Who Are We?

Jackie

Mrs Jackie Graham

Chair of Governors/Co-Opted Governor

How long have you been a governor?

I started as a parent governor in 2005 and have been Chair of Governors since 2012.

Why did you become a governor at our school? I had two boys at this school and wanted to become involved in the direction of the school.

What do you enjoy about being a governor? What are your areas of interest, experience and expertise?

I enjoy leading our strong team of governors. I try to visit the school as often as possible and particularly enjoy the school productions and meeting parents at parents’ evenings.

 

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Mr Jonathan Vali

Vice Chair/Chair of Resources

How long have you been a governor?

I’ve been a governor since September 2008.

Why did you become a governor at our school?

Working and living in the local area I was keen to find a way to get more involved in the community and give something back.

What do you enjoy about being a governor? What are your areas of interest, experience and expertise?

I enjoy working with a dedicated team of staff and governors working tirelessly to make BLJS the best school it can be. I’ve got a professional interest in education, and in school management and governance, and I really enjoy being able to use some of that interest and experience on the Governing Body.

 

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Ms JOANNE STIRCH

How long have you been a governor?

I’ve been a governor since February 2018.

Why did you become a governor at our school?

I became a staff Governor whilst working in the School office and took the opportunity to stay on the Board after leaving.

What do you enjoy about being a governor? What are your areas of interest, experience and expertise?

I enjoy being part of the team of Governors at Banks Lane. After working at the school for 6 years it was important for me to keep in touch with the staff, parents and children and to be part of a team all wanting to provide the best opportunities for the children.

 

Janet Knott

Mrs Janet Knott

Chair of Achievement/Co-Opted Governor

How long have you been a governor?

I have been a Governor at Banks Lane Junior School since 2011.

Why did you become a governor at our school?

I developed an interest in being a Governor after having 2 children in the school and helping out in their classes. I spent my first two years as a Parent Governor and then switched to become a Community / Co-opted Governor more recently. I currently chair the Achievement Committee, where we focus on academic progress, and I’m also the SEN Governor.

 

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Mrs Jenny Humphreys

Governor Development Officer

How long have you been a governor?

I have been a governor here since 2002.

Why did you become a governor at our school?

I became involved as a Local Authority Governor whilst a Councillor for the area Banks Lane Junior serves, and it proved a good way of gaining a deeper knowledge of the area and its residents. With a background in teaching, and some business experience, I felt I could help and support the school, which had an excellent reputation locally but faced considerable challenges.

The Governing Body, and the school, have evolved over the past years but I strongly support the determination of the staff and governors to continue to offer a very wide range of experiences and learning opportunities rather than becoming narrowly focused on exam results.

What do you enjoy about being a governor? What are your areas of interest, experience and expertise?

I have particularly enjoyed school and Fosbrooks’ shows and the carol concerts which all reach a standard well beyond what you would expect from primary-aged pupils.

 

Ed Milner

Mr Ed Milner

Headteacher

As Headteacher of the school I automatically become a member of the Governing Body, but I was also an associate member as Deputy and have sat on Governing Bodies at previous schools.

The governing body are a group of people who act as ‘critical friends’ to school and therefore oversee my role. They are able to offer advice, support and ask pertinent key questions to enhance the learning of the children. Each term I write a Headteacher’s Report that shares all the strengths and weaknesses of our school and our next steps for development. This allows governors to ask key questions and gain valuable knowledge about my role and the roles of our staff. The governing body have supported our school improvement aims and offer sound advice to improve our school further. I enjoy being a part of a strong and committed team who genuinely want to see our school improve.

What do you enjoy about being a governor? What are your areas of interest, experience and expertise?

I really enjoy being part of the Governing Body and want to support and work with the school, to maintain a happy and safe environment and to achieve the best possible outcomes for all our children.

 
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Mr Adrian Bassett

Deputy Headteacher

How long have you been a governor?

Since September 2017

Why did you become a governor at our school?

