Governing Body

Priestley Smith Governing Body

The Governing Body of Priestley Smith School consists of 12 members, all of whom give their services voluntarily and without financial reward. Each member is elected or appointed.

Please click here to view our Governor Impact Statement.

Our Governors

Name  Governor Type
Denise McManus Co-opted Governor – Chair of the Governing Body and responsible for Safeguarding
Juanita Walker Co-opted Governor – Vice Chair of the Governing Body, Chair of the Personnel and Health and Safety Committee and deputy for safeguarding
Ian Reynolds Co-opted Governor, Chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee and member of the Sports Hall Committee
Ian Laing Co-opted Governor and Chair of the Finance Committee
Andrew Miller Co-opted Governor
Rachel Guerin Parent Governor
Fayaz Khuhro Parent Governor and member of the Teaching and Learning Committee
Beverly Tuby Parent Governor and member of the Teaching and Learning Committee. Resigned 2017.
Gurpal Singh Parent Governor, member of the Sports Hall Committee and member of the Teaching and Learning Committee
Helen Kadir Staff Governor
Vacancy Local Authority Governor
Helen Porter Head Teacher Governor
Andrew Poulton Clerk to the Governing Body                                                                                                                                                     (Can be contacted via the school on 0121 325 3900)

The duties and responsibilities of the Governing Body are many and varied but essentially it works very closely with the Head Teacher in:

  • setting the strategic aims and objectives of the school in a culture of continuous school improvement;
  • adopting policies and setting targets to achieve those aims;
  • monitoring and evaluating the progress made;
  • and producing the annual budget and monitoring it so that it reflects the priorities of the school.

The skills of the Governing Body are extensive as can be seen in the analysis of the 2016-17 Governor Skills Audit. Individual Governors reflect a wide range of professional skills including Management, HR, Finance and medical aspects of Visual Impairment. Some governors also have personal experience of severe sight loss and other special needs, either themselves or in relation to their children.

Please click here to view our 2016-17 Governor Skills Audit.

Governing Body Groups

All members of the governing body meet regularly at Full Governing Body Meetings to take oversight of all of the work of the schools. This group responds to new legislation, ratifies decisions from committees and add rigour to school evaluation. This group holds school leaders to account.

In order to save time and manage the workload better, most governing bodies appoint smaller committees and give them responsibility for specific areas. The prime responsibilities and decision making powers for each committee are determined by the full governing body and are set out in the ‘Committee Terms of Reference’ which are reviewed annually.

We have three sub committees that support the full governing body.

These are:

Teaching and Learning Committee

The Teaching and Learning Committee looks at all matters relating to pupils and their learning experiences in school. This includes our curriculum offer and pupil progress. The committee scrutinises achievement of all pupils, including disadvantaged and vulnerable groups, including those accessing Pupil Premium. They also consider the difference in achievement between boys, girls and different ethnic groups.

The Teaching and Learning Committee is responsible for ensuring that all students receive their entitlement to a rich, broad and balanced curriculum which is relevant to their needs and prepares them well for the future. The committee review the school’s policy on all matters relating to the curriculum, including Sex and Relationships Education, Religious Education and Educational visits and monitor the School’s arrangements for providing daily collective worship for all pupils. They assess the issues related to and impact of Visual Impairment and other Special Needs on the overall Curriculum and on programmes of study for individual pupils.

Finance Committee

This committee looks at all matters relating to school finances and ensure that staff and resources are in place to aid the best learning experiences for children. They pay particular attention to planning and spending budgets wisely and take into account any targeted funds for particular pupil groups.

Personnel and Health and Safety Committee

This committee reviews staffing to ensure the school has capacity to meet new demands and aspirations for the schools moving forward. They also monitor all aspects of health and safety, including safeguarding. They ensure that safer recruitment processes are followed rigorously when recruiting and appointing staff and that performance management systems hold staff accountable and support them to function at the highest level.

Governor Information


Name Type of Governor Term of Office Start of Term of Office End of Term of Office
Denise McManus Co-opted 4 years 23.3.19 23.3.23
Ian Reynolds Co-opted 4 years 23.3.19 23.3.23
Jo Garvey Headteacher From 1/9/21 until end of headship.
Serena Stirling LA Governor 4 years 27.1.19 27.1.23
Annie Bearfield Co-opted 4 years 1.2.21 1.2.25
Ian Laing Co-opted 4 years 23.3.19 23.3.23
Juanita Walker Co-opted 4 years 23.3.19 23.3.23
Jenny Lynch Staff governor 4 years 6.7.20 6.7.24
Rachel Guerin Parent Governor 4 years 5.3.18 5.3.22
Dani Jealous Parent Governor 4 years 8.4.19 8.4.23
Saiqa Bibi Parent Governor 4 years 12.7.21 12.7.25
Sundeep Bains (shadowing Ian Reynolds.) Co-opted 4 years 12.7.21 12.7.25
Vacancy Parent Governor 4 years

Our Governing Body Register of Attendance for 2016-17 is attached below.

Priestley Smith School Governor Attendance Register 2019-2020

Priestley Smith School Governor Attendance Register 2020-2021 

Our Governing Body register of business interests is attached below.

Governor Business Register Sept 2018