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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

4 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 Derek Gardiner, who can be contacted via the school office.

For details of dates of appointment and attendance at Governors meetings over the last academic year, please see the attached documents at the bottom of this page.

Pauline Parkes  

Co-opted governor until July 2023

Register of interests:

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

Has voting rights

Governor attendance 2018-19:  5/6 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 2023

Register of interests:

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

Has voting rights

Governor attendance 2018-19:  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 Chair 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 2018-19:  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.  Throughout my time here, as a result of hard work from pupils, staff, parents and governors, the school has gone from strength to strength.  I am extremely proud of our school.

Dr Adam Boddison - stepped down 

Was a Co-opted governor until July 2019 and stepped down at this point.

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 2018-19:  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 2023

Register of interests: None 

Has voting rights

Governor attendance 2018-19: 5/6 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.

Clare Deller

Staff governor until October 2021

Register of interests: None

Has voting rights

Governor attendance 2018-19: 4/6 Full Governing Body Committee Meetings

I was elected to the role of Staff Governor in October 2017 in 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.

Dr James A. Malcolm 

Local Authority Governor​​​ untill  Oct 2021

Register of interests: None

Has voting rights

Governor attendance 2018-19: 4/6 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 am an Associate Professor researching security governance and capacity-building, particularly in the maritime domain. As a result I explore topics such as port and coastal security. I am also a Module Leader on Coventry University's MA in Maritime Security. Between September 2015 and August 2019 I served as Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes within my department. Through my work I have then 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 - Chair of Governors 

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 2018-19: 4/6 Full Governing Body Committee Meetings

I am a parent governor and currently have three children who attend Stivichall.

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 July 2023

Register of interests: None

Has voting rights

Governor attendance 2018-19: 6/6 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 obtained 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 allows 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.

Monika Rozanski

Parent Governor​​​ until October 2023

Register of interests:

Has voting rights

I am a parent governor and joined the board in October 2019.

Rebecca Sharman - Stepped down

Was a Parent Governor​​​ until July 2019 and stepped down at this point

Register of interests:

Had voting rights

Governor attendance 2018-19: 5/6 Full Governing Body Committee Meetings

Was a parent governor who had two children who attended Stivichall.