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Moor Hall Primary School

A growing school with a big heart

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Governing Board Documents

All of our governing body meetings are documented and we are happy to share the documents with you.  Please contact the school office to request further information.

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. There are two committees: Finance and Resources, and Personnel. In addition, individual governors take on responsibilities for key areas of school life.  There are key governors who monitor each of the priorities idenitified in the school development plan and there are named governors who oversee provision for disadvantaged children and those with special educational needs or disabilities, for safeguarding and for health and safety.
Moor Hall School Governors
All Governors can be contacted through Chris Osborn (Clerk of Governors).

Mr Osborn will ensure that your communication is passed on.  All emails are handled in confidence.


Type of Governor

Term of office expiry date

Mrs Pam Garrington (Chair)

Foundation Trust
Re-appointed 15/05/17


Mr Andrew Steggall (Head)



Mr Richard Southgate

Re-appointed 15/05/17


Mrs Jemma O’Reilly

Co-opted (parent)


Mr Adrian WilliamsCo-opted governor04/06/2027
Mr Paul BowmanCo-opted governor25/03/2026
Mrs Nicola MenmuirAssociate Member17/09/2027
Mr Robbie ChahalFoundation governor22/04/2024
Mrs Angie McCormackStaff Governor16/01/2025

Mrs Jane Marshall-Bennett

Mrs Nicola Fellows

Parent Governor

Parent Governor



Mrs Nina RalstonAssociate Member05/06/2027


Previous Governors


GovernorType of GovernorResignation Date
Mr Jasbir JohlLA Governor31/05/2023
Mrs Nina RalstonAssociate Member04/06/2023





Chair:Mrs Pam Garrington
Vice-Chair:  Mrs Jemma O'Reilly

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

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 2022/23
Finance and Premises Committee members
Mr Paul Bowman (Chair)
Mr Andrew Steggall
Mrs Pam Garrington
Mr Adrian Williams
Mrs Jemma O'Reilly
Mr Les Gwillym (BSS), Anna Stevens (Bursar), School's Financial Services also attend by invitation.

Personnel Committee members
Mr Richard Southgate (Chair)
Mr Andrew Steggall
Mrs Jemma O’Reilly

Mrs Nicola Fellows
Mrs Pam Garrington

Key Governors: 
SafeguardingMrs Pam Garrington
Link TrainingMr Richard Southgate
Disadvantaged and SEND 
Health & Safety

Mr Robbie Chahal

Staff Wellbeing

Pupil Wellbeing

Mr Richard Southgate

Link Governors: 
Reception Mrs Jemma O'Reilly
English/Reading/WritingMrs Jane Marshall-Bennett
MathsMr Adrian Williams
Curriculum DevelopmentMrs Nina Ralston
Staff LinkMrs Angie McCormack
Creative ArtsMrs Jane Marshall-Bennett


Governing Body Meetings Attendance


The Governor Attendance at meetings and committees for 2021/2022 can be found by clicking here.

The Governor Attendance for the current year is held by the Clerk to the Governing Body.  A copy of available upon request by emailing                               

Governor profiles


Mrs Pam Garrington

I started my long association with Moor Hall Primary School in September 1963 when the school opened. 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 and at that time I became a parent governor. I am now a Foundation governor.


In 2012, I retired from my work as a teacher and then in the school improvement service of a local authority. However, I was keen to continue my governance role and I became a National Leader of Governance. In this role I have supported other governing boards nationally as well as the board at Moor Hall, and I have helped 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. Upholding and promoting the “Moor Hall child” is at the centre of all we do and I am privileged as Chair to work alongside a dedicated team of Governors.

Mr Andrew SteggallI 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).
Mr Richard Southgate

Having worked as a senior manager at Lloyds Bank, Commercial Banking, for over 30 years, I am now living a more relaxed life and considering my future options.  My career has provided me with a range of skills and knowledge, most notably in learning & development, leadership and motivation, supplier management, marketing, 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 at University, was in Reception.  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 exercise when I can, bad back allowing.  I am an avid reader and love holidaying with my family, mainly in our tent and campervan!

Mrs Jemma O’Reilly


I am a Co-opted Governor and have been a member of the Governing Body since March 2015. I am Vice-Chair as well as being a member of the Finance & Resource Committee and the Personnel Committee. I am also the Class Governor for Reception/Early Years.


I’ve worked for more than 20 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 Nina Ralston

I am the proud mother of two members of the Moor Hall family past and present; Fynnie (now at secondary school) and Thea (KS2). I am determined that all of our children will continue to prosper from the very best schooling and support possible.  

