Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Voluntary Academy

We are all unique yet we share the same heart

About the Governing Body

Welcome

A big welcome from the governors here at Our Lady of Sorrows! We work as a team with the Head Teacher for the benefit of all the pupils and staff. We are all volunteers from a wide range of backgrounds, including education, health and business.

The core functions of the governors is to:

  • Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Hold executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and its students and the effective and efficient performance management of staff
  • Oversee the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

You can find out a little more about each of us below. If you would like to contact us, we would be happy to hear from you. You can contact us via the school office either by letter or by email, ‘FAO Governors.’ 

About Us 

 

 

Jane Michalik

Staff Governor

I would like to introduce myself as a Staff Governor and a Teaching Assistant at Our Lady’s. My name is Jevgenija Michalik. Staff in school call me Jane.

A little bit about my past - I grew up in Lithuania and lived in Poland for 9 years. I came to live in Doncaster in 2005 and I live in the local area with my husband, two children (who attended Our Lady’s) and my very energetic dog, Chester.

I have worked in education since 2012 and have worked at Our Lady’s since 2017. Presently I support Key Stage 2 children in the mornings and in the afternoons I am based in Early Years. I really enjoy working in both key stages as it has broadened my knowledge and understanding and it is lovely to see the development of the children as they progress through school.

I first applied to be a Governor as I wanted to engage more with the school and I consider the role a privilege and very rewarding. I feel part of a caring and supportive team and believe that I am listened to and that my ideas are always taken into account. I feel that I am helping to make a difference for all children to improve their life chances. I strongly believe that all children deserve the very best education we can provide for them and therefore we must all strive to be outstanding. Being a governor is an opportunity to give something back to society and to help children at an important time in their lives.

My favorite parts of being a governor is seeing the progress of the children as they move through school, monitoring achievements and seeing the impact that interventions can have on a child’s progress. I also like being part of a very supportive and encouraging team that all want to achieve the best for every child.

Sean McLaughlin

Chair, Foundation Governor

 
 
My name is Sean Mclaughlin.
I would like to introduce myself as the Chair of Governor of Our Lady of Sorrows.  I have been a Governor for over 20 years and have enjoyed helping the school progress over the years.  I am a farther of two who attended Our Ladys.  My background was working for British Coal but now work in the Care Sector.  My areas of interest are Maths and RE.  As a Governor I hope to help achieve the best for the School and its Staff.

Rachel Oliver

Parent Governor

 

 

Hello, I am Rachel, and I am the new Parent Governor. I have 2 boys who attend the school, who both love it and have flourished here. 
I am looking forward to helping the school in continuing to improve and further supporting its pupils.

 

Hannah St. Clair 

Vice Chair,
Foundation Governor

 

Hello! My name is Hannah St. Clair and I am delighted to have been appointed as a Foundation Governor here at Our Lady of Sorrows. My link areas are Safeguarding, Early Years and Curriculum and I have been a governor since June 2021.

I am an active member of my parish, St. Thomas of Canterbury in Kirk Sandall, which was linked with Our Lady of Sorrows and St Francis Church until very recently. I believe that Our Lady’s is a very special school community where children grow and learn together, rooted in the Catholic faith.

As a primary school teacher and Early Years leader, I am extremely passionate about education. I firmly believe that all children should be nurtured, stimulated and challenged to achieve their individual potential and that the school’s curriculum should offer exciting and memorable experiences, which ignite a love of learning.

As a school governor, I hope to use my professional experience to support and challenge in order to continually improve and deliver the best possible education for the children at Our Lady’s.

 

Amy Tucker

Foundation Governor

 

 

My name is Amy Tucker, I have been a Governor at OLOS for six months now.  I have had two children attend OLOS, my eldest, who has Autism and now attends secondary school and my youngest who is in Chestnut class and on the Autism pathway.  I have always tried to maintain an active role in my childrens education and have supported the school prior to Covid 19 via Parents Voice and fundraising with a number of other parents.  I felt that I could offer more to the school community and when a foundation Governor position arose I applied.  I am passionate about SEN and ensuring children with SEN receive the right support for them.  As a parent of two SEN children I have some knowledge of SEN and this is definitely an advantage but am enjoying learning more.  I have also taken on English link as part of my Governor duties and look forward to reviewing the childrens work and helping OLOS to support our children to reach their maximum potential.  I will question and challenge as required to ensure the children receive the education and support they deserve.