The Members of the Governing Body
The Governing Body of Allens Croft Primary school offers support and advice to the Headteacher and is responsible for planning for the schools’ future, agreeing the school improvement plans, and monitoring the schools’ work in maintaining high standards.
It aims to ensure that children are attending a successful school which has high expectations for their social and academic progress working within a supportive and caring environment. It strives to ensure that this is achieved via a broad, balanced curriculum enriched with creative opportunities.
Mr David Collier
Chair of Governors
Hello, my name is David Collier and I am privileged to be the current Chair of Governors at Allens Croft Primary School. In this capacity I would like to extend a warm welcome on behalf of the Governors, whether you are currently part of our community or considering joining us in the future.
I hope you are able to find lots of information on our web site but to fully experience the feel and value of our school I would strongly recommend you visit us to meet our committed and enthusiastic team and see our fantastic facilities.
A full list of the Governing Body and each person’s responsibilities is shown below. For myself, I have over 40 years wide experience working in the public sector, most of the time with the Council and much of the time directly providing services to people in the City.
I am a strong advocate for Birmingham in general and our area in particular. I was born and raised in the City and for the whole of my adult life I have lived in the Kings Heath area, where both of my daughters attended both primary and secondary schools.
Apart from a natural commitment to trying to achieve the very best outcomes for all children at Allens Croft, I hope I can help develop an open and transparent way of working in consultation with staff, parents and indeed children.
Over the past two years we have been busy expanding our school through the opening of a brand new block. This means over the next few years we will have two classes in each year group providing much needed capacity and choice for parents choosing schools in our area.
We have also developed our commitment to creating an inclusive school not only through the curriculum and environment but in a very practical way by opening a resource base specifically designed to help meet the needs of children who require more help to learn and fulfil their potential.
It was therefore pleasing that the efforts by Mrs Weaver and her team were recognised in the latest Ofsted report when we were given a ‘good’ rating across all aspects of the inspection.
I look forward to meeting parents over the year. In the meantime, if you would like to contact me, you can leave a message with the Office or e-mail me direct on firstname.lastname@example.org
Chair of Governors
Mrs Paula Weaver
Ms Denise Harrison
Ms Swash Shrivastava
My Name is Swasti Shrivastava, a Full time mom of a 7 year old and I volunteer at Allens Croft Primary School as a Parent Governor. I am a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee as well as the Main board of Governors.
I am an Industrial Biotechnologist by Qualification and have an experience of being an Ad-hoc asst Professor/Guest Lecturer of Biochemistry for 2 years back home in India. I have also spent a considerable time in medical Research and Science Education and I am passionate about early learning and learning in general.
The Reason I became a Parent Governor is that I would really like to give my time to bring about any positive changes I can,and its a great platform to have an impact on education and positively influence children’s lives. It is also an opportunity for me to get a better understanding of how Schools work and the Education Sector in general.
Miss Clare Hales
Hi, my name is Clare Hales. I am currently a stay at home Mommy to three beautiful boys, two of which attend this school. I also have a second passion, to return to work in the field of fitness and nutrition as a Personal Trainer, but until then I do my best to prioritise my children's needs. With this I show great interest in their school lives.
I am a firm believer that it takes a village to raise a child so I put myself forward for the position of parent governor. I enjoy being part of a collective network of people who all have the same intention: to develop and maintain an outstanding school where every child has the tools to unlock their abilities and reach their full potential in a safe and happy environment. I have interests in safeguarding children and physical and nutritional education, I aim to get more involved in these areas within Allens Croft.
I also want to assure every parent and guardian that I do not shy away from being a voice for all. My intention is to support and challenge Allens Croft with the aim of seeing continuous progress throughout the school. Please do not hesitate to approach me to discuss any matters involving Allens Croft Primary School. I will always do my best to mediate between parents/guardians and the Governing Body, helping to bring about positive outcomes for the school and its pupils.
May you and your children have a happy stay at Allens Croft Primary School.
Mr Brian Rainbow
Ms Cath Palgrave
Hello, my name is Cath Palgrave and I have been teaching at Allens Croft for 6 years. Before teaching, I worked in conservation, recycling and English Language teaching. Since being at Allens Croft I have taught Years 2,4 and 5 and now am the Forest School Lead. I’m the one that gets your children dressed up in waterproofs and wellies and playing in the mud! I cover most classes throughout the school, so I am privileged to see what a brilliant school we are at all ages. I am a firm believer in pupil voice, and as such run the School Council and the Eco Council. It is great to help pupils have a say in how their school is run.
