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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 GovernorsWendy McClelland

I became a governor after leaving my position as Deputy Head at Bells Farm in 2019. I have been a teacher in Birmingham for 26 years. I have also held various leadership positions within schools and I am currently a Deputy Headteacher in a three form entry school. I specialise in safeguarding, attendance, behaviour and teaching and learning.

With over 10 years Governing Body experience at schools within Birmingham and outside of Birmingham, I am committed to providing constructive challenge to the school leadership team to evaluate and improve the standards of education. My aim is to support Bells Farm as it strives for excellence. I hope to ensure through supporting the Governing Body that the school continues to provide a quality education for all.
Vice Chair of GovernorsJill 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.
HeadteacherBarbara Butterworth

I've worked in education for Birmingham City Council for 25 years, having started my career here as a primary teacher. I joined Bells Farm as Head Teacher in September 2013, having been deputy head at another school in the community for the previous two years. Prior to that, I worked in Birmingham Advisory and Support Service, as an advisor to schools mainly - in the areas of assessment and mathematics.

I have had the good fortune to experience teaching and learning in a wide for a range of settings across the city, and it was with enormous pride that I accepted the leadership of this school. Bells Farm is a very special place, with delightful children and a supportive community of parents and carers who want the best for their children.

It is with this continued support for the work that we do, that the staff work tirelessly to ensure that children can embrace the school's motto - 'Enjoying our learning... aiming for excellence.'
Parent GovernorSiva 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.
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.
Co-opted GovernorBarry Connelly

I am a retired secondary teacher/small business person/prison worker. I also spent 10 years helping people with learning difficulties obtain paid work. Having worked abroad for six years in the early part of my teaching life, I believe I have developed a broader perspective on education in a multicultural society. Currently I spend most of my time writing CVs for unemployed people at a small voluntary organisation in Sutton.

I love being a governor at Bell's farm. During my career I feel I have developed some skills, especially educational and financial, that might prove useful in fulfilling our role as 'critical friends'. From a working class background, I am absolutely convinced of the ability of education to transform lives and hope to contribute in a very small

It is a particular pleasure to be working with a Head Teacher who believes so passionately and uses detailed knowledge of every pupil in order to improve all aspects of their life at Bells farm.
Co-opted GovernorTammy Williams

I have worked at Bells Farm for 8 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 Deputy Head last 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.
ClerkDawn Feeney