Governors

The Governing Board

Thank you for visiting the governor’s web page. Feedback from parents is often that they do not know who the Governors are and what the role of the Governing Board is so this will hopefully give you a bit more information.

 
The Governing Board works with the Headteacher and other staff to set a strategic direction for the school. First and foremost as Governors we ensure that your children are safe and happy in a good learning environment - with buildings and equipment that help teachers teach and pupils learn.
 
We complement and enhance the school leadership by providing support and challenge; ensuring that all statutory duties are met; appointing the Headteacher, holding the school to account for its impact on improving outcomes for all pupils and making sure that the school is managing the funding it receives well, ensuring that good value for money is obtained and that systems are in place to account for the spending of the whole budget. We also check that parents’ views are listened to and taken into consideration in all decisions and that parents are kept informed of school issues.
 
The Governors also deal with formal complaints; personnel issues; finance and resources; health and safety; policies; and some disciplinary matters.

The Headteacher, who is a member of the Governing Board, makes the day to day decisions about the running of the school.

Our Governing Board comprises of 11 representatives from school staff, the community, the local authority, parents and trustees. We also appoint associate members to the Governing Board when appropriate. These are individuals who have detailed knowledge and skills to support and advise on specific issues.

The full Governing Board meets regularly, normally twice per term. We also have several committees who plan and manage the strategic school business in a designated area of responsibility. For 2015-16 there will be two committees: Finance and Resources, and Personnel. In addition individual governors take on responsibilities for key areas of school life. For this year there will be key governors to oversee assessment, the curriculum, provision for children with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities and for more able pupils, for behaviour and safety and for safeguarding.
 
Moor Hall School Governors
All Governors can be contacted via email to Liz Pickering (Clerk of Governors).
clerkofgovs@moorhall.bham.sch.uk

Please mark your email FAO the Chair of Governors and Mrs Pickering will ensure that your communication is passed on. Any emails will be handled in confidence.
 
 

Governor

Type of Governor

Term of office expiry date

Mrs Pam Garrington (Chair)

Foundation Trust
Re-appointed 15/05/17

15/05/21

Mrs Jane Lloyd

Foundation Trust - resigned

resigned 03/04/17

Mr Andrew Steggall (Head)

Staff

N/A

Mrs Val Gregory

Staff

13/11/18

Mr Michael Lax

Parent

10/02/20

Mr James Gibson

Parent

10/03/19

Mrs Sue Burton

LA

10/07/20

Miss Gwendda Jones

Co-opted (staff)

19/05/17

Mr Richard Southgate

Co-opted (parent)
Re-appointed 15/05/17

15/05/21

Mr Manjit Talwar

Co-opted
Re-appointed 15/05/17

resigned 17/07/17

Mr Sheraz Nazir

Co-opted - resigned

resigned 05/12/16

Mrs Jemma O’Reilly

Co-opted (parent)

11/09/21

Mr Stephen Jones Coopted governor
Appointed 15/05/17
resigned on 17/05/17
Ms Danielle Markham Foundation governor
 
17/07/21
Mr Matthew Moran Coopted governor
 
17/07/21



As at 17/05/17 applications from SGOSS for new Governors are being considered.

 

Governors have made the following declarations in relation to any interests, either direct or indirect:
 

Mrs Pam Garrington: Works as an independent educational consultant
 
Chair of Perry Beeches Academy Trust from 15/09/2016
Director of Learning Trust for Excellence (Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield)
   
   
Mr Andrew Steggall Director of Learning Trust for Excellence (Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield)
   
   



  
                                     
 









Governors are also asked to declare any potential conflicts of interest arising from any
matters or agenda items discussed by the Governing Board and its Committees at each
meeting and this is formally recorded.
 
