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Governors' Newsletter Summer 2 - July 2021

Governors' Newsletter Summer 2021

Annual Governance Statement for the 2019-2020 Academic Year

Governing Body


As Victoria School is in Federation with Cherry Oak School we have one Governing Body for both schools. The Governing Board of the Federation has a Memorandum of Understanding with the Board of Victoria College, enabling the College to benefit from being associated with the Federation.


The Governors have a great deal of experience and offer us both challenge and support as necessary.

All the Governors are extremely dedicated and give generously of their time to both schools in the Federation.


Our Governors are made up of representatives from key stakeholder groups - parents, staff, the Local Authority and the local community.


We generally have two full Governing Body meetings a term and we also have committees for Finance, Personnel, Teaching & Learning and Buildings, Health & Safety (including the Resilience Team).


You can contact the Governing Body through the Clerk to the Governors - Mr Tim Bennett on the main school telephone number : 0121 476 9478 or by email on

Instrument of Governance


Governor Types and Terms of Office



Governor Type

Term Ends


Clare Mills

Chair of Governors  Co-opted Governor


Charlotte Bull

Vice Chair Co-opted Governor


Gary Coffey

Executive Head Teacher

Ex officio

Mark Cottam

Elected Staff Governor


John Pemberton

Elected Parent Governor


Lisa Wootton

Elected Parent Governor


Councillor Eddie Freeman

LA Governor


Hannah Barton

Co-opted Governor


Sadie Bolton

Co-opted Governor


Martin Carpenter

Co-opted Governor


Lesley Jackson

Co-opted Governor


Sue McCorkindale

Co-opted Governor


Kristin Sanders

Co-opted Governor


Ann Ellis

Co-opted Governor


Jackie TongeCo-opted Governor08/12/24
Tim BennettClerk 


Governing Board Committees 2020-2021





Lesley Jackson (Chair), John Pemberton (Vice Chair), Charlotte Bull, Mark Cottam, Martin Carpenter, Jackie Tonge,  Julie Fardell


Charlotte Bull (Chair), Hannah Barton (Vice Chair), Clare Mills, Kristin Sanders, Sue McCorkindale, Julie Fardell

Teaching & Learning

Clare Mills (Chair), Sadie Bolton (Vice Chair), Sue McCorkindale, Ann Ellis, Lisa Wootton, Julie Fardell

Buildings, Health & Safety

Martin Carpenter (Chair),   John Pemberton (Vice Chair),  Jackie Tonge,  Julie Fardell

School Resilience Planning Team

Pauline McKenna, Julie Fardell, John Pemberton, Martin Carpenter, Jackie Tonge, with various co-opted members depending on the focus on the resilience scenario

Head Teacher Performance Management Ms Bull, Ms Mills, Mr Pemberton
Discipline All non-staff governors shall be enrolled as members of this committee, and a panel of three governors drawn from the list should a meeting be required.
Appeals All non-staff governors shall be enrolled as members of this committee, and a panel of three governors drawn from the list should a meeting be required.

Link Governors 2020-21


Safeguarding                                          Sadie Bolton

SEND & Curriculum                                Sue McCorkindale

Medical Needs & Looked After Children Kristen Sanders

Stakeholder Engagement                        Lisa Wootton

Pupil Data & Pupil Premium                    Ann Ellis

Human Resources                                   Hannah Barton

Governor Training                                    Charlotte Bull

COVID Response                                    Clare Mills

Meet the Governors


Welcome to our Governors’ section.

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.


Governors' Biographies


This Photo by Unknown Author is licensed under CC BY-ND


A Christmas message to the families of Victoria School 2020


Dear Parents, Carers and Pupils,


It has been a very difficult year for most of us. Not only have we faced a global pandemic in which some of us may have suffered the loss of loved ones, but the lives of our very special children have been severely disrupted.

I am proud to say that Victoria School has served its families well and a great deal of appreciation has to go out to Julie and every member of staff for the time and effort put into continuing to provide contact, resources and learning under the most challenging circumstances.

Up until recently we were feeling quite smug as we had not had to deal with the numbers of COVID-19 cases that other schools were facing. Unfortunately, this changed very suddenly and we found ourselves in the position of having to close 3 bubbles. Luckily this is now behind us and we thank all the staff, students and families concerned for their co-operation in isolating and keeping the other members of the school safe.

I know that for many of you it has been a long, hard year and many students have faced long periods at home. Hopefully with the vaccine and continued care we can look forward a little to a better 2021.

During the year staff have been using any gained time or periods of working from home to improve their own professional development and have been working on producing curriculum improvements and resources. I think that everyone is looking forward to a bit of a rest over the holiday and I hope that all of our families will be able to enjoy their time together whilst still taking care during the period of lesser restrictions.

Finally, thank you for sharing your beautiful children with us at Victoria and I wish you a heartfelt Merry Christmas from all of the Governors.


Season’s Greetings,


Clare Mills

Clare Mills    Chair of Governors.

Newsletter July 2020

NGA Awards for Outstanding Vision and Strategy 2019

Register of Governors' Pecuniary and Personal Interests 2020-21

Memorandum Of Understanding with Victoria College