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Message from the Chair of Governors – Ms Wazma Qais
School governors are people who want to make a positive contribution to children’s education and the role of the governing body is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school. Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards. Our governing body is made up of volunteers from many different walks of life including those with a connection to the school.
The most effective schools demonstrate effective leadership and management – including by the governing board. School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Among our responsibilities, the governors appoint the headteacher and deputy headteacher. It is governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is governors who work with the headteacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources. Parents are well represented on our governing body and all parents are notified when a vacancy for parent governor arises.
My name is Wazma Qais and I m the chair of governors at Langley Primary School. I work as a civil servant at the Department for Education and I am an elected councillor in Solihull.
Before I started my career as a civil servant, I completed my BA (Hons) and post graduate Degree (MBA) and I am partly qualified CIMA accountant – Adv Dip MA
I grew up in Solihull and I love my hometown. I am very proud of where I live and of my community. I want to make a valuable contribution to children’s education, opportunities, and futures. I want to support and challenge the school so that it improves for pupils and staff and bring my own unique experiences, perspectives and insights into decision-making in the interests of the school community. I am committed to ensuring Langley Primary continues to provide an outstanding and well-rounded education to all its students regardless of their background.
My areas of involvement include Pupil Premium, school finances, and I am a member of the Pay committee.
If you wish to speak further to our governing body, this can be done by writing to the chair of governors at
Langley Primary School
St. Bernards Rd
Or by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or by telephoning the school office on 0121 706 3932
Being a governor at Langley – What we do and how we do it!
The role of a governor
At Langley our governors are responsible for helping the school to achieve the best possible education for pupils by:
- setting the values, vision and strategic aims of the school
- monitoring and evaluating the work of the school; supporting and challenging the headteacher and senior staff
- ensuring the school is accountable to the children, parents, the local community, the local authority and staff
- working with the Headteacher to set targets to raise standards
What do governors do?
Our governing body meets four or five times each term with the agendas being dictated by the school calendar and the cycle of planning, monitoring and evaluation.
Governors are encouraged to attend all meetings which cover the strategic governance of the school and the following specific aspects:
- School improvement – key school priorities and the School Improvement Plan (SIP); standards of teaching and learning, pupil attainment and SIP priorities.
- Finance and assets, school budgets, and site management.
- Human resources, staffing and pay policies.
- Strategic response to local and national matters that have an impact on schools e.g. the Covid 19 pandemic
- Teaching and learning, standards of teaching and learning, pupil attainment, and development of the curriculum to enhance children’s experience and how they are delivered.
Governors are encouraged and welcomed to join in the life of the school through link visits to the school. it could involve;
- meeting with staff and visiting classrooms,
- helping children within the classroom – for example listening to children read
- accompanying classes on school educational visits
- talking to or working with the children on special interests or expertise governors may have which support the curriculum.
- attending school events such as special assemblies and ‘Thematic Curriculum Days’
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Governors’ Details and Register of Interests
In the spirit of openness below you will find information about our governing body members and any pecuniary or business links they may have to the school or to each other.
What we have to publish.
The following guidance on what governing bodies have to publish is taken from ‘The Constitution of Governing Bodies of Maintained Schools – Statutory guidance for governing bodies of maintained schools and local authorities in England – August 2017′
Publication of governors’ details and the register of interests
Governors hold an important public office and their identity should be known to their school and wider communities. In the interests of transparency, a governing body should publish on its website up-to-date details of its governance arrangements in a readily accessible form. This should include:
The structure and remit of the governing body and any committees, and the full names of the chair of each.
For each governor who has served at any point over the past 12 months:
1. Their full names,
2. Date of appointment,
3. Term of office,
4. Date they stepped down (where applicable),
5. Who appointed them (in accordance with the governing body’s instrument of government),
6. Relevant business and pecuniary interests (as recorded in the register of interests) including: a) Governance roles in other educational institutions; b) Any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives)
7. Their attendance record at governing body and committee meetings over the last academic year.
Governing bodies should also publish this information for associate members, making clear whether they have voting rights on any of the committees to which they have been appointed.
Governing bodies should make it clear in their code of conduct that this information will be published on their governors and any associate members. Any governor failing to provide information to enable the governing body to fulfil their responsibilities may be in breach of the code of conduct and as a result be bringing the governing body into disrepute. In such cases the governing body should consider suspending the governor.
Meet our Governors
Who are Langley’s Governors?
Our Chair of Governors is Ms. Wazma Qais.
Langley is a ‘community school’ which means that it is a state school wholly owned and maintained by the Local Authority (Solihull MBC).
Our governing body consists of 10 governors:
1 Parent governors
7 Co-opted governors
0 Local Authority governors
1 Staff governor
The role of co-opted governor can be held by a staff member, parent or member of the local community.
Our Governors (ID 1081)
My name is Ian Lowe and I am an engineering manager.
Prior to my role as an engineering manager, I was a long term employee in the automotive engineering sector, with a strong STEM background. My experiences include working with materials, science and engineering, leading teams responsible for the delivery of robust and sustainable materials strategies in the manufacture of premium automotive platforms.
Leading a team of technically skilled individuals gives me experience in complex team management and continuous delivery of specific strategic goals, whilst reacting to day to day challenges on tight timelines.
I chose to become a governor to support the school's development and assist in addressing the challenges the senior leaders and wider school community face. I hope to share my experiences in team leadership to aid in the school growing and continually improving.
My areas of involvement include GDPR and Curriculum.
My name is Michael Jones and I am a Deputy Headteacher.
I studied undergraduate History at Durham University before going on to do a PGCE and Masters In Education. I have worked as a class teacher, middle and senior leader in state schools before my current role as a senior leader in a local HMC and IAPS Independent school.
I became a school governor to help make a difference in state education, to offer my expertise from my experience in both sectors and to provide appropriate and supportive strategic challenges to school leaders.
My areas of governor responsibility include the Early Years Foundation Stage, Staff Wellbeing and Safeguarding.
I'm Sue McCutcheon, the Deputy Headteacher here at Langley Primary.
Prior to this role, I worked in the Lord Chancellor's Department and subsequently in industry, both for a period of eight years. When living abroad, I taught English in Spain and Russia. When in England, I taught Spanish and Russian in colleges of further education. In 2006, I retrained to become a primary school teacher and began my career here as a newly qualified teacher.
I have been a school governor at my daughter's primary school and chose to become a governor at Langley because I enjoy strategic planning, finding solutions and exploring new ideas and opportunities.
My particular area of involvement on the Board is health and wellbeing.
Melissa O Grady
Melissa O Grady
My name is Melissa O Grady and I am a Primary School Teacher and Curriculum Lead.
I chose to become a governor to understand more about what happens behind the scenes of school life.
My area of involvement is Curriculum.
Contact the Governors
If you would like to contact the governors of the school please do so by emailing the Clerk to Governors – email@example.com