Having previously worked on other governing boards, I understand the tremendous importance of an effective governing board. With this in mind, I wanted to contribute as much as possible to helping the school succeed. 

The governing board effectively hold the school to account - the questions are well thought through and are regularly extremely challenging. We welcome this challenge as a vital role of the governing board. 

What do you enjoy about being a governor? What are your areas of interest, experience and expertise?

I really enjoy working with the governing board - it is a strong team that works together for the best outcomes of our pupils. 

 

Dave Bennett

Mr Dave Bennett

Community Governor/Co-Opted Governor

How long have you been a governor?

I have been a Governor since 2013.

Why did you become a governor at our school?

After some 30 years unofficial association it was good to be asked to become a Community Governor and take a more active role in the running of the school!

What do you enjoy about being a governor? What are your areas of interest, experience and expertise?

I thoroughly enjoy being part of a strong supportive governing body and particularly enjoy being a member of the resource committee where I am able to use my knowledge of budgets, financial planning and interviewing skills.

I am a member of Offerton Cricket Club and hold an English Cricket Board Level 2 children’s coaching certificate.

 

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Mrs Kimberley Pixton

Parent Governor

How long have you been a governor?

I have been a Parent Governor in the Junior school since Sept 2017. Previously to this, I was a governor at the Infant school for 5 years

Why did you become a governor at our school?

I work as a teacher, so I am used to working collaboratively with colleagues and our own school governors to continually strive to improve outcomes for pupils. I wanted to put my skills and experience to good use, working collaboratively in the school my children attend, to ensure all pupils are happy and safe at school and reach their full potential.

What do you enjoy about being a governor? What are your areas of interest, experience and expertise?

I enjoy being part of a team responsible for understanding all aspects of the activities taking part within school on a daily basis, but also the excellent enrichment opportunities afforded to our pupils such as residential trips.

 

 
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Mrs Judith Patel

Parent Governor

How long have you been a governor?

Since November 2015.

Why did you become a governor at our school?

As a Speech and Language therapist and a mother to two children at Banks Lane I was keen to explore how I might be able to support the work of the existing governors in the continuing the development of the school.

What do you enjoy about being a governor/areas of interest/experience/expertise etc.

Having only recently started as a governor so far I have both appreciated and enjoyed the training and support given to support me in the role. My main area of expertise is in Speech and Language therapy, with an interest in special educational needs. A further interest I have is mindfulness in education and specifically in exploring how both pupils and teachers might benefit. I am really looking forward to getting stuck in and working alongside my fellow governors and the Staff at Banks Lane to continue their great work.

 

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Mrs Nicola Taylor

Parent Governor

How long have you been a governor?

I have been a governor at school since 2011, when my eldest of 3 daughters started in Year 3.

Why did you become a governor at our school?

Becoming a governor was a way of getting to know the school better, seeing how decisions were made and enabled me to give school my support.

What do you enjoy about being a governor? What are your areas of interest, experience and expertise?

I have been a primary school teacher for the past 14 years and feel that my experience and knowledge has been beneficial in my role as governor. I want every child to achieve their full potential in a high quality and continuously improving environment, and for the school to play its full part in the wider local community. Over the last four years I have played an active role as part of FOBL and enjoyed working with other parents and teachers to put on events for the children and raise money for the school. I’m particularly interested in continuing the work to develop the curriculum and to improve the school grounds.

 

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Mr Phil Thomas

Parent Governor

How long have you been a governor?

Since October 2015.

Why did you become a governor at our school?

As an ex pupil and my children go to the school, I wanted to use my skills and knowledge to give something back to the school and to the local community and also play a big part in improving children’s education and help the staff to achieve this also. In addition, from my point of view, it’s a chance for me to challenge myself and learn new skills.

What do you enjoy about being a governor? What are your areas of interest, experience and expertise?

It is very early still, but I believe using my skills that I have learnt as a manager within the financial services industry I can pass on my knowledge around budgets, staffing issues, risks and controls and also improvements in the way the teachers can work.