Curbridge Road, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX28 5JZ

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Our Lady Of Lourdes Catholic Primary School

We Learn with God as our Guide


local governing board Representatives

Academy Representatives play a vital role in promoting high standards of educational achievement. They share a common belief that children should receive the best possible standard of education in all areas of their development and help promote the strong Catholic ethos of the school. This is in the interests of current and future pupils. 

Members of the Academy Committee include:

  • School staff
  • Parents of pupils
  • Members of the public from all walks of life

Committee members are committed to serving the best interests of the school. As unpaid voluntary public servants, they help to sustain their school’s identity and provide a link with the local community. An effective governing body is a source of enormous strength to the school.

School governance is the most important volunteering role in education.


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I have been Parish Priest at Our Lady and St Hugh's Church since 2011 and act as the Religious Education link and spiritual adviser to the school. I enjoy visiting the school on a regular basis where I find a positive atmosphere and staff who are committed in their desire to serve the children.
Fr Pat Broun - Foundation - RE and Relationship Education
I was delighted to be invited to become a Governor and started this in July 2018.In the early 1980s I spent two years in Tanzania through Voluntary Service Overseas, lecturing in accounting, management and other subjects – mainly in Swahili, at a Christian Conference and Training Centre in Dodoma.I then worked in finance roles mainly in the international aid area of the charity sector. More recently I have worked for a creative writing charity, a child mentoring charity and Age UK in Lewisham and Southwark. I had various Trustee and similar roles in London and then moved to Witney at the end of 2018.
Nick Kavanagh - Foundation - Chair of Resources Committee
I became Principal of Our Lady of Lourdes on 1st September 2019. Previously, I have been an elected staff member on the governing body of another Catholic Primary School as well as Head at a Catholic Prep School.
Mr Daniel O'Connor - Principal
I became a foundation governor in September 2019. I grew up in Witney but moved away in 1987. I moved back to Witney in 2004 after marrying my husband Dave. I work as a team leader in the operating theatres in a local hospital in Oxford. 

I attend Our Lady and St Hugh's church where I am a Parish Catechist and part of the team teaching the confirmation courses to both young people and adults. 

My interests include music and the arts. I am a member of several choirs and have keen interest in painting and sewing. My responsibilities as link governor are for Religious Education and Health and Safety. 
Allison Warren - Foundation - Religious Education
Creative Curriculum
I became a foundation governor in Feb 2016 and chair of the Committee in Oct 2016. I am married to Carl and we have three sons and five grandchildren of primary school age. We moved to Witney on retirement after many years in Oxford where I managed an academic journal but also sat as a magistrate in the city and was very involved with Marriage Care, both as a counsellor in Oxford and as chair of the charity’s board in London. I am very pleased to be able to use that experience in my role as chair helping to build relationships and facilitate the work of the committee. I also have responsibility as link governor for Teaching and Learning.
Judith Schmidt - Foundation - Chair/Teaching and Learning
I am a Qualified teacher and currently work in Year 2 at Our Lady of Lourdes. I live in Witney with my four children who, like me, all attend or have attended the school. I am an active member of the school community, being a member of the Friends committee. I have been a Parishioner of Our Lady and St Hugh Church since birth and I organise and run the Children's Liturgy. Currently I am also a Trustee of our link nursery - St Hugh of Lincoln.
Mrs Sophie Smith - Staff 
Mrs Victoria Williams - Vice Principal

I am the Vice Principal here at Our lady of Lourdes School, a position I have held since 2013. I was previously a member of the Governing body before returning in September 2021.

I have also been a member of the Governing body at 2 schools I worked at before. I have been a a teacher for more than 20 years and enjoy being part of a Governing body where you are able to evaluate impact in many different ways across the school.

Carlton Rose - Foundation - Health and Safety

Joseph Amuah-Fuster - Foundation - Science

Bridget Ejoh - Parent Governor



Hannah Bailey - Parent Governor 


I have an Higher Diploma in Exercise Physiology and I have previously taught in Further Education before studying for a Postgraduate degree in Business Administration. I grew up in Witney and returned after I had my two children.

I have a commercial interest in change management and lean thinking, but a personal interest in permissive land survival. I am currently working towards establishing my own business in SERE and Forest Schools.

I am the OLOL link governor for Physical Education.