My role as staff governor is to act as a communicator between the governing body and school staff. This role is important, as we all want to work together for the best of every child in this school.
Mrs Clare Chapman
My name is Clare Chapman and I have recently started volunteering my
time at Allen's Croft as a Parent Govenor. I currently have
responsability for Reception and also sit on the Finance Committee as
well as the main Board of Govenors. I have worked at Birmingham City
Council Children's Services for 8 years in Outdoor Education, and I
continue to work part time with Parent Engagment at The Springfield
Project Children's Centre.
Nothing says fun to me more than a wooly hat and wellie boots and
seeing children engrossed in play outside! I enjoy walking with my
children in the local parks and am working on the Couch to 5k app so
that I can do Parkrun (Google it!) with my 2 girls.
The reason I applied to become a Parent Governor here was that I
wanted to give some of my time and experience to the community. "You
get out what you put in" was a moto my mother used - and it's proved
true. I'll work hard to help the school governance and trust that by
doing so I will improve the opportunities and education that my child,
and yours will recieve.
Let's work together, parents, children and staff and come up with
solutions to our issues or concerns. Let's make this year really
count for our children.
The Governing Body:
Sets the strategic direction of the schools by:
- Setting the values, aims and objectives for the schools.
- Agreeing the policy framework for achieving those aims and objectives.
- Setting statutory targets.
- Agreeing the school improvement plans which includes approving the budget and agreeing the staffing structures.
Challenges and supports the school by monitoring, reviewing and evaluating:
- The implementation and effectiveness of the policy framework.
- Progress towards targets.
- The implementation and effectiveness of the school improvement strategy.
- The budget and the staffing structure.
- In the context of the values, aims and objectives of the schools.
Ensures accountability by:
- Signing off the schools’ own self-evaluation report.
- Responding to Ofsted reports when necessary.
- Recognising the Headteacher's responsibility for the performance of the school.
- Ensuring parents and pupils are involved, consulted and informed as appropriate.
- Making available information to the community ensuring parents and pupils are involved, consulted and informed as appropriate.
- Making available information to the community.
It also appoints and performance manages the Headteachers who will deliver the aims (through the day to day management of the schools, implementation of the agreed policy framework and school improvement plans, and delivery of the curriculum) and reports appropriately to the governing body.
If you are interested in becoming a governor, now or at any time in the future, please contact the Headteacher or Chair of Governors for further details.
A Guide to the Law for School Governors - May 2012
The White Paper 'The Importance of Teaching' sets out the Government’s approach to school governance. It described school governors as the unsung heroes of the education system, and one of the biggest volunteer forces in the country, with volunteers working in their spare time to promote school improvement and to support Headteachers and teachers in their work.
It observed that governing bodies sometimes lack the information or training needed to challenge effectively and support the headteacher and senior leadership of the school to improve. Since then, the Government has published extensive school performance information for governors to use in comparing school performance and the National College has developed training for Chairs of Governors.
The purpose of this guide is to help governors understand how a school operates, their legal obligations and the way in which these should be delegated. It is essential that governors, working with Headteachers, put in place systems that free up governors to consider strategic issues and reflect on the performance of the school.
The Chair of Governors, the Clerk and the Headteacher should all work closely to ensure that the governing body’s work is managed in a way that focuses on key strategic issues, with detailed work being carried out by school staff or other professionals or experts.
If you would like to learn more about Governing Bodies please visit the main DfE website for more information. This includes:
- Constitution of Governing Bodies
- Governing Body Powers, Duties and Procedures
- Support and Training for Governors
- Governing Body Federation and Collaboration
- The Early Years Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum
- Children with Special Educational Needs and Other Vulnerable Children
- The School Budget
- School Premises and Capital Investment
We want to know your views about what we do well and of any compliments or complaints. Copies of the complaints procedure are available on request.
In the first place complaints should be made to the Headteacher or the Deputy Headteacher. If parents wish to take a complaint further they should write to the Chair of Governors, care of Allens Croft Primary School.
Only then may it be necessary to contact the Local Authority.
Chief Education Officer,
Individual and Community Support,
Birmingham B3 3BU.
Telephone: 0121 303 2528