Coppice governing body has a range of duties, powers and a general responsibility for the conduct of the school, with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement. This includes setting targets for pupil achievement, managing the school's finances, making sure the curriculum is balanced and broadly based, appointing staff and reviewing staff performance and pay. The governing body also provides support for the day to day running of the school.
Ofsted 2015 said: "Governors are extremely supportive and rigorously challenge leaders to improve the school. They have an excellent understanding of the school’s strengths and their role in developing these further. They are highly aspirational for the school and committed to driving even higher standards."
Coppice Governing Body has taken the decision to create committees and working parties to allow greater focus where needed. These working parties are:
- Marketing - The marketing working party focuses on promoting the school in the local area, as well as publicising fundraising events.
- Personnel and Finance - This committee oversees all school's finance including; budget setting, and spending on large projects. The Personnel and Finance committee also takes an active role in personnel matters that range from hiring and promotions to disciplinary procedures.
- Site (Joint with Langley) - This committee deals with the structural maintenance of the building, school grounds, lettings and other joint activities for both schools. It is also responsible for Little Rainbows Nursery.
- Curriculum - The curriculum committee focuses on how the curriculum is delivered across the school, ensuring that Coppice maintains its high level of educational excellence and provides a broad and balanced curriculum that motivates and interests the children by being relevant to their needs. They are also responsible for the many extra curricular and residential visits that the children undertake.
The governing body welcomes all comments. If you wish to contact the governing body please do so either by writing to 'The Chair of the Coppice Governing Body' at the school address, or via the school email (please mark your email for the attention for The Chair of the Coppice Governing Body).
|Mr Tony Goddard||Chair of Governors, Co-opted Governor|
|Mrs Katie Adams||Vice Chair of Governors, Parent Governor|
|Mrs Karen Bloor||Safeguarding Governor|
|Mrs Kerin Mitchell||Co-opted (Staff) Governor|
|Mrs Margaret Barnfield||LA Governor|
|Mr Jacob Rickett||Co-opted Governor|
|Mr Simon Bowen||Parent Governor|
|Mrs Yvette Brook||Parent Governor|
|Mr David Shepherd||Parent Governor|
|Mrs Jolie Williams||Foundation Governor|
|Mr Richard Green||Headteacher|
|Miss Alexandra Wheeler||Co-opted Staff Governor|
|Mr Ian Bailey||Co-opted Staff Governor|
|Mrs Sue Parkin||Clerk to the Governors|
|Mr Brendan Webster||Parent Governor|
|Mrs Sianna Salmon||Staff Governor|
Katie Adams -Vice Chair
I have been a parent Governor at Coppice School for 4 years and Vice Chair of Governors for 3 of those years. In that time I have had the privilege of working alongside the governing body and school community, supporting the school in achieving the best education for our children. I am the incredibly proud mum of Erin in Year 4 and Louis in reception and I am determined that my children and their peers will continue to prosper from the very best schooling and support that Coppice School can give them. I chose Coppice School as I believe the school supports and celebrates the full range of achievements and skills children have and keep this at the core of everything I do. I've devoted much of my professional life to education and have poured my heart and soul into helping children learn. As such I am the Deputy Head of an Secondary School in Staffordshire, have an MA in Educational Leadership and have worked alongside my local authority in supporting schools in difficult circumstances – I have the dark circles to prove it! Being a Governor takes spirit and determination and a firm belief that every person at every level can make a valued contribution. I am certain I have supported Coppice on their journey in providing outstanding excellent education for all. My advantage, I believe, is that I have the passion and ambition of a mother coupled with the genuine insight of a dedicated professional educator. I hope you will support me in continuing to serve the children of Coppice school by allowing me to continue as Parent Governor.
Karen Bloor - Safeguarding Governor
I have been a parent governor since 2005 and was re-elected by parents in 2009. I have two children, both previous pupils at Coppice and now at secondary school. I have been involved in all levels of recruitment for the school. The committee supports and challenges the leadership team to deliver an innovative curriculum to the children at Coppice. I am also the Vice-Chair. I am currently a Non-Executive Director for the Birmingham Community Heath Care NHS Trust, the largest Community Trust in the UK, and I am Chair of the Clinical Leadership Committee. The NHS faces challenging times and there is much synergy with Education and its transformation. I have links with the Deputy Leader of Birmingham Council and meet with both Health and Education leaders through my role as Non-Exec.
