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St Alban's Catholic Academy

St Alban's

Catholic Academy

First Avenue, Harlow, Essex, CM20 2NP

Through God’s love we learn together, grow together and achieve together.

The Multi-Academy Trust Board and the Governing Body work with the Executive Headteacher, the Deputy Headteacher and the staff at St Alban's Catholic Academy to make sure the school provides a good quality of education for all its pupils.

Governors are not expected to make day to day decisions about how the school is run. That's the role of the headteacher and senior staff.

Governors have three main roles:

  1. to provide strategic direction for the school;
  2. to act as a critical friend to the headteacher
  3. and to ensure accountability.

Our school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our children and expects all staff to share this commitment.

John Johnson  Chair of Trustees,

Governor at St John Fisher school and was previously the Headteacher of The Campion School from 1993 – 2011.  During this time (September 2007 – 2011) John was also a School Improvement Partner allocated to schools to assist with target-setting, development and headteacher performance review and salary setting in Westminster, Newham and Barnet

Following this John became an experienced educational consultant, especially in the fields of School Leadership, English, Literacy, Assessment, Curriculum, Governance, Staffing.

Maria Farres Chair of Governors 

is a parent and parishioner of Our Lady of Fatima Church. Maria knows that Church and families need to work together to provide the best possible Catholic education to our children.

As a parent of three children in the school she is able to support the school to strengthen the impact it has on all children. As a working professional Maria brings her analytical skills to her role as governor.  Maria, has an in-depth understanding of leadership development in professional organisations and utilises her skills and experience to contribute to the schools’ mission


Fr. Bogdan Kot   Parish Priest, Foundation Governor Governor with responsibility for RE and Music
The Foundation Governors represent the Bishop of the Roman Catholic diocese of Brentwood, and ensure that the school upholds the traditions of catholic faith in line with canon law. Foundation Governors form a majority of all governors.

Mr Kendal qualified as a teacher from Liverpool Hope in 1995, with B.Ed Theology and Religious Studies. Before becoming the Executive Headteacher of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Multi Academy Trust in Harlow, Essex (April 2017) Mr Kendal was a Headteacher for ten years in a one form entry Catholic Primary school in Hertfordshire. I have been in education for 23 years, always serving in Catholic schools.   Mr Kendal is passionate about developing a love of learning, for children to learn to love themselves and to love others.

Mrs Black has served Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Multi Academy Trust for 13 years, Anne-Marie trained as a Secondary school teacher and has a passion for Maths and Assessment.  She has a thorough knowledge of the education system and uses this understanding to secure high standards and strong outcomes for the pupils in Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Multi Academy Trust

Barry Westgate has been a Governor at St Alban’s for over 10 years.

His extensive experience gained in business leadership positions is used to challenge and support leadership, especially in his role as Chair of the Trust Improvement

Committee. As a member of the local parish he takes a keen interest in the Trust’s Catholic curriculum, culture and values.

Angela Green has been a practitioner of Education serving in all age ranges from Primary school aged pupils to Adult learners. Angela believes in life-long learning. Angela truly understands the fundamental necessity of an excellent primary learning experience as the bed-rock of all future learning.

Angela various teaching roles ensures she is able challenge and further support all members of the teaching community of the Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Multi Academy Trust. She brings knowledge and understanding of the challenges faith schools face to the Trust.

Colin Wood is the Site manager within St Alban’s and serves as Staff Governor.  Colin brings his vast experience of premises management to bear when serving the community of Our Lady of Fatima Trust.