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Stivichall Primary School

Stivichall Primary School

Learning at Stivichall is a passport for life

All schools in England have a Governing Body which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school. A key role is to act as a ‘critical friend’: to support, to challenge, to ask questions, ultimately to represent the school community.

The Governing Body works in close partnership with the headteacher, staff and the local authority. Whilst the headteacher is, of course, responsible for the day to day running of the school, the governors are involved with such things as staffing, curriculum, school buildings and finance. It ensures the school functions well and maintains the proper range of academic and social objectives.

In July 2015 the governing body elected to reconstitute, in keeping with statutory guidance from the Department for Education. They took this decision as it allowed them to change the numbers and types of governors we have and to appoint people on the basis of the skills they could bring.

Since the start of the academic year 2016/17 instead of having separate committees we have chosen to have Full Governors meetings every half term.

The governing body now comprises:

1 Headteacher governor

1 Staff governor

2 Parent governors

1 Local Authority governor

6 Co-opted governors

Governors approved the constitution as detailed above to come into effect from 16 July 2015 and that the term of office of Staff Governors would be two years, all others would be four years.

The chair of governors is Pauline Parkes, who can be contacted via the school office.

Pauline Parkes - Chair of Governing Body 

Co-opted governor until July 2019

Register of interests:

  • Director at Finham Park Multi Academy Trust since September 2017 SEND/Inclusion/Safeguarding background

Has voting rights

Governor attendance 2017-18: 6/6 Full Governing Body Committee Meetings

I was elected as a Parent Governor at Stivichall Primary school in the early 1990s. Since then I have been a Community Governor and I am currently a Co-opted Governor.

I am a retired teacher and have worked in the City of Coventry for over 30 years. I have been involved in all of the committees of the governing body over the years, though my background in Education has meant my particular interest has always been in curriculum issues and the health and welfare of young people. I held the position of SENCO, Inclusion Manager and Safeguarding Lead at a local secondary school and continue to act in a consultancy role for the Multi Academy Trust where I was employed.

I am married with two adult children, both of whom went to Stivichall Primary School, and I continue to live within the school catchment area. I started my career as a teacher of PE and music and moved to Coventry to teach at a local secondary school in 1980. I believe that all young people should have the best possible start in life and that school can play a big part in this. I continue to be a keen advocate for sport and for all of the expressive arts and see them as an extremely valuable and intrinsic part of the school curriculum.

Mike Ballinger  

Co-opted governor until July 2019

Register of interests:

  • Director of Builders Supply Stores (Coventry) Ltd, occasional supplier to the School

Has voting rights

Governor attendance 2017-18: 6/6 Full Governing Body Committee Meetings

I was originally a parent Governor back in the mid 1990s. Since then I have been a Community Governor and I am now a Co-opted Governor.

Over the years I have been involved in both the Performance and Standards and the Resources Committees and their predecessor committees. Using my business background, I have been particularly able to contribute to matters of health and safety, finance, and premises. I am on the Coventry City Council Outdoor Education Steering Group and I am involved with the Coventry Governors Association – experience on both of these has helped me to contribute further to the work of the Governing Body. I am a holder of a certificate in Safer Recruitment. For several years I was a volunteer assistant to a Maths tutor in Adult Education, again helpful experience.

I am married with two adult children who both went to Stivichall, I still live 5 minutes walk from the School. My wife is a former chair of PTA at Stivichall and I was Chair of PTA at Finham Park (many years ago). I am a supporter of Coventry Rugby Club and like to watch Warwickshire and England cricket matches. I am heavily involved in a major political party in Coventry but never bring party politics into Governing Body matters. I have an interest in mental health matters and I am a Samaritan listening volunteer. I am currently a Trustee and Membership Secretary of the Friends of Plas Dol-y-Moch. 

Karen Ferguson - Headteacher 

A member of the governing body by virtue of position in school since 01.09.2013

Register of interests:

  • Governors have been notified of any commercial or educational interests

Has voting rights

Governor attendance 2017-18: 6/6 Full Governing Body Committee Meetings

After graduating from The University of Warwick with a BA Honours degree in English with QTS in 2002, I began my teaching career in Coventry.  I then moved to Warwickshire before later taking on my first headship in Leamington Spa.  Stivichall Primary is my fourth school and second headship.  This is my third year at the school and I am currently completing my MA in Educational Assessment at The University of Warwick.

