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 Brian Rainbow

    Chair of Governors, Co-Opted Governor, Year 4 and 5 Governor, Head Teacher Performance Panel and Numeracy Governor.

    Hello, my name is Brian Rainbow. I am privileged to be the Chair for the Governing Board and lead Governor for Years 4, 5 and Numeracy.

    Allens Croft is a fantastic school and the heart of the local community. I am delighted that my son is able to attend and being a Governor gives me the opportunity to give something back for all the fantastic support he has received.

    I have worked in the Financial Services industry for 25 years and have extensive experience in management of people, financials and delivery of targets. I am happily married with two amazing children and hope that my experience will help me to support Allens Croft as it continues to grow.

    I absolutely believe that Allens Croft is a wonderful place for children to learn and we all have the opportunity to give the children the very best start in life that we can.

    No pecuniary interests
    2017-2018: Attended 6 out of 6 Full Governing Body Meetings

  • Mr David Collier

    Vice-Chair of the Full Governing Body, SEN and Pupil Voice Governor and Safeguarding Governor

    Hello, my name is David Collier and I am privileged to be the current Vice-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

    Thank you

    David Collier

    No pecuniary interests
    2017-2018: Attended all 6 Full Governing Body Meetings
    Attended all 6 Finance and Staffing committee meetings

  • Mrs Paula Weaver


  • Ms Claire Williams

    Co-Opted Governor, Finance and Staffing Committee, Turtles and Terrapins Governor and Performing Arts Governor

    My name is Claire Williams and I am the church minister at Calvary Chapel Elim Pentecostal Church. I have been the lead minister there for nearly seven years. Previous to this I was a Primary School teacher locally. I am married to Tony and we have three grown up sons, two of whom are married. We also have two grandchildren. I love being part of the Allens Croft Community and am excited to have been accepted as a Governor. Thank you for allowing me to be part of your school...I aim to serve you well.

    Elected October 2017
    No pecuniary interests
    2017-2018: Attended 4 out of 6 Full Governing Body Meetings

  • Ms Masuda Rahman

    Co-Opted Governor, Teaching and Learning Committee, Literacy Governor and Year 6 Governor

    Elected October 2017

    Hello, my name is Masuda Rahman and I am currently serving as the Governor for Year 5 and Year 6 and for Science.

    My family have been happily local to Allens Croft since 2016. My husband and I currently have two children in school in Kings Heath including one in year 1 at Allens Croft. We also have pre-school twins that we hope will be joining the Allens Croft community very soon.

    After leaving education I worked for the NHS for several years and since leaving the public sector in 2009 I have always tried to volunteer locally to offset my guilt at the fact that my working life is now exclusively in the private sector!

    I was raised to believe that education is the answer to practically every problem in the world and I believe that primary school is the crucial time to establish a love of learning which is essential to happiness and success - I sincerely hope to be able to serve the children and community of Allens Croft well.

    No pecuniary interests
    2017-2018: Attended 6 out of 6 Full Governing Body Meetings

  • Miss Beastall

    Staff Governor

    Hello, my name is Miss Beastall and this is my third year at Allens Croft Primary School. I have taught Year 3 for the past four years, but have taught in all different year groups throughout my career. I am part of the Literacy team, and enjoy teaching and planning fun and engaging lessons for the children in my class.
    I think that Allens Croft is a special place to work and learn. As a school, I believe that we are a safe and happy place for children to discover their talents and interests as they grow.
    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.

    Elected March 2018
    No pecuniary interests
    2017-2018: Attended 3 out of 3 possible Full Governing Body Meetings

  • Mr Peter Dixon

    Parent Governor, Computing Governor, GDPR Governor

    Hello, I am Peter Dixon and have recently become a Parent Governor at Allen’s Croft. I have worked in many schools and arts organisations running projects and workshops as a creative practitioner, and now have a key role managing the IT in a large and successful all-through school. Working with such a variety of schools has given me first-hand experience in the diversity of approaches and the attitudes that schools take. Therefore, I feel that I have a good interpretation about what makes a school a success.

    Having newly come into the family of parents here at Allen’s Croft, I felt that I wanted to give some of my time and experience to our already excellent school. I feel that by volunteering my time here, I can help support and challenge Allen’s Croft to maximise opportunities that will allow all of our children to develop and succeed.

    No pecuniary interests
    2017-2018: Attended 4 out of 4 possible Full Governing Body Meetings

  • Mrs Clare Chapman

    Parent Governor, Chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee, Forest School Governor, Friends of Allens Croft Governor, Training Governor, Reception & Year 1 Governor.

    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.
    No pecuniary interests
    2017-2018: Attended all 6 Full Governing Body meetings

  • Mr Jetendra Singh

    Parent Governor

  • Mr Martin Fisher

    Parent Governor

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:

  • Introduction
  • 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

Suggestions and Complaints

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,
Education Department,
Margaret Street,
Birmingham B3 3BU.