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Summary of Members

The Priory Primary Governing Body

 

 

 

Phillip Butcher - Pen Portrait

 

Governor Name: Mr Butcher

Type of Governor:  Head Teacher

Member of: Finance & Staffing, Pupil & Curriculum

Connections to Staff: Head Teacher

Other governing posts held: Primrose PRU

Business Declarations: None

Attendance to meetings: 100%

I have been Head Teacher at The Priory Primary School for over 9 years and have seen the school develop and expand into a very well-respected school. I have been an educationalist for over 20 years, although I first qualified and practised as a Social Worker. I have been fortunate to work in a diverse range of schools and settings as a Teacher, Deputy Head Teacher, Primary Strategy Consultant and then Head Teacher of an International School in Shanghai before moving to Wednesbury.

 

It has been through these posts that I have learnt a great deal about leadership, accelerating progress, enhancing the curriculum and creating change to improve standards. I believe that high-quality teaching is at the heart of every good school and I am very much looking forward to continuing our journey towards excellence; ably supported by a very committed and knowledgeable group of governors.

 

 

 

 

Governor Name: Mrs Dickenson

Type of Governor:  Associate

Member of: Finance & Staffing and Premises Health & Safety

Connections to Staff: School Business Manager

Other governing posts held: None

Business Declarations: None

Attendance to meetings: 100%

 

Elaine Dickenson - Pen Portrait

 

I have worked at The Priory since February 2006 when I was first employed as a part-time administrator.

 

In 2014, I was successful in gaining the position of School Business Manager. I am responsible for the strategic development of all business, financial, administrative, operational and facilities in relation to the school.

 

I have been an Associate Governor on the Premises, Health and Safety Committee since April 2015 and an advisory member of the Finance and Staffing Committee.

 

 

 

 

Governor Name: Mrs Holden

Type of Governor:  Chair of Governors

Date of Appointment: 27/11/14 - Nov 22

Member of: Finance & Staffing 

Connections to Staff: No

Other governing posts held: None

Business Declarations: None

Attendance to meetings: 100%

 

Diane Holden - Pen Portrait

 

I became a Co-opted Governor many years ago whilst teaching at the local secondary school on Friar Park. During my long teaching career there (39years) I had many roles both academic and pastoral which helped me gain a good knowledge and understanding of the local community.

 

For the last 3 years, I have been privileged to be Chair of Governors at this wonderful school. As Ofsted recognised in September 2016, I am determined that pupils attending The Priory receive the best education possible and leave the school with the skills required to succeed in later life.

 

 

 

 

Governor Name: Mrs McLaughlan

Type of Governor:  PAR - Vice Chair of Governors

Date of Appointment: 08/02/16 - 07/02/20

Member of: Finance & Staffing, Pupil & Curriculum

Connections to Staff: No

Other governing posts held: None

Business Declarations: None

Attendance to meetings: 100%

Claire McLaughlan - Pen Portrait

 

I have spent all my life on friar park and attended JEC, now my children all attend The Priory.  I became a parent governor to gain a better understanding of my children’s education.  I use my parent’s perspective to give my opinion on things such as the curriculum, and my experience working in finance to contribute to overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure money is well spent.  I want to help give all pupils the opportunity to achieve their full potential.

 

 

 

 

Governor Name: Margaret Francis

Type of Governor:  PAR - Chair of Finance & Staffing

Date of Appointment: 30/06/17 - 29/06/21

Member of: Finance & Staffing, Behaviour & Safety

Connections to Staff: No

Other governing posts held: None

Business Declarations: None

Attendance to meetings: 92%

 

Margret Francis - Pen Portrait

 

I have worked for over 16 years in an informal and formal educational environment.  Firstly as a Full-Time Youth Worker, and currently as a Learning Support practitioner working with students with Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties.

 

I joined the Priory Primary Governing Body as a parent governor as I felt that to truly understand how education was working for my children and the wider community I needed to get involved.  I have gained a vast amount of knowledge and experience within the several areas of the Governing Body which has helped me to ensure that pupils of The Priory get the best value and support from all staff and that we continue to offer a quality service to the community.  I'm so delighted to say that I’m a member of this committed team.

 

 

 

 

Governor Name: Mr Patel

Type of Governor:  STA

Date of Appointment: 12/01/16 - 11/01/20

Member of: Pupil & Curriculum

Connections to Staff: Member of staff

Other governing posts held: None

Business Declarations: None

Attendance to meetings: 100%

 

Vijay Patel - Pen Portrait

 

I have worked in Friar Park for twenty years starting at Tameside Primary and then moving to The Priory. I have been a senior leader for sixteen years and have led on most areas, specifically maths, computing and science. I am now a facilitator for STEM and I am leading the school in its development.

 

I have three young children, this enables me to view actions implemented from a parent perspective. I am a keen sports person, holding the rank of 3rd Dan Black Belt in Kick Boxing and level 10 in Kali.

 

Being a Teacher Governor at The Priory is always informative and challenging, it gives me the opportunity in driving the school forward and making decisions that have an impact on the life choices of the children that we serve on Friar Park.

