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Governors

The Governing Body currently consists of twelve members (following re-constitution in 2015)

Governors of the school are drawn from four categories laid down by Central Government, as shown below (with number of governors in each category):

  • Staff Governors (including Head Teacher) x 2
  • Co-opted Governors x 4
  • Local Authority Appointees x 1
  • Parents of pupils at the school x 5

The full list of Governors is:

Mrs Joanna Bridges – Head Teacher
Mrs Helen Barnes – Chair of Governors & Literacy, World StudiesI’ve been associated with Widney since 1993 when my oldest child joined the School- firstly as a parent, then also with the Parents Association. I began working at Widney in 2002 and soon became a non teaching staff governor. When I finished work in 2012 I was persuaded to remain on the Governing Body as a co-opted governor and last November became Chair of Governors. You can judge from my history my commitment to Widney and the Children’s education. I am at present link governor for English and chair the scrutiny and standards sub committee as with my education background I can act as a critical friend to the SLT. I hold regular monthly meetings with the head so that I can keep the rest of the governing body up to date with all aspects of school life.
Mr Richard Morgan – Vice Chair & SENDMy name is Richard Morgan and I’ve been a governor for around twelve years, originally as a parent governor but more recently as the Local Authority appointed governor.

I’m interested in all aspects of school life, with a specific interest in special needs and pupil premium.

For me, education isn’t just about results. It’s about creating an environment that helps children bring out the best in one another.
Mrs Maggie Fox – Behaviour & SafeguardingMy name is Maggie Fox and I have been a parent governor since January 2015. I have an HR background and I am the link governor for Safeguarding, Behaviour and Safety. I find being a governor really rewarding and enjoy giving back to a school that has given my daughter so much. Widney is a fabulous, caring school that allows your child to be an individual and to grow in a caring and supportive environment. I am very proud to be a governor at Widney.
Mr Phil White – ComputingMy name is Phil White and am a co-opted governor. Originally I served as a parent governor and realised that I could still carry on this role and hopefully add benefit to Widney school and future pupils attainment and well-being through the early years of their academic life. I am also a link governor for computing too.
Mrs Katy Luong - Music, MFLKaty Luong worked in Secondary Education for 10 years, as a Head of Department and then as an Educational Consultant. She is passionate about the Creative and Performing Arts and seeks to keep them a valued part of education. Katy now runs her own Dance and Music business locally and has 2 children at Widney and 2 children who have moved from Widney to Secondary Education.
Ms Tazra Taseen – RE, PSHEI have been a parent governor since April 2017.

I am a qualified Solicitor. My professional and personal experience puts me in a good position to support the Curriculum & Community Committee. I am also the link governor for RE and PSHE. I am committed to support the learning and development of all children at Widney.
Mrs Jodie Sutton – Staff Governor – SENCOI began working at Widney in 2014 as class teacher and maths lead across the school. Very quickly I joined the Senior Leadership Team and Governing Body, and most recently, I have been excited to take over the role of SENCo.

My passion has always been working with children; guiding them through such key years of their learning and development.

I am very proud to be part of such a supportive, caring and nurturing team.
Mr James Wright - MathsMy name is James Wright and I am a parent governor, joining the Governing Body on the Curriculum and Community Committee, and currently have a child in year 3. I have over 20 years of experience in education teaching and leading in schools across Birmingham and I am about to take up a Head of School post of a large primary school in the city.

I am fully committed to the teaching, learning and development of everyone at Widney Junior School. I have every confidence that, with all the expertise and passion I have seen at Widney, the school will continue on its upward path to excellence in all areas.
Mr Tim Butler - PE, Art & DesignTim Butler has over 20 years experience within the Construction Industry and also Facilities Management. He is IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety and Health), accredited in Health and Safety Management which puts him in good stead in his current position of Facilities Manager at Alderbrook school. As a new Governor, and Parent of a child in Year 4, he is looking forward to learning all aspects of the position and offering his full support to the school.

Governors serve on committees responsible for the following areas of governance:

  • Premises, Finance & Personnel Committee
  • Curriculum & Community

These committees meet regularly and report to the full governing body at termly meetings.