St Agnes

St Agnes Primary School St Agnes Primary School

The family of St Agnes loves, learns and grows together as followers of Jesus.

Our Governors

Welcome to the St Agnes School Governors page. 

The Governing Body is made up of sixteen volunteers which is a mix of staff from St Agnes' School, parents (who are elected), foundation governors (who are appointed by The Archbishop of Westminster) and Local Authority.

The Foundation Governors ensure that the Catholic ethos of the school is maintained. They work in close partnership with Mrs O'Reilly the Head Teacher to oversee the strategic development of the school and provide a high quality of education for all the pupils, which meets their needs and supports their development.

They support St Agnes' School by agreeing budgets, setting policies, monitoring the curriculum and overseeing school improvements and maintenance.


Members of the Governing Body:

Mrs Gill Abbott – Chair (Foundation)

Mr Patrick Phelan - Vice Chair (Foundation)

Mrs Sharon Fay – (Foundation)

Mrs Lisa Pate - (Foundation)

Mrs Joan Mulvihill - (Foundation)

Miss Pamela Murphy (Foundation)

Mrs Susan O'Reilly – Head Teacher (Staff)

Mrs Jennifer Hourihan - (Co-Opted Governor)

Mrs Sophie Gale – Staff (Staff)

Mrs Tania Valentin - (Parent)

Mrs Maria Tamayo - (Parent)

Mrs Emmy Schwieters (Parent)

Mr Jack Cohen - (LA Governor)

Sabrina Kelly - (Clerk to the Governing Body)


Gill Abbott - Chair of Governors

Committee's - Finance & Premises, Safeguarding, Catholic Life & Pastoral Care, Standards & Achievements, Admissions, Staffing, Pay, Head Teacher Review.

"I became a Parent Governor in 2001, then Chair in 2010. My two children attended St Agnes' which gave them the best start in their education. I am a local childcare provider with two outstanding inspections, so I understand the importance of quality care and education. St Agnes' School has come a long way in the last 4 years with our dedicated Head Teacher and staff."


Patrick Phelan - Vice Chair

Committees: Admissions, Finance & Premises, Pay and Staffing.

"I was born in Kilburn of Irish Parents who moved to Cricklewood when I was about 4 years old and attended St Agnes' from the age of 5 until 11 before moving to St James' which was then on 2 sites, annexe in Stanmore and the main site in Burnt Oak.  My professional background started in Local Government, working for various Local Authorities in Administration. I now work Freelance in the education sector for several Universities and Colleges with the London area.  I am also active with the Parish as a Eucharistic Minister and was for many years an Altar Server and Master of Ceremonies."


Sharon Fay - Foundation Governor

"I currently sit on the Finance and Premises Committee and the Standards and Achievements Committee.

I have served as a Governor since 2012, first as a Parent Governor and now as a Foundation Governor."


Lisa Pate - Foundation Governor

Committees: Catholic Life & Pastoral Care and Standards & Achievement (Chair).

"I have 4 children and have been a Governor at St Agnes' for 6 years. I work with children with Special educational Needs and am passionate about education and fair access for all. I am active in local politics and really value all the efforts that the school staff, Governors and parent/carers put into helping children achieve their best."


Joan Mulvihill - Foundation Governor

"I am a Social Worker and have worked in the voluntary sector and with local authorities - the latter of which I have held senior positions. I also have experience of working with the homeless on a voluntary basis.  I am an active parish member currently running a friendship group. I am Irish and have lived in Cricklewood for 14 years. I am married with 1 daughter.

I am very committed to the right of all children to have a good education and feel that at St Agnes, the Head Teacher and the staff and Governors ensure that a very high standard of education is delivered and that every child matters."


Pamela Murphy

"I am a parishioner in St Agnes' Parish and was appointed as Foundation Governor to St Agnes in 2016.  Having attended local catholic schools myself, I qualified as a teacher and taught in a catholic primary school before moving into special education.  I am currently Head of School at an all age (4-19) special school in Westminster.

From a number of different perspectives, I am aware of the valuable role that an active Governing body can have in supporting the whole school community.  It is a privilege to be able to be part of the wonderful educational opportunities on offer at St Agnes'."