I have devoted all of my professional life to education. I work as Head of History at a local state secondary school and have also been designated as a Specialist Leader of Education, a national award through which I have supported local schools in challenging circumstances. As such, ‘teaching and learning’ is my area of expertise and particular interest. Being a Governor requires spirit, determination and ambition. I hope to combine the passion of a mother with the insight of a dedicated professional with twenty years of experience in state education.
Mr Adrian Williams
I am chartered accountant, who currently works for Fujitsu, a large IT company. I have a daughter and a son who are both at secondary school. We live in the Mere Green area. I initially joined as an associate governor in 2018. My motivations for becoming a governor were to make a contribution to the local community and to learn more about education.
Mr Robbie Chahal
I am a proud dad of two Moor Hall Children, Avleen (Year 1) and Ameya (Year 3) and I joined the Governing Board in May 2020 as an Associate Member and then was appointed Foundation Governor in July 2021.

I have worked in Governance and Project Management for over 15 years' and worked for several FTSE 100 organisations where I was accountable for the distributing and utilising of Public & Government funding to deliver major projects. My key responsibilities are to ensure full transparency to Board Members on where funds are being allocated and it is this experience I hope will benefit the School, as well as my commitment, enthusiasm, and determination to make a difference: striving for academic excellence.

In my spare time, I am the Midlands volunteer lead for a Blood Cancer Charity, DKMS UK, and it's through this voluntary work, I have quickly grown a strong network of not only parents, but also of the local communities and businesses.
Mrs A McCormackI have been working at Moor Hall School since September 2019 as an NQT. Prior to this I worked for the NHS as a children’s nurse - this led me to become a school nurse. It is this role that inspired me to become a teacher.

In my personal life I have lived in Sutton Coldfield all of my life attending local schools and colleges before heading to Oxford Brookes University and then returning home again. I have two young children and as family we spend time at football training, dance classes, Cubs, swimming, the gym and exploring where we live and the local areas.

It will be a great experience as well as a pleasure to represent my colleagues to help make the best decision for the school which will benefit all of the current and future pupils of the school.
Mrs J Marshall-Bennett

I am a self-employed HR Consultant, providing advice to businesses on HR change programs and employment issues.


I have been a parent Governor since my daughter, Lily, was in Year 1 and I love watching her develop and grow as a Moor Hall child.

In my spare time I help out at a local Rainbow unit as an Assistant Leader and I am on the management committee of SC Choirs, who attend Moor Hall School on Wednesdays.


I enjoy playing badminton & tennis, Pilates, ballroom & latin dancing and spending family time at our holiday home in Stratford-upon-Avon.

I feel proud to represent the parents as a governor at Moor Hall School where I can bring my natural energy, hard work, commitment, honesty and integrity to help the school maintain and grow its high standards.

Mr P Bowman

I am a Co-opted Governor and have been a member of Moor Hall’s Governing Body since 2018.  I currently chair the Finance & Resources Committee.



I have worked in education my whole career in Walsall, Sandwell, Birmingham & South Staffordshire. My experience has taken me to New York teaching Sport (Gymnastics and Trampoline) and Drama; lecturing in Business Studies, Economics and Accounting at the University of Hong Kong; to Zimbabwe where I  worked with local communities to set up, build and run their own schools; and to the West Indies where I have run a number of in service training days for teachers in local schools and helped establish Lynn Jeffers International School. 


I worked with Birmingham City Council for over 24 years as an Assistant Headteacher at of one of the City’s secondary schools and latterly for the City’s Education & Infrastructure Team.  I retired in 2023 from my role as Operations Director for a Multi-Academy Trust.

Mrs N Fellows

I am Mother of Sienna in Year 2 and my son Lucas will be starting in Reception in September 2024.  I have lived in Sutton Coldfield all my life (actually attending Moor Hall for my primary education!), except for when I went to University in Nottingham where I got my degree in Primary Education (BA Hons).


After my training, I taught in a 2 form primary school in Walsall for 11 years. I had many different roles and responsibilities during my time there including English Leader, science lead, set up and ran our PTA and I was the link teacher for British Council’s Connecting Classroom project where I went to teach out in Tanzania and Zambia. My school had a Hearing Impaired Unit and as a school we used BSL.  


When I had my daughter, I decided it was time to put my family first and so I set up my family photography business. I trained to specialise in newborn photography and when I’m not photographing families in Sutton Park, you’ll find me editing at my home based photography studio.   


Since leaving teaching, I have missed being a part of school life and when the position of parent Governor came along in Summer 2023, I knew I had to apply. It is the perfect opportunity for me to utilise my education background,  combined with my business knowledge, love of problem solving and a network of local businesses.  I am passionate about quality education and providing the best for our children, staff and school.


Governor Impact Statement 2022-2023