 

 

 

 

Governor Name: Ann Reeves

Type of Governor:  COP

Date of Appointment: 03/12/15 - 02/12/19

Member of: Pupil & Curriculum

Connections to Staff: No

Other governing posts held: None

Business Declarations: Yes Employed by SIPS Educ Music Dept

Attendance to meetings: 100%

 

Ann Reeves - Pen Portrait

 

I have always had a passion for music and over time this has developed into the perfect job, teaching and playing musical instruments.

 

I work for with many school and lots of children under SIPs music service. I believe that ever child should have an opportunity in developing their musical ability through a range of instruments.

 

I have worked with The Priory Primary School for many years and together we have been able to develop our skills into a school band.

 

 

 

 

Governor Name: Ruth Ellison

Type of Governor:  COP

Member of: Premises Health & Safety

Connections to Staff: No

Other governing posts held: None

Business Declarations: 

Attendance to meetings:  

 

Ruth Ellison - Pen Portrait

 

Ruth Ellis was Ruth Ellison as on the 13th November 2019 I was married in Jamaica. I was co-opted to be a Governor at The Priory Primary School in 2018.

 

I became the Children’s Centre Manager at Friar Park Children’s Centre in April 2017. This area of Sandwell was totally new to me and I was apprehensive of working in Friar Park and Wednesbury due to all the rumours you hear. I can honestly say I wouldn’t look back nor would I work anywhere else in Sandwell. The partnership working with the school and Children’s Centre has grown from strength to strength and is still growing.

 

I am not saying we have not had our challenges however the children and families of Friar Park/Wednesbury appreciate everything we do for them. The school and Governors all thrive for the same Goal “offering the children of Wednesbury a Healthy start in life and opportunities that will give them life long memories” A little bit of history…. Ruth Ellis was the last person to be hanged.

 

 

 

 

Governor Name: Ivy Taylor

Type of Governor:  Parent

Member of: 

Connections to Staff: No

Other governing posts held: None

Business Declarations: None

Attendance to meetings:  

 

Ivy Taylor - Pen Portrait

 

I have experience living and working in Africa, the USA and England with a diverse group of people. My experience includes Hospitality, Health & Social Care, Voluntary Sector and Mental Health Services. I currently facilitate courses for the NHS Recovery College.

 

I have three children and am proud to say they have all studied at The Priory Primary. I have always been passionate about giving back to the school as a way of acknowledging all the hard work that all staff do.  As a passionate baker, helping with baking for school events has been one way of saying thank you and raising funds for the school.

 

I also have experience in bid writing which I hope I can use to support the school with any required projects. As a Mental Health First Aid Instructor Trainer delivering both Youth and Adult Training, now more than ever it's so important to think about pupils and staff’s wellbeing and this is another area I’m happy to support the school with.

 

I believe all pupils have potential and with the proper support in place, we can all continue to give them hope to aspire to a brighter future. I  believe in empowering young people to dream big. My mantra is “When you Learn, Teach. When you Get, Give.” Paying it Forward is the way we inspire the future generation.

 

 

 

 

Governor Name: Serica Hunter

Type of Governor:  

Member of: 

Connections to Staff: No

Other governing posts held: None

Business Declarations: None

Attendance to meetings:  

 

Serica Hunter - Pen Portrait

 

I have worked at Wodensborough Ormiston Academy for 2 years now, starting as a Lead Practitioner. I have been a lead teacher across a number of schools within Birmingham, Walsall and Sandwell for the past nine years. Within this time I have led in many areas, specifically Initial teacher training, Science and CPD and. I am now a Senior leader in KS2/3 Transition and Curriculum, contributing towards leading departments in the development of a new curriculum and overseeing all Year 6 entries to the School.

 

I have a desire to help and support others where I can and have previously been a staff governor at an alternative provision school in Birmingham. My full calendar means I love to unwind by reading books when I can or being active by engaging in sport. I have played Netball since I was 10 years old for school, county and clubs. I also enjoy swimming, going to the gym and taking part in Zumba sessions.

 

I am currently the Local Authority Governor at The Priory and I am enjoying the informative nature of the role. It gives me the opportunity to develop my understanding of the transition between key stages and to have direct input into how Secondary schools can best support Year 6 students in that transition to ensure a seamless education takes place. 

 

Retired Posts

 

Governor Name: Joyce Edis 

Type of Governor: 

Member of: 

Connections to Staff: 

Other governing posts held: 

Business Declarations: 

Attendance to meetings: 

 

 

Governor Name: Mr Williams

Type of Governor: 

Member of:

Connections to Staff: 

Other governing posts held: 

Business Declarations:

Attendance to meetings: 

 

 

Stepped Down

 

Governor Name:  Ms Moore

Type of Governor: PAR

Member of: 

Connections to Staff: 

Other governing posts held: 

Business Declarations: 

Attendance to meetings: 

 

Governor Name: Mr Jelfs

Type of Governor: PAR

Date of appointment: 30/04/2016 - 03/01/2017

Member of: Pupil & Curriculum

Connections to Staff: No

Other governing posts held: None

Business Declarations: No

Attendance to meetings: 100%

Reason for stepping down: Commitments

 

Governor Name: Mrs Roberts

Type of Governor: COP

Date of appointment: 27-11-2014 - 26-05-2017

Member of: Pupil & Curriculum

Connections to Staff: Deputy Head

Other governing posts held: None

Business Declarations: No

Attendance to meetings: 100%

Reason for stepping down: Taken new post

 

 

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