Our Governing board
Our Governors work hard to support the staff and children at Chawson. Our Governing board is made up of parents, staff and co-opted governors who are part of a Finance Committee and/or Quality of Education/Personal Committee.
The role of the Governor board is to support and challenge the headteacher and has the following core functions:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
- Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.
Meet our Governors-
Nick Sanders Chair of Governors
I have been a parent governor of Chawson First School since 2021, taking an active role in the strategic management of the school. As well as monthly governance meetings, I also have regular meetings with the Head Teacher to discuss school issues and I am frequently on the playground as I complete the parental ‘drop-off’ and ‘pick-up’ routine. As well as monthly meetings, I am invited upon learning walks, to meet with staff, and to school productions and events. These meetings and visits provide me with a fantastic insight into the workings of this vibrant, effective and happy school. A happiness that is echoed from within the school by my own son in year three.
My career background saw me leaving Worcester’s Christopher Whitehead Boy’s School in 1979 to serve a five-year apprenticeship in signwriting. I continued with the Master who had taught me until 1988, when I joined West Mercia Constabulary. I remained for thirty years working in several aspects of policing, spending the last ten years in Major Crime Review. This encompassed a raft of serious crime investigations and included the preparation of reports for inclusion in Serious Case Reviews of child harm and abuse. Retiring from the police in 2018, I have returned to the craft of signwriting and commercial art and of course, my new hobby, school governance!
Dave Peters Vice Chair of Governors
I joined the governing body at Chawson 5 years ago having previously served as Chair at Wychall Primary and Chair of Finance at Shenley Court secondary, both in Birmingham. Currently, I am also a trustee of drb-Ignite, a MAT with 9 primary schools in the Birmingham area.
I sit on the Quality of Education and Finance subcommittees with a special interest in attainment and SEND
Following 35 years working for Cadbury, I left in 2011 and have become more and more retired in the intervening years. The Chemical Engineering department at the University of Birmingham now employ me part-time as a visiting lecturer.
Paul Mills-Safeguarding Governor
The opportunity to be part of the Governing body at Chawson and support the school as it grows is an exciting prospect for any parent who has children at the school and would like to take a more active role. My two children have been at Chawson since 2017, this has given me the opportunity and desire to take a more active role in the school.
I have been part of the Finance committee, but I am now part of the Quality of Education Committee and the school's Safeguarding Governor. I have regular meetings with the Safeguarding Team, and the Headteacher to ensure that school is always supported.
I have spent the last nine years living in Droitwich Spa, running my own company from home, allowing me to spend time with my wife and two children as much as possible!
Paul Barber- Chair of Quality of Education and Personnel Committee
I have been a governor at Chawson since May 2019. Both of my children currently attend the school, one in Year 4 and the other in pre-school, and I am thoroughly enjoying my role as parent governor.
I have been a teacher myself in primary and middle schools since 2006 and am currently a Deputy Headteacher in a middle school. My current role involves me taking responsibility for teaching and learning, curriculum, e-safety and Health & Safety in a school with 450 pupils.
As a governor here at Chawson, I have previously taken on the role as E-Safety and Health & Safety governor and since September 2021 I have been the chair of the Quality of Education & Personnel committee. I have had many opportunities to visit school as a governor during Open Days and Parents Evenings, and have been able to meet with the headteacher, subject leaders and class teachers to hear about and discuss the school's strategic plans. During this current school year, I have been able to visit school to get a valuable insight into the work the teachers are doing in terms of developing the school's curriculum and saw a project aimed at improving the oracy skills of our children in action across all year groups at Chawson. Speaking to staff and children in school has shown me what a happy, supportive environment Chawson First School is.
Ian Evans Chair of Finance Committee
I have been Governor of Chawson First School since 2014. I started as a parent governor whist both of my children attended the Chawson, and continued on to become a co-opted governors once they left.
During my time as Governor, I have fulfilled many roles including Sport Premium, Data Milestones, year group governor and onto my current role as Chair of finance where I have sat since 2016. During my role as chair of finance I have been heavily involved in working parties including academisation and school PAN.
I also supported Chawson to achieving there good Ofsted result in 2015 after a result of requires improvement in 2013. This was also maintained through to 2019 when Chawson was again reviewed as good.
I have previously had links with the school working as treasurer for the CFSA (school’s PTA) for 5 years, fundraising to support the school’s children where needed. I support the group host events like Xmas fayres, tuck shops, cake sales, fireworks displays and Circus’ to name a few.
Outside education, I have worked in the retail sector for 27 years, both in hospitality and petrol forecourts. I have gained extensive knowledge around budget setting, profit and loss charts and finance troubleshooting, which helps me support the current leadership team within Chawson.
Emma Bartle, Staff Governor
I am in my 12th year of teaching at Chawson. Throughout this time, I have taught across all year groups from Reception, through to Year 4. More recently, I am proud to have been a part of setting up our new Pre-school, which I now coordinate.
I trained in Early Years, working in a Nursery alongside my degree, before completing my PGCE in Primary Teaching. Throughout my teaching career, I have been able to experience many different roles. These have included Lead Student Mentor, Science, PE and Sports Premium Coordinator, Year Group Lead and more recently becoming a part of the Senior Leadership Team. My current role as Pre-school Coordinator gives me the opportunity to welcome new families to our Chawson community, building important relationships and of course welcome new children into our school to start their school journey to then make that transition as smooth as possible into Reception. The skills that I have gained have led to me to be a part of the Governing Body, on the Quality of Education and Personnel Committee. I am fortunate enough to be able to be a part of discussing current issues to continue to move the school forward.
As a parent governor, I have two children in attendance at Chawson First School with another two hopeful students still to come. I have worked in the IT industry for approx. 23 years and currently hold the position of Head of Infrastructure and Operations services within the local County Council. I utilise my skills to support the school in terms of GDPR requirements and I am also a member of the Finance Governing Committee. My interests mainly focus on technology and it’s use to improve lives and working practices but I also enjoy playing with my children, walking and outdoor exploration.
As well as helping the governing board with the strategic planning of the school my role is governor of health & safety. I regularly engage with the head, review external audits, and visit for governor walks which results in regular reporting back to the board. I have been in this position since 2021.
Currently I work at a local architectural practice within the Civil & Structural team. I went to the University of Wolverhampton and worked in building structures for the past 16 years, during this time I've been involved in a variety of projects including the education sector. I've also been lucky enough to work on very large projects like the walkie talkie building in London.
As a former student of Chawson it’s great to see my daughter enjoy her time in reception and now flourish in year 1. I'm a dad of two who enjoys family time, a range of sports, and if there's ever time a drink with friends!
I am a Registered nurse in learning disabilities having been qualified for 13yrs and working with both adults and children with learning disabilities and SEN for 20+ years in various settings. I have recently been Named Nurse for Children in Care for University Hospitals Birmingham and have worked alongside mainstream, special and virtual schools and been involved in providing information for and reviewing Education, Health Care Plans (EHCPs). I am starting a new role at Birmingham City University as lecturer in learning disability nursing. I have a child who attends pre-school provision at Chawson and my daughter has recently left there after 5yrs. I am the SEN link governor.