Governors Statutory Responsibilities and Functions

In all types of schools, governing boards should have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

a) Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

b) Holding the executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, the performance management of staff; and

c)  Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent. (Extract from Governors Handbook January 2017)


Governing Board Membership - 2019/2020 Academic Year 


LA (1)

End of Office

Parents (2)

End of Office

Kulbinder Virk (Nicky)

5 September 2021

Tracey Dockery

5 September 2021

Head Teacher (1)


Alison Connop


Staff Governor (1)

End of Office

Sarah Hopcroft

5 September 2021

Co-opted (6)

End of Office

Peter Bailey 

17 September 2022

Sharanjit Gosal (Sharan)

17 September 2021

Louise MacCarthy 

17 September 2021

Michelle Bunch

17 September 2021


Special Responsibility Governors



Safeguarding/Child Protection Governor */Online Safety


Louise MacCarthy


SEND Governor


Louise MacCarthy


Health and Safety Governor


Sharan Gosal


Sharan Gosal

Leadership & Management


Louise MacCarthy, Peter Bailey and Hina Patel




Dean Brittle 


Mentoring/Governor Training/Visits 



 Karen Williams




Personal Development, Behaviour & Welfare



Karen Williams, Dean Brittle and Michelle Bunch

Early Years


Hina Patel 


Behaviour and Attitudes 

Nicky Virk and Tracey Dockery


Pupil Premium

Peter Bailey


Quality of Education 

Louise McCarthy, Sharan Gosal, Alison Connop and Michelle Bunch 

Link Governors



Sarah Hopcroft and Michelle Bunch

Year 1

Peter Bailey

Year 2

Nicky Virk

Year 3

Sharan Gosal 

Year 4

Tracey Dockery

Year 5


Year 6

Louise McCarthy




Governors’ Handbook/Competency Framework for Governors


Please refer to the governors’ documents published by the Department for Education, including the governor's handbook for further information. The latest versions are available here


Governor Contact 


If you wish to contact the Chair of Governors, you can do so by writing to the following address:

Mrs Louise MacCarthy

Grove Vale Primary

Monksfield Avenue

Great Barr


B43 6AL


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