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Castlefields Primary School is part of Bridgnorth Area Schools Trust. The Trust website publishes the annual accounts.
Castlefields School is required to have 11 Governors to make up its Local Governing Body, this comprises: 3 Parent Governors; 2 Governors appointed by Bridgnorth Area Schools Trust; 4 Co-opted Governors and 2 members of school staff.
The Parent Governors are elected by the parents of school pupils; Co-opted Governors are elected directly by the Governing Body, and the Trust Governors are appointed by Bridgnorth Area Schools Trust (BAST). Co-opted and Trust appointed Governors do not have to have any children in the school, although in our school a number of these Governors are also parents.
Three meetings are held every term: A Full Governors Meeting; a curriculum, standards and communications committee meeting and a finance and health and safety committee meeting. Minutes are taken during each of these meetings; these are public documents and are available on request.
Governors are elected for terms of 4 years, after this they may be re-elected.
LGB Castlefields Local Governing Body
FC Finance Committee
PDC Pupil Discipline Committee
CSC Curriculum and Standards Committee
CC Complaints Committee
AC Admissions Committee
About our Governors
Donovan has lived in Bridgnorth for a little over 30 years. He and his wife Rosemary have four grown up children and six grandchildren. They are both members of Bridgnorth Baptist Church where Donovan is Chair of Trustees. For 12 years, up to 2008, Donovan was Headteacher of Idsall School, an 11-18 Secondary School and Specialist Sports College in Shifnal. He was a representative member of the Schools Forum and Central Policy Group for secondary education in Shropshire. From 2008-2011 he worked with schools in Shropshire, Worcestershire and Birmingham as a School Improvement Partner and National Challenge Adviser. During this time he was commissioned to deliver training for Governing Bodies, to conduct school performance reviews, and to support self evaluation in relation to Ofsted inspection criteria.
Deputy Head Teacher and Year 6 class teacher.
Jackie has been a teacher for over 31 years. Having attended Dudley teacher training college, she started her teaching career in Dudley local authority and worked throughout the age groups in primary schools and as a science advisory teacher. She was year six co-ordinator and also co-ordinated science in a large primary school. Then she moved on to Kidderminster in Worcestershire where she taught at Franche Primary. Here she moved on to becoming assistant head jointly responsible for monitoring of teaching and learning and school improvement. She became Headteacher of Castlefields Primary School in January 2013 and is a member of the governing body. Jackie has three children of her own who have all attended Oldbury Wells Secondary School. She loves being outdoors with her family and friends, walking up mountains, skiing or being parked in a quiet bit of countryside in her caravan.
Becky was elected as a Parent Governor in September 2015 shortly after her eldest son started in the Reception class. Becky now has two sons at the beginning of their time at school. As a primary school teacher with 10 years' experience working in education herself, she brings professional as well as parental experience to the Board. Having championed healthy schools and various other initiatives at her own school, Becky feels strongly about creating a learning environment that gives every child an equal opportunity to thrive academically, creatively and socially. As the Chair of her own school's Student Committee, she also brings the unique insight of what children are looking for from school too.
Mark is a father to 3 children, 2 of whom attend Castlefields, with the 3rd expected to join shortly. He joined the Governing Body in October 2017, starting initially as a parent governor, moving to a co-opted governor to allow more Castlefields parents to join the Governing Body. Mark currently works for a Software Training and Consultancy company and has worked in many areas of engineering and technology, mainly Automotive. Most of his childhood was spent taking things apart "To see how it worked". As link Governor for ICT he hopes to spark the inquisitive nature of the children at Castlefields and help tomorrow's engineers find their calling.
Judith joined the Governing Body as a Local Authority Governor in March 2016. She lives locally and has two grown up children and two grandchildren who attend Castlefields. Judith has taught in primary and infant schools in Wolverhampton and Bridgnorth for over 30 years working mainly with KS1 children. She has thoroughly enjoyed her professional career and has maintained a keen interest in all aspects of education since retiring in 2013. During her teaching career she was interested in Special Needs Education and became a SENCO in two schools she taught in. Juditch feels strongly that all children deserve a rich and varied curriculum which allows them to flourish both socially and academically whatever their needs or abilities.
Sam Lea has lived in Bridgnorth for over forty years. He and his wife have two children, both of whom attend Castlefields Primary School and have done so since nursery. Sam is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Building and works for a UK Main Contractor throughout the Midlands as their Aftercare and Quality Project Manager. He has over twenty years of Construction, Project Management and Health and Safety experience having worked on numerous projects in many different sectors.
Sian is a former pupil of Castlefields Primary School and full time mother to three lively boys, the eldest currently in year 2. She worked previously as a primary school teacher for 10 years, working in KS1 and KS2. Sian is passionate about multisensory and outdoor learning. She enjoys hearing children read in school on a voluntary basis and supporting the PTA with fundraising events.
Christopher Hicks Jones
Chris joined the governing body as a parent governor in November 2018. He has a daughter that is currently at Castlefields and a son that will be joining the school from January. He has worked as a lawyer for 15 years and is currently an in house solicitor for a Telecommunications company, advising on a range of strategic and commercial legal issues.
Alison Fletcher is a parent with 2 children at Castlefields Primary School. She has a passion for Early Years Education, believing that every child should have the best start to their school journey. Alison is a Local Authority Early Years Advisor, contributing to School improvement in Sandwell. She has been a Primary School Teacher for 20 years, including the role of Deputy Head Teacher.
Mike has joined the Finance team in November 2019 due to his knowledge in business and accounting. He is a partner in a fast-growing local Accountancy firm. He is a Chartered Accountant who has been in practice for more than 15 years dealing with local businesses accounts and taxation work. He has two boys at the school, one in Year 4 and one in Nursery.