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The Sacred Heart Language College

Governing Body

The role of our Governing Body is to provide strategic leadership and accountability to our school.

Its key functions are to:

  • set the aims and objectives for the school
  • set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • be a source of challenge and support to the Headteacher as a critical friend.

As a Cathlolic learning community the Governors are committed to ensuring that all we do supports our clear mission and that our Catholic Faith is lived out in the reality of our daily lives.

Our Governing Body is made up of Foundation Governors appointed by the Diocese of Westminster, parents, staff, local authority representatives and associate Governors who know the school well and bring specific expertise to their role.

To contact please use the  school address - enquiries addressed to The Clerk of Governors. 

Please click on a Governing Body Member for more information about them.

Jim Coyle - Chair of Governing Body - Foundation Governor 
Jim Coyle - Chair of Governing Body - Foundation Governor

Jim Coyle is a Foundation Governor and Chair of the Governing Body.

He works as a teacher trainer and school improvement adviser.

Jim is a member of the Strategy, Development and Operations Committee and has specific responsibilities for Ethos, Discipline, Complaints, Staffing, Pay Review and Head's Performance.

 

Term of office ends: 31 August 2022.

 

Geraldine Higgins - Governor - Headteacher 
Geraldine Higgins - Governor - Headteacher
Ann Barrett - Parent Governor 
Ann Barrett - Parent Governor

Ann Barrett is a Parent Governor and has one daughter in the school.

Ann is a member of the Operations Committee . She is a self-employed qualified accountant, bringing over 20 years of finance experience in the finance and property industries to the committee.

Term of Office ends on 01/11/2022

 

Maria Barrett - Foundation Governor 
Maria Barrett - Foundation Governor

Maria Barrett is a Foundation Governor who previously had 2 daughters at the school.

She works for the British Pharmacopoeia Secretariat (part of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) and has had experience of being a school governor in Harrow Catholic Schools for over 25 years.  She became a governor because of her keen interest in education.

Maria is Chair of the Development Committee and has specific responsibility for Curriculum, Catholic Life of the School, Pay Review, Discipline, Complaints, Admissions and the Head's Performance

Term of Office ends: 31 August 2022.

Alex Burgess - Staff Governor 
Alex Burgess - Staff Governor

Alex Burgess is an Assistant Headteacher at The Sacred Heart Language College and Head of Department for RE

Term of office ends: 30 September 2020.

Dr Eva Fiorenzo - Associate Governor 
Dr Eva Fiorenzo - Associate Governor

I left the Sacred Heart in 2007 and continued to study medicine. I graduated from the university of Nottingham and currently work as an Emergency Medicine Doctor. I hope to engage more alumni with the school.

Term of office ends: 30 September 2020.

Nikki Majekodunmi - Associate Governor 
Nikki Majekodunmi - Associate Governor

Nikki Majekodunmi is an associate governor and an alumni of Sacred Heart. She is currently supporting the school in expanding our alumni base. She has an MA in Human Rights and Cultural Diversity at University of Essex and is currently working in the admissions department in an international private school.

Term of office ends: 30 September 2020.

Margaret Pal - Foundation Governor 
Margaret Pal - Foundation Governor

Margaret Pal is a Foundation Governor whose daughters attended the school. She works for an educational organisation and brings to the Governing Body experience of Sacramental preperation and of working with students with special needs and from diverse backgrounds.


Margaret is a member of the Operational Committee and has specific responsibility for Admissions and the RRSA Steering group.

Term of Office ends: 31 August 2022.

Margaret Peach - Foundation Governor 
Margaret Peach - Foundation Governor

Margaret Peach is a Foundation Governor and has 2 daughters at the school, one in Year 11 and one in Year 7.

She works as a Community Banking Administrator for Barclays Bank and brings 25 years of retail banking experience to the Governing Body.

Term of Office ends: 31 August 2022.

Lucia Perdoni - Parent Governor 
Lucia Perdoni - Parent Governor

Term of Office ends on 01/11/2022

Caitriona Quinlan - Associate Governor 
Caitriona Quinlan - Associate Governor

Caitriona left Sacred Heart in 2008 and went on to achieve 5 A levels at St Dominic’s. In 2015 she graduated from Kings College London as a Dentist. During her time there Dr Quinlan also completed a placement in Harvard School of Dental Medicine and travelled to Ghana to provide voluntary dental and healthcare to both adults and children. 

Since graduating, she has undergone a  further core training year in Maxillofacial Surgery in Luton and has gained the Diploma of Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh. Caitriona has also completed a Fundamental 5 day course in Harley Street allowing her to offer facial aesthetic treatments to her patients. 

Currently she is studying to gain a PG Certificate in Restorative & Aesthetic Dentistry.

In 2016, Caitriona qualified as an Irish dancing teacher and opened an Irish Dancing Academy Cara Gael in 2017 along with 3 colleagues. 

Term of office ends: 30 September 2020

Debbie Rainsford - Foundation Governor 
Debbie Rainsford - Foundation Governor

Debbie Rainsford is a Foundation Governor who has had a daughter at the school.

She works for the Department of Work and Pensions and brings HR and Finance experience to the Governing Body. She has an in-depth knowledge of how the school runs and understands parents' concerns when their daughters first move to high school and as they progress through the school. Debbie is not afraid to suggest ideas for improvements or clarification to the way things are done which may affect the smooth running of the school. She is objective in her outlook and can make sound judgements, using evidence and knowledge to provide accurate, expert and professional advice when making Governing body decisions and is not afraid to challenge these decisions. Debbie sits on the Admission Appeals panel for Harrow and supports the principles of fairness and opportunity for all and a dedication to a wide range of people which she has used within our own Admissions process even if they prove difficult. Debbie is a member of the Development and Operational Committees and has specific responsibility for Finance and Safeguarding.  In addition Debbie is the School's Inclusion Governor (covering Disability, Special Educational Needs (DSEN), Most Able and Pupil Premium). Term of Office ends: 31 August 2020.

Marie Wright -Staff Governor 
Marie Wright -Staff Governor

Marie Wright is a Staff Governor at the school.

She teaches mathematics and is currently covering the role of the Chaplain. As a long-time member of the school and a former Deputy Head, Marie has extensive knowledge of the school having had experience as both a Curriculum and Pastoral Leader. She is particularly interested in the community life of the school, initiating projects to build community for the common good.

Marie is a member of the Development Committee and has specific responsibility for the Catholic Life of the School, Discipline, Complaints and the RRSA Steering Group.

Term of office ends: 30 September 2020.

Catherine Hogan - Clerk to the Governors 
Catherine Hogan - Clerk to the Governors

The Clerk can be contacted via e mail on enquiries@tshlc.harrow.sch.uk 

 Please mark any correspondence For the attention of the Governing Body