Governor Roles and Responsibilities for 2016-17
 

Chair: Mrs Pam Garrington
Vice-Chair:   Mr Richard Southgate


 
Finance and Premises Committee members
 
Mrs Sue Burton (Chair)
Mr Andrew Steggall
Mrs Val Gregory
Mrs Pam Garrington
Mr James Gibson
Mr Les Gwillym (BSS) and Mrs Louise Hackett (Schools Financial Business Services) also attend by invitation
Mrs Jemma O'Reilly
 
Personnel Committee members
 
Mr Richard Southgate (Chair)
Mr Andrew Steggall
Mrs Jemma O’Reilly
Mrs Pam Garrington

 

Key Governors:  
SDP Priority 1 - Foundation Curriculum Mrs Pam Garrington
SDP Priority 2 - English Mr Mike Lax
SDP Priority 3 - Maths Ms Danielle Markham
SDP Priority 4 - EYFS Mrs Jemma O'Reilly
Safeguarding & LAC Mrs Pam Garrington
SEND and the more able and pupil premium Mrs Sue Burton
   
Class Governors:  
Reception Jemma O'Reilly
Year 1 Sue Burton
Year 2 Danielle Markham
Year 3 James Gibson
Year 4H Val Gregory
Year 4W Matthew Moran
Year 5 Richard Southgate
Year 6 Mike Lax
 

    
Governing Body Meetings Attendance


We publish our governor meeting attendance list for 2015/2016 here.

The governor meeting attendance for 2016/2017 is as follows:
 

Governor 22/09/16 10/10/16 05/12/16 30/01/17 03/04/17 15/05/17 17/07/17
Andrew Steggall - Head Teacher present present present present present present present
Jane Lloyd - Foundation present sent apologies present present resigned xx xx
Gwendda Jones - Invitee present  present present sent apologies present present present
Manjit Talwar - Co-opted sent apologies present present present present present present
Richard Southgate - Co-opted sent apologies present present present present present present
Jemma O'Reilly - Associate present present present present present present present
Sue Burton - Local Auth present present present present present present present
Val Gregory - Staff present sent apologies present sent apologies present present present
James Gibson - Parent present present present sent apologies present present present
Michael Lax - Parent present present present present present present sent apologies
Shiraz Nazir sent apologies sent apologies resigned xx xx xx xx
Stephen Lloyd - Co-opted appt. 15/05/17 xx xx xx xx xx present resigned
Danielle Markham - Foundation appt. 17/07/17 xx xx xx xx xx xx present
Matt Moran - Co-opted - appt. 17/07/17 xx xx xx xx xx xx present
Liz Pickering - clerk present present present present present present present



The Governor Attendance at Meetings and Committees for 2017/2018 can be found by clicking here:

                                         

Governor profiles

 
Mrs Pam Garringtonpam_garrington I started my association with Moor Hall Primary School in September 1963 when the school opened, as I was one of the original pupils. Apart from a break when I went to University and then started out in my career as a teacher, I have lived all my life in Birmingham. My daughter spent seven very happy years at this school.
I have been a governor at Moor Hall since 1998 and it is a real privilege to currently Chair the Governing Board. We have very high aspirations and the wellbeing of the children is at the centre of all we do.
In 2012, I retired from my work as a teacher and more recently in the school improvement service of a local authority but I keep myself busy. I work for a National Charity to promote school improvement and I am also a National Leader of Governance. In this role I support other governing boards, and help them to organise and plan the next steps in their development.This is a role which I have enjoyed; it has enabled me to see many examples of excellent practice and to bring back new ideas to further develop the effectiveness of the governing board at Moor Hall.
 
Mr Andrew Steggall
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I have been Headteacher at Moor Hall School since January 2006. I started my teaching career in Wolverhampton at Elston Hall Primary School and moved to Walsall in September 1991 to The Radley’s County Primary School as a music coordinator.
My first management post was at Meadow View Primary School as a KS2 coordinator in Walsall from September 1993 to March 2000, when I then became Deputy Headteacher at Whetstone Field Primary School.
During my headship at Moor Hall the school has moved from a Grade 3 OFSTED category in 2006 to Grade 1 (Outstanding) in 2014. I have been chair of the Four Oaks Cluster Group, represented Sutton Coldfield at Primary Forum and I am a founding director of the Four Oaks Learning Trust for Excellence.  In recent years I have provided leadership support to other schools as both an LLE (Local Leader of Education) and in August, 2015 I was successful in becoming an NLE (National Leader of Education).
I am a founder board member of the newly formed BEP (Birmingham Education Partnership).
   
