St. Jérôme Church of England Bilingual School is a limited company. Our members are Mr Ian Fernandes, Mr Christian Penhale, The Bishop of Willesden and the London Diocesan Board for Schools. Our Governing Body is listed below. We have held elections and recently (February 2017) appointed two parent governors. We will shortly add a staff governor to this group.
Ian Fernandes: Chair of Governors and Finance Lead
After graduating from LSE with a first class degree in Mathematics and Statistics, Ian studied for his MSc in Financial Mathematics at Stanford University. He currently works as a senior consultant for a company that helps manage financial risks in banking. Ian was the lead proposer for St. Jérôme Church of England Bilingual School and he hopes his own children will attend the school.
Ian Fernandes can be contacted c/o St Jérôme CE Bilingual School, 120-138 Station Road, Harrow, Middlesex, HA1 2QB
Christian Penhale: Vice Chair of Governors and Chair of the Learning and Teaching Committee
Christian teaches Chemistry and is the Examinations Director at Harrow School. As one of the proposers for St. Jérôme Church of England Bilingual School, Christian helped develop the educational partnership with Harrow School. Christian also hopes that his children will attend St. Jérôme Church of England Bilingual School.
Revd Kate Blake
Kate is the vicar of All Saints’ Church, Queensbury, and a former governor of Holy Trinity CE School, Northwood. Before her ordination, she worked at the Department for Education. As well as supporting the development of the Christian ethos of the school, she brings a breadth of experience to support the establishment of effective management practices.
Michelle is the Deputy Programme Manager for the London Diocesan Board for Schools SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training) and a former teacher and Ofsted inspector. She has governance experience in two Harrow schools and a proven track record of outstanding leadership, management and strategic thinking. Michelle will help to make sure that the governors at St Jerome hold the school to account.
Nick is Academic and Universities Director at Harrow School, where he also teaches French, Spanish and Russian. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists and an experienced school governor. He is passionate about a bilingual approach and committed to supporting the development of the educational partnership with Harrow School and making sure St. Jerome’s develops as a school with an inspiring curriculum and high academic standards.
Marie-Noelle is a French national who has lived and worked in the UK since 1974. She is a retired Head of Modern Languages and mother and grandmother of bilingual children. She was recently awarded a PhD in Applied Linguistics from the Institute of Education for her research on bilingualism. Her passion for the bilingual approach will be very valuable as the school develops its own bilingual approach.
Daniel Norris: Executive Headteacher
Daniel was educated at Durham University and Cambridge University, he has a degree in Modern Foreign Languages, and has taught in France. Daniel became Headteacher of Holy Trinity CE School Northwood in 2008. He has been an adviser for the London Diocesan Board for Schools and became part of the St. Jérôme Church of England Bilingual School project in 2014. Daniel is an ordained priest in the Church of England and is Curate in a local parish.
Liz Walton: Head of School
Liz was educated at Durham University and has a degree in Economics. She remained in Durham to complete her PGCE and has taught in Hertfordshire and Harrow. Liz became the Deputy Headteacher of a large multi-cultural Primary School in Harrow in 2003. She was appointed to the position of Head of School at St. Jérôme Church of England Bilingual School in 2015 and took up the position formally in September 2016.
Julie Dyson: Parent Governor
Julie is a British and French dual national, who is passionate about the benefits of a multi-lingual education. She holds both French and British qualification, including a BA Honours in Economics and German, and an Executive MBA from Imperial College. She is a Senior Management Consultant with close to 20 years’ experience of advising private sector and Government on strategy development and implementation, and operational performance matters. Having led a number of international teams, she is a strong advocate of diverse and inclusive teams, and is committed to coaching and mentoring others to help them grow both personally and professionally.
Ibrahim Mohamed: Parent Governor
Ibrahim (Brian) is property specialist with a degree in Civil Engineering and a Masters Degree in Architecture from University College London. He has some 30 years experience in the development, financing and operation of a broad spectrum of education facilities across the United Kingdom and the UAE.
He brings significant practical and strategic experience in the establishment of schools, having worked closely with the Department for Education and other government bodies. He has also worked on the structuring of school funding programmes, the construction of schools and as an Assistant Director for a London Borough, the management of a significant school refurbishment and development programme.