St. Gregory's Catholic Primary School, Park Road, Smethwick

Academy Committee

The Academy Committee are very proud of St. Gregory's School, and the team spirit and co-operation, which has helped to make our school great.

A lot of hard work has gone into building up our school and through mutual help and constant vigilance we intend to see it grow in excellence, for the benefit of children, parents, parish and society in general. Without the support and co-operation of children and parents nothing can be achieved, we are proud that we have this support.

As Committee members our various roles include: overseeing the curriculum, ensuring provision is made for children with Special Educational Needs, making budgetary decisions, employing staff, deciding on admissions, seeing that the building is kept in good repair and essentially ensuring the Catholic Ethos of the school.

In short, the Committee members are voluntary people who attend long meetings!

We have no hesitation in recommending our school, do come and see for yourself.

Mrs M O'Brien
Chair of Academy Committee

Academy Committee Members

Name Type Responsibility
Mrs M O'Brien Chair of Committee, Foundation Member Safeguarding/Child Protection, Performance Management, Pupil/PE Premium
Mr J Conlon Foundation Member Physical Education
Rev Father E Cownley Foundation Member Maths/SMSC
Mrs S Jones Foundation Member Safer Recruitment, RE, SEND
Mrs C Lewis Foundation Member Safeguarding/Child Protection
Mr D Smith Foundation Member Safer Recruitment
Mr A Potter Parent Member English
Mrs L Phoenix Parent Member Parent Engagement
Mrs K Bickley Headteacher Safer Recruitment, Responsible for parent/public queries
Mr C Hancox Teacher Member Sports Premium
Mrs K McGuinness Non-Teaching Member Safer Recruitment

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Committee Member Profiles

Mary O'Brien

I was appointed a Foundation governor at St Gregory’s just over 20 years ago when my daughters attended school here.

Over this time I have seen many changes in education and been a part of implementing these changes while ensuring that our Catholic ethos and values remain at the heart of our school community.

My background is in project management and I have undertaken many training courses to improve myself in my role as a governor. This has enabled me to ensure that our pupils and staff progress and well-being are the focus of our decisions and strategic planning.

It has been a privilege to work as part of such a dedicated team and serve good outcomes for our pupils, while constantly pursuing improvement. Despite the challenges these aims bring I find the task rewarding and fulfilling.