The Orchards Primary Academy Governing Board

Chair’s welcome.

Dear Parents

I was delighted to be appointed Chair of Governors at the Orchards Primary Academy last October.  The Governing Body is at present a small group of parents, staff and community representatives who work hard on behalf of the school supporting Mrs Carrier in her quest to make the Orchards a really good school that not only supports all its pupils to do their best but also provides a caring learning environment in which they can thrive.

The Governors meet regularly twice a term and also visit the school wherever their work commitments allow.  If you would like to become a Governor or chat to me about the role please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the office who will pass on messages for me to return calls/emails.

Parent view demonstrates a very positive picture but if you ever have a problem or issue you would like to talk to me about please get in touch.

I delighted to welcome two new members of staff this term

Mr D Mann and Mr D O’Neill.  Mr Mann is our new Acting Deputy Head Teacher and Mr O’Neill is our KS2 Phase Leader with responsibility for teaching Year 6.

I’m sure they will be great additions to The Orchards.

We are also working with Birmingham City Council on the rebuild programme which could begin as early as 2017 / 18.

It’s a very exciting time for The Orchards!


Chair of Local Governing Board

Introducing the Orchards LGB

I am a Senior Lecture in Education, working for the University of Wolverhampton. I support the developing of new teachers entering the profession. I also deliver on the Master in Education programme. I have recently been appointed as interim Head of Partnerships (shared role). I have a research focus on school improvement and school effectiveness, with an emphasis on school leadership.

Before joining the university, I worked for a local authority as a school improvement adviser. I supported teachers and senior leaders to focus on teaching and learning and to develop themselves and their organisation. Prior to the advisory role, I had been a National Strategies consultant, a member of the senior leadership in a secondary school, a head of department and initially a classroom teacher.

My name is Neil Thompson.
35 of my 52 years on planet earth were dedicated to a career in Banking. I gave it a fair chance, decided it wasn’t for me, and am now committed to making a difference to the neighbourhood where I was born, grew up and raised my family. I have lived in Northfield for 47 years and am proud to be involved with local voluntary organisations including the Friends of Ley Hill Park, Neighbourhood Watch, Active Citizens and Holloway Hall Community Association.
The Orchards Board of Governors approached me in 2016 and asked if I would consider joining them as a co-opted member specialising in Resources (Finances).
I was appointed in February 2017 for a 4 year term and am looking forward to working with fellow Governors, staff, parents and pupils.
In my spare time I enjoy cycling, hill walking, gardening and photography.

My name is Graham Andrews. I am a local retired resident who was lucky to have had a good career at the Cadbury chocolate mines for 30yrs. I have lived in the area for 35 years having moved here from Devon. I became involved with the school 6yrs ago as a Community Governor and currently have responsibility on behalf of the LGB for Safeguarding. I was lucky to have good teachers when I was young and that inspired me and led to a very good career.  I want to ensure that The Orchards pupils get the same inspiration and quality of education, so they too “can be the best that they can be” and that is why I am governor.

I’m a teacher and mother of 1 lovely daughter. I have a love of the arts and nature. My little family can often be found walking in the woods on the weekend. I love going to the cinema to see the latest Marvel film and am a huge Star Wars fan. I enjoy painting and drawing, but don’

My name is Rajan Sharma and I am a Parent Governor who has recently been elected to the Local Governing Board.  I have a son in Yr 1 and a daughter in Nursery so I have a personal interest in ensuring the school allows all its pupils to grow and be their very best with discipline and behaviours that will help them be successful in the future.  Professionally, I am a qualified Management Accountant and have worked for a large Financial Organisation for 17 years.

I have spent the majority of my career working as a Junior School Teacher where I specialised in supporting pupils with learning differences and disabilities. As well as being an Inclusion Manager, I did become Deputy Head Teacher in the last school where I worked. My passion has always been to secure the best possible provision for children who may experience difficulties accessing the curriculum.

I have previously supported the Orchards Primary Academy for almost three years as a Special Educational Needs Consultant where I got the opportunity to see the children during their working day and thus become acquainted with many of the pupils and their families.

It is important that all of the people who are involved with your school work together to support Mrs. Carrier in ensuring that all of the pupils at The Orchards Primary Academy achieve their best, develop a passion for lifelong learning and are equipped to excel in further studies.

I am Alicia Flynn and I am a support staff member of the LGB. I have worked at The Orchards Primary Academy for over a year, after training at the school. Currently I work in Year 4 as a Teaching Assistant. I am a mother to Ella and wife of Andrew. In my spare time I enjoy different aspects of art, creating my own for personal use or school and visiting galleries. I enjoy many sports, taking part in and watching, such as football and tennis. I enjoy cooking for my friends, socialising and spending quality time with my family.

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