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Meet the Governors

The Governing Body's Long Term Collective Vision

The Governing Body of Newtown Primary School is committed to working in partnership with parents/carers and the wider community to ensure that everyone has the right to feel SAFE; the right to LEARN without undue distraction or disruption; the right to RESPECT; to BELONG, BELIEVE and ACHIEVE.

In accordance with the Governments' requirements for all Governing bodies, the three core strategic functions of Newtown Primary School's Governing body are:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils.
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and ensuring its money is well spent

The key issues identified during the Ofsted inspection of November 2017 are being robustly addressed and we look forward to sharing the continued progress made with you.

Meet the Governor's of our School

Mr Robert Whale - Chair of Governors

Paula Ralph - Vice Chair

Alison Drew

Ann Thomson

Lynn Howard

Suzanne Allen


Ann Thomson

Became a Co-opted Governor in September 2017

Ann says about herself:

As a child I always visited the library with my nan and then while I was at school my dad made me my own little library using my Ladybird Books (remember those?), and lots of little tickets he made.

I thought libraries were wonderful places even then and knew I wanted to be a Librarian from about eight years old.  I was made library monitor at High School and even allowed to help the school librarian choose new books for the library.

From there I progressed, and got my first Sandwell job as a Saturday Assistant at Hill Top Library where I stayed for 3 years while studying.  I became full time at Glebefields Library in 1987 and since then have worked at various libraries within Sandwell and in 1990 I became Supervisor at Great Bridge Library.

I am married with three grown up children a dog and a cat.  In my spare time I am part of an amateur dramatic group, and help out with Boys' brigade (similar to Scouts) at my local church.  I also produce the church newsletter once a month.

I hope that over the years I've managed to pass on my love of libraries to my own children and many more.  I've seen what libraries can do for people, young and old and know just what great places libraries are.

Alison Drew

Alison is a staff Governor

Alison says about herself:

I am the Early Years Leader and SENCo at this school and have worked at Newtown for 27 years.

Over the years I have come to know the families and the area very well.  Newtown, the children who attend here and the Staff are very special to me.

I became Staff Governor because I wanted to support our children, families and the Staff who work here.

Being a Staff Governor has supported my own professional development and, I feel, made me a better teacher.


Robert Whale

Robert became a Co-opted Governor 4 years ago.

Robert says about himself:

I have lived in the local area my whole life and I am keen to give back to my local community that as always served me well.

I have worked in finance for almost 20 years giving financial advice and I am now using these skills to support the school.  It is a pleasure to be a Governor at Newtown and I have been the Chair of Governors for 2 years.

Lynn Howard

Lynn has been a Co-opted Governor since Autumn 2017

Lynn says about herself:

My name is Lynn Howard.  I am a national leader of Governance and have been a Governor at Newtown since the Autumn.  I have been a Governor within Sandwell for the last 10 years and have lived within the authority all my life.  I am passionate about Governance, children and Sandwell!!

By working together within the wider school community we can give our children the best possible start in life and ensure they meet their full potential.

Paula Ralph

Paula has been a Parent Governor since Sept 2015

Paula says about herself:

I applied to be a Governor in Sept 15 when my daughter was in school Nursery.  I have a background in Early Years and have managed many Nurseries and more recently spent 8 years managing Local Children's Centres.  During this time I have gained a number of qualifications including my BA Hons in Early Years and Management degree.

I feel I am able to support the school with both my Early years knowledge and also my management skills which include HR, Finance and Health & Safety.

As a mom working full time I felt that by becoming a Governor I would have a good understanding of my daughters school but also felt I would be able to give something back.

Over the 3 years that I have been a Governor I have been an active member of most committees and have supported the school with other tasks such as staff recruitment.  I feel by being a Governor you are able to offer support to both school and parents whilst gaining new skills yourself.


Suzanne Allen

Became a LA Governor February 2018

Suzanne says about herself:

I applied to be a Governor February 2018 when my role moved into Education. My role is Employment Manager Senior within the education employment and skills team. I have been in Local Government since 2005. I manage a team of 12 people who work with Sandwell residents to get them into employment and/or training.

I left school with GCSEs and went into an apprenticeship in structural engineering and progressed for 20 years throughout the company to manage and build structural steel framed buildings. Whilst in employment I continued learning and completed BSC honours in Social Policy and Social Welfare and a Diploma in Social Criminology with the Open University. I was also a volunteer with troubled families in assisting parental access for 7 years. It was then that I decided to change my career and move to Local Authority to support people in accessing employment and/or training to achieve their aspirations.

I would like to bring my experience of employment and education together with my Local Authority knowledge to the Board of Governors and support the school through my term as Local Governor.

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