St Nicholas

Catholic Primary School

Oakwood Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS9 6QY

01132 930 318


I would like to warmly welcome you to St Nicholas Catholic Primary School.

The Governors at St Nicholas work closely with the school to fulfill their statutory role and to shape the school’s policy, curriculum, accountability and ethos. The Governors, all volunteers, from a variety of backgrounds, who contribute to the work of the Governing Body through a number of committees.

Jane Burns


I am very proud to have been a Head Teacher at St Nicholas Catholic Primary School since 2014. The school motto is ‘Love one another’ and this is felt every day within school. The children come first in all that we set out to do and this is supported by the staff, parents, parish and governors. 


Stratis Koutsoukos

Chair of Governors

I am the newly appointed Chair of Governors (2020) and have undertaken various roles as an educator over the past 20 years in the UK, Europe and seven Sub-Saharan countries. Currently, I serve as a course director for 400 pupils in one of England’s largest Business Schools, I am an external examiner for two other universities. I enjoy working with culturally diverse groups and pride myself for representing the interests of others in a constructive and effective manner.


Nicky Fox

Staff Governor

My whole career has been in Catholic education and I have been privileged to teach at St. Nicholas Catholic Primary School since 1996. My two children attend Catholic schools within the Diocese of Leeds and both have had very happy and positive experiences in their schools.  I always try as a teacher and a school governor to ensure that all the children at this school will also have this experience.  I have been Deputy Head at St. Nicholas since September 2015 and look forward to ensuring that the children in our care see their years at this school as very positive.


Father Craig

Foundation Governor

Coming soon...



Judith Putsman

Foundation Governor

I am pleased and privileged to be a member of the Governing Body of St Nicholas Catholic Primary School.  My background is in education, having been a teacher for many years, including 12 years as head-teacher of a Leeds primary school.  I have a wide range of interests, including 3 grandchildren. I also have a good sense of humour, as demonstrated by being a life-long supporter of Middlesbrough Football Club.


Jenny Stuart-Collins

Foundation Governor 

I am delighted to be a member of the Governing Body of St Nicholas Catholic Primary School.  I am currently a Senior Lecturer in Primary Education at Leeds Trinity University and have held that role for 13 years.  Prior to Lecturing, I taught in a number of Primary Schools across Leeds.  Having had a Catholic Education myself, I feel privileged to be a Governor in one of our Catholic Schools.  I enjoy music and am one of the organists at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Leeds.



Mr S Pianigiani

Foundation Governor

Coming soon..


Dave Kagai

Parent Governor

I am a parent governor. I feel privileged and proud to be a parent and a governor in the same school. My background is strategic business management and I have worked in five different countries.  I have a passion for education and motivating to make a difference especially to the next generation.  I am currently working part-time as a Tutor with WEA teaching different groups of adults in the community.  I am also a board member of the NHS: Clinical Commissioning group (CCG) Leeds.  I am humbled and very grateful to have this opportunity to team up with great people to work for a noble cause for the school and the community.


Mrs D Jones

Foundation Governor

After a career spanning some 40 years in Financial Services I am now retired and am a relatively new Governor but have been delighted and grateful for the support given to me by my fellow Governors, the school itself and the Diocese. My interest in education dates back to my cradle, as my mother was a teacher for over 40 years and I grew up sharing in the triumphs and challenges of this most important area in the lives of our young people. I have 2 grown up children, now living and working in London and the South East neither of whom have favoured me with grandchildren yet! I am a parishioner and Catechist at the church of St Nicholas and my interests include the theatre, ancient and biblical history and travel.


Dr. Ani

Foundation Governor

Coming soon..


Updated 01/12/22