Susan O'Reilly - Head Teacher & Foundation Governor

"I have worked in Catholic Schools with the Westminster Diocese since graduating from St Mary's University in Strawberry Hill in 1993 - in the London Boroughs of Camden, Harrow & Barnet.

I have been both Deputy Head of two schools and Acting Head and am currently in the very privileged position of being the Head Teacher of St Agnes' Catholic Primary School since April 2014.  Working as part of a genuine community - where Governors, parents and staff all work together to ensure that our children have access to an outstanding Catholic education is key to our success.

St Agnes School is an inclusive and flourishing school, of which I am very proud to be a part of as we journey together into the next phase of our history and expansion of our school."


Sophie Gale - Staff Governor 

Committees: Standards & Achievement

"I have worked at St Agnes for 12 years and have been a member of the senior leadership team for 8 years. During that time, I have been lucky enough to teach in various classes - 3/4, 3, 1/2 and 6 - where I am currently one of the class teachers. I have lead ICT and English across the school. Over my tenure as staff governor I have seen many changes. It has been very exciting and a privilege to be a part of it all. St Agnes’ is my second family and I truly believe that the staff and governors hold the children’s best interests at the heart of each decision. I look forward to continuing in being a part of the future of the school as we continue to grow in many exciting ways."


Tania Valentin - Parent Governor

Committees: Finance & Premises & Standards & Achievement. Additional roles: Health & Safety Support.

"I am passionate about education, languages (German & Japanese) and the arts. My background is Language Education, Administration and Management. I spent several years in Japan working in International Relations and helping to introduce English into the Japanese Primary School curriculum.  I now teach English as a foreign language privately and work for a Japanese Company dealing with health & Safety, HR and Premises."


Maria Tamayo - Parent Governor

Committees: Finance & Premises, Standards & Achievements

"I have two children currently attending St Agnes' and have been a Parent Governor here since 2015.  After having worked for Management Consultancy firms for 15 years, I decided to set myself up as an Independent Consultant for the pharmaceutical industry 2 years ago, mostly working from home to enjoy more time with my family.  We have lived in Brent for 10 years".


Emmy Schwieters - Parent Governor

"I have lived in Barnet for fifteen years. I am married with two children, Oscar and Violet, and they are happy and absolutely thriving at St Agnes. I am Director of Studies and Head of Department at Fine Arts College, Hampstead, where I have taught History of Art A level for fourteen years.
My background in education and my experience as a parent have provided me with the skills and knowledge to enable me to work effectively as a Parent Governor and help contribute to the further development of St Agnes' School. I am thrilled to be part of the St Agnes’s governing body and look forward to using my professional expertise, knowledge and experience to help improve parent partnership, the learning culture and educational outcomes for all pupils at the school."


Joe Burgess - Foundation Governor

"I am the Organist & Director of Music at St Agnes' Church and a freelance pianist and teacher. I studied music at Oxford University and was the Organ Scholar at Somerville College.  I was previously the Director of Music at St Anthony's School, Hampstead, where I taught for 5 years. I live in Cricklewood and am looking forward to extending my work in the Parish to the Governance of St Agnes School."


Jack Cohen – Local Authority Governor

Committees: Finance & Premises, Pay and Head Teacher Review.

"I have been a local Councillor for Childs Hill since 1986, since which time I have served as a Governor at St Agnes'.  Until my retirement, I worked as a Probation Officer. I was Mayor of Barnet in 2000."


Attendance of Meetings

Finance & Premises

Apologies received for non-attendance.

20th October 2017 19th January 2018 16th March 2018 18th May
Gill Abbott

Susan O'Reilly

Calogero Aquilino

Jack Cohen

Patrick Phelan

Sharon Noden

Tania Valentin


Maria Tamayo



Apologies received for non-attendance.

7th November 2017 20th March 2018 12th June 2018
Gill Abbott

Susan O'Reilly

Jennifer Hourihan

Calogero Aquilino

Jack Cohen

Patrick Phelan

Fr. John X X X
Pamela Murphy X

Sharon Noden

Tania Valentin

MariaTamayo X

Sophie Gale


Joan Mulvihill X

Emmy Schwieters

Lisa Pate


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