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“We are committed to creating a safe, caring and successful environment, empowering students to achieve their full potential during their time at our school”

School Governors

Welcome to the section of the website where you can find out more about the school’s governors, and the work that we do.

Our main role is to support the Head teacher and the staff – the phrase often used to describe this role is ‘a critical friend’. We help them to set and reach targets and to strive for excellence across the whole spectrum of school life.

The two key documents used for this are:

  • the School Action Plan which sets out the strategic plan for the school, with targets that everyone works towards

and

  • the Self Evaluation Form (SEF) which sets out how well the school is doing and where we aim to make improvements.

Our legal duties include:

  • setting strategic direction, policies and objectives
  • approving the school budget
  • reviewing progress against the school's budget and objective
  • appointing, challenging and supporting the Head teacher

Governors discharge these responsibilities, together with many others, through a Full Governing Body meeting each term. These meetings are supplemented by termly sub-committee meetings dealing with more specific issues. The governing body has two sub-committees to focus on different areas:

  •  Curriculum and Pastoral committee:

This committee meets once a term to carry out governing body responsibilities in relation to curriculum and pastoral issues. The committee reviews and monitors relevant areas such as pastoral and curriculum structures, exclusion and attendance patterns, pupil achievement against set targets, and also reviews key policies on topics such as pupil behaviour, anti-bullying, race and equality, sex & relationships education, and many others.

  •  Finance, Staffing & Premises committee:

This committee meets once a term to carry out governing body responsibilities in relation to Finance, staffing and premises issues. The committee has responsibility for oversight and approval of the annual school budget, and throughout the year reviews and monitors budget related issues, income and expenditure and other finance topics, through regular briefings from the head teacher or Strategic Site & Finance Manager. The committee monitors and approves the school's staffing structure and pay scales as well as the school's arrangements for staff induction, CPD and support for trainee teachers. Staff attendance and sickness patterns are also monitored via briefings from the Strategic Business Manager, and the committee also reviews and approves key policies such as Capability (teachers/support staff), teacher appraisal, disciplinary, grievance, leave of absence, safer recruitment, and many others.

Roles and responsibilities of governors

There are several categories of governor, appointed by different groups that have an interest in the school. These are co-opted governors, Local Authority governors, parent governors and staff governors (including the head teacher). All governors have equal status no matter which type of governor they are. A number of governors also have responsibilities for specific issues within the school such as special educational needs (SEN), safeguarding and financial controls.

  Name  Date of Appointment  Term of Office  Category of Governor (Appointed by)  Business Interests & any other Governor positions held 
 Malcolm Sparkes  27/06/2014 4 Years   Co-opted (GB) None 
 Ann Andersen  15/04/2013  N/A  Head teacher (GB) 
  • EBN Trust Board member/director
  Roy Jackson  27/06/2014  4 Years   Co-opted (GB)  None 
  Rachael Sparkes   27/06/2014 4 Years   Co-opted (GB) 
  •  Assistant Head Teacher at Academies Enterprise Trust
   Cllr. Majid Mahmood 07/12/2017 4 Years    Local Authority (LA)
  • Birmingham City Councillor for Bromford and Hodge Hill ward 
  •  Trustee of the Birmingham Airport Community Trust Fund 
  •  Cabinet Member for Clean Streets, Waste and Recycling
  •  Chair of the Warwickshire County Cricket Club Safety Advisory Group 
  • Member of UNITE
  •  Member of GMB
   Emma Maleady  27/06/2014 4 Years    Co-opted (GB)  None
   Rukhsana Qaiser  02/12/2014  4 Years  Parent (ballot of parents)   None
  Mark Shergold 27/06/2014 4 Years  Co-opted (GB)  None
   Mike Lyons 16/09/2015 4 Years Co-opted (GB)
  • Employed by HS2
   Rita Tappia 16/09/2015 4 Years Co-opted (GB)
  • Employed by HS2
  • Spouse employed by DfE
Jo Gittins 13/09/2017 4 years Co-opted (GB) Employed by Mitie
Nathan Holtom 29/03/2018 4 years Staff (ballot of staff) none
Anthony Dedekuma 19/04/2018 4 years Co-opted (GB) Employed by Lloyds Bank

 

 Attendance Records 2016/17 Meetings

Name Full Governing Body Finance, Staffing & Premises Committee Curriculum & Pastoral Committee
 Malcolm Sparkes  3/3 4/4 2/3
 Ann Andersen  3/3  4/4 3/3 
 Roy Jackson 3/3 3/4 2/3 
 Rachael Sparkes 2/3 3/4  1/3 
 Cllr. Majid Mahmood 2/3 1/4  NOT A MEMBER 
 Emma Maleady 3/3 3/4  3/3 
 Antony Steadman-Hope 3/3 1/4  3/3 
 Rukhsana Qaiser 0/3  0/4 0/3
 Okaoghene Regha 2/3 2/4 0/3 
Mark Shergold 3/3 3/4 1/3
 Mike Lyons 0/3 2/4 NOT A MEMBER
 Rita Tappia 1/3 NOT A MEMBER 1/3
Ketan Patel (governor until 03/11/17) 0/1 N/A NOT A MEMBER

 Attendance Records 2017/18 Meetings (to date)

Name Full Governing Body Finance, Staffing & Premises Committee Curriculum & Pastoral Committee
 Malcolm Sparkes  2/3 1/2 2/2
 Ann Andersen  3/3 2/2 2/2
 Roy Jackson 3/3 2/2 1/2
 Rachael Sparkes 2/3 2/2 0/2
 Cllr. Majid Mahmood 0/3 0/2 NOT A MEMBER 
 Emma Maleady 2/3 2/2 2/2
 Antony Steadman-Hope (governor until 07/02/18) 1/2 0/1 1/2
 Rukhsana Qaiser 2/3 1/2 2/2
 Okaoghene Regha (governor until 08/11/17) 0/1 N/A 0/1
Mark Shergold 1/3 2/2 2/2
 Mike Lyons 0/3  1/2 NOT A MEMBER
 Rita Tappia 1/3 NOT A MEMBER 1/2
Nathan Holtom (governor from 29/3/18) 1/1 0/0 0/0
Jo Gittins 3/3 1/2 1/2

Responsibilities

Chair of Governing Body: Malcolm Sparkes

Vice-chair of Governing Body: Roy Jackson

Chair of Curriculum & Pastoral committee: Roy Jackson

Vice-chair of Curriculum & Pastoral committee: Rachael Sparkes

Chair of Finance, Staffing & Premises committee: Rachael Sparkes

Vice-chair of Finance, Staffing & Premises committee: Mark Shergold