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Welcome to the Governors Page of Brierley Hill Primary School (BHPS). By way of introduction My name is Graham Moffitt and I consider myself very fortunate to be able call myself the Chair of Governors for BHPS, a post I have held since the Summer term of 2014.

 

Originally from Birmingham, I moved over to my adoptive Black Country in 1992. In 2013 I retired from the West Midlands Police as a Detective Sergeant having served 30 years as a Police Officer. During my service I spent 5 years working locally in Halesowen, Kingswinford, Lye and Stourbridge as a response Sergeant which brings me a good understanding of local issues.

 

I too am a parent. I have 2 sons one of whom is on the Autistic spectrum, having been diagnosed with Aspergers. As a consequence I have a good understanding of Special Educational Needs (SEN) and the impact this can have on home life as well as educationally.

 

My role as a Governor is to act as a "Critical Friend" to the school. To challenge the Senior Leadership Team around the Quality of teaching and the progress of the children. To ensure that we strive to close the gap between disadvantaged and other children, whilst ensuring that the more able children are stretched. It is also my role to make sure that at the heart of teaching are the British Values of Democracy, the Rule of Law, Individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.

 

The 3 core strategic functions of the Governing Body (GB) are:

  • Ensure the clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school.
  • Hold the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its' pupils.
  • Oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its' money is well spent.

 

The schools greatest asset is it's children who welcome all visitors with a huge smile. Each and every child is a fantastic ambassador for the school. On walking into the old Victorian building in the heart of Brierley Hill you instantly get a positive vibe.

 

Teresa ALLPORT, the Head Teacher together with her Senior Leadership Team (SLT) have provided a learning environment which is a place where the children love to come. The SLT know every single child in the school by name and you only have to see the way that the children run towards Mrs Allport, their arms stretched as wide open as possible to greet her with a smile and a big hug as she walks around the school.

 

Here at BHPS, not only do the teaching staff, strive to provide quality teaching, they go that extra mile to provide a safe environment for the children and make the learning experience enjoyable.

 

The school has a number of challenges with double the national average of children eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and twice the national average of children with SEN. The school uses its Pupil Premium Grant wisely, investing in extra Teaching Staff to enable smaller cohorts. Additional Teaching Assistants to support Early Years and Key Stage 1 with phonics, one to one and small group interventions. The provision of a full time Learning Mentor to support those with SEN and their families.

 

The school also believes that being healthy is a big part of school life and as such promotes healthy eating and an active lifestyle. The school encourages all pupils to take part in sports activities and in addition to PE lessons the school provides swimming lessons and runs a number of after school sport clubs including gymnastics, cheer leading, football and netball. Breakfast Club also provides a get moving programme.

 

I feel very privileged to be part of the Brierley Hill Primary School family and hope that by working closely with all the staff in school, pupils and parents that we can provide each and every pupil who walks through the door the necessary skills to achieve their full potential.  

Governors 2020-2021

Name

Type

Term of Office

Responsibility

Business Interests

Julie Bate

Chair of Gov's

 Governor

 23rd June 2019 -

22nd June 2023

 

Safeguarding

LAC

Pupil Premium

SEND

 

 

None

Roy Sanders

Vice Chair

LA Governor 

 23rd June 2019 -

22nd June 2023

Maths

Sports Premium

Governor Training

Class: Year 1/6

 

None

Hamandishe Mu

Parent 

 

Health and Safety 

Class: Year 2

 

None

Jayne Donnelly

Co-opted

 30th Jan 2018 -

28th Jan 2022

Literacy KS2

Phonics/Early Reading KS1

Class: Year 4

Partner employed

Helen Johnson

Co-Opted

21st Jan 2020   -

20th Jan 2024

 

Class: Year 3/5

 

None

Sam Bridgewood

Staff

 20th Oct 2017 -

19th Oct 2021

 

None

Kal Ahmed

Parent

 

 

Sister in law employed

Governors Attendance Autumn Term 2020

 

Name

Full Governors

Leading Teaching and Learning

Managing the

Organisation

Graham Moffitt

Present

  Present

 Present 

Roy Sanders

 Present

  Present

 Present 

Julie Bate

Present 

  Present

  Present

Jayne Donnelly

 Present

  Present

 Present 

Sam Bridgewood

 Present

  Present

 Present 

Di Smith

Apologies

 Apologies 

Apologies 

Governors Attendance Spring Term 2021

 

Name

Full Governors

Leading Teaching and Learning

Managing the

Organisation

Graham Moffitt

Present

  Present

 Present 

Roy Sanders

 Present

  Present

 Present 

Julie Bate

Present 

  Present

  Present

Jayne Donnelly

 Present

  Present

 Present 

Sam Bridgewood

 Present

  Present

 Present 

Di Smith

 Apologies

 Apologies 

Apologies 

 

Governors Attendance Autumn Term 2019

 

Name

Full Governors

Leading Teaching and Learning

Managing the

Organisation

Graham Moffitt

Present

  Present

 Present 

Roy Sanders

 Present

  Present

 Present 

Julie Bate

Present 

  Present

  Present

Jayne Donnelly

 Present

  Present

 Present 

Paul Skidmore

Apologies 

 Apologies 

Apologies  

Sam Bridgewood

 Present

  Present

 Present 

Di Smith

 Present

 Apologies 

Apologies 

 

Firstly I would like to welcome all back to a new term here at Brierley Hill. I hope that everyone had a fantastic Christmas and New Year with lots of family time as well as getting some rest and relaxation. 

 

Well last term saw not only just Santa visiting the school but also a visit from this little chap. I'm not sure whos visit the children enjoyed most. 

 

The Govenors have now had several meetings of the Attendance Working Group, looking at how we can improve attendance levels at the school. This is work in progress. Current data supports that the attendance levels are better than in previous terms. 

 

We are now looking at setting up a second working group looking at Mathematics and how we can improve on every day maths within the school.

 

 

 

I would like to wish all at Brierley Hill Primary School a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I hope you all have a joyous and peaceful time and wish all a prosperous New Year.

 

We have had lots of festive goings on at school with a Breakfast with Santa last Saturday. The children had a lovely time and Santa wants to say a big thank you to all his little helpers who made it such a magical time for all who attended.

 

Today 17/12/18 saw all the children arrive at school in their Pyamas ready for the Polar Express day. Once again Santa popped into school to visit all of the classes with presents for every child. Santa commented on how festive the school looked and how polite and well manored all of the children were.

 

Tomorrow sees another visit to the School by Santa in his sleigh this time, thanks to Kinver Rotary Club for arranging this. Friday 21/12/18 there will be a Christmas Carol service in the playground with hot drinks and mince pies while the school choir sing Carols and I'm told their is to be a very special choir performing a Christmas favourite during the service. One not to be missed! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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