A warm welcome to you all!
I am delighted to welcome you to Our Lady Catholic Primary School.
Our school is a small and inclusive place of learning which has been based in the heart of the Woodhall community in Welwyn Garden City since 1953. We have a single intake for each school year from reception to Year 6. We also have an attached nursery.
We are all very proud of our school and its children. Our mission statement is that ‘we learn to love and love to learn with Jesus.' Our Lady’s is a place for our children to learn, foster friendships and be safe. It is important to us that we help each and every child reach his or her greatest potential.
Under the leadership of Mr. Richard Curry, who was appointed in September 2018, the school continues to not just educate its children, but also to build a strong sense of mutual respect, with confidence and ability to begin to make their own way in the world
We are dedicated to Our Lady, the mother of Jesus Christ, the mother of God. Our faith is strengthened through very close relationships to the local churches of Our Lady Queen of Apostles and of St. Bonaventure. Our school does not however simply offer an education for Catholics but a Catholic education, welcoming children of all faiths and beliefs who are ready to embrace our values.
I extend a warm invitation to you and your family to come and learn a little more about our school, and to see for yourselves what makes it such a special place.
Mrs. Kelly Donkor
Chair of the Governing Body
What We Do!
There are many aspects to the work the governing body does at the school. Please follow the link below to learn more.
Our current board of governors is as follows:
JESSICA WALL (CHAIR)
Background: Tutor, teacher and trainer in various areas of education spanning all ages, currently working with Herts County Council amongst others.
Personal Statement: Having had both of my children go through Our Lady, I feel very strongly that every child should benefit from the same love, care and spiritual education which my children received. Helping the school and senior leaders to ensure that balance of a nurturing environment whilst continuing to strive for academic excellence is what makes governing a rewarding role for me.
FR. NORBERT FERNANDES
I have been Parish Priest of the three Catholic Parishes since October 2008 and during that time have served as a Foundation Governor of Our Lady Catholic Primary School. The Catholic Life and Religious Education are my responsibility and I have the great joy of spending time with children, staff and parents, building that wonderful link of home, school and parish. I come from a teaching family in that my Mum was a primary teacher in North London for 26 years. We used to help in all sorts of ways and I really know how hard teachers and school staff work; I have witnessed such dedication. What a difference the foundation of primary school makes to a child! I am very happy to be a source of support and encouragement for our school community.
RICHARD CURRY (HEADTEACHER)
Background: I have been in teaching since 2001, most recently as Head-teacher at St Pauls Catholic Primary School in Wood Green. My ‘quality time’ is with my wife and two young daughters. I am passionate about sport (and Spurs) and I have a keen interest in history.
Personal Statement: Being a Headteacher is a huge responsibility and an awesome privilege. Everything, therefore, should be geared to driving standards forwards in a community centred on our faith – God is at the heart of all we do. I want to strive through hard work and integrity (and a dash of humour) to develop the staffing team necessary for the fulfilment of the school’s mission statement. My overall goal is simple – to ensure that each and every child, in Christ’s image, develops their full potential to become the very best that they can be.
DAN ABRAHAMS (DEPUTY HEADTEACHER)
Background: I started teaching in January 2006 after qualifying through the Graduate Teacher Programme. I have remained in Catholic education ever since, with Our Lady being my third setting. The longest period of my teaching career was spent at St Edmund’s Catholic Primary School where I spent just under nine years.
Personal Statement: Husband and father of two boys, the eldest of whom has just embarked on his journey in Catholic education. As a Deputy Head, I feel that I need to act as a fulcrum between the Headteacher and the staff to ensure that everybody feels supported in their efforts to give the children of Our Lady Catholic Primary School a high quality, enjoyable and wholesome education that evolves around the teachings of Christ. Happiest when with my family but I also enjoy watching sport or listening to music when there is time to unwind.
Background: A background in finance - Senior Branch Manager.
Personal Statement: I have been a parent at the school since 2013 when my eldest of 3 daughters started nursery. I now have 2 children at the school and am keen to see our children thrive, reach their own individual potential and to have a wonderful environment to do this in. Being a parent governor gives you an invaluable insight into the different aspects of the school and also a voice to ensure parents views are represented on the governing body.
Background: I am a Food Technologist – born in the most famous town for pizza (Napoli!!). Food is my passion (although you will never see me on TV as a celebrity chef). I am married (also to a European, a Hungarian) and we have four children who all attend Our Lady. I am also a volunteer in the Children’s Liturgy in Our Lady's church.
Personal Statement: Since my youth I have always been involved in volunteering, putting my skills and gifts at the service of the community. I feel honoured to serve our children school as a parent governor. With my connections to Italy and Hungary I am most keen to ensure that the varied backgrounds of the children at the school are understood and supported.
Background: I am a secondary school English teacher with over 20 years academic and pastoral experience in Head of Year and Head of Department roles, teaching mainly in Catholic schools.
Personal Statement: My little girl has attended Our Lady since nursery. I currently lead on KS2 into KS3 transition so I understand where our children are headed. I value our Catholic ethos and I want to support our children in their journey to thrive and learn with Jesus.
Background: I have worked for the NHS for 15 years and am currently a full-time Research Manager and previously worked for the Metropolitan Police as a Special Constable.
Personal Statement: I have a son in the school and believe in school being at the heart of the community. I have a passion for Science and education, and am keen to play a role on the governing body to support the school's strong community ethos.