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More about Our Governors

Name: Darren Lennon

Category of Governor: LEA Governor, Chair of Governors

Term of Office: September 2015- June 2022

Committees: Standards and Finance

Positions of Responsibility: Chair of Governors

Register of Interest: Teacher in another Authority

Voting Power: Full voting powers

Biography: 

I am chair of governors at Holly Grove Primary school. As a local community member and a child who attended early education at Holly Grove, I have strong links with Holly Grove Primary School and this is why it was important for me to choose Holly Grove as a school for my daughter and also why I have dedicated my time to the role of Governor at Holly Grove.
I completed Teacher Training as a graduate from Wolverhampton university (2008) as B Ed (Hons) QTS which helped to secure my teaching position within Key Stage 1 in Birmingham. This position later became Key Stage 1 and 2 co-ordinator. I currently work as an Inclusion Manager and SENDCo (following completion of the National SENDCo award, again through University of Wolverhampton).
In addition to my teaching and in school roles, I have worked for Staffordshire children's services (within Family Assessment, Safeguarding and currently the Edge of Care Service) and I use skills from both positions within my day to day work, life and within my role as a Governor.
I look forward to working with the fellow Governors, Staff, Parents and Pupils to achieve the best we can for our children. 

 Name: Dawn O'Hare

Category of Governor: Staff

Term of Office: Continual

Committees: All

Positions of Responsibility: Head Teacher

Register of Interest: None

Voting Power: Full voting powers

Biography: I have been head teacher at Holly Grove since January 2008, prior to this I worked in two Lichfield schools, one as the Deputy Head and the other as a member of the leadership team as Literacy lead. I have also worked in a school in Birmingham before moved to Lichfield. This is the third governing school body I have been on.

 

 

Name: Lorraine Brown

Category of Governor: Parent 

Term of Office: December 2013-December 2021

Committees: Standards and Finance

Positions of Responsibility: Safeguarding Governor

Register of Interest: None

Voting Power: Full voting powers

Biography: My name is Lorraine Brown and I have been a Parent Governor for 12 years. I have two boys, both have been pupils at Holly Grove, as well as nephews who have now left.  I work reduced hours as a First Aid Officer in a local school. I enjoy helping in school when I can and I have helped  with fund raising activities organised by the FOHG. I like to go to the cinema and enjoy reading.

Jo Huskisson - Parent Governor May 2017 - May 2021

Parent of child who attends Holly Grove

Works in a High School. 

Name:  Kieron Squires 

Category of Governor: Co-opted 
Term of Office: Oct 20 - Oct 24

 

Register of Interest: Sports coach in various schools in Staffordshire 
Voting Power: Governor
Biography:

Name:  Kate Walker

Category of Governor: Co-opted
Term of Office: 

October 2020 - December 2024

Register of Interest: Parent of pupil in the school/other child in another Staffordshire school. 
Voting Power: Governor
Biography:

Name:  Clare Price

Category of Governor: Parent 
Term of Office: 

December 2019 - December 2023

Register of Interest: Teacher in Staffordshire/ children  pupils of the school
Voting Power: Governor
Biography: 

I have 2 children currently at Holly Grove: Stanley in Year 4 and Rosie in Year 2. Having attended Holly Grove as a pupil myself (many, many years ago), I am passionate about supporting and helping the school to be the very best it can be. I firmly believe that the teachers and parents all want the same thing at Holly Grove: for our children to be happy and to provide an education which ensures all pupils reach their full potential, both academically and socially.

I currently work at a school in Walsall and have experience of teaching all ages, from Nursery to Year 6. I am also a trained writing moderator and support schools across the borough to ensure their writing standards are consistent. With this background in Education, and knowledge of a variety of schools, I would hope that I can bring many new ideas to the Governor meetings at Holly Grove to further support the school in moving forwards.

Name:  Matt Wallace 

Category of Governor: Foundation 
Term of Office: 

 

Register of Interest: Parent of children in the school
Voting Power: Governor
Biography:

Name:  Sue Barnes 

Category of Governor: Staff Governor
Term of Office: Continual
Committees:  Standards & Children and Finance Committee
Positions of Responsibility: Assistant Head teacher, SENCO, Early Years Leader, Safeguarding Lead
Register of Interest: Parent of a former pupil  and husband employed at the school.
Voting Power: None

Biography: I have been a teacher at Holly Grove Primary since September 2009, where I was employed as the SENDCo and KS1 leader. Prior to this I worked in Walsall as EYFS lead, CPD lead ( Coninual professional development), a student and teacher mentor and leader of Ruth Miskin. I also worked in a Birmingham school before moving to Walsall. This is my first role as an associate governor.

Name:  James O'Connor

 

Category of Governor: Associate

Term of Office: Continual

Committees: Standards, Finance and Children

Positions of Responsibility: Assistant Head Teacher, Key Stage 1 Leader, Teaching and Learning Leader

Register of Interest: None

Voting Power: None

Biography: I have been Assistant Head Teacher at Holly Grove since September 2015. Prior to joining the Senior Leadership Team at Holly Grove, I had the role of Leading Practitioner at a local Burntwood school, focusing specifically on school improvement and raising standards in Teaching and Learning. I have also lead Literacy and the mentoring and coaching of NQTs and students in a previous school in Heath Hayes where I spent the majority of my early teaching career. I am passionate about improving standards for our children and believe strongly in giving them the very best start academically, socially and culturally that we possibly can.

Name:  Theresa Surplice

Category of Governor: Associate 
Term of Office: Continual
Committees:  Standards & Children and Finance Committee
Positions of Responsibility: Assistant Head teacher, Yr5/6 Leader, Maths Leader
Register of Interest: None
Voting Power: None

Biography: I have been a member of the teaching staff at Holly Grove since September 2001. During this time, I have held various positions of responsibility including P.E, Mathematics, English and MFL in addition to becoming Year 5/6 Leader and then Assistant Headteacher in September 2015. Before joining Holly Grove I taught at primary schools in Walsall and Wolverhampton where I led P.E. and Mathematics.

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