Kitwell Governing Board

What is the Governing Board?

Every school is required by law to have Governors who must bring a wide range of skills from business and the public sector into school governance.

The purpose of the Governing Board is to support and challenge the school, to ensure its continuing development, to provide the very best opportunities for our pupils. It is essential that the Governors maintain a balanced view of the way the school is run, and that they use their skills in helping the school continually improve. 

“Governors have a clear strategy for monitoring the work of the school, so that they can hold leaders to account.”

- Ofsted, 2019

The day to day management of the school rests with the school’s Senior Leadership Team.  Governors are, however, responsible for agreeing and then ensuring that the school meets its priorities and goals.  They do this by seeking evidence of progress and making decisions about the school’s policies and procedures. The role of the Governing Board is to focus on three strategic functions: 

  1. ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. holding the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  3. overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

“The Governors are fully committed to the wellbeing of all. The Governing Board is well informed about the effectiveness of the strategies employed by the school.”

- Wellbeing Award for Schools, 2019

Who are the Governors at Kitwell?

The Governing Board is composed of people from a range of backgrounds and experience.  They all give their time voluntarily.  On the Governing Board are 2 Parent Governors, 1 Local Authority representative, 1 Staff Governor, the Head Teacher and 5 Co-opted Governors. This structure is detailed in our new Instrument of Government, from September 2019.


The current School Governors at Kitwell are:

Governor Name


Key Responsibilities

Term of Office

Mr Deryck Hall

Chair of Governors; Co-opted

Strategic Management & Planning, Compliance, Data Analysis, Civil Service

Chair; Health and Safety, Finance, Curriculum & Data

Start: 11 Sep 18
End: 10 Sept 22

Mr Philip McCahill

Vice-Chair of Governors; Co-opted

Education (Schools), Community, Leadership & Coaching

Vice-Chair; Safeguarding, Governance Development, Curriculum & Data

Start: 6 Feb 18
End: 5 Feb 22

Mrs Michele Shevels


Education, Teaching & Learning, Educational Leadership

Headteacher; School Leadership & Development

N/A - Ex-officio

Miss Nicole Southall

Staff Governor

Education, Teaching & Learning

Curriculum & Data

Start: 11 Sep 18
End: 10 Sept 22

Mr Leslie Joy

Parent Governor

Strategic Planning, Logistics, Process Improvement

EYFS Governor (Shared Role)

 Start: 25 Mar 19
End: 24 Mar 23

Mrs Amira Ali

Parent Governor

Nursing, Health & Social Care

EYFS Governor (Shared Role)

Start: 25 Mar 19
End: 24 Mar 23

Ms Brianne Thomas

Co-opted Governor

Management, Procurement, Contract Management, Compliance, Education

SEND Governor

Start: 21 May 19
End: 20 May 23

Ms Gemma Parry

Co-opted Governor

Coaching & Mentoring, Change Management, Community, Data, Health & Safety

Curriculum & Data

Start: 21 May 19
End: 20 May 23


Local Authority Governor





Co-opted Governor





Could you be a governor at Kitwell?

The Governing Board is currently recruiting people with a range of experience to join us and help to shape the future of Kitwell Primary School. Our current vacancies can be found on the Birmingham City Council website here.

If you or anyone you know are interested in becoming a Governor, please speak to Mrs Shevels, contact the school office or email Philip McCahill ( 

The School Governing Board meets twice a term on Tuesday evenings. Each meeting considers a  key topic  to ensure that the Governors are closely monitoring the school’s development. Governors also take a special interest in aspects of the school’s activity and visit school at least once a year to monitor this area of responsibility and report on their visit to the full Governing Board.

Successful schools are a partnership of pupils, parents, teachers and Governors. This partnership has seen major improvements that improve inclusion and opportunities for all pupils. The school has a high proportion of children who are entitled to free school meals and/or have special needs and receive additional funding, through Pupil Premium, to help these children maximise their potential.

Kitwell has pupils that are happy and safe and equipped to reach their full potential and be ready for the challenges of the change to secondary school and their future careers.

The Governors themselves have recently been externally reviewed by a National Leader of Governance, to ensure we are able to do our best to support the school and its development. Areas of opportunity have been identified and we will continue to work hard with our partners, to improve our effectiveness and maximise how we can help the school to improve.


Governance Statutory Information

  • Governors must declare any business interests in order to serve on the Governing Board:

Current Governing Board member business interests are detailed here (to be updated Sept 2019).

  • Information about Governing Board attendance at meetings must also be declared publicly. 

The record for the last 12 months can be found here, including details of former Governors who have retired in the last 12 months and Governors’ terms of office.

  • The Terms of Reference of the Governing Board can be accessed here.


  • The minutes from Governing Board meetings are a matter of public record and can be requested to be viewed via the school office.


Get in touch with us...

The Governors are rightly proud of what the pupils and staff at Kitwell are already achieving together. The Governors will continue to support the school on its continuous improvement journey and review its progress, as part of our joint efforts to make Kitwell an even better place for our pupils to learn.

As Governors, we are keen to hear from parents and other members of the community, who wish to express their views about how Kitwell can continue to improve. The Governors can currently be contacted through Philip McCahill, Vice-Chair of Governors, either through the school office or by email:


Information updated: November 2019.