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.
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Richard is a co-opted governor. He became a governor in 2012. 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. In his spare time Richard is a very keen field archer and scuba diver.
Steve has been appointed as a co-opted Governor since July 2019. His background is in Asset and Financial Management and also School Organisation issues, predominantly in the Education Sector. He was the Site Development Strategy Manager for Wolverhampton City Council Children’s Services providing a range of services to local authority schools and managing the schools building programme. Steve also worked as a Schools Local Financial Management Officer. More recently he has worked for Shropshire and Walsall Education Services In project management roles. He is currently semi retired but works as a self employed consultant for several schools including the Birmingham Nursery School Collaboration Trust . He is the Chair of Governors of a Wolverhampton School and is on the Governing Body of a Federation of Pupil Referral Units. In his spare time, he enjoys playing football golf and table tennis and runs a live music venue. Steve is married with 3 children all working in the Education sector and he has 3 grandchildren.
I am a mother of five Children all of which have been attending Benson Community School from 2003 as their first school, two of which are still at Benson in Y1 and Y5. Proud to have sent my children to a school that gives every child the constructive thought “There are no limits to what you can achieve”.
I am currently with NewBegin, a local community charity as a Community Connector. I help parents at the Benson Community Hub with advocacy, whether with forms, translation, housing help or other changing needs. I have been able to connect parents with community projects. Helping people from all backgrounds in respect to the beautifully diverse area we live in. I have real life experiences with all ages helping with the ability to Multitask, Connect, Be Active, Take notice, Keep learning and Give with complete confidence. I have a background in Secondary and higher education Diploma as well as knowledge and training on Safeguarding children, Young people and Vunerable adults. I look forward in being part of Benson Community School achievements and goals.
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 is an experienced governor and is vice chair of the governing body. Her responsibility this year is safeguarding and governor training. She has extensive working knowledge of the curriculum, data and assessments and brings this to meetings. As a governor Lisa challenges the Head Teacher on all aspects paying particular attention to Teaching and Learning.
I have been a teaching member of staff, in various capacities, at Benson since 2008. Prior to my time at Benson I taught at a special school for children with mild learning difficulties. I have a passion for Art and enjoyed developing the provision and status of Art at Benson. I have provided Art training internally to staff within Benson as well as externally to training teachers. I have previously been the lead mentor for newly qualified teachers at Benson as well as supporting another school with their process of supporting training teachers. Having always lived locally to the school, I feel I have a valuable insight not only to Benson from the perspective of a staff member but more importantly, the children and where they come from.
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
Andy has been appointed as a governor by the local authority in 2018. He is a member of the Finance and Staffing Committee. His background is in education. He was a headteacher of a school in Walsall for 26 years. He also worked as a school improvement partner for a number of years for Birmingham and Walsall, which involved him working in a number of schools. He is currently working as a freelance consultant within a number of schools. He also provides support to governing bodies as an external advisor on the performance of their head teachers. He has written a number of books both for pupils and teachers on mathematics and science, including books for Caribbean countries. His most recent publications are on educational leadership and behaviour management. He has lectured across England and the Caribbean. When he can find time he enjoys playing and watching football, cricket, working on the family allotment and reading.
Chair of Governors
I am delighted to have been invited to join Benson’s Governing Body as a co-opted governor.Having been the Head Teacher of Benson for 12 years I really know the school and its community – a fabulous oasis in the area providing so many exciting opportunities for its children.I bring with me a wealth of experience in education, as a serving Head Teacher I fully understand the daily challenges that face Mrs Dennis and her team. My knowledge of the curriculum, finances, behaviour, staff recruitment, staff retention through to data and assessment can be used to support the school on the next part of its journey.Being able to offer this support to Mrs Dennis and her school from a role within the governors really appeals to me.
As we say at Benson “Once a Bee. Always a Bee!”
pdf GB Annual Statement
pdf Governor Information and Attendance Register