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 6 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 Year 6 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.
Ms Masuda Rahman
Vice-Chair, Co-Opted Governor, Teaching and Learning Committee, Science 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.
Mr David Collier
SEND and Pupil Voice Governor
Hello, my name is David Collier and I have been fortunate to have sat on the Governing Body for the past 6 years.
For several years some of you may have come across me as the Chair of Governors and while I was happy to hand this over to the more than capable Mr Rainbow I was keen to continue my involvement with the Board.
I was therefore delighted to undertake the role of Governor appointed on behalf of the Local Authority with a specific responsibility for providing a link between the Board and the City Council Education Service.
Within the Board, apart from general matters of governance, I have a special interest in the development and provision of our offer for children with special needs both in the main school and our highly regarded specialist resource base
I am a strong advocate for Birmingham in general and our area in particular. I was born and raised in the City and worked over 40 years within the public sector in the area. 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.
I am now looking forward to another productive and successful year for our school and hope to have the chance to meet some of you during school activities which I like to attend whenever possible. In the meantime if you would like to contact me about anything relating to the City Education Service or our special needs service please leave a message with the Office or e-mail me direct on firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Paula Weaver
Ms Claire Williams
Co-Opted Governor, 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.
Hello, my name is Miss Beastall and I am a teacher at Allens Croft Primary School. I currently teach in Year 4, but have taught in all different year groups throughout my career. I am the English lead for our school, 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.
Mr Peter Dixon
Parent Governor, Safeguarding 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.
Mrs Clare Chapman
Parent Governor and Literacy Governor
My name is Clare Chapman and I have recently started volunteering my
time at Allen's Croft as a Parent Govenor. 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 Engagement 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.
Mr Jetendra Singh
Parent Governor, PE Governor
Mr Martin Fisher
Parent Governor, Chair of the Finance, Staffing and Standards Committee
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.