Mrs Val Gregory
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My association with Moor Hall School spans 29 years, firstly as a Parent to my two sons attending the school; as a voluntary class helper; Chair and Treasurer of the Parents’ Association; and for the last 15 years as a member of staff.
My background has always been in Finance and I am qualified in School Business Management. I have been a Support Staff Governor for more than 9 years, sitting on both the Finance and Buildings committees.
I am proud to be a Class Governor to the current Year 2, having followed the children through as their Governor since they started school in Reception Class, and they know me well. I have enjoyed educational visits with them, watching their school Christmas performances etc, and I regularly speak to the children in the dining hall over lunch. I have seen the children develop and progress well during this time.
   
Mr James Gibson

Mr James Gibson
I was appointed early in 2015 as a Parent Governor. I have a daughter in Y3 and have had two sons at the school previously. I am a local resident and have enjoyed being actively involved in fund raising for the school through events devised and run by a successful PA.
My interest lies in using my experience to support our hard working teaching team in maintaining, developing and improving the learning environment for all of our children.   
   
Mrs Sue Burton

Mrs Sue Burton
I have been a Local Authority governor since 2008.
My interests outside education are gardening and sewing. I have an allotment on which I grow a lot of soft fruit and vegetables.  I am a member of Sutton Coldfield Creative Stitchers and have used my interest in sewing to work with pupils of Moor Hall in two of the school/club competitions held by the group.I have been a class governor in Key Stage 2 and last year I spent time with Ladybirds which was a delight.
I am the Key governor for Special educational Needs and Disabilities and have worked with the SENCo in school to gain a greater knowledge and understanding of the issues at Moor Hall and to offer my support and advice.
In addition I monitor Health and Safety.
   
Mr Richard Southgate

Mr Richard Southgate
I am a senior manager at Lloyds Bank, Commercial Banking.  My career has provided me with a range of skills and knowledge, most notably in business development, leadership and motivation, performance management & HR.
I have 2 children, Max and Maddie, who have both attended Moor Hall and have been a Governor at the school since Max, who is now in Year 10 at Arthur Terry, was in Reception.  As well as being Vice Chair, I Chair the Personnel Committee where I am able to apply my business experience to good effect.
In my spare time, I follow sports of all kinds although I admit to being an Aston Villa fan.  I play golf regularly and swim when I can, bad back allowing.  I am an avid reader and love holidaying with my family, mainly in a tent!
   
   
Mrs Jemma O’Reilly

Mrs Jemma OReilly



 
I joined the Governing Body in March 2015 as an Associate Member. My daughter is in Year 3 at the school and I am the Class Governor for Ladybirds. I’ve worked for more than fifteen years as an employment lawyer. My job involves identifying and exploring options and then working creatively towards an agreed goal. Team work is key as well as communicating well even when there are obstacles to overcome. I became a governor as I wanted to use this experience, in partnership with the wider Governing body, to help the school to achieve its goals for the benefit of all of our children. 
   
Mrs Danielle Markham

MARKHAM_Danielle_7
I joined the Governing Body in July 2017 as a Foundation Governor.  It is a pleasure to learn about and assist with the effective running of the school and most importantly the learning, development and happiness of the pupils.

In my professional life, I am a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries working in the pensions and investments industry to help companies and Trustees manage the risks associated with their schemes.  This have provided me with many skilss relevant to being a school Governor, such as the importance of financial risk management, effective decision making and clear commuication.

In my personal life, I have lived in/around Sutton Coldfield all of my life attending local schools and the University of Warwick where I studied Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics.  I have a young daughter with another on the way.

Governor Impact statement 2016-17

Once again this has been an incredibly busy year for the governing Board at Moor Hall School. We have a group of hardworking and dedicated governors who are absolutely committed to providing the best opportunities for our children to enable them to move on with confidence to the next stage in their education.

We have had some changes on the Governing board this year. Gwendda Jones our Deputy Head stepped down from being a Co-opted governor. She still attends meetings as an invited observer and joins in discussions but we wanted to expand the capacity of the Governing board by creating another non-executive position. Jane Lloyd and Manijit Talwar also stepped down as their work commitments had expanded. Both members had made significant contributions to the work of the Governing board especially in assessment and the curriculum and in finance respectively and we thank them for their work.

