Valerie Allen

I have worked for Birmingham LA as a teacher and then City Learning Centre Manager for 37 years. The CLC was linked to Balaam Wood School, which is how my association with this school began. I have been able to take on more Governor duties since I retired and am proud to now be the Chair. I am very lucky to have a fantastic team of governors to work with. I also look after a growing number of grandchildren. I enjoy exercise classes and am currently training to be a Yoga teacher.

Lynda Roan

I have been a governor at Balaam Wood School since 2012 and it is a real privilege to be Vice Chair of the Governing Body. My professional background was in education for over 40 years, having been the Headteacher of a secondary school and a National Leader of Education. Whilst I take a particular interest in teaching and learning, safeguarding and personnel, I hope my skills and knowledge help support the strategic development of the school. In my spare time I enjoy travelling, meals out, Trefoil Guild and supporting a youth group and another governing body.

D O'Donnell

I have worked at Balaam Wood for the last 8 years. I started as weekend caretaker and now work as the Site Manager. I have lived in Frankley for 13 years. I have five children. Two have attended Balaam Wood and now left, one is attending Balaam Wood and I have two at local primary schools, so I have a good knowledge of the school as an employee and as a parent.

Jemma McCann
Ann Bowden

I have been a school governor in Primary and Secondary schools for 28 years because I am passionate about children and their education. I work as a Lab Technician in a Secondary school so I am very familiar with the day to day life of a school and love the opportunity it gives me to get know the pupils as well as the staff. In my spare time I play the piano, working towards Grade 8, and I enjoy crafts, knitting and sewing.

J Quinn

I started teaching in Balaam Wood School in 2004. I am the faculty leader of the Physical Science faculty. I sit on the Governing body as the Staff representative. In that time I have been a member of the Teaching and Learning committee and in recent months have joined the Premises and Finance committee to further my understanding of the role of the Governing body. In my spare time I enjoy reading, socialising, cycling and returning home to Ireland to visit my family.

L West

I have worked at Balaam Wood school as Catering Manager for 6 years. In that time I have really got know the staff and children, so I was very pleased to be asked to be a governor 4 years ago. Although I was a little nervous at first I soon settled in to being one of the team. I have learnt a lot about how a school works and how hard the staff work. In my spare time I enjoy walking my dog, sewing and reading.

Governing Body Roles, Responsibilities and Interests
NameType of GovernorAppointed ByTerm of OfficeCommittee Membership & position
(See Key below)
Curriculum LinksOther Interests & Responsibilities
(See Key below)
Pecuniary Interests,
Personal Interests,
Governor or member of staff at another school
Mrs Valerie AllenCo-optedGov Body30/04/2015 To 29/04/2019Joint Chair of GB
Chair F&P
Vice Chair B&S
Member Per
SEND Governor
LAC Governor
Pupil Premium
HT Performance Management
Staff Disciplinary Panel
Pupil Exclusions
Ms Lynda RoanCo-optedGov Body07/09/2016 To 06/09/2020Joint Chair of GB
Chair T&L
Chair Per
Member F&P
Member B&S
MathsSafeguarding Governor
HT Performance Management
Staff Disciplinary Panel
Pupil Exclusions
Vice Chair of Governors Selly Oak Trust School
Treasurer Hillcrest School ‘Friends of Hillcrest’
Trustee Stonehouse Gang Youth Group
Mr Damian McGarveyHead Teacher****Member all CommitteesN/A
Ms Jenny QuinnStaff GovStaff30/04/2015 To 29/04/2019Member T&L Member F&PN/AGDPRTeacher Balaam Wood
Mr David O'DonnellCo-optedGov Body30/04/2015 To 29/04/2019Vice Chair F&P
Member B&S
Humanities (Geog/Hist/RE/
Site Manager Balaam Wood
Mrs Lorna WestCo-optedGov Body30/04/2015 To 29/04/2019Member Per
Member B&S
Pupil ExclusionsCiti-Serve Catering Manager
Mrs Ann BowdenCo-optedGov Body30/04/2015 To 29/04/2019Vice Chair T&L
Member F&P
Vice Chair Per
Chair B&S
Creative Arts (Mus/Art/Tex/Food/ICT)
Link Training Governor
Pupil Exclusions
Staff Disciplinary Panel
Senior Lab Technician Colmers School
Mrs Jemma McCannParentGov Body04/07/2018 To 03/07/2022Member B&SSMSC/British Values/Well-being
SEND / LAC with VA
Member of Frankley Parish Council
Mr Max PerrinAssociateGov Body*07/09/2016Member T&LTeacher Manor Way Primary School

* Associate Governors are appointed to offer a particular skill or expertise and are invited to meetings as appropriate. They do not have voting rights.

Governing Body decides termination of Term of Office.

** A Headteacher is a member of the Governing body by virtue of their office. The headteacher does not have voting rights.

Gov – Governor
F&P – Finance and Premises Committee T&L – Teaching and Learning Committee SEND – Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
B&S – Behaviour and Safety Committee Per – Personnel Committee LAC – Looked After Children

PPG – Pupil Premium Grant (an additional budgetary allowance linked to Free School entitlement.)
SCR – Single Central Record – A record of school staff and pupils – a legal requirement used to calculate school funding.

HT Per Man – Headteacher Performance Management (with an External Assessor).

Pupil Exc – Pupil Exclusions – Usually Chair, Vice Chair and one other. Governors who are employed by the school should not take part.
Pupil Disciplinary Governor Hearings – any Governor.

Staff Disc Panel – Staff Disciplinary Panel.
Staff Disciplinary Appeals Panel – Any Governor not employed by the school who was not on original Disciplinary Panel.

Governors Attendance Record 2018/19
Governors Annual Statement 2018/19
Scheduled Meetings 2019/20

DfE Governors Handbook
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