Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School (2023)

Meet the Governors

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School (1)

Maria Parker Foundation Governor

Chair of Governors

My name is Maria Parker and I am delighted to have been appointed Chair of Governors at our parish primary school. I am an "old girl" of Our Lady of Lourdes, I left to go to Christ the King in 1975!

I returned to Christ the King as Chaplain where I worked for 25 years before leaving to take on 2 roles - Parish Administrator for Birkdale Catholics and Catholic Chaplain at Southport and Ormskirk Hospitals and Queenscourt Hospice. My hobbies include knitting and, more recently, cake decorating. I am really looking forward to continue working with Governors, Staff and Parents.

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Rob Ball

Foundation Governor

It was an honour to be asked to be a Foundation Governor at Our Lady of Lourdes (OLOL), an offer that I accepted in January 2023. I have a strong connection with the school from being a former pupil, and both of my children have recently attended so I know first hand what a happy, welcoming and nurturing school OLOL was and still is.

I am a chartered building surveyor by profession and bring a wealth of experience, having previously worked on a range of education capital projects whilst in private practice. In recent years I have worked clientside at the Archdiocese of Liverpool, looking after their estate and overseeing the implementation of capital works. I am hoping that my knowledge in construction, property and facilities management will assist the school and staff to achieve their aims and objectives.

Angela Baron

Foundation Governor

I was educated at Notre Dame School in Birkdale and Digby Stuart Teacher Training Collegein Roehampton.

I started my teaching career in Reception in a Catholic Primary School in East London and after two years went to Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) to teach in a Catholic mission school in the south of the country for eighteen months.

On returning to the UK I worked in a base for hearing impaired pupils within a Primary School in West London. During this time I was seconded for a year to train as a teacher for H.I. children in Twickenham. The remainder of my career was spent teaching in Units for H.I. in W. London and Hillingdon, the School for H.I. Children in Birkdale and as a peripatetic teacher in W. London.

I moved back to Southport on my retirement and live in Our Lady of Lourdes Parish.

My interests include playing tennis, travel andgardening (incl. gardening on Rotten Row!)

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Ann Broe

LA Governor

I have been a Governor at Our Lady of Lourdes for 6 years. I began as a Parent Governor and am now the LA Governor. My son Henry is currently at OLOL and my two eldest children attended OLOL and also St Teresa’s infant school. As a mum I am very interested in education, especially making sure it is inclusive to all children. I am a Literacy & Reading Intervention teacher at Christ the King High School and previously had a career in business. I serve on both the Curriculum and Finance committees.

Faye Dreher

Parent Governor

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Hello, I’m Faye and I am delighted to have recently been elected as parent governor at our wonderful school.

I have two daughters who currently attend the school in year 6 and year 1.

Professionally I am a chartered accountant and have worked in the finance industry for the past 10 years, I have recently moved into the education sector as a School Business Manager for a local primary school.

I hope to apply my skills and experience within finance and the education sector to the Governor role to ensure decisions are made in the best interest of our children.

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​​​​​​Simon Grilli

Foundation Governor

I was delighted to be appointed in February 2021 as a Foundation Governor for Our Lady of Lourdes RC Primary School. It is some years ago that both my daughters attended OLOL where they spent many happy years. As a Birkdale resident and a long time parishioner of St Teresa’s, the community is justifiably proud of the Catholic schools in the area.

My interest in Education, particularly between Early Years and age 11, stems not only from being a proud father and Grandfather but also from having a career in schools. As a teacher and later as a School Leader, I worked in a number of diverse communities, initially on the Wirral but in the main in Sefton. My particular interests have always been around how children learn best, the provision of an exciting and broad curriculum and parental involvement.

I have been retired since 2014 and along with my wife, have been keeping fit, supporting the family and pursuing our interests, although we are generally ‘ joined at the hip’.

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Bruce Peter Hicks

Foundation Governor

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I recently retired as Assistant Headteacher and Director of Music at Archbishop Beck Catholic College, Liverpool.

Prior to myappointment at Archbishop Beck Catholic College, I taught in the private and state sector of education in the UK and before that was Director of Music at Christian Brothers High School, Lewisham, NSW, Australia. Under myleadership theschool ensemble was the most honoured wind ensemble in the state. Irelocated to the UK in 1988, and havetaught in three schools.

I holda Bachelor of Arts from the Open University,Master of Arts, (OU), Master of Educational Management, Sheffield University, ALCM from London College of Music and an NPQH from the National College of School Leadership. Iplaypiano, trombone and Euphonium. Myprofessional affiliations include, member of the Executive Board of the British Association of Symphonic Bands and Wind Ensembles (BASBWE), a committee member of the English Speaking Union, (ESU) and a member of the TMEA, Texas, USA. I amalso Editor of the Winds Magazine for BASWBE. I havevadjudicated in Australia and havebeen guest conductor for numerous wind ensembles in the UK.

I am a strong advocate that young people need to be involved in live music making, and not to become passive listeners, but take the joy, skill and motivation throughout their lives.

I am also a member of a Governing Board of a Liverpool Primary school and a member of the local Catholic community here in Southport.