Dr Adam Boddison 

Co-opted governor until July 2019

Register of interests: 

  • CEO of National Association for Special Educational Needs (Jan 2016 onwards)
  • Chair of Governors at Meriden Primary School (Oct 2014 onwards)
  • Director ABC (May 2008 onwards)
  • Fellow of the RSA (July 2011 onwards) 

Has voting rights

Governor attendance 2017-18: 5/6 Full Governing Body Committee Meetings 

Dr Adam Boddison is an innovative leader of education with a broad portfolio of experience both in the UK and overseas.  Adam's current role is Chief Executive for nasen, the leading SEND membership organisation for education professionals supporting children and young adults. 

Relevant Experience:

Qualified teacher with experience at both primary, secondary and tertiary level

Role as Academic Principal for the global educational social network: IGGY

10 years’ experience in the Residential Life Team at the University of Warwick, including five years as Warden of the Heronbank and Lakeside Student Village

PhD in mathematics education

Pat Hunt 

Co-opted governor until July 2019

Register of interests: None 

Has voting rights

Governor attendance 2017-18: 4/6 Full Governing Body Committee Meetings

I am recently retired having spent my working life in Banking, Financial Management and finally as Director of Corporate Resources at the government funded British Educational Technology Agency (Becta)

I have experience in Finance, Human Resources, Building and Facilities management and organisational Performance Management.

I have lived in the community for the past 30 years and seen the exciting growth and development of Stivichall School, and more recently through the eyes of 2 of my grandchildren who have been part of the school.

When I retired from a very busy job, I was pleased to have some time to use the skills and the experience gained through work and through bringing up a family, in such a positive way.

Initially I came into school to help with reading then was elected to be a Community Governor in 2011, and recently re-elected as a co-opted governor.

I really enjoy my involvement with the children and the staff at Stivichall and am looking forward to supporting them in another busy and successful year.

Rebecca Sharman 

Parent governor until  Oct 2021

Register of interests: None

Has voting rights

Governor attendance 2017-18: 6/6 Full Governing Body Committee Meetings

I have been a governor since 2013, re-elected and currently serving my second term.  I have two boys currently at Stivichall Primary School. After many years working in the NHS, I left to start up my own business in the private health care sector. I am named governor for SRE and the website at Stivichall Primary School. I also work in the local community at my children’s rugby club, where I am treasurer for the mini and junior section as well as being responsible for sponsorship and increasing revenue streams into the club.

My main motivation to become a governor was having the opportunity to try and help shape Stivichall Primary School into an outstanding school, not only for my children but for every child attending and to leave a legacy for those that follow. I firmly believe Stivichall Primary School now offers the best possible learning experience to all of our children and gives them the opportunity of going on to have a happy, fulfilled and successful life.

Being a governor involves giving time and working on a voluntary basis, but the real reward and enjoyment is in watching the children develop from tiny, shy foundation level starters into confident, accomplished and articulate year six students ready to take on the next level of their education.

Dr James A. Malcolm 

Local Authority Governor​​​ untill  Oct 2021

Register of interests: None

Has voting rights

Governor attendance 2017-18: 6/6 Full Governing Body Committee Meetings

I joined the Governing Body in Autumn 2017. I have lived in Earlsdon for over 10 years and have a deep commitment to education having studied and worked at Warwick University for five years before joining Coventry University in August 2012. 

At Coventry University I divide my time between serving as a Research Fellow in Maritime Security, exploring issues around port and coastal security, and as Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes within the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations. Through both my roles I have built up extensive experience of teaching, curriculum design and quality assurance processes. 

I hold a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice in Higher Education and I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I hope to bring my energy and expertise to my role as a Governor at Stivichall Primary School, working with all involved in the school to ensure that the ethos of lifelong learning that equips pupils with a passport for life is successfully sustained.

I am a member of a major political party and also a Trade Union member but do not bring party politics into Governing Body matters. Outside of work I am a long-time season ticket holder at Burnley Football Club in my home county of Lancashire, a keen cyclist, and enjoy walking, particularly with my pet Spoodle (a Spaniel/Poodle cross).

