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. 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. Each class are also allocated a Governor.
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)
Mr Andrew Steggall (Head)
Mr Richard Southgate
Mrs Jemma O’Reilly
|Mrs Nina Ralston||Parent governor|
|Mr Adrian Williams||Co-opted governor||04/06/2023|
|Mr Paul Bowman||Co-opted governor||25/03/2022|
|Mrs Eve Dobson||Parent Governor||23/03/2024|
|Mrs Nicola Menmuir||Deputy Head Teacher||N/A|
|Mr Robbie Chahal||Foundation governor||22/04/2024|
|Mrs Angie McCormack||Staff Governor||16/01/2025|
Mrs Jane Lloyd
Foundation Trust - resigned
Ms Jessie Gupta
Mrs Val Gregory
Term ended 13/11/18
Mr Michael Lax
Term ended 31/01/2020
Mr James Gibson
Term ended 10/03/19
Mrs Sue Burton
Term ended 22/07/20
Miss Gwendda Jones
Term ended 19/05/17
Mr Manjit Talwar
Mr Sheraz Nazir
Co-opted - resigned
Mr Stephen Jones
resigned on 17/05/17
Mr Matthew Moran
Co-opted governor - resigned
resigned on 26/03/19
Ms Jessie Gupta
Mr Richard Egan
Local Authority Governor
Mrs Sally Petty
Ms Danielle Markham
|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 2021/22
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 Pam Garrington
|Safeguarding||Mrs Pam Garrington|
|Link Training||Mr Richard Southgate|
|Pupil Premium and LAC||Mr Adrian Williams|
|Health & Safety||Mr Paul Bowman|
|SEND||Mr Richard Southgate|
|Reception||Mr R Chahal|
|Year 1||Mrs E Dobson|
|Year 2||Mr A Williams|
|Year 3||Mrs Nina Ralston|
|Year 4||Mrs J O'Reilly|
|Year 5||Mr P Bowman|
|Year 6||Mrs Pam Garrington|
Governing Body Meetings Attendance
The Governor Attendance at meetings and committees for 2016/2017 can be found by clicking here.
The Governor Attendance at meetings and Committees for 2017/2018 can be found by clicking here.
The Governor Attendance at meetings and committees for 2018/2019 can be found by clicking here.
The Governor Attendance at meetings and committees for 2019/2020 can be found by clicking here.
The Governor Attendance at meetings and committees for 2020/2021 can be found by clicking here.
|Mrs Pam 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||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).
|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 12 at Arthur Terry, 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 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|
I joined the Governing Body in March 2015 as an Associate Member. My daughter is in Year 5 at the school and I am the Class Governor for Year 2.
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||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 has provided me with many skills relevant to being a school Governor, such as the importance of financial risk management, effective decision making and clear communication.
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.
|Mrs Nina Ralston||I am the proud mother of two members of the Moor Hall family, Fynnie (Y6) and Thea (Y3) and 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 in year 7 and a son in year 5. 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.|
|Mrs Eve Dobson|
I am Mum to James in year 5, Katie in year 2 and my eldest Fin who has just left Moor Hall for Arthur Terry. I have lived in Four Oaks all of my life and work here too. I run a family business, buying, renovating and renting out family homes. For the past 12 years I have also owned a ladies only gym in Sutton Coldfield. Prior to having children I was the European Purchasing Manager for Cadbury.
I’ve wanted to be a governor for a while, but feel it’s only really now I can give the time and attention this role requires. Everything I have done I have given 100% and this role is no different. I’m passionate about Moor Hall, I think it’s a wonderful school and my children have grown so much during their time here. I’m really excited to be part of this team and to build upon the reputation that the ‘small school with a big heart’ has.
|Mr Robbie Chahal||I am a proud dad of two Moor Hall Children, Avleen (reception) and Ameya (Year 2) 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 McCormack||I 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.
Governor Impact statement 2019/20