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School Governors

Have you ever wondered what the School Governors do?  Why do we have a School Governing Body? How often do they meet?  

We will try and answer some of those questions here, but please also ask your governors.

Schools have governing bodies to help them fulfil the school's mission to provide the best education possible for their children.

The Governing Body is made up of a number on individuals:

  • Parent Governors -  elected by parents of the pupils
  • Community Governors  -  elected by the Governing Body
  • Staff Governors  -  Teachers from the school 
  • The Head teacher is also a Governor 


The Governing Body has a strategic role in ensuring the school fulfils its's mission by:

  • thinking and working strategically to help raise standards
  • monitoring and evaluating progress towards the school's priorities and targets
  • supporting the Head teacher and staff and challenging them


The key words for describing the Governing Body is as a critical friend - somebody who encourages, supports and challenges. 

We have to be able to recognise when:

  • the school deserves recognition and celebration
  • when support and challenge is required


Some of the things we do as a Governing Body:

  • visits to the school
  • attend school events
  • linking to particular areas of the curriculum such as literacy, numeracy, special education and social, moral, spiritual and cultural education
  • social events
  • inviting staff to give presentations to the Governing Body, so that they can tell us what is happening in their area


Radford Governing Body is committed to:

  • working as a team
  • knowing our school
  • having effective meetings - held twice termly
  • attending training and development events to make sure we have the skills to perform well
  • creating a good relationship with parents, carers and all those who work with the school to provide support

Meet the Governors

John Brodie  -  Chair of Governor

I am a retired secondary Head teacher and have lead two secondary schools in Warwickshire and Staffordshire.  As many of you know I was also the Deputy Head at Barrs Hill, where I worked for 14 years.  I was delighted to be elected Chair of Governor here at Radford because I know the area well and am totally committed to ensuring that the children here receive a high quality education, to enable them to be the best that they can be.  This will enable them to be ready for the next stage in their life at secondary school and beyond.

I have a wide experience in working in a range of schools and know what is takes to make a school outstanding. This is the aim of the Governors, Head teacher and staff at Radford Primary Academy and Sidney Stringer Multi Academy Trust.


Abrar Aziz  -  Community Governor

I'm a Senior Stakeholder Relations Manager with Capita Business Services.  I have over 14 years experience working on Government contracts.  I also run my own charity and have a team of  25 volunteers who help feed the homeless in Coventry twice a week.  I am a former student at Radford School and currently in the remit of Community Governor and am keen to help the school to achieve the great levels it is capable of. I am keen to work with both the teachers and children and use my knowledge as a parent and senior manager to identify any potential areas of improvements.  In my spare time I run a cricket club  -  Coventry Knight Riders.




Cliff Evans  - Parent Governor 

I became a Parent Governor at Radford in 2008.  I have lived in Radford for most of my life and at the time my oldest daughter Daisy was in Year 5 at Radford.  I felt that if I could offer something to the school and to my community then it would be a good use of some of my spare time.  I already worked for the Local Authority as a Senior Support Assistant in Learning Disability Services (a job I still do) but I really didn't know anything about school governance.  How time has flown!  Six years later Daisy is now studying her A levels and my other daughter Charlotte has moved on from Radford to Barrs Hill and my son Billy is now in Year 5 at Radford.  I hope that I now know a bit more about being a School Governor than I did in 2008, but my reasons for volunteering are the same; I want my children and the children of Radford where I grew up, to get the best opportunities in life. The best that an outstanding education can offer.

Rebecca Collins  -  Community Governor

I am a Solicitor, and was born and educated in Coventry. I left school at sixteen, and started my legal career on an administrative apprenticeship in a Solicitors office. I qualified as a Solicitor whilst working full time in a local firm, and studied at Coventry University in the evenings. Whilst I didn’t qualify as a Solicitor in the easiest or quickest of ways, it has resulted in a passion for education and an understanding of the massive benefits of great education. I work as a criminal defence Solicitor, and see first-hand the difficulties faced by many, and the importance of equipping children with the tools they require to fulfil their potential.
I have a young son, and when he started at primary school, this reignited my passion for education. I hope that my role as a Solicitor, and as a mother, will enable me to bring many qualities to my new role as a governor. I hope to enjoy many years to come supporting Radford Primary School, and helping the children of the school receive the best possible education, and a school that is thought of with pride by all. 


Emma Vardy - Community Governor

I am a Research Associate in Children’s Reading Development at Coventry University, my work focuses on devising interventions that have real world impact on children’s reading ability. Being able to read opens so many doors. It is important that children receive an excellent level of education to succeed and those earlier years are the most important. I was delighted to be offered the position of   Co-opted Governor at Radford Primary and feel I have a lot to give to the role. I am dedicated to ensure the teachers are supported and challenged so that the children receive the best education possible, equipping them with the skills to succeed in their learning journey. 


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