Well done to all of our award winners. We are so proud of all of you for working and trying so hard! This week's award winners are: Star Pupil of the week: Universities of; Nottingham - Maimouna , Liverpool – Robbie, Exeter – Bailey, Birmingham – Macie, Leeds – Cruz, Manchester – Kieli, Oxford – Armarni, Cambridge – Lennon Headteacher’s Award; Nottingham - Aiden, Liverpool – Logan, Exeter – Ava, Birmingham – Macie, Leeds – Gerard, Manchester – Chloe, Oxford – Lewis, Cambridge – Kelsey Swimming Awards 5m & 10m – Nancy, Aaron Outside Activity – Isabella (Cambridge) 3,000 mtrs




The Governing Board's aim is to work closely with the Headteacher, the Deputy, and the staff, in order to help the children at the school achieve their full potential, in a happy, caring environment.

The key elements in achieving this aim are listed below:

  • Monitoring the performance and progress of all the children at the school.
  • Supporting the staff to teach and care for the children.
  • In discussion with the Headteacher, ensuring that the resources of the school are best utilised.
  • Forward planning with the Headteacher and Deputy to ensure that the overall performance of staff, children, and hence the school, continues to improve.

To enable the Governors to achieve these objectives, the Body is made up of key groups within the school, parents, staff, the Local Authority and the community.

The Board generally meets once a term; a number of sub-committees focus on finance, staffing, buildings, health and safety and the curriculum. Individual members of the Board focus on particular subjects, ie. numeracy, literacy, ICT, etc. A pecuniary interest list is available from the clerk to Governors.

We welcome views from our parents and supporters, and hopefully this summary will give you a brief insight into the role of the Governing Board.

Mr Clifton

mr-cliftonI was appointed to the Governing Body by the Local Authority about 15 years ago . I was appointed as Chair of Governors in 2015 after having been Vice Chair of Governors for eight years.

I have recently retired from a career in Local Government working in Community Safety, being the Birmingham Community Safety Partnership’s Senior Policy Officer for anti-social behaviour and conflict resolution.

I am an ex pupil of Kingsland Primary School, having attended from 1956 – 1959, where after passing my 11+ examination I went on to Great Barr School. I still live in the local community and have seen the school change physically over the years to evolve into the really modern school we have today.

The role of a school governor is an important one and sometimes a challenging one. However, I really enjoy my role as a governor and I am committed to ensuring that the school continues to provide excellent teaching and learning in a welcoming environment. I am regularly in school, to observe teaching, pupil behaviour and I work with the children (which is the fun part of the role). I am currently class governor for Year 5 and support the class governor for Year 3. I also help out with football training and coach the school football team.

 David Clifton

Mr Thornhill

mr-thornhillHello, 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 West Midland helping people buy and sell homes. I have done that since 1999 and thoroughly enjoy it!

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.

Andy Thornhill

Mr Scarratt

mr-scarrattHello, I am Phil Scarratt. I was appointed a Governor in 1992 and was Chair for 14 years before standing down in 2015. I started Kingsland as a child in the early 50’s and was here from Reception at age 5 as there was no Nursery at that time. I am proud to be a Governor at the same school I went to as a child, it has always had a great reputation, and my own son also attended. The old school was built in 1935 and I was fortunate to be involved (as Chair) in the planning and total rebuild of the school in 2008. We now have an amazing purpose built school which provides a wonderful learning environment for all our children. I have seen some of our children grow to become parents themselves with their own children now coming to Kingsland. We have a very supportive team of Governors who all have varying strengths to support the school in its aim to provide the best life chances for all our children. Kingsland staff are a great team who ensure a happy caring atmosphere for all with high standards. It is always a pleasure to visit. I really enjoy my role as a governor and try to visit as regularly as possible. I have taken part in many school visits and am a Class Governor for Years 6 and 2.

Phil Scarratt

Mrs Williams

mrs-williamsMy name is Audrey Williams and I am very happy to be a part of the lively, hardworking Governing body who give their time freely in order to support and sometimes challenge all aspects of school life at Kingsland primary School. As a teaching assistant at a local school I have an understanding and experience of the school's curriculum. With the dedication of the Headteacher, Ms Willis, and with the effort of her hardworking team of staff and the other governors, we strive to ensure that Kingsland continues to provide high quality education and secures a good outcome for every pupil while constantly seeking to improve. It is always a pleasure to come into the school to see the children in their learning environment and feel the 'buzz' around the school.

Mrs Williams

Mr Wynn


Hello, I’m Steve Wynn.

I’ve been a parent governor for the past four years and I’ve just been re-elected on to the governing board. I have enjoyed my time as a governor, coming into school, getting to know the staff and pupils and seeing all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes to make Kingsland a great school. We attend regular meetings to discuss how we can continue to improve the school.

I have lived in Kingstanding for thirty seven years. I attended Warren Farm Junior and Senior schools. I work as a delivery driver, delivering pharmaceutical products to chemists and supermarkets and I find it is a very rewarding job. I am married and have got two daughters at Kingsland. They are both doing very well and I am proud that they attend such a great school.

 Steve Wynn

Mrs Eddington

mrs-eddingtonI put myself forward as a parent governor as I want to be more involved in the school and to get an in depth knowledge of how the school operates rather than just being a parent to two pupils. My links to Kingsland go back to myself being a pupil here. Over the last year or so I have been involved with the PTFA and this is something I have enjoyed very much and it has also been a contributing factor to my becoming a governor. My future aspirations are to work in a school, so gaining knowledge and understanding of how the school runs on a daily basis is a valuable experience and I will enjoy spending time with children and staff at Kingsland.

Lisa Eddington

List of Governors

 Here is a list of the Governing board. The term of office end date is shown in brackets.

Mrs Karen Sedgwick

Headteacher (until 31.12.3000)

Mrs Susan Collins

Staff Governor (10.12.2015 - 09.12.2019)

Mr David Clifton

Chair of Governors (04.03.2015 - 04.03.2019)

Mr Andrew Thornhill

Vice Chair of Governors (04.03.2015 - 04.03.2019)

Mrs Tracy Ward

Co-opted (12.07.2018 - 11.07.2022)

Mrs Audrey Williams

Co-opted (08.07.2015 - 08.07.2019)

Mr Steve Wynn

Co-opted (22.04.2015 - 21.04.2019)

Mrs Lisa Eddington

Parent Governor (01.03.2018 - 19.11.2021)

Mrs Ammie Shaylor

Parent Governor (04.10.2018 - 03.10.2022)

Mrs Sarah Griffiths

Parent Governor (04.10.2018 - 03.10.2022)

Mr Iqtasham Araf

Local Authority (04.10.2018 - 03.10.2022)

Mrs Denise Whitehouse

Clerk to Governors (until 31.12.3000)


Committee 2018-2019


Full Governors: Mr David Clifton (Chair), Mr Andrew Thornhill (Vice-Chair)

Finance/ Staffing: Mr David Clifton (Chair), Mr I Araf (Vice-Chair)

Standards/ Curriculum: Mrs Audrey Williams (Chair), Mr David Clifton (Vice-Chair)

Premises/ Health/ Safety: Mr Andrew Thornhill (Chair), Mrs Audrey Williams (Vice-Chair)

For a full breakdown of the responsibilities of the Governing Board, please click here.