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Reddal Hill Primary School Governing Body



Welcome to the governors area of the school website.  Here you can find out more about who we are and the work we do.


School governors are people who want to make a positive contribution to children’s education.  Each individual governor is a member of the governing body.  The governing body collectively is responsible for ensuring the school delivers a high quality education.



Our School Governors



Mr. Chris Harris (Chair)

Local Authority Governor

Special Responsibilities

- Safeguarding / Child Protection Link Governor (including Filtering and Monitoring)

- Safer Recruitment Link Governor

- SIP Priority 1: Mathematics  – to develop pupils’ fluency, reasoning and basic skills.


I applied to be a Governor at Reddal Hill whilst my child was at the school and was appointed in March 2019. I was appointed as Chair in September 2020.


I have been working in the Engineering/Manufacturing sector within the West Midlands for the past 12 years. During this time I have been involved in many business functions such as business management, continuous improvement, engineering, production, procurement, project management and quality and bring this experience in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) to my role as a governor at Reddal Hill Primary School.



Mrs. Massarat Ali

Co-opted Governor

Special Responsibilities

- Health and Safety Link Governor              


I joined the governing body as a parent 20 years ago.  My children are no longer at Reddal Hill so I am now a co-opted governor. I am chair of the Premises Health and Safety committee and responsible for phonics this year.  I visit the school as often as possible and have worked with three previous head teachers and will continue to support our present head teacher.



Mr. Phil Wears

Co-opted Governor

Special Responsibilities

- Staffing and Finance Chair

- SIP Priority 2: To improve KS1 and KS2 attainment and progress including disadvantaged pupils and pupils with SEND.


I have been on the governing body of Reddal Hill primary school for many many years, initially as an LEA governor but more recently as a Co--opted Governor. I have been it's Chair in the past but am currently Chair of the governing body's staffing and finance committee, and the governor responsible for maths.


My background is a degree in environmental sciences, followed by a professional qualification in town and country planning, and working in that for many years in several local authorities. I have experience in applying law and policies to problems, decision making procedures, working with other stakeholders, and public consultations.



Mrs. Emma Phipps (HLTA)

Staff Governor


Special Responsibilities

- SIP Priority 3: To improve the attainment and progress in writing across the school through the implementation of ‘The Write Stuff’


I have worked at Reddal Hill Primary School since September 2007 and I currently work in the schools SEND provision 'The NEST', which is a Structured Learning Environment for pupils with neuro-developmental needs, and is based within the EYFS department. 


I have worked in all key stages during my time at Reddal Hill. I have planned and delivered intervention groups as well as whole class lessons. I have trained in and supported children with speech and language needs and I also complete Wellcomm assessments and implement interventions for this when needed. 


I have recently successfully completed a Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) qualification and am currently looking into completing a course to further my knowledge and understanding of pupils with SEND. In the future I plan to complete my foundation degree and eventually achieve my end goal in becoming a class teacher.


I am always willing to learn and take part in training to further develop my knowledge and continue to help the children of Reddal Hill. 




Mrs. Ann Bashir-Pugh



I have worked at the Reddal Hill Primary School since September 2018. Prior to this role, I was a Deputy Headteacher at a school in Dudley.  I graduated from the University of Birmingham with a Bachelor of Education degree with honours and I was also awarded a Postgraduate Certificate National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination.  


I thoroughly enjoy and have the privilege of working with the children, parents and staff of Reddal Hill Primary School; bringing life to the curriculum, support to the families and, most importantly, encouraging the children to be the best that they can be.



Mr. John Stokes (Assistant Headteacher)

Co-opted Governor


Special Responsibilities

- Training and Skills


I have worked at Reddal Hill Primary School since April 2005. I am an Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for maths and assessment and I am also one of the Year 6 teachers.


Prior to working at Reddal Hill, I worked at another Sandwell school, having been born, brought up and educated in Sandwell. I enjoy working with the pupils at Reddal Hill as I was inspired to succeed by the education I received in this authority and I hope that the children I teach will be inspired, by me, to reach their full potential.


