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School Governors make important collective decisions and the governing body is answerable to parents and the community. The responsibilities of the governing body can be summarised as providing strategic management, acting as a critical friend and ensuring accountability. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Promoting high standards of education and achievement
  • Planning the school’s long-term future
  • Setting the school’s aims and values
  • Appointing senior staff including the Head Teacher
  • Budgetary allocation and control

The day to day management of the school is the responsibility of the Head Teacher.

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What are the different types of governors?
Governing bodies comprise representatives from the school staff, the Local Authority, the local community, parents and, in particular circumstances, members of churches and other interest groups.

  • Co-opted Governors are appointed by the governing body. They are people who in the opinion of the governing body have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.
  • Local Authority (LA) Governors are appointed by the Local Authority that maintains the school and in some cases these appointments are made on a party political basis. SGOSS is able to advise on particular circumstances in each area.
  • Parent Governors are voted onto the governing body by other parents and are usually parents of children who attend the school.
  • Staff Governors are elected by staff within the school
  • Associate Members are appointed in an advisory capacity by the governing body to enhance the experience or expertise of a committee(s). Associate members can attend full governor body meetings but have no voting rights.

Meet our Governors

Chair of Governors
Link Governor
Jill Hughes

I have been a governor at Bells Farm since 2010 and as a retired Head Teacher, I am still very eager to monitor and support the constant improvement in practice and policies that enable every child to achieve their personal best.

I have a particular interest in early year's of education because it is so important to maximise the first years of formal education at a time when pupils are so keen and eager to learn. I believe that the school provides the pupils with an amazing range of play and learning experiences that inspire them to be inquisitive, keen and interested learners in in the years to come.

My main role as governor responsible for safeguarding, requires that I work alongside the Designated Safeguarding Leads to evaluate the effectiveness of the schools safeguarding arrangements and report those to the whole governing body. I ensure that policies and procedures are in place for appropriate action to be taken in a timely manner to safeguard and promote children’s welfare. I am able to do this by visiting the school for safeguarding walks, attending safeguarding meetings, interviewing children and staff and writing reports for the governing body.
Vice Chair of Governors
Safeguarding Governor
SEND/Inclusion Governor
Siva Kachimba - see below
HeadteacherTammy Williams

I have worked at Bells Farm for 9 years now and it really is a very special place. I have previously worked across a range of small and larger school in Birmingham where I have experienced many different areas of school life and communities. I have previously led Humanities, PSHE, Assessment and English.

I was extremely proud to be chosen as chosen as the new Headteacher this year and truly have a vested interest in making this school the best it can possibly be. In my role as Governor I will be able to contribute further to the school and help it to continue providing the best possible education for each child, looking ahead to the challenges and opportunities in the future.
Staff GovernorDebby Scott

My links with the school began when my daughter started at Bells Farm. My passion for the children's learning and welfare did not stop when she left.

I began as a parent governor and now I work as the bursar for the school I am a Staff Governor. Taking the school forward with teaching, the children's learning and welfare is paramount and I hope my position in the team of the Governing Body will achieve this continuous goal.
Parent GovernorVacancy
Parent Governor
Finance Governor
Health and Safety Governor
Siva Kachimba

I currently work as a Group Financial Reporting Manager for a leading national social housing provider. My early career was in the mining industry for a global mining company.

Both careers have equipped me with a wide range of skills which I can utilise to support Bells Farm in being the best it can be and supporting our children to achieve their potential (whatever that may be).

My motivation for becoming a Parent Governor is simply to contribute what I can in terms of time, skills and effort to ensure that each and every pupil at our school receives the very best possible start to their education and preparation for life ahead.
Co-opted GovernorRob Ball

I have worked in different primary and secondary schools in Birmingham and Sandwell for over 10 years. I have a Master's Degree in Educational Innovation and have led both English and Maths, as well as both KS1 and KS2 phases. I am currently Deputy Head Teacher at Bells Farm and I strive for our children to achieve the best possible outcomes, feel safe and respected every moment they are with us, and to leave school every day excited to tell their adults about their experiences. My role in school focuses on our behaviour policy, ensuring our children can regulate their emotions and develop life-long strategies to manage their learning behaviours, and managing our curriculum leaders, who have developed our engaging, innovative curriculum.

LA GovernorNavin Kalia

I like to give back to my local community and with the experiences I have of finance and working in the public sector – my skillset is invaluable to the Governor role I hold at Bells Farm Primary School.

I currently work as Deputy Director of Finance in the NHS, a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) and a Qualified Institute of Leadership Management (ILM) Level 5 Coach. A parent and previously volunteered to read to children as part of a school scheme, I sincerely believe in looking after the futures of our children.
ClerkDawn Feeney