Academy Committee

From 1st January 2014, St Joseph’s Catholic School became part of the St John Paul II Multi-Academy which includes our primary partner and secondary schools: Holy Cross, St Nicholas, SS Mary and John, SS Peter and Paul and Bishop Walsh.

We pray that by working together for our pupils and their families we continue to develop an excellent Catholic Education.

The Academy Committee representatives of St Joseph’s aim to keep all our parents and carers informed of who we are, the various committees we sit on and what we do and give you an insight into the work that goes on in school.

Hopefully, this will give you a better understanding of the role of a ‘School Academy Committee’ and perhaps some of you might think about volunteering yourself for this stimulating but, unfortunately, unpaid work!

We, as School Representatives, have legal duties, powers and responsibilities delegated from the Board of Directors of the ‘St John Paul II Multi-Academy’ that we must exercise as a body. No Representative can act individually.

If there is anything we can help you with, please don’t hesitate to contact us through the school.

Mrs Maria Stirrop
Chair of Academy Committee

Academy Committee Members


Type Appointed Committee Additional
Mrs Maria Stirrop Foundation August 2017 Finance Premises and Personnel
Chair of Academy Committee, Board of Directors Pupils’ Personal Development, Behaviour & Welfare

Health, Safety/ Staff wellbeing

Mr Gerry O’Hara Principal/ Foundation January 2014 Curriculum and Ethos
Finance Premises and Personnel
Admissions Catholic Life,
Dr Alex Alexander


Foundation January 2014 Curriculum and Ethos
Mrs Clare Watkin Foundation January 2014 Finance Premises and Personnel, Vice Chair
Deacon Daniel Hurd Foundation October 2015 Curriculum and EthosCatholic Life, Safeguarding
Mrs Natalie Hill Staff September 2017 Admissions Catholic Life Safeguarding
Mr John Lynch Staff September 2016 Curriculum and Ethos
Mrs Natalie Brodie Foundation/ Parent April 2016 Curriculum and Ethos
Mr Bernard Coeulle Foundation January 2014 Finance Premises and Personnel Board of Directors
Mrs Rena Miras-Pye Parent November 2017 Curriculum and Ethos
Mr Dagen Thompson Parent November 2017 Finance Premises and Personnel
Vacant Foundation
Mrs Helen Bethell Clerk January 2014 Finance Premises and Personnel,
Curriculum and Ethos

The Academy Committee meet regularly, as a full body and in committees, to deal with particular aspects of the school’s management. They are committed and involved in all areas of school life and share considerable professional and business expertise.

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