We invited Jemma O’Reilly, who has been an Associate member of the governing board to become a co-opted governor. Jemma has made substantial contributions to the Governing board as a member of the personnel committee and as a class governor as well as always being there when someone is needed to undertake a role.

We still have a vacancy for a co-opted member though we have welcomed two new governors, Danielle Markham and Matt Moran who both bring different skills to the table.

All staff and Governors continue to have the very highest expectations. No-one is prepared to be complacent; we want to continue to ensure that we can provide the outstanding education that was recognised by OFSTED in January 2014. Over the last twelve months we have changed the way we monitor school performance. Key governors take on the responsibility of monitoring the five priorities of the School Development Plan. Also governors continue to be allocated to a class and the long standing governors are well known by the children. We ensure there is a key issue to be investigated before the visit and governors report back on their findings.

In May we organised a governor day. All Governors came into school and we undertook a learning walk focusing on how well the school promotes British values. We were impressed by the range of opportunities our children have to explore fundamental British values and to understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity. We met with members of the School Council and listened to their views and opinions too.

Three new staff joined us at the start of the year as NQTs. This initially created a challenge in order to be able to offer them the support they may have needed. However, they all quickly settled in and have made an outstanding start to their career, quickly gaining the respect of the children, staff and parents and all are now ready to contribute to the school’s further development.

Standards remain very high at our school and have improved since last year. Pupil outcomes at the end of Early Years, in Phonics in year One and at the end of Key Stage One and Key Stage Two are well above the national, Birmingham and local averages.

We continue to recognise and encourage childrens’ talents in other areas. Our achievement assemblies are well attended by parents. Our sporting teams have done well and our football team,

for the very first time ended the season top of the league. 14 of our Year six pupils gained the Rotary Junior Community Award. Also at the end of the Year the entire year 6, undeterred by the challenges of Sondheim’s music, put on an exceptional performance of “Into the Woods”.

Our membership as a partner school in the Learning Trust of Excellence has continued to provide us with invaluable support and opportunities for staff to access joint INSET and share best practices across the trust. They have also undertaken two reviews, one for teaching and learning and one for safeguarding, the outcomes of which were excellent. Our Head teacher has continued his role as District Lead within the Birmingham Education Partnership and has brought back new ideas which he has been able to share with staff in school. Our Chair continues to be a National Leader of Governance and has regularly supported governing boards locally and nationally.

Two significant developments have taken up a lot of governor time this year. Firstly the decision we made to seek to expand the school to become a two form entry Primary school has led to frequent opportunities for engagement with the community and Local Authority representatives. We took in and extra year 3 class at the beginning of the year and though numbers were fairly low at the start of the year, they slowly increased and we now have a full extra class. Our children have responded with compassion and the new children integrated smoothly into their new environment . Now that we have secured planning permission for expansion we look forward to an exciting year seeing the new build taking shape and planning the interior design. We know that there are not inconsiderable challenges particularly around parking outside the school but we will be working with the community to mitigate the risks. The safety of our children remains of paramount importance to us.

We have also been looking at our before and after school provision. we recognise that there are many parents who rely on this service and we want to maintain high quality provision at a reasonable price. In June we appointed a Moorhens manager who has been putting together plans for us continue to consider. We rehoused Moorhens at the beginning of the year in our new learning chalet which created for us a modern and different space. We have also been able to use this space as an extra learning area for small intervention groups.

We continue to monitor our financial position very carefully; we want to maintain the best possible provision for all our children in a climate where budgets are very tight. The planned expansion will also give us the opportunity to explore new, innovative and up to date facilities for our children but there are costs involved. We are indebted to the Parents Association for their relentless enthusiasm for fundraising.

We are still committed to our vision:

The Moor Hall child is a healthy, confident and responsible child whose achievement is the very best it can be.

The Moor Hall child values and nurtures key transferrable knowledge, skills and attitudes in preparation for an ever changing future

All members of the Governing Board would like to thank all the staff at Moor Hall for their continued professionalism and dedication. Last but not least, we would like to thank our children. They continue to inspire us with their enthusiasm and their curiosity!

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