Governor Newsletter Oct 2019

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:

  • 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 GoddardChair of Governors, Co-opted Governor
Mrs Katie AdamsCo-opted Governor Vice Chair of Governors
Mrs Karen BloorFoundation Governor
Mrs Kerin MitchellCo-opted (Staff) Governor
Mrs Margaret BarnfieldLA Governor
Mr Jacob RickettCo-opted Governor
Mr Simon Bowen Foundation Governor
Mrs Rachel PasseyParent Governor with responsibilities for SEN and Safeguarding  Governor
Mr David ShepherdParent Governor
Ms Sianna SalmonStaff Governor
Mr Andrew LeemingActing Headteacher
Miss Kirsty FeganCo-opted Staff Governor
Mr Ian BaileyAssociate Governor (no voting rights)
Mrs Sue ParkinClerk to the Governors
Mr Brendan WebsterParent Governor
Mr Ben GuestParent Governor
Mr Sukhdeep BriahParent Governor

Also see: Register of Business Interests and Governance Arrangements December 2021

Governor Profiles

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.

Mrs Rachel Passey - Safeguarding  Governor

I have two boys at Coppice School and was delighted to become a parent Governor in October 2019.

I am the SEN and Safeguarding Governor and committed to ensuring our children feel safe and positive about their mental wellbeing.

I very much enjoy being part of the Governing board to support, input and challenge the leadership team. I also sit on the curriculum committee where we work together to ensure the curriculum continues to progress and be stimulating for children of all abilities.

My business experience is varied, including working in management consulting and currently at Severn Trent as a project manager. My roles have covered aspects of finance, HR, procurement, process improvements and change management and I aim to bring these insights to the Governing board.

Some of my most rewarding experiences have been when I have undertaken work with communities including a one-year voluntary placement as a management advisor to a hospital in Indonesia and supporting school PTFA activities and fundraising.

I enjoy keeping active with my family and spending time exercising outdoors together.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ben Guest – Parent Governor

I have been a parent governor since 2019. I am married and I have two children at Coppice School and third who I hope will attend in a few years. I am a Chartered Accountant and I currently work as a Finance Director of an international engineering group based in the Midlands. I have lived in Sutton Coldfield all of my life and outside of work I enjoy running, watching sport and spending time with my family.

Karen Bloor - Foundation 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 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.