Yvette Brook - Parent Governor
I was elected as a parent governor in October 2012. I am a full time mum of two sons. My eldest son is at Coppice Primary School and my youngest will start Little Rainbows Nursery in September. Before having children I worked as a senior midwife. My most recent role was developing health services within a Children's Centre. I was employed by Staffordshire County Council and worked alongside education professionals rethinking and joining up services to incorporate both the health and education agendas. As well as a Midwifery degree I have a Masters in Public Health. I believe education should embrace individuality in children and instill a love of learning. I see my role as a governor as helping to drive standards forward whilst bringing a parent's perspective to the decision making process.
Also: Reflections on Being a Governor - Yvette Brook (pdf)
Simon Bowen - Parent Governor
I was elected as a parent governor in October 2012. I have two children at Coppice. I am an accountant and currently work in Birmingham for a multinational company. My current role at work gives me responsibility for dealing with sub contractors who supply food services, IT, and facilities management. I also have responsibility for Health and Safety and Environmental matters. Additionally I manage internal finance functions alongside procurement and stores. I use this experience in my governor roles on the finance and personnel committee and the joint site committee. My interests include music, reading, NFL and motor racing. I run, cycle and play golf. I am also an occasional Cub Scout leader in Great Barr.
Margaret Barnfield - LEA Governor
I was appointed as a Governor by the Local Education Authority in October 2012. I have lived in Birmingham since 1978 when I came to work here as a Primary teacher. Since then I have worked in a number of schools with increasing responsibility. These schools were mainly in the inner-city. I retired in December 2011. I have lived close to Coppice School for many years and have watched with interest as the building has been rebuilt and modernised. I want to be a Governor here so that I can use the experience I have gained over the years to support the school and its children. In my spare time I love reading; music; gardening and walking.
Brendan Webster - Parent Governor
I have two children at Coppice and was delighted to become a parent governor in May 2018. As a parent and a governor, I am dedicated to overseeing the physical and mental well-being of all the children at Coppice as well as striving to ensure that all the children reach their individual potentials. Having originally trained as a barrister I retrained following the birth of my son and now work for the Open University as a researcher in astrophysics. As well as my academic interests, I am also a firm believer in the doctrine of “a healthy mind in a healthy body” enjoying badminton, tennis, running and even exercising in the gym. However, my main sporting interest is skiing and as a result I do occasional work at the Tamworth Snowdome teaching both adults and children alike. I am currently on two committees; Finance and Personnel Committee as well as Curriculum where, working alongside the other governors, I aim to ensure the continued progression and improvement of the school.
Tony Goddard - Chair of Governors
I became a governor in 2002 when my children were in Years 1 and 2. I have remained a governor since then, moving from being a parent governor to becoming a community governor. I currently act as Chair of the Governors. In my day job, I am Pensions Manager for a manufacturing company based in Burton on Trent. I am married with two daughters and my interests include music and motor sport.
David Shepherd - Parent Governor
I was honoured to be elected a parent governor in the summer term of 2014. My wife and I have one child at Coppice. On leaving school in 1984 I enlisted in the Royal Navy and travelled the world enjoying a wide variety of cultures. In 1994 I joined West Midlands Police and experienced many areas of community policing including uniform and CID as well as acting as a family liaison officer in more serious cases. I am currently an officer with the National Crime Agency. I recently volunteered as Chair of the Curriculum Committee and look forward to ensuring the national curriculum is delivered together with the local curriculum.
The following documents provide more information about the role and responsibilities of the governor committees:
- Marketing Working Party - Terms of Reference
- Personnel and Finance Committee - Responsibilities
- Site Committee - Terms of Reference
- Curriculum Committee - Terms of Reference
Other governor documents:
The documents above are all pdf files.