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.
Ian Fernandes: Chair of Governors and Member of Finance Committee
Alongside his wife and the Penhale family, Ian was the lead proposer for St. Jérôme Church of England Bilingual School and now has a child at the school. All Ian’s children are being raised bilingually; since having children, Ian has developed a passion for child education and the use of bilingualism to improve educational outcomes of pupils and their understanding of other cultures and perspectives. Ian graduated from LSE with a first class degree in Mathematics and Statistics before studying for his MSc in Financial Mathematics at Stanford University, California. Ian now works in the field of machine learning and artificial intelligence.
Ian Fernandes can be contacted c/o St Jérôme CE Bilingual School, 120-138 Station Road, Harrow, Middlesex, HA1 2DJ
On peut contacter Ian Fernandes à St. Jérôme Church of England Bilingual School, 120-138 Station Road, Harrow, Middlesex, HA1 2DJ
Christian Penhale: Vice Chair of Governors and Inclusion Governor
Christian is a school co-founder and established the school’s partnerships with Cambridge University and Harrow School.
The research carried out by Cambridge’s Department of Linguistics promotes the pedological benefits of multiple language acquisition from an early age. As London’s most culturally diverse borough, Harrow is ripe to benefit from such developments in primary curriculum. Particularly from his perspective as the school’s Inclusion Governor, it has been hugely rewarding to see how a more concerted focus on France and other francophone countries has helped normalise the children’s ability to relate to the experiences of others, fostering a greater equality of opportunity. Bilingualism has played a key role in his own child’s development at home, and his child is now a very happy pupil at the school.
Christian has found it hugely rewarding to develop the mutually beneficial partnership with Harrow School, having held academic and pastoral roles there including Head of Chemistry, Deputy House Master and Examinations Director, and having previously taught Chemistry in Oundle & Peterborough. He has served as an A Level and IGCSE examiner for both OCR and Edexcel exam boards. He is a commissioned CCF Officer and ski instructor, has coached rugby, football and rowing for many years and enjoys leading expeditions – particularly to the Cairngorms, close to where he hails on the East coast of Scotland.
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.
Kate est le vicaire de la paroisse de ‘All Saints’ à Queensbury et faisait partie du conseil d’administration de l’école anglicane Holy Trinity à Northwood. Avant son ordination elle travaillait au Ministère de l’Education. En plus de soutenir le développement des valeurs chrétiennes de l’école, elle apporte aussi un vaste éventail d’expertises qui contribueront à l’établissement d’une gestion efficace.
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.
Nick est Directeur Académique et Universitaire à l’école de Harrow où il enseigne le français, l’espagnol et le russe. Il est membre du Chartred Institute of Linguists et a l’expérience des conseils d’administration des écoles. Il est passionné par l’éducation bilingue et déterminé à développer un partenariat éducatif avec l’école de Harrow. Il s’assurera que St Jérôme deviendra un établissement avec un programme scolaire enthousiasmant mais aussi de haut niveau.
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.
Marie-Noëlle est une française qui a vécu et travaillé en Angleterre depuis 1974 après sa licence et maîtrise à Paris III Sorbonne. Elle est retraitée de l’éducation ayant dirigé précédemment une section de langues étrangères. Elle est mère et grand-mère d’enfants bilingues. Elle a obtenu un Doctorat en Linguistique Appliquée de l’Institute of Education (University College London) pour ses recherches sur le bilinguisme. Sa passion pour l’éducation bilingue nous sera très utile pendant que l’école élaborera sa propre approche bilingue.
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.
Hayley Bowerman:Staff Governor
Hayley was educated at The University off Hertfordshire and has a Bachelor Degree in Education. She previously taught at a large multi-cultural primary school between 2004 and 2016 before joining St Jerome as Early Years Team Leader
Revd Barry Hingston
Rev Barry Hingston is the vicar of the local church our school is in, St John’s Greenhill. Our children know Barry due to them attending his church for some of our school services.
Barry lives in the local area and will be involved in the redevelopment of his Church Hall in the coming years in order to enhance his church’s offering to the people of Harrow.