Welcome to our Governors’ section.
Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.
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.
Ninna Makrinov – Chair of Governors
I was elected as a parent governor in October 2017 and as vice chair of the governing body soon after, I am now Chair. 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.
David Taylor – Co-opted Governor
Both of my children went to Water Mill. As a long standing governor I have been chair and have led on finance. 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.
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.
Sarah Ogunsina - Parent Governor
My name is Sarah Ogunsina, I am a parent governor and joined the governing board late September 2019. My daughter attends Water Mill Primary and has always enjoyed going to school hugely; Reception to Year 2 so far. The school has a personal feel and the staff are very approachable. The class teachers have been easy to warm to and the opportunities within the school are wonderful for the children to access. I am a registered nurse working at a local hospital, I am married to a teacher in 'A' Level. I feel I can bring my skills in negotiation, safeguarding and my knowledge of wider current events relating to health and well being in adults and children to the governing board. Also to use my skills to benefit the school. I feel it is important to do what you can, when you can and to give your best.
Janine Corless – Staff Governor
I’ve been a teacher at Water Mill for 5 years. I currently teach in Year 6, Monday to 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 performing arts are my passion. I was voted onto the Governing Board by my colleagues last year and am enjoying the opportunity to support our children, staff and families and work towards our vision and values.