Who are the Governors?
The Governing Body is made up of 10 people, drawn from different parts of the school community ensuring that a sufficient diversity of views and experience is represented:
- Parent governors are selected by election and are drawn from parents and carers of pupils at the school.
- Staff governors are selected by election from teaching and support staff paid to work at the school.
- Local Authority governors are appointed by the LA and may be Local Councillors.
- Co-Opted governors are appointed by the governing body with particular skills or experience.
All of our volunteer governors are listed below.
Katie WatkinsChair of Governors (parent governor)
Roles: Safeguarding Governor, member of Finance Committee, Pay Committee and Discipline Committee.
I joined the governing body in October 2018. I used to be a teacher and SENDCo in a large Secondary School, and currently work part-time in office administration and finance for Church Central. I have two young children; my daughter is currently in Year 2 at the Meadows, and my son will be starting reception September 2021. I became a governor to support the Meadows in ensuring all pupils enjoy school and reach their full potential.
As Chair of Governors I am responsible for ensuring the Governing Body functions well as a team, and that we challenge, support and contribute to the strategic leadership of the school.
Claire CraddockVice Chair of Governors (co-opted governor)
Roles: Member of Appeals Committee.
I have been on the Governing Body since 2014, initially as a parent governor, and then as a community governor. I am a Senior Leader in another primary school in the city, and have 2 children; one at Secondary school and one in Year 6 at the Meadows. I love being a governor because it gives me an opportunity to help shape the strategic direction of the Meadows and work to enable all children to achieve and succeed.
As Vice Chair I work closely with the Chair to ensure we are as effective as possible.
Kerry JonesSEND Governor (co-opted governor)
Roles: SEND and LAC Link Governor, Chair of Finance and Buildings Committee, member of Discipline Committee.
I joined the Governing Body in 2012 as a co-opted Governor and in 2016 became the SEND Governor. I run the breakfast and after school clubs, which have been at the Meadows for the past 18 years, and have worked with school leadership to understand the school's values and incorporate them into after school club to ensure consistency. I have a BA Honours in early childhood and care in education and I'm just finishing my MA Education in leadership and Management. I became a governor because I want to make a difference by supporting the children at the Meadows and ensuring they have the qualities to succeed and go on to live a happy life.
Matt KirkWebsite Governor (co-opted governor)
Roles: Website Link Governor, member of Pay Committee and Discipline Committee.
I am a local business owner and have been a member of the governing body since early 2020. I have governor experience from another primary school where I chairs the resources committee and have been a member for two years. I have seven children and two grandchildren and have worked in primary schools and nurseries for the past 15 years so hold an extensive knowledge of schools.
Janice PaineGovernor (co-opted governor)
Roles: Wellbeing Link Governor, Member of Pay Committee and Discipline Committee.
I joined the governing body 14 years ago. I attended The Meadows Primary School as a pupil and still have family members who are connected with the School today. I currently work in Community Development in and around the Northfield and Longbridge areas. Schools play an important part in building community, and I want to ensure The Meadows remains connected and feels fully supported by the local community.
David NaughtonHeadteacher (staff governor)
Rebecca MartinTeacher (staff governor)
I was elected in November 2017. I have taught Reception at The Meadows for 7 years, although I am currently covering PPA across all key stages. I have also taken on the role of Mental Health Coordinator, to better protect the wellbeing of staff and children. I became a governor to better support the school as a whole, towards our ethos goals of quality, respect and enjoyment.
Cheryl GoodeGovernor (staff governor)