Coppice Primary School, Trinity Road, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield

Governors

Coppice governing body has a range of duties, powers and a general responsibility for the conduct of the school, with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement. This includes setting targets for pupil achievement, managing the school's finances, making sure the curriculum is balanced and broadly based, appointing staff and reviewing staff performance and pay. The governing body also provides support for the day to day running of the school.

Ofsted 2015 said: "Governors are extremely supportive and rigorously challenge leaders to improve the school. They have an excellent understanding of the school’s strengths and their role in developing these further. They are highly aspirational for the school and committed to driving even higher standards."

Coppice Governing Body has taken the decision to create committees and working parties to allow greater focus where needed. These working parties are:

  • Marketing - The marketing working party focuses on promoting the school in the local area, as well as publicising fundraising events.
  • Personnel and Finance - This committee oversees all school's finance including; budget setting, and spending on large projects. The Personnel and Finance committee also takes an active role in personnel matters that range from hiring and promotions to disciplinary procedures.
  • Site (Joint with Langley) - This committee deals with the structural maintenance of the building, school grounds, lettings and other joint activities for both schools. It is also responsible for Little Rainbows Nursery.
  • Curriculum - The curriculum committee focuses on how the curriculum is delivered across the school, ensuring that Coppice maintains its high level of educational excellence and provides a broad and balanced curriculum that motivates and interests the children by being relevant to their needs. They are also responsible for the many extra curricular and residential visits that the children undertake.

The governing body welcomes all comments. If you wish to contact the governing body please do so either by writing to 'The Chair of the Coppice Governing Body' at the school address, or via the school email (please mark your email for the attention for The Chair of the Coppice Governing Body).

Name Role
Mr Tony Goddard Chair of Governors, Co-opted Governor
Mrs Katie Adams Vice Chair of Governors, Parent Governor
Mrs Karen Bloor Foundation Governor
Mrs Jill Shearer Foundation Governor
Mrs Margaret Barnfield LA Governor
Mr Jacob Rickett Co-opted Governor
Mr Simon Bowen Parent Governor
Mrs Yvette Brook Parent Governor
Mr David Shepherd Parent Governor
Mr Tom Williams Parent Governor
Mr Richard Green Headteacher
Mrs Sarah Stevenson Staff Governor
Miss Alexandra Wheeler Staff Governor
Mr Ian Bailey Co-opted Staff Governor
Mrs Sue Parkin Clerk to the Governors

Also see: Governor Committees and Interests

Governor Profiles

Katie Adams - Parent Governor

I'm the incredibly proud mum of Erin and am determined that my daughter and her peers will continue to prosper from the very best schooling that Coppice can give them. I've devoted much of my professional life to education and have poured my heart and soul into helping children learn. As such I am the Deputy Head of an outstanding Secondary School in Staffordshire, have an MA in Educational Leadership and once upon a time, I was the youngest female Deputy Head in England - I've still got the gold star to prove it! Being a Governor takes spirit and determination and a firm belief that every person at every level can make a valued contribution. I am certain I have what it takes to help Coppice continue to provide excellent education for all. My advantage, I believe, is that I have the passion and ambition of a mother coupled with the genuine insight of a dedicated professional educator. I understand the many must-haves, the countless don't dos and unbelievable responsibility that being a Governor brings. I hope you'll help give me the chance to prove myself as an invaluable member of the Governing Body at Coppice School.

Margaret Barnfield - LEA Governor

I was appointed as a Governor by the Local Education Authority in October 2012. I have lived in Birmingham since 1978 when I came to work here as a Primary teacher. Since then I have worked in a number of schools with increasing responsibility. These schools were mainly in the inner-city. I retired in December 2011. I have lived close to Coppice School for many years and have watched with interest as the building has been rebuilt and modernised. I want to be a Governor here so that I can use the experience I have gained over the years to support the school and its children. In my spare time I love reading, music, gardening and walking.

Karen Bloor - Vice-Chair of Governors

I have been a parent governor since 2005 and was re-elected by parents in 2009. I have two children, both previous pupils at Coppice and now at secondary school. I have been involved in all levels of recruitment for the school and I am Chair of the Curriculum Committee which is responsible for ensuring the national curriculum is delivered together with the local curriculum. The committee supports and challenges the leadership team to deliver an innovative curriculum to the children at Coppice. I am also the Vice-Chair. I am currently a Non-Executive Director for the Birmingham Community Heath Care NHS Trust, the largest Community Trust in the UK, and I am Chair of the Clinical Leadership Committee. The NHS faces challenging times and there is much synergy with Education and its transformation. I have links with the Deputy Leader of Birmingham Council and meet with both Health and Education leaders through my role as Non-Exec.

Simon Bowen - Parent Governor

I was elected as a parent governor in October 2012. I have two children at Coppice. I am an accountant and currently work in Birmingham for a multinational company. My current role at work gives me responsibility for dealing with sub contractors who supply food services, IT, and facilities management. I also have responsibility for Health and Safety and Environmental matters. Additionally I manage internal finance functions alongside procurement and stores. I use this experience in my governor roles on the finance and personnel committee and the joint site committee. My interests include music, reading, NFL and motor racing. I run, cycle and play golf. I am also an occasional Cub Scout leader in Great Barr.

Yvette Brook - Parent Governor

I was elected as a parent governor in October 2012. I am a full time mum of two sons. My eldest son is at Coppice Primary School and my youngest will start Little Rainbows Nursery in September. Before having children I worked as a senior midwife. My most recent role was developing health services within a Children's Centre. I was employed by Staffordshire County Council and worked alongside education professionals rethinking and joining up services to incorporate both the health and education agendas. As well as a Midwifery degree I have a Masters in Public Health. I believe education should embrace individuality in children and instill a love of learning. I see my role as a governor as helping to drive standards forward whilst bringing a parent's perspective to the decision making process.

Also: Reflections on Being a Governor - Yvette Brook (pdf)

Tony Goddard - Chair of Governors

I became a governor in 2002 when my children were in Years 1 and 2. I have remained a governor since then, moving from being a parent governor to becoming a community governor. I currently act as Chair of the Governors. In my day job, I am Pensions Manager for a manufacturing company based in Burton on Trent. I am married with two daughters and my interests include music and motor sport.

Jill Shearer - Community Governor

I am a qualified nurse and midwife. I work as a practice nurse at Ley Hill GP surgery, where I specialise in diabetes and respiratory management (particularly asthma). My work brings me into contact with babies and children of all ages, and part of my role is to vaccinate them against infectious diseases. Previously I spent nine years as the school nurse, where my responsibilities included promoting health education encompassing both physical and mental wellbeing. To improve my knowledge I undertook a part-time degree in Health Studies at Birmingham City University. Now that my three daughters are grown up (two of them attended Coppice School), I have seen how they have benefited through the school system, and I have the time and motivation to commit to this role and to give something back to the school community. It was a privilege to be asked to become a community governor and to have an input in creating an environment where children feel happy, secure and valued.

David Shepherd - Parent Governor

I was honoured to be elected a parent governor in the summer term of 2014. My wife and I have one child at Coppice. On leaving school in 1984 I enlisted in the Royal Navy and travelled the world enjoying a wide variety of cultures. In 1994 I joined West Midlands Police and experienced many areas of community policing including uniform and CID as well as acting as a family liaison officer in more serious cases. I am currently an officer with the National Crime Agency. I recently volunteered as Chair of the Curriculum Committee and look forward to ensuring the national curriculum is delivered together with the local curriculum.

Further Information

The following documents provide more information about the role and responsibilities of the governor committees:

Other governor documents:

The documents above are all pdf files.