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Impact of the Governing Body 16-17

Each school in the state system has a Governing Body. The Governing Body plays a key role in helping oversee the strategic direction of the school and works in partnership with the Head Teacher and Senior Management Team. The main aim of a Governing body is to ensure the delivery of a high standard of education for all pupils in its care.  

The Governing Body has three main roles:


The Governing Body sets the general direction of the school, looking at how it should best develop and improve. This is done by reviewing and agreeing policies, setting targets and priorities and monitoring and reviewing aims and objectives.

Critical Friend

The Governing Body works with the Head Teacher and creates a clear understanding of the challenges faced in managing the school. The governing body's role is to question and challenge. A good working relationship is essential as a real critical friendship is only achieved where there is trust and mutual respect.


The Governing Body has a professional attitude and uses their collective skills to benefit our learners. It gathers views, asks questions and decides what is best for the school and the children.  They hold full meetings each term and assign specific tasks and responsibilities to individual governors as listed below. We hold a general meeting each term, which covers strategy, buildings/finance, personnel and curriculum. We also hold a  separate meeting each term which has a  specific focus on Finance and Buildings. 

Please click here for the Terms of Reference of the Governing Body and for the Finance & Buildings sub committee and Individual roles. Other Terms of Reference are available on request from the school office for Appeals, Discipline Committee, Head Performance Management, Hearings Committee.

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 The Governing Body here at Meadows First School is made up of the following volunteers from Parents, Staff, Local Education Authority (LEA) and the community.  

Mr A Lynch (LEA) - Chairman -  Safeguarding, Performance Management

Mrs C Tilsley (Community) - Vice Chair, Performance Management

Mrs J Baker (Community) - SEN

Mrs J Barrow (Community) - Supporting SEN

Mrs L Beck (Staff)

Mrs G Chancellor (Parent) - Health & Safety

Mr M Jones (Community) - Finance and Buildings Representative

Mrs W Dwyer (Staff) - Staff Representative

Dr E Parker (Parent) - Maths and Pupil Premium

Mrs S Preece (Parent) - English

Mrs P Reed - (Parent) - Sports Premium and Early Years

Mr S Sanderson (Parent) -  e Safety and finance

Mrs C Taylor (Parent) - SMSC

Mrs S Archer – Clerk to Governors

 Register of Interest for all our Governors reads as follows:

Name                         Appointed     Term Ends   Current Employment/ Income details       Directorship   Relative Disclosure    

Jane Baker                  15/09/2014    Sep 2018   Retired Teacher & governor at LickeyEnd     None            Supply Teacher

Jane Barrow               21/09/2017   Sep 2021   SENCO at The Meadows Primary, Birmingham None            None

Louise Beck                05/01/2004    Jan 2021   School Secretary at Meadows                         None             Secretary at Sch

Georgina Chancellor   15/09/2014    Sep 2018  Solicitor, Gowling WLG              None             None

Martin Jones               15/09/2014     Sep 2018  Retired Police officer, TA at Meadows            None             TA at Sch

Miles Jones                 08/07/2013     Sept 2021   Commercial Finance Mng - NEC Ltd               None              Father in Law audits Sch Fund

Andi Lynch                 23/01/2012     Jan 2020   Castle High Sch and Edexel Exam board         None              None

Elisa Parker                02/03/2015     Mar 2019   Finance Asst - Bitters'n'Twisted                       None              None

Samantha Preece       27/05/2011     May 2019  Head Marketing - G Tech       Co-Director at Millbrook Solutions - Software provision to Education (Not Meadows)   None

Polly Reed                 21/09/2017      Sep 2021  Business Services Manager - WM Police & Crime Commission     None        None

Scott Sanderson         02/03/2015    Mar 2019   Fly by Nite Conferences Ltd                           None              None

Caroline Tilsley          18/01/2010     Mar 2019    Avon Freight Group                                        None              None

Carol Taylor                24/09/2015     Sep 2019    TA Whitton Middle Sch                                  None              None

Attendance records for our governors are as follows:

Jane Baker - 2015/16 = 7 from 11.   2016/17 = 5 from 7

Louise Beck - 2015/16 = 3 from 5.  2016/17 = 2 from 4

Georgina Chancellor - 2015/16 = 4 from 5.  2016/17 = 5 from 7

Wendy Dwyer -  2015/16 = 5 from 5.  2016/17 = 5 from 4

 Martin Jones - 2015/16 = 5 from 5.  2016/17 = 6 from 4

 Miles Jones -  2015/16 = 8 from 9.  2016/17 = 7 from 7

Andi Lynch -  2015/16 = 8 from 8.  2016/17 =  5 from 4

Elisa Parker - 2015/16 = 11 from 11.  2016/17 = 6 from 7

Samantha Preece - 2015/16 = 7 from 8.  2016/17 = 3 from 4

Scott Sanderson - 2015/16 = 10 from 11.  2016/17 = 7 from 7

Carol Taylor - 2015/16 = 9 from 11.  2016/17 = 3 from 7

 Caroline Tilsley - 2015/16 = 5 from 8.  2016/17 = 5 from 7


Please click here for details of our specific Governors Training details.  All of our Governors also attend an annual Impact of Governance training event with Martin Allan from Worcestershire Governor Services and an overview of Academy Status on 2nd February 2017.


Governors Annual Report to Parents 2017

Governors Annual Report to Parents 2016

Governors Short Report Summer 2016


 View our Governor Updates here 

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