Meet our Governors below, or you can read more documents relating to our Governing body over on our Governance page:
Colin Steele (Chair)
I am currently the Chair of Governors and have sat on the board as a parent governor for seven years. I have two boys, both now in secondary school who attended Raddlebarn.
I work as an IT Service Delivery Manager within the private sector, but this has equipped me with a number of transferrable skills that I can use to support the school.
I feel that the role of the governing body is essential in ensuring high standards of achievement for all children in the school and during my terms have always strived to help the school achieve this.
Our governors are a committed group of volunteers and it is a privilege to be the chair of the body.
Leah Ward (Vice Chair)
My name is Leah Ward and I am a parent governor. I have had children at the school since 2010. I am a secondary school music teacher and enjoy cooking and spending time outdoors with my family.
My little girl, Maya, started in reception last September, having previously been in nursery at Raddlebarn. Since her time at school I have volunteered one day a week, helping mainly in Year 6. I love Raddlebarn: it’s a happy, welcoming place with lovely children and excellent staff who I can attest, work tirelessly.
I have a higher degree in education and, until Maya’s birth, I worked as a researcher at the School of Education at the University of Birmingham. Doing this job, I was responsible for the management and smooth-running of a range of projects to do with the inclusion of children with special educational needs.
I believe that schools should be happy, inclusive places where learning is fun and meaningful, and where children feel secure and confident. I will do whatever I can to support the staff in helping our children develop as thoughtful, kind young people who enjoy learning.
I am retired after 52 years service with the NHS & Birmingham University. I have previously been a Governor at Bournville J&I and at Wychall Primary. I volunteer at Raddlebarn Primary for Coram Beanstalk Reading charity and have been here since Sept 2018(with Beanstalk since 2014). I feel that I have a lot to offer our children at Raddlebarn, not only through reading but through my experience of working with Governing Boards. I want to give what time I can to the benefit of the school and the children.
I’m an avid reader and keen sportsman. I am lucky enough to work here in the Nursery and have my daughters attend this school. I wanted to be a governor to better understand how the school works, and be part of a team supporting its continued success.
I am currently the Deputy Head Teacher of Raddlebarn Primary School. I have been in Education for over 20 years now and during that time, I have been a governor at both this school and another, so I am well versed on how they run and the expectations of this role.
Being a governor is a vital component within a school, they are not only there to support staff but are there to challenge and help guide the school forward. Regarding my experience, I was a parent governor at my children’s school for 5 years during which time we were visited by OFSTED.
I have worked in Schools and the Local Authority for over 20 years, currently I work for an Academy trust with nine schools and I look after all areas of the network, procurement of equipment and I advise the Trust on new curriculum developments. I am a Microsoft certified Professional and have passed the Google Educator course.
I believe my experience across many schools gives me a unique knowledge of the Curriculum and how technology can support in the classroom and I would like to support Raddlebarn Primary School as a Governor.
Having a background in teaching at university, I understand and appreciate the importance of a good education. It is the responsibility of us as parents and the school to identify, nurture and encourage all children to achieve these talents and fulfil their potential by giving children the widest breadth of exposure to as many new experiences as possible. Having been a pharmacist for many years I have worked with multiple communities and championed community programmes and as a result will look to improve Raddlebarn’s links to local communities. I currently sit on a number of committees through my employment and believe this experience will help me communicate and more importantly challenge key areas of policy and student development.
My name is Lauren Houlder and I am the local authority governor for Raddlebarn. I am a drama teacher at Queen Mary’s High School for girls and have a passion for ensuring high quality engaging education. Before my role at Queen Mary’s I worked in inner city
Birmingham and prior to that across 13 primary and secondary schools as an Arts lead.
One of the reasons I wanted to be a governor was because of my love of education, it is so important that we get the start right for our children to ensure they have the best possibilities in life. I hope that my experience as a teacher but also as an advocate for education will help support the school to be the best that it can be for our young people.
I have been teaching for over 10 years and enjoy making a positive difference to children’s lives – something I have been able to do even more since becoming a staff governor at Raddlebarn. During my career I have taught a number of classes, supported colleagues, led teams, and been responsible for many key curriculum areas including art, maths and English. When I am not working, I love to learn myself – I have a Masters Degree in Education, I have learnt some sign language and I regularly practise art. I also enjoy reading mystery stories, travelling and going to the theatre.