Federation of Boldmere Schools Governing Body
Mr Carl Glasgow - Executive Headteacher - The Federation of Boldmere Schools
It is an absolute privilege and pleasure to be the Exec HT of our wonderful schools. It is essential for us to ensure that your children’s experiences at school are enjoyable and that they have a seamless blend of education from Nursery to Year 6. The governing board fulfil an essential strategic role at our schools and work in collaboration with the Leadership Team to drive school improvement and ensure they meet their core objectives. We are incredibly fortunate to have such a committed and skilled Governing Board who provide me with enormous support and appropriate challenge as a great ‘critical friend’.
I have been fortunate to be at the schools since 2008, firstly as the Junior School Headteacher and from 2016 in my current role as Exec HT. I continue to have a relentless drive to ensure the children at our schools are the best they can be and I am immensely proud to work in such a wonderfully supportive community such as Boldmere.
Mrs Samantha Kenny – Head of Infant and Nursery School
There is something very special about working in an infant school. We are responsible for ensuring that your child's first experiences at school are positive, enjoyable and foster a love of learning .Our beautiful school environment provides safe spaces for children to learn and grow and our incredibly committed staff provide support for this to happen. I am proud to say that I have been at Boldmere for 12 years and Head of School for 4 of those years. The Governing Board has supported me throughout this time by providing challenge as well as support, and I am pleased to be part of the Leadership of Boldmere schools.
Mr Matt Sadler - Head of Junior School
It is a privilege to serve and represent the community of Boldmere in my role as head of the junior school, a position I took up in January 2022. I understand fully that children get only one shot at their education and that it's the 'what we do now' that will play a huge role in their future success. The school's vision statement could not resonate with me any truer which is why I will work relentlessly to ensure my team do their upmost to empower ALL children to achieve their best, not only academically but also emotionally, physically and socially too. I am also a firm believer that the best outcomes for children are achieved through mutual respect and collaboration with all stakeholders. This naturally includes parents but also the Governing body where collectively we will work to ensure the ethos and strategic direction of the school is befitting for the families we serve.
Mrs Karen Welch – Assistant Head Teacher of Junior School
I am extremely proud to be an Assistant Head Teacher for Boldmere Junior School. It is a privilege to be part of the Governing board and work with committed and supportive individuals who care about our pupils and the school community. I have been a part of the Junior school teaching staff for a considerable amount of time and I continue to be passionate about ensuring that each child receives the best possible education; leaving our school ready for the next part of their learning journey. I continue to embrace the opportunity to be part of a school in which the children are at the heart of the decisions we make.
Mr Greg Bloom - Chair of Governors
I have been a Governor for the last 10 years and been the Chair of Governors for the last 8 years. I work in a leadership and management role within the NHS and these career experiences provide transferable skills to carry out the core functions of a governor.
Both my children have and are pupils of Boldmere Schools, my youngest daughter is currently in year 6. It is a privilege to be a governor and support these Outstanding schools over the last 10 years.
Mr Dan Mortiboys
I currently have a senior finance role in the NHS. I have previously worked as a Head of Schools Finance for a local council, a CFO of a national multi academy trust and been the executive lead for finance, HR and a broad portfolio for a local Children’s Trust. Both my daughters have been at Boldmere from nursery school with my youngest still at the junior school. I joined the Governing Body in 2017.
Mrs Laura Shergold - Vice Chair of Governors
I was appointed Parent Governor in July 2021. I have a background in education and communications, which I hope will help me only strengthen the school’s governing body. I currently work as a Learning Mentor in a secondary school. I am a member of the Education Standards Committee and sit on the Parent representative Group. In my role as governor I have a special responsibility of being Communications Link Governor. I have two children who attend Boldmere and in my spare time I enjoy reading, yoga and meditation.
Mrs Holly Birkett
I have two sons at Boldmere School and an education background as a lecturer and researcher at the University of Birmingham. I am an Associate Governor and part of the Full Governing Board and the Education and Standards Committee. I have also recently taken over as the EYFS Governor responsible for supporting Boldmere's EYFS provision for our Nursery and Reception children, which has been updated in line with new government guidelines. I am excited to get more involved with how at Boldmere we promote learning through play in those Early Years.
Outside of work two young boys keep me busy but I still enjoy travelling (when possible!) and film. In my role as governor I have a special responsibility of bring Safeguarding & EYFS Link Governor.
Mrs Nicola Arkinstall
I have been a Co-opted Governor at Boldmere for the last 7 years and I am currently the chair of the Education and Standards Committee. Both of my daughters have enjoyed their primary school education at Boldmere School from the Nursery. My oldest daughter has just started secondary school and my youngest daughter is in the juniors. I have been a senior leader in education for over 15 years and I am passionate about ensuring we provide the best possible education to all the children in our care. In my role as governor I have a special responsibility of bring SEND Link Governor.
Ms Amy Bryan
It fills me with great pride to have been appointed as staff governor for the Boldmere schools. I have been part of the Boldmere family as a parent since 2016 and as a member of the Infant school teaching staff since 2019. One of my daughters has completed her journey at Boldmere and is now at secondary school, my two other daughters currently attend both the Infant and Junior schools. I aim to bring a wealth of educational knowledge and experience to my role. I have a passion for teaching and learning and I am continually striving to deepen my knowledge into how children learn. I value the importance of a broad and balanced curriculum putting the wellbeing of our children at the heart of everything we do.
I am one of the newer co-opted governors at the school and a member of the Education and Standards Committee. I have a health and social care background and currently work as a senior leader nationally in the NHS. My eldest son has completed his journey through Boldmere school and is now at secondary school. I have a son in the infant school. I have also recently taken over as the well-being link. Through this role, I look forward to supporting and raising the awareness of emotional health and well-being throughout the school for both pupils and staff.
Ms Anja Pawson
I am passionate and committed to achieving the best outcomes for all pupils, including those with SEND and EAL needs, and I believe that excellence in education is achieved in close partnership with parents, and working effectively with other stakeholders, such as governors, outside agencies and the local community. I have been appointed Associate Governor in July 2023, and I support the governing board on the Education Standards Committee and as EYFS Link Governor. I am an experienced primary school teacher and subject leader at a large three-form entry school in Smethwick. Within my twelve years of teaching experience, I have taught the whole primary age range, i.e. EYFS, KS1 and KS2. I have extensive knowledge of the national curriculum, pedagogy and school improvement which I will apply to this role. My own two children currently attend Boldmere Infant and Nursery School.
Ms Natalie Justice-Dearn
I started as parent Governor in Autumn 2022 and I sit on the Finance and Facilities Committee. My background is working for Sports National Governing Bodies and I am currently the CEO of Rounders England having worked previously for the FA, British Cycling and British Triathlon. I have recently taken on a link role for PE and Sport and I love to see how Boldmere sees PE and Sport as a key part of the school experience. I am a Mum to 3 boys, 2 of which are currently at Boldmere.
Ms Charley Hafiz
I joined the Governing body in July 2023, sitting on the Finance Committee. I have four children, three of which are at Boldmere: Year 5, 3 and the nursery school, with my fourth joining in 2024. I have worked in education throughout my career, predominately as a secondary teacher, and more recently as an Education Support Manager at The University of Birmingham. I am passionate about all levels of education, with a particular interest in equality, diversity and belonging. In my role as Governor, I also have responsibility for Diversity and Governor training.