Derek Gardiner 

Parent Governor​​​ until December 2021

Register of interests:

  • Executive Head Teacher of Phoenix Federation in Coventry and a member of their Governing Body
  • National Leader of Education
  • Ofsted Inspector

Has voting rights

Governor attendance 2017-18: 4/6 Full Governing Body Committee Meetings

I am a parent governor and currently have two boys in Reception with a third child hopefully coming to Stivichall in the future.

Professionally, I hold qualified teacher status and have been Headteacher or Executive Head Teacher of 5 schools and have been in Coventry all my working life.  I am also a National Leader of Education and an occasional Ofsted Inspector.  My interests range across the whole school but with particularly interests in leadership and management and the curriculum.  I began my teaching career at Stivichall and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to once again be involved in the school.

Personally, I love spending time with our growing (in age, not numbers!) family and I’m an avid sports fan, playing golf but also closely following the fortunes of Coventry City!

Kirstie Wren 

Co-opted governor until March 2021

Register of interests: None

Has voting rights

Governor attendance 2017-18: 5/6 Full Governing Body Committee Meetings

I am a co-opted governor and joined the board in March 2016. Currently my main responsibility on the governing board is data/outcomes for pupils.

I grew up in Coventry before attending Imperial College London where I attained a degree in Chemical Engineering (2010-2014). After graduating, I returned to Coventry to take a job as a Paint Manufacturing Engineer in the automotive industry.

I also volunteer as a STEM Ambassador, a role which alloyws me to volunteer in various schools to promote the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) skills. It is a real privilege to be able to continue my involvement with Stivichall and to help ensure all its pupils have access to the best possible education.

Ingunn Hutt 

Co-opted governor until: TBC

Register of interests: None

Has voting rights

Governor attendance 2017-18: 4/6 Full Governing Body Committee Meetings

I became a governor at Stivichall Primary School spring 2017. Having worked in education all my working life I was looking for an opportunity to still be involved when I retired a few years ago.

I was brought up and educated in Norway where I trained as a Pre-school teacher. Moving to Coventry in 1978 I retrained and qualified as a primary teacher at Warwick University 1982.

With my original interest in Early Years education I stayed with this age group throughout my career. Working in different Coventry schools and later when I joined Coventry City Council’s Early Years team in 2005. The following eight years I worked as an Advisory Teacher in the Private and Voluntary Sector supporting the managers and staff improve and develop their practice.

This was a rewarding and challenging role that also give me many opportunities to develop my own practice including a study trip to Reggio Emilia in Italy. I also kept a close link with my home country and what was happening in Early Years there. When I retired I took the opportunity to work there for a few months. 

I am also involved in a local charity, Friends of Plas-Doly-Moch, supporting with fundraising to improve the facilities and ensure the children of Coventry can continue to access this fantastic learning experience. 

Clare Deller 

Staff governor until October 2019

Register of interests: None

Has voting rights

Governor attendance 2017-18: 4/6 Full Governing Body Committee Meetings

I was elected to the role of Staff Governor in October 2017. This is my second year at Stivichall and I am proud to be part of such a vibrant community. During my time here I have taught in both key stages. Prior to joining Stivichall, I worked at two other schools in the Coventry and Rugby area.

I am currently the Art subject leader and have led the development of the Take One Picture scheme across the school. This has provided children with the opportunity to link art exploration and skills to a wide range of other subjects within the curriculum. I am also involved in mentoring PGCE students on placement at Stivichall.

I attended the University of Essex, where I graduated with an Honours degree in Drama. After leaving university, I initially worked in retail, whilst volunteering in local primary schools. I then decided on a career change and gained my PGCE at Warwick University.

Bridget Bailey - Stepped down November 2017 

Parent governor until Nov 2017

Register of interests: None

Governor attendance 2016-17: 4/6 Full Governing Body Committee Meetings

“I am a parent governor, elected in October 2013, and mum to two daughters, both of whom attend Stivichall Primary School. I have a degree in English and Psychology and prior to having my children, I was a primary school teacher for 13 years with responsibility for literacy within the curriculum. My enthusiasm for literacy and love of teaching is reflected in my working life. I am the owner of Talking Tots: classes held across Coventry to help develop the speech, confidence and communication skills of preschool children, working alongside parents/carers and in nurseries where we cover many aspects of the EYFS.”

