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Governors

Meet the Governors

Welcome to our Governors’ section. 

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

Mr. Ridge - Chair of Governors

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My name is Adrian Ridge and I am the Chair of Governors at Forestdale Primary School. I lead a committed and hard working team of governors who are intent on placing the school at the centre of its community, working with parents to support pupils to maximise their learning potential and to become good citizens who can confidently look forward to a successful and exciting future.

 

I have been a governor at the school for many years, and Chair of Governors since Christmas 2016. I am a retired former deputy head teacher of a local secondary school, with over 34 years’ teaching experience.

 

I am married with three grown up children. I am a Stoke City season ticket holder and an avid walker.

 

I look forward to meeting you as parents at school events and parents’ evenings to discuss your child’s progress and to celebrate their successes.

Mrs. Mellor - Vice-Chair of Governors
Ms. Oak - Parent Governor
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My name is Rachel Oak and I have been a Parent Governor at Forestdale for 4 years.   I have 4 children and worked at a school in Kings Norton for 19 years before leaving to support one of my daughters who was struggling with a mental health disorder.   In my spare time I run a local Girl Guide unit which provides a safe space for girls between 10 - 14 years , and I enjoy reading.
Please feel free to stop me for a chat if you see me round school!
Mrs. Hill - Staff Governor
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I have been staff governor for 5 years . I am the Assistant Head at Forestdale and teach Year 2.

Dr. Bell - Co-opted Governor

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I’m Charlotte Bell, a co-opted Governor. I also sit on the Teaching and Learning committee. As an English secondary school teacher I have a particular interest in the teaching, learning and progress of pupils at Forestdale and their future at secondary school and beyond. 

Dr. Matthews - LA Governor

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For 25 years I worked as a surveyor in the Electricity Supply Industry until I decided that there were more interesting and worthwhile things to do. So, with the support of my partner, I set out for higher education via an Access course.
 
In 1994 I began reading for an honours degree in Social Policy at the University of Birmingham where I achieved a 1st while working part-time for the Probation Service.
 
With the support of an ESRC studentship, I was awarded a PhD in 2001 and became a lecturer in the College of Social Sciences at the University of Birmingham, ultimately directing the Social Policy undergraduate programme while teaching and writing about research methods and Comparative Social Policy. Academic life has taken me to some interesting places including Estonia, Siberia, Korea and China where I am a visiting Professor at Nankai University, Tianjin.
 
I retired in 2018 and now hope to use my education expertise and skills to support Forestdale School (as well as playing acoustic guitar whenever I can).

Thanks to our 2 Governors, Mr A Ridge and Ms R Oak who met with many parents at our recent parents evening – please feel free to speak to them in the future!

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We had plenty of ideas for our core value words and we will continue to work with parents on our vision for the school.

 

 

At Forestdale Primary we now have a set of value words which underpin our ethos, vision for the school as well as our Curriculum.

 

These words were chosen following consultation with children, parents, teachers and governors and, with the support of all these key stakeholders, will become embedded in the school during 2017-2018.

 

RESPONSIBILITY ~ RESILIENCE ~ CONFIDENCE ~ INDEPENDENCE ~ HONESTY ~ EMPATHY ~ RESPECT ~ HEALTHY ~ COOPERATION ~ KINDNESS

 

Following reconstitution of the Governing Body, under new guidelines, the Governing Body of Forestdale Primary School consists of the following members:

Mr A Ridge ~ Chair of Governors ~ Teaching and learning ~ Scrutiny Committee
Mrs R James ~ Headteacher
Ms R Oak ~ Parent Governor 
*Vacancy ~ Parent Governor
Mrs P Mellor ~  Vice Chair  ~ Co-opted Governor Chair of Finance, Staffing & Premises
Ms C Bell ~ Co-opted Governor
*Vacancy ~ Co-opted Governor

Mr B Matthews ~  LA Governor
Mrs S Hill ~ Staff Governor


Governors have the following responsibilities:
Safeguarding/Child Protection ~ Mr A Ridge

Safer Recruitment ~ Ms R Oak
Special Needs ~ Ms R Oak

Looked After Children ~ Mr A Ridge
Health, Safety & Welfare ~ Mrs R James

Link Governor ~ Mrs S Hill
Pupil Premium ~ Mrs P Mellor

Equal Opportunities & Diversity ~ Mrs Hill

 

*If you know of anyone who would be interested in this role on the Governing Body please ask them to contact us. Ideally the person should be someone with a business interest in the local community or an interest in education and the local community.

 

If you wish to contact any of the Governors please do so via School either in writing or by leaving a telephone message.

 

 

 

 

 

We have a vacancy for a co-opted Governor

If you are interested in joining please contact school. 

 

 

... to support our school by becoming a parent governor.

See Mrs Keay, Mrs Halpin or call into school to find out more!

Awards

Awards we have received so far.

  • Primary Science
  • Healthy Schools
  • Health for Life
  • Artsmark Award
  • EEF
  • Big Lottery Fund
  • Music Mark