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 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 –

Declaration of interest of Governors at Holywell 2018-2019

Governor Structure Chart 2018-19

Contact: Governors@holywell.worcs.sch.uk

Our Governors

Reverend Sean Clancy

Hi, I’m Rev’d Sean Clancy, one of the governors at Holywell and I also have a child who attends the school. I am the Curate at St Chads church and regularly visit the school to conduct assemblies. My role in the church means I spend a lot of my time in the community working with people from all areas of Rubery. I have also been a children’s and youth worker in a previous life and still maintain a passion for seeing children and young people flourish into the people they aspire to be.

To this end, I am keen to be part of the Holywell governor team, promoting high teaching standards, and seeking to develop individual students & inspiring them to achieve their full potential. The wellbeing of the students and staff is also a priority of mine, as a healthy school is a happy school. It is a privilege and honour to serve as a school governor, supporting Holywell as it strives to be recognised as outstanding.

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  2017-18 – 100%

Mr J Evans
Class Teacher, Assessment Lead and Co-Opted Governor

Hi, I’m Jonathan Evans.  I am currently teaching in Year 5.  Across the school I am responsible for Assessment. I am also a Co-opted Governor.


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 100%

Esther Burgoyne
Parent Governor

Hi, I am Esther Burgoyne, one of the parent governors at Holywell and I have two boys at the school. I am a trained secondary school music teacher, and prior to having my children worked at a school in Sandwell for 8 years. I also have experience teaching music at a specialist school for children aged 8 – 19. My current position is as a director within a family owned limited company, which sells solutions into the flexographic printing industry.

I have lived in Rubery all my life, and attended the Holywell site myself when it was formerly Gannow Middle School. I am passionate that all children at Holywell have access to the very best learning opportunities we can provide, and that they experience high quality teaching that inspires and enables them to reach for and achieve their full potential. I think that Holywell is a wonderful school in a beautiful setting, and I am delighted to be able to have a hand in the continued improvement of this lovely school in its journey to becoming ‘outstanding’.

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  2017-18 – 80%

Helen Miles
Co-opted Governor

Hello, I am Helen Miles, a parent of two children in the school. I have been a governor since 2014 and more recently Vice-Chair of Governors, which has allowed me to utilise  the skills I have developed in my ‘day job’. I have worked for Barnardo’s for the last 7 years in a variety of different roles, with children, young people and their families being at the heart of everything I do. I am currently in a relationship management role overseeing partnership strategic priories for both Barnardo’s and one of the top construction companies globally.

I take my role as Governor extremely seriously, undertaking the role of a critical friend passionately. I question and challenge the performance of the school and monitor this is many ways.  I have focused visits which look at specific areas on the school development plan and regularly take part in committee/governor meetings as well as the many occasion I attend the school as a parent. I have extra responsibility for tracking the progress, performance and wellbeing of year 2 and also Assessment.

I love this school, it is in a beautiful location, has some fabulous teachers and well behaved children and it is a pleasure to hold the position of Vice-Chair of Governors.

Vice Chair

Parent Governor

Mental Health Governor

Year Group 2

Attendance at Governors meetings  2017-18 – 100%


Jessica Rance
Local Authority Governor

I am Jess Rance & I am appointed as the Local Authority Governor. ( Sept 2018)

I am Deputy Head Curriculum at Edgbaston High School for Girls in Birmingham where I have responsibility for Assessment, reporting and recording, timetabling, options as well as many other tasks.

I am also a Teacher of Geography, and I teach pupils from Year 7 to Year 13. I love my job and I am extremely passionate about the education of young people. I am also a trained school inspector for  ISI (Independent School’s Inspectorate).

I moved to Rubery in 2018 and am excited to be a governor at my local primary and nursery school.

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 11.  I have three children and my daughter is in Year 3.

I currently work in two special schools as a family Support Worker and have 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  2017-18 – 90%