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.

David 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.

Miss 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.

Elizabeth Wills
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.

Kevin Williams
David Wheeldon
Erica Conway
Governing Body Roles, Responsibilities and Interests
NameType of GovernorAppointed ByTerm of OfficeCommittee Membership & position
(See Key below)
Curriculum LinksOther Interests & Responsibilities
(See Key below)
Mrs Valerie AllenLocal GovernorTrustees30/04/2019 To
Co-Chair of GB
Chair F&P
Vice Chair B&S
Member Per
Member T&L
SEND Governor
LAC Governor
Health & Safety
HT Performance Management
Staff Disciplinary Panel
Pupil Exclusions
Ms Lynda RoanLocal GovernorTrustees07/09/2016 To
Co- Chair of GB
Chair T&L
Chair B&S
Member F&P
Member Per
MathematicsSafeguarding Governor
Safeguarding Governor
Link Training
HT Performance Management
Mr David WheeldonLocal GovernorTrustees01/09/2019 To
Member of T&L
Member of B&S
Member of F&P
Member of Per
Staff Disciplinary Panel
Dr Kevin WilliamsLocal GovernorTrustees01/09/2019 To
Member of T&LStaff Disciplinary Panel
Ms Erica ConwayLocal GovernorTrustees01/09/2019 To
Staff Disciplinary Panel
Ms Jenny QuinnStaff Local GovernorElected30/04/2019 To 29/04/2023Member T&L Member F&P
Miss Elizabeth WillsStaff Local GovernorElected01/09/2019Member F&P
Member Personnel
Mr David O'DonnellStaff Local GovernorElected30/04/2019 To 29/04/2023Vice Chair of F&P
Member B&S
Humanities / P.E
Mr Bruce PittCo-Opted Local GovernorTrust01/09/2019Chair Per
Member T&L
Pupil Exclusions
Staff Disciplinary Panel
Mrs Ann BowdenCo-Opted Local GovernorTrust30/04/2019 To 29/04/2023Vice Chair T&L
Vice Chair Per
Member F&P
Member B&S
Creative Arts
Pupil Exclusions
Staff Disciplinary Panel
Mr Damian McGarveyHead Teacher**Member T&L
Member B&S
Member F&P
Member Per
Mrs Theresa LynchClerkN/AN/ACommittees

* A Headteacher is a member of the Governing Board 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.

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 Disciplinary Panel – Any Governor not employed by the school. .

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 2020/21
DfE Governors Handbook
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