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"The governing body works exceptionally well with senior leaders in maintaining a high quality of education."

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Meet the Governors

Karen Mackenzie

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Hi, I am Karen Mackenzie and was appointed as Local Authority Governor in November 2009. I was appointed Chair of Governors in September 2012. Harborne Primary School is my second governorship having previously been vice chair at St Johns CE First School in Kidderminster. I also chair the finance sub-committee and am a member of the curriculum committee

I was brought up in Surrey and having spent three years at Warwick University I moved to Birmingham to start my career. I am a chartered accountant and work for KPMG and have lived and worked in Birmingham for over 25 years

I live in Edgbaston with my partner Colin.

Oliver Devine

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Hi I am Oliver Devine.  I am in my 8th year as a Governor – 4 of those as Vice Chair, previously Chair of the HR Committee and current Chair of the Curriculum Committee.  I also have 1 son at the school and another recently left to go to secondary education.  I came to Birmingham to study English at the University some years ago and have made Birmingham my home for the last 25 years.

 

Apart from a busy family life, I have worked in senior marketing positions in business for over 20 years across different sectors and industries.

 

Outside work, and when my 2 boys allow me the time, I continue to enjoy sport.  I played rugby to a good level for many years; I now compete on the tennis court whilst still coaching junior rugby.

Nick Secker

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My name is Nick Secker.  I became a parent governor in November 2012, just after my son Mylo joined reception.  My daughter Esme started in reception in September 2014, so our association with HPS has only really just begun.  As a working parent my direct contact with the school was limited and I hoped that by becoming a parent governor I would find out more about the day to day operation of the school.  I am Chair of the Premises Committee and also sit on the Finance Committee. 

 

I studied at Aston University and have lived in and around the Harborne area ever since.  My day job is as a transport consultant working for a global engineering consultancy.   I work in the city centre but have to travel a lot as part of my work.

Mark Slater

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I became a qualified teacher 36 years ago and have headship experience in three primary Schools.  I am currently the Principal of Harborne Primary School a 630 place, three form entry, school for pupils aged 4 to 11 in Birmingham, West Midlands.

 I have been Principal here since January 2008. I lead a team of 25 full time equivalent teachers and a total of 90 staff working in a wide range of roles including administrative, catering and teaching support.

I started my teaching career in in Redditch, Worcestershire in 1978 after graduating from Wolverhampton University. I initially worked in the middle and first school education system specialising in mathematics and ICT.

 I was appointed Deputy Head Teacher of a primary School in 1991.

I started my first primary headship in 1996 in Hollywood, Birmingham.

I am married, have five children and 4 grandchildren.

I enjoy spending time with my family, travelling, cycling and golf.

Andrew Shelton

 

I’m Andrew Shelton.  I was first a governor around 1992 at the Junior School, then on the Interim Governing body as we amalgamated in 2000, and here since.

Jenny Higgins

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I became a co-opted governor at Harborne Primary School in December 2014 and sit on the Curriculum Committee.

 

I have worked in the voluntary sector for most of my career, running projects with schools and other youth organisations.  I moved to Birmingham in 2012 to start work at a research centre at University of Birmingham, first managing their community engagement programmes and now as a researcher looking into how young people develop their character.  I also run a charity that supports an orphanage in Ethiopia, and travel there on a fairly regular basis.

 

It's important to me to be involved in the local community, and look forward to being part of the life of Harborne Primary School!

Emma Gray

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Hello, I am Emma Gray.

Although new to the Governing body I have been teaching for 25 years and have been  a member of staff at Harborne for over 20 , firstly at the Junior school and then at the amalgamated Harborne Primary . As a teacher I have worked across both key stages and have taught in nearly every year group. I lead the Humanities Faculty. A  Mum  of  three boys, 18 and 12 year old twins, time out of school is very busy. I have been Chair of my childrens’ PTA and Secretary of Moor Pool Residents Association, I help run a local youth group but still find time to read, run and relax.

Alex Brennan

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I have been involved with activities at the school since my eldest child started reception in 2011.  My youngest started in 2013 and they are both very happy here.  I think that the school provides an excellent all round education and I joined the governing body as I wanted to help and support it in maintaining those high standards.
 
