Fr Simon Ellis, our Chair of Governors.

On behalf of the Governing body I want to welcome you to our website and assure you of our desire to serve St. Margaret Mary's School to the best of our abilities.

As your Chair of Governors, it is my task to lead the Governing body in assisting the staff to build the best education for your children.

Governors come from differing categories, including community/parish governors (known as Foundation governors), teacher governors, parent governors and the local authority governors. We meet termly as a group, and there are other meetings of sub-committees which meet regularly.

Our task is to be the ‘critical friend’ to Mr Aldred and all the staff. We do this by scrutinising the running of the school, receiving reports and data from staff, including new initiatives and policies which concern areas like literacy, numeracy, assessment, special educational needs, spiritual needs and respect and tolerance.

The school always has to be compliant when it comes to statutory legislation. We also scrutinise the budget and we are involved in the appointment process for teaching and non-teaching staff. We also are involved in the performance management for senior staff.

Our task is not just to enable us to be inspection-ready, but continuously to ask questions like 'how well - and why - are we doing this?' and 'how can we improve?'. We ask these questions on your behalf.

The Governing body help formulate the vision for the school and help it to determine how to implement decisions or recommendations from Government, Ofsted, the Archdiocese of Birmingham and the local community. We therefore need to be nimble and to be able not only to communicate to parents and the local parish, but also to listen to your concerns. Please do not hesitate to contact me at any time to inform us of how your child is progressing and where you can help our great school to improve.

St. Margaret Mary's Church began its existence in 1926 and the school (on its present site) began in the early 1960s. We are, therefore, here for the long-haul and need everyone’s support and help as we constantly strive to make St. Margaret Mary's a school we can continue to be proud of.

Please partner with us in this great task.

Fr Simon Ellis
Chair of Governors

Governing Body Members

Name of Governor Type of Governor Date Appointed End of Term
Father Simon Ellis Chair of Governors, Foundation Governor, RE Link Governor 09/01/2017 08/01/2021
Mr Gerald Boylan Foundation Governor 01/01/2006 30/12/2021
Mrs Maria Breslin Foundation Governor 17/12/2018 16/12/2022
Mrs Sandra Chidzomba Foundation Governor 03/10/2018 02/10/2022
Mr Michael McConnell Foundation Governor 25/07/2016 24/07/2020
Mr Adrian Walczak Foundation Governor 12/08/2016 11/08/2020
Mrs Anna Brown Parent Governor 24/11/2014 22/11/2022
Mrs Mihaela Timofte Parent Governor 15/03/2018 14/03/2022
Mrs Christy McConnell LA Governor 24/11/2016 23/11/2020
Mr Michael Aldred Headteacher 24/03/2014 -
Mr Edward Connaughton Staff Governor 24/11/2016 23/11/2020

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Governor Profiles

Mr Michael Aldred

As the Headteacher of our school now for over ten years I am proud of all the things we have done to try and improve St. Margaret Mary's. Helping me to do this has been our governing body; they help me set priorities for the school. They make sure we are spending our money wisely and they act as my 'critical friend' in holding us all to account for our performance.

We are a team who together continue to try and make our school a place where children can 'Live, Love and Learn'.

Mr Gerard Boylan

I am a Foundation governor at our school and have been since 2006. I am also the link governor for Special Needs and meet regularly with the SENCO looking at provision and progress for our SEND children. I am immensely proud of the work our school does in ensuring it meets the needs of all the children in St. Margaret Mary's, indeed the school is often commended for its work by external agencies.

I am an ex-teacher, an active parishioner in St. Margaret Mary's Church and now devote much of my time helping those less fortunate that ourselves through my work at St.Chad's Sanctuary in Birmingham. The school often helps in this regard collecting items of clothing and tins of food. I am proud of this work and proud to be a governor of St. Margaret Mary's School.

Mrs Anna Brown

As a parent governor at St. Margaret Mary's my role is to help support the school in whatever way I can. I have had one child pass through St. Margaret Mary's and currently still have a daughter in KS1. My children have always been and continue to be really happy at school enjoying what each new day brings.

I have been a governor for over two years now something I feel really proud of and something I aim to continue in trying to make our school as good as it can possibly be. I am a qualified nurse and work shifts in a local hospital.

Mrs Sandra Chidzomba

I am delighted to have become a new Foundation Governor at St Margaret Marys. I currently have three children in school ranging from Year 1 to Year 6. I work in a local hospital and am a qualified nurse.

I will be attending the full governing body meetings which take place each term, and I will do my utmost to serve the school in whatever way I can. I am very proud of our school and want the very best for all the children in St Margaret Marys. Hopefully as a governor of the school I can challenge, support and help make it an even better school.

Mr Edward Connaughton

I am the staff governor at St. Margaret Mary's. I sit on the Finance committee and am the Business manager for the school. Part of my role is to meet regularly with senior leaders and governors providing them with what are known as Budget monitoring reports. These are scrutinised by the finance committee making sure that the school remains prudent with its finances. Part of my role is also to prepare draft budgets for governors to ratify at the end of each financial year, a process that we link to the School Improvement Plan.

As a parent of school aged children I am passionate about making sure schools use their money and resources wisely, I am proud to sixth on the governing body at St.Margaret Marys and look forward to working with everyone moving forwards.

Father Simon Ellis

I have recently arrived in Perry Common as the new Parish priest for St. Margaret Mary’s. Part of my role is to work alongside school to make sure that the relationship is a positive and strong one. I come from an educational background so was delighted when the other governors elected me as the Chair.

My job is to makes sure the school is spending its money wisely, to hold it to account for its performance and to help shape the direction the school is travelling in. We do this together as a collective, different governors sit on different committees bringing their skills and talents to help ensure we make our school a place that continually strives to improve.

Mrs Christy McConnell

I was appointed as the Local Authority governor at St. Margaret Mary's in 2016. I am currently the Deputy Head of a primary school in Birmingham. I see my role as twofold, firstly to support the school in whatever way I can but also to hold it to account for its performance. I am on the Standards committee where we meet on a half termly basis to consider school data and progress towards targets on the school improvement plan.

Being full time in education and having children of primary age I feel I am ideally placed to help and support St. Margaret Mary's. I am looking forward to working with everyone over the coming years as we strive to improve the school even further.

Mr Michael McConnell

I was delighted when I was approached to become a governor at St. Margaret Mary's. As a retired headteacher of a Catholic primary school in Birmingham I both wanted to stay involved in education but also felt I had much to offer the school. I sit on both the Education and Standards committees. The former is when we consider the Catholic life of school; whilst the latter enables us to hold the school to account for its performance. I am a regular visitor in school and see my role as a 'critical friend' supporting everyone in trying to make our school as good as it can possibly be.

I now work on a voluntary basis giving children from across the Archdiocese guided tours of St.Chads Cathedral; this is often seen as a way of helping them prepare for Confirmation. I am also Chair of Governors at another Birmingham Catholic Primary school and I look forward to working closely with everyone at St. Margaret Mary's in the years to come at this exciting time for the school.

Mr Adrian Walczak

I was appointed a foundation governor in 2016. I and my family are active parishioners at St. Margaret Mary's Church and I currently have two children in the school. My daughter is in KS1 whilst my son is in KS2. My profession is a commercial accountant and as such this really helps me when studying budgetary reports for example. I sit on the finance committee where I use my skills to help ensure the school spends what money it has wisely.

Having children at the school, I like my fellow governors, want the best for the children and all who work in St. Margaret Mary's.