Meet the Governors
Our governors are representatives of the parents, school staff and the local community. They meet together at least once each term and in smaller sub-committees. They have responsibility for overseeing the organisation, curriculum and budget of the school. The day-to-day running of the school is entrusted to the Headteacher and staff. Please click below for the Governor Committee Booklet to see the structure of the Governing body and committee responsibilities.
Governing Body Membership – 2021/22 Academic Year
Chair: Mr D. Walker Vice Chair: Mr P Byrne
|Mr D. Walker||LOCAL AUTHORITY GOVERNOR|
|Miss A Mcgowan||CO-OPTED GOVERNOR|
|Ms S Lal||CO-OPTED GOVERNOR|
|Mr P Byrne|
|Mrs S. Dawson-Smith||PARENT GOVERNOR|
|Mr Alex Horton||PARENT GOVERNOR|
|Miss L. Perks||STAFF GOVERNOR|
|Mr M Hytch||HEADTEACHER GOVERNOR|
|Mrs A McElwee||ASSOCIATE GOVERNOR|
I’m Dave Walker Chair of Governors I’ve been involved with school governance for many years and with Blackheath for over 10yrs . I’m responsible for outcomes and achievement SEN and hold regular meetings with teachers SLT members and the Head to monitor progress and ensure that we give all our children the best possible outcomes on their journey through school life.
Outside school along with Joyce my wife I enjoy gardening and have started an after school gardening club. I like holidaying in both Devon and Scotland, visiting both at least once a year. I have also represented Blackheath on Sandwell Council for a number of years and have been a magistrate since 1988.
SAM DAWSON – SMITH
I have experience of working with Ofsted, and am a Teaching and Learning Consultant for Sandwell and Birmingham.
In my leisure time I enjoy being a Mom! I enjoy cooking, swimming and travelling with my family to cultural places of interest-nationally and internationally.
I’m Sarah Lal and I am a new governor here at Blackheath Primary School. I have a wealth of experience working for the Education Sector in a HR capacity, I am now the Head of HR for a Civil Service department which I thoroughly enjoy. I have a Masters Degree and Bachelors from the University of Birmingham in Business which is utilised in my role as a Governor in supporting the Head Teachers, SLT and Governors.
I am responsible for supporting the Chair of Governors to ensure the Schools ethos and values are upheld by SLT, in particular mitigating financial risk.
I am Paul Byrne and I am a new Governor. I was a teacher for 42 years and was a Deputy Head at Edgbaston High School before I retired. I attended University Of Wales Cardiff, where I obtained a B.Sc. (Hons) and Cert. Ed. I also attended Birmingham University where I obtained a BA (Hons,) and Dip. ICT. I have always been connected with education and I am very interested in all aspects of the curriculum. I am a practicing Christian and attend St. Giles Church Rowley Regis. I come into school on a regular basis with The Open the Book team and to hear the children read. My main hobbies are Sport, Music, Literature, Reading and Visiting the Battlefields of the First World War.
I’m Alice McGowan and I am very excited to be a new Co-operative Governor here at Blackheath Primary School. I currently sit on the Quality of Education Committee and will focused on supporting the staff and pupils in achieving the best teaching and learning possible. In my day job, I support young people across the West Midlands to achieve their full potential within Higher Education and in my spare time, I work with much younger children in my role as Brown Owl at a local Brownie Unit. I grew up on the Isle of Wight so I spend school holidays there visiting friends and family. I enjoy playing netball and am often found exploring the local canals on weekends.