Holywell Primary and Nursery School

Introduction from the Chair

Welcome to the Governor page for Holywell Primary School and Nursery. We are very proud of our school, and as a governing body we all have a passion to ensure that all our children reach their full potential in learning to give them the opportunity to get a great start in life. We are committed to providing the very best for the children in our care, and want all children to remember their time at Holywell Primary and Nursery school with fun and fond memories.

Governing bodies have three main roles: to provide strategic direction for the school; to act as a critical friend to the headteacher, who is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school, and the school team; to ensure accountability.

A Governing Body is often referred to as being a ‘critical friend’ to the school and should have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

The governing body includes parents, staff from the school, people chosen by governors from the local community, people appointed by the Local Education Authority (LEA). At Holywell each governor looks after areas mainly in line with their own skill set, and each governor is linked to a particular priority on the School Development Plan in order to monitor the actions that the school is taking. Governors are also assigned to a year group so they can follow progress of the pupils, getting to know the children and being strategic in their approach.

Our Link Governors for the school development plan and improvement 2017/18 are:

  • School Attainment, Disadvantaged Pupils & Maths – Katya Chaplin
  • Policy, Procedure, Systems & Smart Governance  – Helen Miles 
  • Attendance, Absence & Mastery – Kate Thompson
  • Middle Leader Efficiency & Writing Effectiveness – Vanessa Currie
  • Accelerating Reading – Lizz Read

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Declaration of interest of Governors at Holywell 2016

FGB & Committees Remit

Our Governors

Mrs K Chaplin
Chair of Governors

Chair of Governors

I love our school and want for all the pupils to look back in years to come, past and present to feel the same. I lead the governing body, achieving as a team and work in partnership with the headteacher to play a pivotal role in school improvement. As Chair of Governors I am passionate about expecting, and creating, the best learning environment for our children; and firmly believe that every child deserves to excel to their full potential. There’s nothing better than seeing children proud of their work and I feel privileged to be in a position to support Holywell Primary School & Nursery on the journey towards excellence.

I bring aspects of my professional sales background and business acumen to our school governance and thoroughly enjoy the role. I have been involved in school governance since November 2008 and was voted in as chair in May 2012.  I have four children who span junior to secondary school. I am also a parent governor at the local secondary school.

My background is in retail with eleven years’ experience covering various roles such as sales, HR, project management, business development and senior leadership support.  I worked from a part-time assistant role up to a Senior Manager. My husband and I currently have our own local, family business, which has been trading for over the last twelve years. I am currently blending work, home and school together in a bid to continue to bring to our community in Rubery where I have lived for the past seventeen years.

Safeguarding, Pupil Premium and Science Governor

Year 6 Governor

Co-Opted Governor

Attendance at Governors meetings  2016-17 – 100%

Mr J Evans
Class Teacher, Key Stage 1 Leader, Maths Coordinator, Assessment Lead and Co-Opted Governor

Hi, I’m Jonathan Evans.  I am currently teaching in Year 2.  Across the school I am responsible for Maths and Assessment, as well as being Key Stage 1 Leader.   I am also a Co-opted Governor.

Co-Opted Governor

Attendance Ration 57%

Mrs D Savage
Class Teacher, PE Co-ordinator, EVC, Health & Safety Officer, ICT Technical Support and Staff Governor

Hi, I’m Donna Savage. I’ve worked at Holywell (and previously Callowbrook First School) for over 20 years and I love teaching! As well as being a class teacher I’m the teacher governor, Health & Safety Officer, Educational Visits Coordinator,  ICT technical support and PE Coordinator. I live locally in Rubery with my husband, and I have two grown-up children.

Staff Governor

PE, Health & Safety and Premises link to monitor funding and management 2017/18

Attendance Ratio 85%

Vanessa Currie
Co-Opted Governor

I am Head of People, Learning and Development at Millennium Point Property in Birmingham and leads on the delivery of all people management strategies which support Millennium Point’s overall business aims and objectives.

I have over 20 years’ HR experience including roles at Asda Stores Limited, West Mercia Constabulary and Mettis Aerospace. I have also spent time working as a freelance consultant providing advice and insights to a wide range of clients and organisations.

I am particularly interested in the training and development of all teaching and non- teaching staff at Holywell to ensure that all staff reach their full potential and improve further the quality of teaching at Holywell.

I am  also passionate about improving school care and support for children that have had difficult starts in life.

Co-Opted Governor

Writing Governor

Year Group 4

Attendance at Governors meetings  2016-17 – 80%

Zee Dinally
Co-Opted Governor

Co-Opted Governor

Science Governor

Attendance at Governors meetings  2016-17 – 42%

Julie Forth-Eglon
Co-Opted Governor

Co-Opted Governor

Attendance Ratio 100%

James Grainger
Co-Opted Governor

Co-Opted Governor

Year Group 5

Attendance at Governors meetings  2016-17 – 78%

Helen Miles
Parent Governor

Vice Chair

Parent Governor

Mental Health Governor

Year Group 2

Attendance at Governors meetings  2016-17 – 100%

Vacancy
LA Governor
Elizabeth Read
Co-Opted Governor

I joined the governing body here at Holywell in 2012 when my daughter was 2 years old, so that I could be involved in her school life and the school she attends. She is now in year 3 and enjoying life in the school. In addition to owning a business for 3 years coaching football to young children, I am also a security officer for the BBC and spent 8 years in the armed forces so have a strong interest in health, safety and security.

I am currently the foundation stage governor and my focus areas within the school are reading and phonics.

Nursery and Foundation Year Group

Co-Opted Governor

Reading and the Arts Governor

Attendance at Governors meetings  2016-17 – 37%

Kate Thompson
Parent Governor

My name is Kate Thompson.  I am one of the parent Governors here at Holywell.  I have been a governor since my son was in Reception and he’s now in Year 10.  I have three children and my daughter is in Year 2.

I currently work in two special schools as a family Support Worker and been a foster carer.

I am still as passionate about supporting the school in its journey to provide the best education and learning opportunities for our children.

Through excellent teaching and constantly evolving, we as governors endeavour to make sure each individual pupil has the ability to be the best they can be.

SEND and LAC Governor Link to monitor funding and management 2017/18

Year Group 1

Parent Governor

Attendance at Governors meetings  2016-17 – 100%