Governor Pen Portraits

 

Jenny Wilkinson - Chair of Governors

Jenny joined the Governing Board in 2015.  She currently has two children attending Holland House and another in Town School.  As a Chartered Accountant, she brings financial acumen and management skills to the Board.  Jenny is actively involved more widely in the Sutton Coldfield community, most notably with a project to firstly save and now develop the town centre library.
I am delighted to take on the role of Chair of Governors at Holland House, and would like to particularly extend my thanks to my predecessor, Mrs Rachel Sutton, for her efforts over the last 18 months, in particular in developing our structure and processes.  I consider that the Governors have a vital role to play in the school community, working closely with the Senior Leadership Team to set the direction of the school, as well as to provide challenge and ensure accountability.  My own personal focus over the next year is to ensure increased accessibility and visibility of the governors to parents, so look out for us at school events.
 
 

Helen Frew - Clerk to Governors

Following seventeen years spent working as a School Administrator, I have taken on the role of Clerk to the Governors because I am keen to continue making a positive contribution to children’s education. I hope that my background will enable me to provide effective administrative support and advice to the governing board and its committees.

 

 

 

Paul Myers - Chair of the Finance and Personnel Committee

I have been a governor at Holland House since 2016. My background is in the construction and facilities management industries where I specialise in health and safety and have a good understanding of school premises and the legal and statutory requirements to ensure the building is maintained to keep children, staff and visitors safe.

 As a business owner and a company director for over 15 years I have a good understanding of finance, personnel, business strategy and the monitoring and scrutiny of statistical information and management outputs.

 I have three young children, one in reception, one in year two and a toddler in nursery.
I am passionate about early years education and am committed to providing robust governorship at Holland House during my term of office.
 
 

Kay Crabtree

I was appointed as a Co-opted Governor in 2009

I taught at Holland House in Key Stage 1 from September 1986 to July 2008, mainly in Year 2, and after retiring from full time teaching in 2008 I continued to teach part time in EYFS until July 2012.

As Holland House had been a major part of my life I wanted to continue to support the school and develop new skills in retirement. Having been involved with the school for over 30 years I feel able to contribute positively to the ongoing development of the school and the education of the current generation of children.

I sit on two committees, Curriculum, Monitoring and Standards, and Finance and Personnel, and I am the Early Years Foundation Stage Link Governor. I also sit on the Head Teacher’s Appraisal Committee.

My aim as a Governor is to ensure that Holland House provides the best possible education for every child in a safe and supportive environment and that the curriculum delivered is challenging and inspiring.

It is a privilege to be part of the Governing Body and to have the opportunity to use my skills and experience to support Holland House.

 

Terri Coombs – Chair of Curriculum, Monitoring and Standards Committee

I have been a Co-opted Governor at Holland House since 2016 but have been a Primary School teacher for 17 years. I have taught in all year groups from Nursery to Year 6 and am now a Specialist Leader in Education for Computing and Online Safety. My son is currently in Year 2 at Holland House, and being able to play a part in ensuring he has the best opportunities was the reason I decided to become a governor.

I hold the title of Designated Safeguarding Lead at my current teaching school, with Online Safety being a vital part of what I do, as such I have confidently taken the role of Safeguarding Governor.

In addition, I am chair of the Curriculum, Monitoring and Standards committee. The committee meets with school leaders regularly to discuss assessment data and standards within school, with the aim of sustaining our outstanding achievements.