils and Personnel Committees. I have worked with Miss Ferrara and Mrs Blake as Chair of Governors which included being a Director of the South Nottinghamshire Multi-Academy Trust (SNCAT); been a member of the Nottingham Catholic Teaching School Alliance Governance Group and the SNCAT Audit Committee. I serve on the Interim Executive Committee for St Edmund Campion School.

I work at The Becket School as the Examinations and Data Leader and Child Protection Officer. I enjoy seeing how well our Year 6 children settle into Year 7, how they continue to grow in confidence and the progress they make whilst being at The Becket School.

I became, and remain, a Governor as I believe that everyone should serve their community with what best skills they may have, and I hope that my experience working in education and with school data supports Blessed Robert Widmerpool in maintaining its high standards.

Both my children received an outstanding Catholic education at Blessed Robert Widmerpool and remember their time with very happy memories. My hope would be that the school will continue to be a welcoming place for the whole community; that students are encouraged to reach beyond their own expectations; are happy and secure and it remains an outstanding school for future generations.

Foundation Governor - Mrs B Bracha - Strategic/P&P

I have been a Foundation Governor at BRW for over 15 years, since my own children were at the school. I am currently Chair of the Pupils and Personnel Committee and also sit on the Strategic Development Committee.

My entire career has been in education; I was Head of Music at South Wolds School in Keyworth, Heads of Arts at Joseph Whitaker School in Mansfield and Assistant Headteacher at the Nottingham Emmanuel School. I now work for Teaching Leaders as a leadership development coach and facilitator, supporting schools in challenging circumstances to address disadvantage and raise attainment for all students through outstanding leadership. I also deliver leadership training to groups of primary and secondary teachers.

Outside formal education, my passion is music. I run two community choirs in Ruddington and Lady Bay plus a brand new Tuneless Choir for people who can’t sing! One of my favourite tasks has been training the BRW school choir – who definitely can sing – for their brilliant performances at the annual Academy Trust Christmas Concert. I have also worked with staff to develop their own confidence to lead music.

My aim as a Governor is to provide both support and challenge to the senior leadership team to ensure that all pupils achieve their very best, both academically and spiritually.

Foundation Governor - Governor Vacancy

Community Governor - Mr W Kidger - Building & Sites/Admissions

I have been a governor for the past 10 years. I began as a parent governor when my three children attended the school who have since moved on to secondary education. This year I was elected as the community governor. I am currently a member of the Buildings and Sites committee.

I have an extensive background in building and also football coaching. I am a coach at Clifton All Whites Football Club and have coached there for the past 10 years, coaching children from all ages. I am an avid believer that children can excel through sport and should be given all sorts of extra-curricular opportunities to enhance their learning within in school.

I have witnessed first-hand how united the community surround BRW is, from well attended parent fundraising events to support at sporting events and attendance at school masses and assemblies. This is how the school thrives; a community who supports unwavering high expectations who are all in it together.

I am committed to ensuring that the school thrives in the safe, stimulating building and site with the children’s and staff’s interest at heart. My aims for the school are that Blessed Robert Widmerpool remains an outstanding school with excellent leadership, learning and teaching.

Foundation Governor - Ms S Lodge - Strategic/P&P

Sinead (2)

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.

Parent Governor - Mr Thompson- Finance/Building