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 - 2021/2022 Academic Year 


LA (1)

End of Office

Matthew Payton  11 July 2025

Parents (2) 

End of Office

Sandeep Kapur 

19 July 2025 

Tracey Dockery

26 September 2025

Head Teacher (1)


Alison Connop


Staff Governor (1)

End of Office

Sarah Hopcroft

31 January 2024 

Co-opted (6)

End of Office

Peter Bailey 

21 October 2022

Kishma Bolaji 13 December 2024

Sharanjit Gosal (Sharan)

11 July 2025

Lee Walters  11 July 2025 

Louise MacCarthy 

11 July 2025 

Michelle Bunch

11 July 2025


Special Responsibility Governors

Safeguarding/Child Protection Governor *

Louise MacCarthy

SEND Governor

Louise MacCarthy

Health and Safety Governor

Sharan Gosal


Sharan Gosal

Pupil Premium

Peter Bailey

Early Years

Peter Bailey/Michelle Bunch


Sarah Hopcroft/Kishma Bolaji


Lee Walters

Personal Development & Welfare

Tracey Dockery/Sandeep Kapur

Behaviour & Attendance

Kishma Bolaji/Sharan Gosal

Physical Development/Physical Education/Sports Premium

Matt Payton


Link Governors

Little Valers

Sarah Hopcroft


Peter Bailey

Year 1

Sandeep Kapur

Year 2

Tracey Dockery

Year 3

Kishma Bolaji

Year 4

Sharan Gosal

Year 5

Lee Walters

Year 6

Louise MacCarthy


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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