Governors

The Governing Board play an integral part in the running of St Margaret's at Hasbury CE Primary School.

In accordance with the Government's requirement for all governing boards, the three core strategic functions of St. Margaret's at Hasbury, Church of England Primary School Governing Board are:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos, values and strategic direction;

  • Holding the Head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; 

  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

The chair of the Shadow Board of Governors is Mrs Jane Price

 

SHADOW BOARD OF GOVERNORS - PEN PORTRAITS

Beverley Roberts

Bev has been a Headteacher of St Mary's CE Primary School for the past 3 years and her schools most recent Ofsted Inspection in June 2018 recognised that she had readily identified where the school needed to improve and took effective action and that she has provided a clear and consistent direction for the school and managed staff changes well. She was identified as having an accurate understanding of the school's strengths and areas for development. All the staff who responded to the Ofsted survey said that they were proud to be a member of the school.​

Bev has developed a Collaborative Group of schools that now work to a common development plan and have grown their capacity to enable the four schools to support each other in all areas of school improvement. She has participated in the Peer to Peer programme of school improvement with the Hales Valley Teaching Alliance, as well as with the Diocese programme for school effectiveness for Headteachers, honing her skills as a school improvement leader.

Together with Matt Osborne (Dudley MBC Head of School Improvement) and Tim Reid (Worcester Diocese Head of School Improvement) Bev has already supported the new Headteacher at St. Margaret's at Hasbury through the turbulent time of change described in other parts of this application. This support has clearly started to move standards forward by developing teaching and learning through the support and skills that her staff have been able to offer. 

As a Headteacher of a church school, with previous experience of working in church schools, as well as having the experienced SIAMS (Bev's school presently has an outstanding SIAMS judgment) we and the diocese feel she has the skills that will be able to continue to support the Headteacher at St. Margaret's to ensure the golden thread of Christian Distinctiveness is embedded throughout the school.

 

Michelle Stokes

I am the Inclusion Support Manager at St Margaret's at Hasbury Primary School and have worked here since September 2018.  During my time here, I have been part of the development, driving the curriculum forward especially as part of my role as Music Lead.

I have over 20 years' experience with working with children with Special Educational Needs and am passionate about supporting children and their families.

I am one of the three DSL's at St Margaret's at Hasbury Primary School and I am a Pastoral Lead.  I am dedicated to developing the children and the school to their full potential.

 

Susanna French

I've worked for Dudley Local Authority for 21 years as a Primary Teacher. I have taught within three schools during this time and I am currently teaching in a Year 3 class. I have experience of teaching within all year groups - Reception through to Year 6 and have led many curriculum areas, including Design and Technology, Geography and Maths.

Both of my children have attended St Margaret's at Hasbury since the age of two. My eldest son is now at secondary school in Year 9 and my youngest child is in Year 5. Both children have, and continue to thrive on learning here.

I feel privileged to have this opportunity and am looking forward to being part of St Margaret's at Hasbury's journey, both as a parent and a parent governor.

 

Anthony Batham

I left the University of Birmingham in 2005 to join Victoria Park Primary School as the Business Manager, PA to the Headteacher and a Staff Governor. The school was rated as 'inadequate' by Ofsted when I joined, and I was part of the team that took the school from special measures to outstanding in five years. Over the next five years I was integral part of the process to take the school to an academy and then a multi-academy, something which I was proud to have been involved with. I also helped set up and put systems in place for the Victoria Park Teacher Training School and I secured government funding for several major projects.

 

After ten years, I was invited to join the Senior Leadership Team as Business Director at Rounds Green Primary School, to help move the school forward, In August 2018, I decided to retire as School Business Director. However, a few weeks into my retirement, I was asked to help out at St. Margaret's at Hasbury Primary School as Business Manager for a 'few months'. This was extended for a 'few more months', and was such a lovely place to work, that when Mrs Shepherd and the governors offered me a permanent post, I couldn't say no! I finally retired in December 2020.

My fifteen years as a Business Manager and Director have given me a wealth of knowledge and experience in Finance, HR, Health & Safety, Risk Assessment and much more, including school crossing patrol duty! A primary school is a unique place to work, one which I have found very rewarding.

Outside of school, I coach a 6-8 year old's football team, I play and coach badminton and play the drums, guitar and bass in two bands. I'm also learning to play the piano in my retirement!

 

Julia Balston

 

Jane Price