LALEHAM LEA

A Catholic Independent Primary School for boys and girls aged 3 to 11

Meet Our Governors

Leadership and Governance is described as ‘excellent’ in the ISI Inspection (2012). Our Governors engage in a collegiate process to support our whole school. Their combination of skills, experience and commitment to our school provide invaluable support.

Mrs Elaine Hallam retired from our Board of Governors on the 31st August 2015 after many years of wonderful work, commitment and dedication to Laleham Lea School.

We thank Mrs Hallam for all her work and wish her all the best for the future.

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Ms Yvonne Epale

Chair of Governors


BA in French & Politics

Mrs Epale has worked as a teacher of French at a Catholic Secondary School for 10 years.

Education Law work in private practice for 3 years.

Experience in Wandsworth Local Authority in Education Department and Safeguarding.

In January 2012, she started working with Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark Education Department as Legal Officer.

Canon Frank O'Sullivan

Canon Frank is a retired Parish Minister who has performed many leadership roles in the Catholic Diocese.

He was Chairperson of Diocesan Schools in the London Boroughs of Bexley, Greenwich and Kingston for twenty five years.

Canon Frank has sat on various Committees, principally Staffing and Finance.

Canon Frank was asked by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Southwark to act as Diocesan nominee on the Board of Directors of Laleham Lea.

Mrs Johanna Staunton

Former head teacher of Laleham Lea.

She has taught in Catholic primary schools since 1972.

Mrs Staunton took a break of 10 years to bring up 4 children, then returned part-time to Catholic education.

She has been involved at Laleham Lea since 2000, initially teaching Year 3 – Pre-Prep class, also RE and Assessment coordinator.

She is active in Parish life, at various times she has led children’s liturgy and Confirmation preparation and has been a Eucharistic Minister.

She ran the junior tennis section at her tennis club, organising matches for up to 160 children every Saturday.

Mrs Joanna Tobiasiewicz

Qualified solicitor, occasional organist at Mass.

1984 – 2007: Mother of 5 children – all attended Laleham Lea.
2 yrs part-time ‘Polish as an Additional Language’ teacher for children.
2 yrs full-time carer for mother.
6 yrs guardian to Chinese minor.

1984 to date: Legal adviser to local Polish School, Polish Catholic Mission Trust, Grabowski Fund, POSK – Polish Social and Cultural Centre.

2005 to date: Trustee Veritas Foundation – Catholic/Polish publishing house.

2007 – 2008: Residential Care Home Trustee and full-time volunteer Business Manager.

April 2009 - 2014: full-time commitment to Laleham Lea School – School Business Manager.

Mrs Mary Ryan

Mrs Ryan has been a teacher for 14 years, teaching Music and RE.

School Governor for 16 years with responsibility for SEN and Music.

Education Lawyer for 13 years.

Currently working for Diocese of Westminster as Legal Officer.

To contact our Chair of Governors / Governors please address all correspondence to the Laleham Lea School Office

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