Meet the Governors
My name is Frances Millett. I have over 20 years experience of school governance. Professionally, I was a Primary School Headteacher for 17 years then an Ofsted Inspector for 4 years. I bring educational understanding and wide experience to the Governing Body. I bring aspects of my professional background to school governance and thoroughly enjoy the role. I am very happily retired and feel privileged to be in a position to support West Heath Primary School on the journey towards excellence.
My name is Michelle Hooper. I graduated as a teacher, with a first-class honours degree, in 2000. Following completion of the National Primary Qualification for Head teachers, in 2005; I became a Head teacher. I am currently studying for a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership.
I have been a Head teacher at two schools. My first school gained ‘Outstanding’ status.
Since 2013, I have been the Head teacher at West Heath Primary School. Having taken the school out of Special Measures, I am proud to say that it is now a ‘Good’ school.
I am an advocate for a creative curriculum and am fully committed to ensuring that the children of West Heath Primary School receive an inspiring education. Enabling children to become successful adults is my priority and this means that our curriculum ensures that we encourage all of our children to ‘Be a Star, Shine Bright!’. Values Education, PE and English are my passion!
My name is Lucinda Foster and I am the Deputy Head Teacher at West Heath Primary. I have been teaching for the past 10 years and have worked in two other schools where I primarily taught in Upper Key Stage Two.
I joined West Heath in 2013 as the Assistant Head Teacher and Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO). In 2014 I became the Deputy Head Teacher and am now responsible for maths and communication in school. I am also currently in the process of completing, along with others in school, my master’s degree where I am specialising in educational leadership.
I am passionate about education and work hard to ensure that all children achieve their best when at school.
My name is Louis Grindrod and I am an Assistant Head Teacher at West Heath. I qualified as a teacher in 2004 and since then have worked at four different schools in both London and Birmingham. I am passionate about school improvement and committed to supporting young people by providing them with opportunities to go on to lead happy and successful lives. I bring significant education based skills to the Governing Body.
My name is Kerry Barker I am currently the School Business Manager at West Heath Primary school.
As the Business Manger I am responsible for the strategic management of school finances, currently managing a school budget of 2 million pound along with the schools legal responsibilities relating to the sites and services also the schools HR responsibilities including the recruitment of staff.
Within my role I also play a large role in safeguarding through out the school.
I have a lot of experience to offer. I have been at Governor at a local primary school for 16 years I started as a parent governor then became a co-opted governor and finally a staff governor before leaving.
I have sat on the Finance and Staffing committee the Sites and Services committee and the Curriculum Committee.
I can provide strategic support to the governing body on all, aspects of school finance, HR, site management including the legalities, safeguarding and the understanding of data.
I’m Ken Blackburn a retired Head of Human Resources and a School Governor for 30 years the last 15 as Chair of an ‘Outstanding’ School in West Yorkshire.
I joined the Governing Body at West Heath in October 2014 with the aim of using all my abilities to help attain ‘Outstanding’ status here.
Councillor Randal Brew - Has represented Northfield Ward on Birmingham City Council since 2004; Has lived in the Ward all his life. Attended Kings Norton Boys School . Retired Chartered Accountant and Magistrate and former Lord Mayor. Randal has many years experience of being a school governor and has particular strengths in finance and law. He has great enthusiasm for school governance and enjoys the role.
My name is Sue Strawford. I have taught in a number of Primary schools in Birmingham since the late 1980’s. I have been a deputy head of a five form entry school in the centre of Birmingham and moved onto headship within a one form entry primary school. Currently I am a senior lecturer at Newman University where I lecture in primary education to undergraduate and post graduate students. In addition to this I lecture on the masters in education programme for serving teachers in the area of mentoring and coaching. I run professional development sessions for school cluster to support newly qualified teacher. In addition to this I work in partnership with over 250 schools within the West Midlands area. This involves me working in partnership with the schools to support students, teachers and mentors in the changing landscape of teacher training.
My name is Tracey Lawton. I have four children, three are still in full-time education and have attended West Heath Primary School. Currently, I am an Early Years leader in a Birmingham school, and I have worked as an Early Years specialist since graduating in 2000. As a parent governor I will do all that I can to assist the school in its aim to provide the very best education for all children.
My name is Barry Hunt. I have over 50 years of experience working in the construction industry in supervisory and management positions. For the last 20 years I have been employed within Birmingham City Council’s building services initially within the councils Building Control Division and more recently as a manager within Acivico Facilities Management. I am a family man with broad experience of children’s issues gained from interaction with my own children and grandchildren over 4 decades. I became a school governor of West Heath Primary in May 2016 to support the school through the school new build project. I bring a wealth of professional and life skills to the role of governor which I have found to be a highly rewarding, if challenging, experience.
My name is Ed Banks. I have two children, twin daughters who are currently in Year 2 at West Heath. My professional background is in policing, I am currently a serving police officer, and have been since 2006. Although I am not from an educational background, I feel that I can bring a different aspect to the Governing Body. My professional contact with young people and families is often in crisis situations, and comes from a totally different angle to the other Governors at West Heath. I have seen West Heath come on leaps and bounds in the last two and a half years. I want to assist the current Governing Body and Senior Management team in making West Heath an Outstanding school, something that the children at West Heath school deserve.
Rev. Stuart Dimes
My Name is Rev Stuart Dimes I have been the Parish Priest in West Heath for twelve years and have got to know the community very well. I have been a governor at West Heath Primary school before and have been with it through many changes. As a parish priest I have helped many people in good and bad times, so I can bring these people and listening skills to the governing body and ask the odd awkward question. I will be moving to a new parish and this gives me the opportunity to bring a different perspective and view to the issues and challenges that lie ahead for West Heath.
My name is David Kendall and I am a Year 3 Teacher at West Heath Primary. I have been teaching for the past 7 years and have taught in Leicestershire, Worcestershire and Birmingham.
I have taught at West Heath Primary School for the last three years, thoroughly enjoying the challenges and tribulations. This year I have been handed the responsibility for overseeing Maths for the school and I'm eager to help improve the school in anyway possible.
I have a very child-centered approach to teaching and appreciate the children for the individuals that they are!