Introducing our Governors 4

“I fell in love with St James’ Catholic Primary School almost seven years ago when I was invited to join them as a P.P.A teacher working with children across the school from Nursery to Year Six. I was made most welcome by the Governing Body, the Headteacher, the Staff and above all the children. I have the most wonderful memories of my time at St James’ and I am delighted at being appointed a Governor here at the school. I am a former Deputy Headteacher and subject Coordinator at several different schools in the Diocese of Salford and Manchester LEA. I have held curriculum responsibilities for Special Educational Needs, Modern Foreign Languages, Mathematics and Sport. I bring to the school a wealth of experience in the Primary Sector and my appointment enables me to work alongside a dedicated team supporting the needs of your children here in Hattersley. An avid Manchester United fan I have taught football, cricket, netball and lacrosse, being one of the founder members of Manchester’s Primary School Lacrosse Development Programme. Hobbies include reading, watercolour painting, travel, woodworking and DIY. I also play snooker at League Level and have been known to play the guitar and sing when called on. My wife and step daughter have been a constant source of support and are delighted that I am joining the Governing Body at St James’.  My hope is that I will be able to assist the staff and the Governors to ensure the very best education for your children. The school is already “outstanding” in so many ways and it ia a privilege for me to be appointed as one of your governors. Peter O’Keefe, Foundation Governor

Bits of paper… Hons Degree in Chemistry 1966, Post Graduate Certificate in Education 1967, Post Graduate Diploma in Management in Education 1983

Career… Taught “Science” for 23 years, ordained Priest 1995, Parish Priest at St James’ from end of August 2002

Some interests- alphabetical order… Gadgets, Preaching, Reading, Scripture, Star Trek, Travel and Walking” Fr. Paul Hughes, Vice Chair of Governors and Parish Priest