IEB Pen Portraits
Peter Hopkins - Governor
Peter has been Head Teacher at Severne Primary School since 2006. At the school’s last Ofsted (September 2016) it was rated good with outstanding features. Peter has been a primary school teacher in Birmingham for 34 years having worked in five different schools from one form entry to three forms of entry in all areas of the City. His desire to ensure every child reaches their potential is the forefront of the values at Severne Primary. Peter was previously an IEB member at Highfield Junior and Infant School until the school became an academy in March 2016. Peter showed considerable commitment to this school during a very challenging time. The level of professionalism, specialist expertise and sheer hard work he displayed during this period was exemplary.
Peter was also honoured to work with the DfES as a member of the Rochford Review Group which reported in October 2016.
Peter knows what is expected of schools, will listen with an open mind and will hold people to account. Peter sets high standards for himself and for the people he works with at all times.
Dr Harish Mehra - Safeguarding Governor (co-opted)
Dr Mehra has been a Governor at Wilkes Green Junior School for over 10 years and has been the Safeguarding Governor of the Governing Body since January 2015. His current term of office began on 1 May 2015 and ends on 30 April 2019.
Dr Mehra is the Chair of the Pupil Disciplinary/Exclusions committee and is Vice Chair of the Staff Disciplinary/Appeal Committee. He also sits on the All Purposes Committee. Dr Mehra has an extensive background within Social Services across a number of local authorities and was the Head of the Education Welfare Service. Following his doctorate, he worked in the equalities unit at BCC and currently lectures for the Open University. He is an active member of the community, speaking on radio and television as well as having written a number of articles and books.
Mr Surrinder Bains - Governor (co-opted)
Mr Bains has considerable professional experience with the public, voluntary and social enterprise sectors. He has a successful track record in business development including business planning, risk planning, governance, income generation, partnership working and brand and community investment. At present he is the Strategic Manager for The Handsworth Association of Schools and works with 21 schools in Handsworth to deliver educational projects, in the process managing two sites with a staff team. Mr Bains is a very active volunteer. He has held numerous governance roles: Non-Executive Director for Black Country Housing Association; Non-Executive Director of Gateway FS CIC where he led on the Risk and Audit Committee and the Remuneration Committee and Chair of the South Asian Family Services in Sandwell.
Mrs J Midgley
Mrs Midgley is a very experienced school leader who has taught in Birmingham primary schools since 1974. In September 1991 she commenced a new role as Deputy Headteacher of Wilkes Green Junior School and became part of an excellent management team which put the achievement of pupils as a high priority.
During her time as Deputy Headteacher, she took a lead role in the Investors in People award (IIP), successfully completed her NPQH and supporting the Governing Body in preparing and maintaining the School Development Plan. Following early retirement in December 2010, she has continued to work at Wilkes Green Junior School on a regular basis as a supply teacher and also as a consultant for specific management tasks. This experience has enabled her to keep up to date with current practice and many of the changes in education during recent years.
Mrs Midgley is a caring, hardworking practitioner who has the relevant experience to support the school in its new role.
It is these valued skills which will be of benefit to the IEB at Wilkes Green Infant School.