Welcome from the Governing Board of Water Mill Primary School
A warm welcome from the Governing Board
Thank you for visiting us!
As Governors we play a full and active role in the life of the school. We meet regularly to discuss all aspects of the school and to ensure excellent education for its pupils.
In order to make sure we do this effectively, we have three core responsibilities:
• We need to ensure that the school has a clear vision, ethos and strategic direction
• We need to hold the head teacher to account, while supporting and strengthening leadership
• We need to oversee the financial performance of the school, making sure that money is well spent
We want to do the best we can to support children’s learning, development and their environment. We want to ensure the curriculum is rich and varied and want to assure you that every child matters. We are all passionate about ensuring that the provision and education of each and every child is the best it can possibly be.
David Taylor – Chair of the Full Governing Board and REST Committee
Both of my children went to Water Mill. A long-standing Governor I became Chair last year. I have had a wide-ranging career across finance, external funding and regeneration working at the Department of the Environment, West Midlands County Council, Coventry City Council and most recently University Hospitals Birmingham from where I retired last year. I have also been a non-executive director of Central Technology Belt and Birmingham Science City reflecting my interest in innovation and creativity. I am passionate about lifelong education and training being a key driving force for both increasing prosperity and reducing disadvantage.
Damian Johnson – Parent Governor
My involvement at Water Mill began seven years ago when my eldest joined Reception (he is now in year 7, with my other children currently in years 5 and 3). During the past seven years, I have been involved in the Friends of Water Mill, chairing for a number of years, and worked in classes from Reception to Year 6. I was elected as a parent governor in 2012, re-elected for a second term in 2016, and have been vice and chair of the governing body at various points.
Gail Joyce – Co-opted Governor SEND & Safeguarding Governor
My name is Gail Joyce and I became a governor at Water Mill for the second time in January 2017. I am the school governor for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and Safeguarding. This means I work closely with Mrs Hoye to ensure that the rights and needs of the children are fully met and that the children achieve their full potential.
I have a long history with Water Mill School. My first experience of Water Mill was over twenty four years ago when my eldest child joined the reception class. This was the start of a very long, and very enjoyable relationship. After my children moved on to secondary school I joined the staff as a Teaching Assistant. A few years later I started, and completed my teacher training with the school and was a very happy year 3 teacher for five years.
I now work in another local primary school where I am Senco and Designated Safeguarding Lead. I look forward to my continuing relationship with Water Mill School.
Ninna Makrinov – Parent Governor Vice Chair and Chair of CAST committee
I was elected as a parent governor in October 2017 and as vice chair of the governing body soon after. In this time I have learnt much about the role of governors in ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction to the school, holding the school into account and overseeing its financial performance. I love my role as Water Mill is a diverse and welcoming school and I feel I have much to offer to enhance the quality of the education for our children.
I am originally from Chile and a solo mother of two children who joined Water Mill in years 3 and 4; they have thrived in the school and I have seen through them some of the things that make Water Mill so special and also some areas for development. I bring my professional skills to my role as a governor; I studied Psychology and have postgraduate qualifications in business, education and occupational health. I have worked in Higher Education for almost 20 years and I currently co-ordinate a central skills development programme for all students at the University of Warwick.
Janey Simmons – Parent Governor
Hi, my name is Janey Simmons. I’m new to the role of a parent governor, but not new to the school as my older child used to attend back in 2004.
As part of the role, as parent governor, I attend all meetings and keep up to date with the strategies and progress the school is making. I am attached to year 2 and whole school behaviour.
I am employed in a local secondary school as EAL teacher/coordinator. I have been working in education for over 10 years, and I am passionate about giving every child the best possible education to start them in life.
Esther Oppenheim – Co-opted Governor
I have been a governor at Watermill for more than 30 years, starting as a parent governor and then as a co-opted governor. My 2 children attended the school. I am a GP in Bartley Green with a lively interest in the lifestyle aspects of health and in mental health particularly, both of which can be influenced profoundly by what happens in school.
Janine Corless – Staff Governor
I’ve been a teacher at Watermill for 5 years. I currently teach in year 6, Monday- Wednesday. I reduced my hours when I returned to work in 2017 after having my daughter, Evelyn. I am writing lead across the school; English, drama and the performance arts are my passion.
I was voted onto the governing body by my colleagues last year, and am enjoying the further opportunity to support our children, staff and families and work towards Watermill’s visions and values.
For more information about Governance at Water Mill click on the links below: