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Governors

Our Governing body is made up of people from a variety of backgrounds and skills. Together we are responsible for making sure the school vision is upheld, that the very best standards of teaching and learning are maintained, and that the school is financially secure.
Each governor has provided a brief personal statement below.

Governing Body

Sue Beardsmore

Sue Beardsmore

John Bishop

John Bishop

Richard Davis

Richard Davis

Bridget Dennis

Bridget Dennis

Imran Shaikh

Imran Shaikh

Lisa Taylor

Lisa Taylor

Sam Towers

Sam Towers

Sue Virgo

Sue Virgo

Marjorie Wills

Marjorie Wills

Maureen Morgan-Pottinger

Maureen Morgan-Pottinger

Governor Profiles

Sue Beardsmore

Sue is a co-opted governor. She is Chair, and a member of the Finance and Staffing Committee, and the Child Protection governor. Sue has been a governor at Benson for over 12 years, and has been the Chair since 2004. She has previously been Chair of all the school’s committees and has a wide experience of school governance and issues.

She has a background in broadcast journalism in the Midlands and has lived in Birmingham for over 30 years. She has a BA in English and Politics and an MA in Mass Communications. She currently works as a media and communications consultant with people of all ages and communities. She has experience as a non-executive director of arts and health organisations, and is a member of the Heritage Lottery Fund’s West Midlands Committee.

 

John Bishop

John is a co-opted governor. He has been a governor at Benson for five years and is currently the Chair of the Finance and Staffing Committee. John graduated from The University of Birmingham with a BSc (Hons) degree in Mathematics and Sports Science in 1999. Since then he’s been working with primary schools throughout England and Wales to support the physical, emotional and cognitive health and wellbeing of children as the founding director of a successful social enterprise called Evolve.

John is a qualified teacher, Fellow of the RSA, Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health and is a member of the Society for Education and Training. John is also the founder and Vice Chair of a football charity in North Birmingham called Sportsco FC whose mission is to use the power of football to develop children’s personal skills such as teamwork, resilience and leadership.

 

Richard Davis

Richard is a co-opted governor. He became a governor in 2012, and his Responsibilities are to oversee the Health & Safety of the school. His role is to ensure school is compliant all areas including building statutory testing. He is a former chair of a Health and Safety committee. Richard has worked in schools as a Site Manager since 1994, and his experience of the practical aspects of the day to day running of a school, his considerable Health and Safety expertise and his understanding of what is needed to make Benson a good place to work and learn, as well as his experience as a valued member of the school team are invaluable to the governing body.

 

Imran Shaikh

Imran is a co-opted governor, and is a member of the Finance and Staffing Committee.
Imran has key managerial experience in leading multinational companies in the field of sales and marketing. He has been involved in Project Management and successful product launches in key sectors of Industry. He also brings to Benson his extensive administrative and finance knowledge. He has a BA in Economics & Commerce and currently works for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs.

Lisa Taylor

I am now in my 5th year as a governor at Benson. As Vice-Chair, I not only represent the parents and the local community, but I am also lead governor for Achievement and Learning, Pupil Premium and Safeguarding. I work as a teaching assistant and currently I am studying a Foundation Degree in Teaching and Learning Support, which has enabled me to understand and question all aspects of the curriculum, teaching and learning as well as data. I discuss progress for all groups of children with the head teacher – ensuring the school has identified and provided provision for Benson children.

Sam Towers

Sam has been a co-opted governor since September 2013. He has chaired the Health, Safety & Premises Committee and sat upon the Finance and Staffing Committee; however, since September 2016 he has primarily focused his attentions upon the refurbishment and development works taking place at the school. Sam also monitors the school’s statutory compliance, health, safety, and premises maintenance strategy. Sam is a chartered building surveyor at Savills with a background in commercial building consultancy and project management. With a listed Victorian building and a growing school population to house, Sam’s professional skills are a valuable asset to the Governing Body.

Sue Virgo

Sue is a Staff Governor and one of four Assistant Head Teachers at the school. She is also the Website Governor, responsible for ensuring the Governor Webpage is up to date with relevant documentation. Sue began her teaching career at Benson Community School sixteen years ago and through the years has taken on many roles and responsibilities.  She is also an experienced Governor a role she both enjoys and takes seriously. ‘Being a Staff Governor and also part of the Senior Leadership team has enabled me to both support and help develop the school on many different levels and through many transitional periods.’

 

Marjorie Wills

Marjorie is a co-opted governor. She has been a parent at Benson for 13 years, she has four children and all have attended Benson and one is still in attendance in Year 4. Marjorie has completed a degree in Business and Human Resource Management in 2016 and she is now completing her Masters in HR. Marjorie currently works at the University of Wolverhampton in the HR department. Prior to her studies Marjorie has worked as a receptionist in several GP’s surgeries, but has decided to change her career and move into HR. Marjorie became a governor at Benson because she is passionate about the school and it’s community and wants to give back to it.

 

Maureen Morgan-Pottinger

Parent governor and has a daughter in year 4. She has been a Civil Servant for over 17 years and has a background in higher education and ESOL. Her main interest are in special education needs and its governance. Maureen came to Birmingham from Sheffield in the 1980s, and knows the local area well. She currently lives in Winson Green and is commited to developing the educational provision for the growing number of children living in the local community. She is a member of the Health, Safety and Premises committee, a link governor for SEND and with a curriculum responsibility for literacy in year 2

Further Governing Body Information
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GB Annual Statement
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Attendance Register 2015-2016
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