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Father Atli Jonsson

Vice Chair and Foundation Governor

I was appointed parish priest of Our Lady of Lourdes and St Joseph in September 2004, and to St Teresa in April 2017. It goes with the territory of being parish priest to serve the parish school. I am committed, with the other foundation governors, to the Catholic ethos of our School and support staff and pupils in living and sharing the faith.

Originally from Iceland I have lived in the Archdiocese of Liverpool since 2000 after finishing my training for the priesthood in Rome. Unlike many priests I have never played golf but am good at cooking pasta!

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Helen McMullan

Staff Governor

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I am delighted to take on the role of Staff Governor at my school. I began my journey at OLOL in the year 2000 to 2010teachingacross Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, having previously taught at Crossens Nursery and St Gilbert’s Primary in Manchester. I then emigrated to New Zealand with my family and thoroughly enjoyed teaching out there as a Year 5 teacher, with my school having stunning views of the sea and access to its own pool! On my return, I taught in Year 1 at English Martyrs in Litherland and since 2012 I have returned to OLOL as Foundation Stage Leader and Reception Teacher and consider this school as my home! I feel very privileged to teach our Reception children as it isso important to get it right from day one. Our Foundation Team work hard to embed positive attitudes towards school and learning, in addition to setting the expectations for children’s behaviour and building sound understanding of key concepts such as reading and numbers. We ensure our children have fun while learning and share the children’s experiences in a weekly newsletter and more recently via Facebook page and Twitter.

I have 3 children who all attended this school and have fond memories of their time here. In my spare time, I love walking my dogs attending the theatre, particularly musicals and travel.

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Lucy Noad

Foundation Governor

I am a parishioner at St Teresa’s and my three children all attended the nursery and infants school there before going on to Our Lady Of Lourdes school. I was Clerk to the Governors at St Teresa’s for about four years when my children were in primary school.

After university I worked as designer for an engineering company for about 8 years. I moved to Southport around 20 years ago when I got married and I currently work in business and payroll administration.

I like to walk my Jack Russell, called Blue, and think about all the things I’m going to do when I have more time!

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Samantha Owens

Parent Governor

I welcome the role of Parent Governor at Our Lady of Lourdes and look forward to the connections I will make with the school, parents and children. I have two children at OLOL and one at CTK, where I was educated and studied A Levels in English, Theology and onto University at Edge Hill. I am currently a Quality Assurance Assessor for Her Majesty’s Passport Office and run focus groups on inclusion and diversity. I welcome the principles I can bring to my Governor post ensuring love, live and learning are at the heart of what we strive for together!

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Is Our Lady of Lourdes a Catholic school? ›

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School exists as a ministry of the Catholic Church to proclaim the Gospel message. Recognizing that each person is a unique creation of God, we endeavor to provide a strong spiritual, academic and emotional foundation, enabling students to realize their full potential.

Is Lourdes an all girls school? ›

Our Lady of Lourdes Academy is a Catholic all-girls high school in the unincorporated community of Ponce-Davis in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States. It has been managed by the Immaculate Heart of Mary since its 1963 foundation.

Who is the principal of Our Lady of Lourdes? ›

Roy H. Delaney, Sr., M.

When was Our Lady of Lourdes Academy founded? ›

How much is tuition fee in Our Lady of Lourdes? ›

The cost of attendance is approximately $8,800 per year. Additional fees can be applied based on elective course selections for upperclassmen.

What is the oldest Catholic girls school in US? ›

Founded in 1727 by the Sisters of the Order of Saint Ursula, Ursuline Academy of New Orleans enjoys the distinction of being both the oldest, continuously-operating school for girls and the oldest Catholic school in the United States.

How many students attend Our Lady of Lourdes? ›

It has 227 students in grades PK, K-8 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1.

Can anyone go to Lourdes? ›

Sanctuaries of Our Lady of Lourdes open all year round, 24 hours a day - Free admission. From April to October: 22 places of worship, masses in all languages. Torchlight procession, international masses. From November to March: numerous celebrations every day.

How many kids go to Lourdes? ›

Our Lady of Lourdes High School is a highly rated, private, Catholic school located in POUGHKEEPSIE, NY. It has 680 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 12 to 1.

What type of church is Our Lady of Lourdes? ›

The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes (French: Sanctuaire de Notre-Dame de Lourdes; Occitan: Santuari de Nòstra Senhora de Lorda) is a Catholic Marian shrine and pilgrimage site dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes in the town of Lourdes, Hautes-Pyrénées, France.

What religion does Lourdes belong to? ›

The Roman Catholic Church recognized Lourdes as a holy place in 1862 and Bernadette's visions of Mary in a cave as authentic. Saint Bernadette was canonized in 1933, as patron of the sick, and Lourdes emerged as one of the premier pilgrimage sites in the world.

What religion is Lourdes for? ›

Since then, Lourdes has become one of the holiest Catholic pilgrimage sites in the world, visited annually by more than five million people who come in search of healing from its sacred waters.

What religion is Lourdes Hospital? ›

Lourdes has a commitment to excellence, serving all persons in a Christian spirit.


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