School Governing Bodies are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education. Together with the headteacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management, they set the school's aims and policies.
John Orchard (Member and Trustee) Chair of Trustees
Retired local government accountant who has been involved with school governance for over twenty years at two primary and one secondary school. Currently a governor at two of schools. In February 2016 he completed four terms as a Chair of an IEB at a primary school in North Birmingham that was successfully transferred to an academy chain. Recently been invited to join the IEB of a secondary school in South Birmingham.
Carol Parkinson (Trustee) Vice Chair of Trustees
My career started as a class teacher for deaf children and have worked with children of all ages, particularly with primary. I trained as an Educational Audiologist working in schools and hospitals and involved in inter-disciplinary work with other agencies.
I lead the hearing impaired unit in Wolverhampton.
I trained as an Additional Inspector for Ofsted and have fourteen years of inspection experience. I have also has experience of being a magistrate for ten years.
I currently run an office at the Oratory Catholic church, this includes editing the Oratory magazine and supporting the church community.
Annette O’Neill (Member)
A registered chiropractor for over ten years in Birmingham having two chiropractic businesses in the city. She has a keen interest in physical and mental well being linked to her chiropractice. Part of her current role is being involved in chiropractic research for young children and adults and the impact on their development, particularly with links to brain function and diet. She has worked with vulnerable woman in Birmingham city to rehabilitate them into the community. Her business provides well-being services for staff in schools, that includes coaching to support areas such as advice on ‘work life balance’.
Yva Alexandrova Meadway (Member)
Over ten years of combined international and UK experience in humanitarian and charity work. I currently work as Policy Manager for the Migrants Resource Centre, a charity working to support migrants and refugees in their integration and setting up a new life in the UK. I work both with newly arriving migrants and long settled ethnic communities to help develop policies that reflect their needs and experiences and to ensure their voices are heard.
Rubina Darr (Trustee)
Head Teacher for ten years and under my leadership took my current school from satisfactory to being judged as outstanding school in November 2014. I am an NLE and was previously an LLE for over 5 years and since 2012 has been providing leadership and school improvement both commissioned by the LA for tailor-made strategic and operational school improvement for special measures schools. Until recently I was an active member of the LA school improvement group. I regularly have Head Teachers both locally and nationally visit my school for examples of best practice.
Barbara Jacques (Trustee)
A long career as an Area Manager in schools catering services for Birmingham City Council. She has been responsible for managing staff, conducting appraisals as well as chairing hearings and disciplinaries. Most recently she has been working in NHS hospitals. A director of her own domestic hygiene business. Has been a successful Chair of Governors of an outstanding primary school and Vice Chair of another outstanding primary school in Birmingham. She has a deep understanding of the role of all stakeholders in primary schools to secure a good education for children and continual school improvement. She also has significant experience of engaging with diverse communities and currently being the lead safeguarding governor.
‘Friday morning is a fantastic time for me as I can talk to different parents about the school and our children’s needs. We feel that our governors make time to listen to us; it is also an opportunity that as Muslims we can share different cultures/ upbringing but that we have much in common like friendship and supporting each other. Cooking is a good way to learn about each other.’
‘Friday morning in the community room means that we get to chat, we have fun and get to meet all the parents. If there is an issue we talk about it in the Community Room. Our Parent Partnership worker helps with translation if we need it.’
‘In the Community Room I enjoy meeting friends, having fun, it is a place to be sociable with all member of the community. I would like to Thank Mrs.Darr and the staff.’
‘Friday morning coffee in the community room we socialise, we chat, we enjoy ourselves. It is somewhere where we can relax and know that my children are well looked after. If I want to see the Head Teacher she’s available and also we have the support of the School Governor. We take turns cooking and learning about each others cultures. I want to thank the staff and Mrs.Darr for giving us this room. Thank you Mrs.Darr.’