Martin Bainbridge - Stepped down July 2017

Register of interests: None

Governor attendance 2016-17: 6/6 Full Governing Body Committee Meetings

I was elected to the role of Teacher Governor in October 2015. I am proud to be a teacher at Stivichall and have been here for 18 years. I have taught across many year groups and in both key stages in my time here, including a period where I was Key Stage One phase leader. I have worked at two schools prior to joining Stivichall. 

I have been involved in many areas of the school and I am currently the Computing subject leader. Alongside this I have responsibility for E-safety across the school as well as managing the school website. I am the lead teacher for our Frog VLE (Virtual Learning Environment), which we were delighted to launch in September 2015. I have also been heavily involved in mentoring PGCE students throughout the school for many years, and acted as mentor to two of our newly qualified teachers in the last academic year, (2014/15). 

I am actively involved in supporting residential visits and over the years have been to all of the main places we link with in our school. I am also actively involved in supporting the school PTA and am regularly called upon to compere events such as the Bingo night! I love being engaged in taking sports teams at Stivichall and hold regular training and coaching sessions in a range of sports. I am a qualified FA coach and a Rugby Union junior coach at present. The constant in this is football, but over the years I have organised events for cricket, rugby, tennis, basketball and hockey. I have been able to ensure Stivichall teams are represented and achieve success at Regional and national level. One of my proudest achievements is continuing a Stivichall tradition and taking a group of footballers each year to France to participate in an international football tournament. 

I am married with two adult children, and consequently I have an array of pets which I have been left to look after! I attended the University of Liverpool and graduated with an Honours degree in English Literature and language. After leaving university I worked in Retail Management initially and then was employed as a Regional Sales and Leasing Manager for a large multi-national company. I took the decision to change career and gained my PGCE in Primary Education from Warwick University. 

I have a wide variety of interests outside of school, many of which I have been able to weave into my teaching role to enrich the life of the school. I am actively involved in theatre, film and music, although some will say my piano playing isn’t really music. I also have a keen interest in ornithology, which I have used to provide links for the school to the RSPB. I have a passion for history and can regularly be found tramping round the ruins of many castles and assorted sites across the globe. 

I love sport and although I no longer play, I am an avid watcher of anything involving a ball! My primary passion is for Everton Football Club, where I am a season ticket holder. When I am not there I watch Coventry Rugby club and watch cricket at Warwickshire.


Paul Ingleston - Stepped down 30th March 2017

Register of interests: None

Governor attendance 2016-17: 3/6 Full Governing Body Committee Meetings

I am currently into my second full term as a Stivichall Primary School Governor. My initial foray into becoming a governor was through my partner, former teacher Dawn Edwards, who was instrumental in pushing me into my role.  Also, both of our children, Jack (now at Bangor University in his second year) and Billy, (William, when he does wrong!) attended Stivichall. Billy was in mainstream schooling but is now settled at Sherbourne Fields in Coundon.

A graduate of the ‘University of Life’, I have, during my various employments’ maintained face-to-face inter-actions with people in many different roles in employment. I have maintained Databases’, worked to deadlines and information gathering.   I have, I think, people skills, have a desire for the truth and can operate on many levels.  I am computer literate, although requiring more Excel training.

Although not working in Education, I believe my external vision offers an insight into what this school can achieve, together with the ability to be a desired ‘critical friend.’

I am 59 year old father of two and live in Cheylesmore. I am currently employed at National Grid in Hinckley as a Senior Scheduler, having been employed at the company, in various roles, which will shortly be 20 years in October 2015.

My working life began as an apprentice in the foundry industry – children ask your grandparents what foundries used to be like!  Amongst the various companies I worked for, I also had a stint in a foundry in Germany in the mid-eighties for almost 4 and a half years, before returning to the UK.

I then retrained – owing to a serious injury – and worked in various roles in the radio industry, Coventry, Leicester, Birmingham mainly before redundancy. A period as a ‘house-husband’ followed before venturing, gingerly, back into full employment with a telesales company, prior to joining National Grid.

A fleeting, youthful flirtation with the ‘Sky Blues’, gave way to a painful, and very often a lot of disappointment, in supporting Birmingham City, the city of my birthplace.

Most Saturday’s – shift work permitting – I can be found at the Butts Park Arena supporting Coventry Rugby Club in their quest to achieve promotion to the Championship. I try to keep as fit as I can, mainly through walking and swimming.