Hello, I am Andy Thornhill. I was appointed Vice-Chair of Governors in 2015, after being a parent governor for many years. I still have one daughter in Key Stage 2 at Kingsland. I have lived in Great Barr and Kingstanding for the last 44 years. I was born in 1967 and lived in Great Barr with my parents and younger sister from 1971 and moved to Kingstanding in 1999 with my fiancée Pauline. I was schooled at Great Barr Comprehensive and continued there after taking my O-Levels (kids you won’t know what they were!) in the Sixth Form for another two years.
I left school and went to work in my dad’s engineering business until the recession hit the manufacturing industry when I was forced out. I then became a pub manager and I ran pubs for the next ten years! I’ve also been a golf club steward and a part time stock taker for national companies and also been a mobile DJ as well! I am currently working as an estate agent as assistant branch manager for one of the largest estate agency brands in the
As part of the governing body, we had massive involvement in the plans to transform and rebuild the school resulting in its opening on 4th July 2008. I have seen the schools’ test results in Key Stage 1 and 2 improve year on year. The Governing Body is responsible for the smooth running of the school. Everything that happens from teaching, staffing, budgeting, spending, extracurricular activities, staff appointments, building fabric and finance, the Governing Body has a say and input into what happens. Thank you for your time in reading this and if you would like to speak to me personally about my role, please contact the school.