Mrs. Hayley Rogers (Assistant Headteacher)
Associate Governor


I joined Reddal Hill Primary School in January 2019, as an Assistant Headteacher. My responsibilities across the school are English and Behaviour, including attendance, Lead and leading high-quality teaching, learning and pedagogy in KS1, . Prior to joining Reddal Hill, I was a Key Stage Leader in a school in Dudley.  


I have always been truly passionate about working with children and feel that they all have the right to a good education. I hope that at Reddal Hill I can instil a love of learning for all children and encourage them to feel happy and safe. 



Mrs. Tracy Whitehurst (Assistant Headteacher)
Associate Governor 


I joined Reddal Hill Primary School in April 2020, as an Assistant Headteacher.  Prior to this role, I was a Key Stage Leader at a school in Dudley.  My responsibilities are: coordinating the teaching and learning in Years 3 and 4, Curriculum Lead, Pupil Premium Champion and Pastoral Lead, providing appropriate support across the school. 


I am passionate about teaching and learning, relating proven pedagogy to support pupils' learning journeys.  Watching them progress and noticing the 'spark of understanding' is the most rewarding aspect of my job.   


I hope that at Reddal Hill, I can inspire all pupils to reach for the stars, achieve their personal and academic goals, develop socially and emotionally, and be ready for the next stage of their learning journey through to adult life.



Mrs. Kerry Beard (Assistant Headteacher)
Associate Governor 


I have worked at Reddal Hill Primary School since September 2008 when I joined as a Newly Qualified Teacher.  I am now an Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for EYFS and Inclusion.   


I have always been passionate about providing high quality first teaching in a safe, respectful and inclusive environment, that builds a foundation for life-long learning, where all children can achieve their full potential.  


Mrs. Rebecca Deeley 
Parent Governor 


Ms. Awa Saine 
Parent Governor


Special Responsibilities

- SEND Link Governor 

- SIP Priority 2: To improve KS1 and KS2 attainment and progress including disadvantaged pupils and pupils with SEND. 


Miss. Jocelyn Mensah
Parent Governor


Mr Paul Benningfield
Co-opted Governor


Miss Hannah Withers
Co-opted Governor


Special Responsibilities





Who can become a school governor?


Anyone aged 18 or over and living in the UK can become a school governor.  The most important qualities for being a governor are enthusiasm, commitment and an interest in education.  Training is available for all governors who wish to develop their skills with the aim of raising school standards.


Categories of Governors


There are four different categories of governors at Reddal Hill:

1.    Parent governors (parents of children at the school)

2.    Staff governors (members of the school staff)

3.    Local authority governor (nominated by the local authority and appointed by the governing body)

4.    Co-opted governors (people appointed by the governing body on the basis of their skills and experience)

Governors are appointed for a term of four years, this term is renewable.   


What do governors do?

The headteacher of the school is responsible for the day to day management of the school.  The role of the governing body is to provide strategic management, and to act as a critical friend, supporting the work of the head teacher and other staff.

All school governing bodies have three core strategic functions:

1.    Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

2.    Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils

3.    Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

The full governing body meet at least once every term.  At the start of the school year committees, which have specific areas of focus, are established.  Governors are then assigned to the different committees.  Our main committees which meet at least once a term are:

·         Curriculum and standards committee

·         Finance and staffing committee

·         Premises, health and safety committee

·         Headteachers appraisal committee

In addition to this some governors have special responsibilities, for example, a Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND) governor. 


For further information on our school governors, including declarations financial and business interests, please click here.


Financial Information

Please note that we do not have any employees with a gross annual salary of more than £100,000.

To view our school's financial data, please click the following link: Reddal Hill Primary School - Schools Financial Benchmarking - GOV.UK (


How to contact our governors.

If you have a query or question for our governors, or feel that there is something that the governors may be able to help you with; please contact us using the form below.