(and Local Authority Governor)
Mrs Vicki Kavanagh
I was the head teacher of a thriving multi-cultural primary school in Sandwell, West Midlands for 11 years. The school was judged to be outstanding in September 2014, and during this time, developments in all aspects of school provision allowed me to develop my own professionalism and to understand the key drivers in leading pupils to become outstanding learners.
More recently, I have been the Executive Head Teacher of a newly opened free school in Derby. Working for an academy, gave me invaluable experience of life outside a local authority, and being involved in developing a vision for a completely new school, allowed me to develop a new set of skills.
I am a Local Leader for Learning, ,and as a part of this role, I have successfully supported several schools requiring improvement or who have needed leadership and curriculum support. I currently work for Lightwood’s Teaching Alliance in Sandwell to continue this role.
I have also recently worked as a School Improvement Adviser for the LA, allowing me to share and develop the best practice within my own school and in others I support. This has included representing the LA during Ofsted inspections.
I am also the Director of Smethwick Learning Community, which keeps me abreast of new educational developments and priorities.
My passion for developing creative and independent learners lies at the heart of my work, coupled with a relentless drive to allow staff and pupils to flourish and grow.
Areas of Expertise
- School strategic development.
- Using leadership and management tools effectively to drive up standards.
- School self- evaluation and school improvement planning.
- Data analysis and planning for future developments.
- Creative curriculum development
- Supporting independent and personalised learning.
Other relevant background information/experience
- I have held Literacy and Inclusion Leader posts.
- I have been a member of governing bodies for over 20 years.
- I was involved in a 3 year project known as Leaders for Learning ,which involved groups of school leaders from around the country being involved in specific school specific school improvement developments; my area of expertise was the thematic curriculum.
- Following the success of the project, I worked alongside LA officers to develop a thematic curriculum for Sandwell schools, delivering workshops for school clusters.
- As part of an LA network, I co- wrote a teaching and learning manual, which has been used successfully in my school and in other LA schools.
- I am part of the strategic management group for our local cluster of schools-soon to become its Learning Director.
- I am a head teacher mentor, and have been involved in all aspects of school provision as part of this role.
(and Co-opted Governor)
Mrs C Green
I am thankful and feel privileged to have been elected as Parent Governor, becoming part of the school team at St Martin’s Primary School. I live local and my two young boys attend the school.
By way of background, I have been working in the legal profession since 2005, qualifying as a solicitor in April 2009. I worked within a high street practice, in the family department, advising on all aspects of family law.
To afford myself greater flexibility, balancing family time and work, I entered the insurance sector, providing in-house opinions on insurance policy documents and decisions.
I moved into the education sector in 2017, in order to present myself with a greater challenge and to offer a commitment to enhancing students’ practical knowledge and experience within the legal profession during their studies. I have developed an existing Programme enabling students to assist charities who have limited funds and resources.
As part of the Finance Committee, I aim to keep under review the financial stability of the school to ensure that important financial decisions are made in the best interests of all children.
My passion for establishing relationships to work together to help others, drives me to always look for opportunities to satisfy a child or adult’s commitment to learning. I aim to bring my experience to assist in the development and continued commitment to promoting education in school and maintaining a safe, happy and thriving environment for all the children at St Martin’s.
Vacant position x 2
Ms Glynis Webb
Hi, my name is Glynis Webb.
I am a governor at St. Martins C.of E. Primary School.
I am now retired after working in Education for 40 years within the Sandwell Borough, most of which was as a senior manager in Foundation Stage and key stage 1.
For the last 8 years of my career I was the ‘Children’s Centre Teacher’ at Greets Green Children’s Centre based at Ryders Green. It was during this time that I had the pleasure of working alongside staff and children at St. Martins, supporting the development of both the Nursery and Foundation Stage classes.
My work with the leadership team clearly demonstrated that this was a very special school, where staff were passionate about their jobs and loved both the children and the community they worked in.
The school has a wonderful and welcoming atmosphere – there is something very rare and special about both the children and staff that work here. I was delighted to be invited to be a governor here and hope my years of experience will enable me to support them in my role as Governor.
Mrs Pauline Allen
I am a teaching and learning adviser with a passion for engaging children and improving skills in all aspects of literacy.
In my roles as a lead literacy teacher, local authority school improvement consultant and with 14 years’ experience in the classroom, I have successfully supported schools in Sandwell, Birmingham and Shropshire to strengthen and develop their provision for English.
I currently work as an independent consultant and my remit includes audits, curriculum design, English leader and NQT support, planning effective learning journeys, in-class modelling and team-teaching, moderation and delivering practical CPD workshops to strengthen subject knowledge.
I am also a lead LA moderator for KS2 writing and have worked as a consultant for educational publishers in developing new materials and resources for schools.
I have known the leadership team and staff at St Martin’s for a number of years and I share the enthusiasm, positivity and high expectations that ensure that all pupils flourish and grow. St Martin’s is a truly caring and inclusive school and I welcome the opportunity to support them in my role as Governor.
Mr Ieuan Cooksey
I am a Chartered Building Surveyor who works for a Birmingham-based design consultancy. I have several years’ experience of working within the education sector as a surveyor and delivering key capital development projects to enhance both school and academy provisions. This experience has helped me to understand some of the challenges within modern education settings and I hope that I can use this and further develop my experience as a governor at St Martin’s.
Mr Dragan Obrenovic
I work as an Operation Manager for Quaker owned conference centre in Birmingham (The Priory Rooms Meeting and Conference Centre), a job that overlooks all aspects of a day-to-day running of a busy venue, from health and safety through IT to customer service. We run the centre with the strong Quaker values of equality, integrity, simplicity, sustainability and above all the compassion.
As of last year, I am member of the Management Committee of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Bournville, Birmingham.
As a father of an ex St Martin’s pupil I got to know school very well and feel that it is my moral and loyal duty to try to give something back to the school that has been instrumental in helping my daughter overcome a very difficult patch in her (and our) life.
Mrs J Cooksey
I have worked as a teacher at St Martin’s CofE Primary since September 2013. I have previously taught in years 3 and 6 and now currently teach in year 5. I am KS2 phase leader and subject lead for Maths, Music and PE. I have always enjoyed working at St Martin’s and love the family atmosphere at the school.
I have been Headteacher of St Martin’s CE Primary since September 2007. I enjoy my job and feel very proud of the friendly, happy, caring ethos of our school. St Martin’s is very well supported by the members of the Governing Body. We are a positive team who work hard to ensure the best outcomes for our pupils.
Additional Information regarding Structure and remit of the Governing Body
Clerk to the Governors
Mrs N Lewis