I am a GP with 20 years of working for the NHS so I have a lot of experience of running a business and of dealing with large local and national healthcare organisations.  I hope to be able to use that experience to the benefit of the school.

Suki Heer

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Hi I am Suki Heer.  I have three children at Harborne Primary School, my daughter started in 2013 and my twin boys started in 2015.  I see the role of Parent Governor as an opportunity to give something back to my local community and help give our children with the help of committed staff, parents and Governors the future they deserve.

 

I have worked in the NHS for the past 18 years.  My role requires me to provide leadership, challenge teams and manage change within the financial constraints and also ensure it fits in with the overall strategic direction of the Hospital.  I hope to use this experience to contribute to making our children strong independent learners who will have bright futures ahead of them.

Kully Kaur Samra

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I am a newly elected parent governor at the school and mother to two young children who is keen to ensure that our children are the best equipped for the workplace and the wider world.

I have a legal background, and, in my ‘day job’, I regularly deal with public bodies and institutions; therefore, I have a sound appreciation of the challenges they can face in order to run effectively. Through my professional experiences, I have been exposed to the types of issues the school is currently facing and is likely to face in future.

I wish to support the school on its journey to improve further and to provide a safe and nurturing environment for all pupils to enjoy and achieve their full potential through a quality education.

Jemima Phorson

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My name is Jemima Phorson. My son joined reception in September 2015.

I began my working life in financial services and after a 15 year career, I decided it was time for a change. I left my job as a manager in an investment company to do a degree and worked as a teaching assistant, supporting children with special needs. I currently work in the NHS as a Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist. I believe that schools play a crucial role in the emotional development as well as the academic success of children. I am keen to contribute my skills and experience to maintaining the high standards of the school.

 

Mandy Hughes

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I began my teaching career in 1990 and Harborne is the fifth Birmingham school I have taught in, teaching across both KS1 and KS2. I have been involved with senior leadership since 2002, when I was Assessment Leader and Year 6 Leader. I then became a Deputy Head in 2005 at a small Church school and stayed there for 3 years before becoming Deputy Head at Harborne in 2008. I was Acting Head Teacher here for almost a year and have now been Head of School since September 2013. I attend all full governing body meetings at least as an observer, and as the Head teacher if Mr Slater is not present. I am currently on the Curriculum and Finance Committees.

I have two sons aged 19 and 14. My interests outside of school include music, films and theatre, walking my dog and swimming.

Governing Body

The governors are a team of people, drawn from the local community who are responsible for ensuring that the school provides the best quality education that we can for the children.

Following due consideration and full discussion by the Governing Body at the FGB meeting on 10 September 2014 and the Governors Away Day on 11 October 2014 the Governing Body decided that it would be reconstituted with:

 

4 Parent Governors

1 LA Governor

1 Staff Governor

1 Head Teacher Governor

7 Co-opted Governors

 

14 in total

 

From the above, the chairperson is elected by all the governors on an annual basis.

 

All parents at the school are eligible to vote and elect parent governors. Governors hold office for four years. You will be notified when elections are due. If you are interested in being involved in this capacity please ask for more information or speak to one of the governors who will be happy to tell you about their work. Minutes of the Governing Body Meetings are available by clicking below, see link to Meeting Minutes, or on request from the school office. 

The purpose of governing bodies is to conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school.

Our governing body has a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

2. Holding the principal and head of school to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and

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

Our Governors

In total we have 17 governors: 4 staff, 6 parents, 3 local authority and 4 community. The governing body typically meet once a term and the main work is done via sub committees of which we have 4: curriculum, HR, finance and premises. 

 

Chair of Governors: Karen Mackenzie

 

Curriculum Committee

Chair:  Oli Devine    

Emma Gray

Jenny Higgins

Mandy Hughes


Premises Committee 
Chair:      Nick Secker

Kully Kaur Samra

Andrew Shelton

Karen Mackenzie

 

HR Committee 
Chair:  Nick Secker

Alex Brennan

Suki Heer

Jemima Phorson

Andrew Shelton

Mark Slater


Finance Committee 
Chair:      Karen Mackenzie

Alex Brennan

Jemima Phorson

Mark Slater

Mandy Hughes

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