‘Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development is outstanding. Pupils are very well prepared for a life in modern Britain’
Wilkes Green Junior School has a very knowledgeable and supportive governing body which diligently and conscientiously serves the parents, pupils, teachers and the wider community.
The Governing Body acts are a group of volunteers who work closely with Mr M Singh (Headteacher) in a wide range of roles within the school, both on a day to day basis and also looking at the longer term plans for the school. They meet, in school, about six times a year as a Full Governing Body. They also meet regularly as smaller committees, looking in greater depth at matters such as finance, curriculum etc. These committees feedback to the Full Governing Body but may also have tasks delegated to them by the governing body.
The National Governors Association (NGA) describes the core functions of the governing body as follows:
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
- Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
The governing body therefore has important powers and duties. Governors set the aims and objectives for the school. They set the policies and targets for achieving those aims and objectives. They monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making and act as a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend). The governing body work as a whole: without individual agendas. The headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing body.
The main duties and responsibilities of a governor are to:
- Know and support the aims of the school, its mission statement and ensure that these are achieved.
- Determine the overall direction and development of the school through good governance and clear strategic planning.
- Promote and develop the school in order for it to grow and maintain its relevance in society.
- Ensure that the school and its representatives function within the legal and regulatory framework of the sector and in line with the school’s governing document.
- Act in the best interest of the school, beneficiaries and future beneficiaries at all times.
- Maintain sound financial management of the school’s resources, ensuring expenditure is in line with its objectives, and investment activities meet accepted standard and policies.
- Interview, appoint and monitor the work and activities of the senior staff.
- Maintain absolute confidentiality about all sensitive/confidential information received in the course of governors’ responsibilities to the school, and to accord with the conflicts of interest policy.
- Contribute his or her expertise to the discussions of the governing body.
Read more about being a governor in Welcome to Governance.
The Governing Body of Wilkes Green Junior School
Mr D R Chopra (co-opted)
Chair of the Governing Body
Mr Chopra has been a Governor at Wilkes Green Junior School since the school was built in 1967 and is the current Chair of Governors. His current term of office began on 1 May 2015 and ends on 30 April 2019.
Mr Chopra is also the Chair of the All Purposes Committee.
Mr Chopra has a wide-ranging background in Mechanical Engineering, Education including successfully completing his BPhil and he currently manages a very successful business. He is also a National Register Public Services recognised interpreter.
If you wish to communicate with Mr. Chopra he can be contacted via the school office.
Mr J Mavi (co-opted)
Vice Chair of the Governing Body
Mr Mavi has been a Governor at Wilkes Green Junior School for over 8 years and has been Vice Chair of the Governing Body since September 2012. His current term of office began on 1 May 2015 and ends on 30 April 2019.
Mr Mavi is the Vice Chair of the Pupil Disciplinary/Exclusions committee and is the Chair of the Staff Disciplinary/Appeal committee.
Mr Mavi has a background in law and has been a very successful Prison Governor over a number of years. He is currently the West Midlands Regional Safer Custody Lead for the Prison Service.
Mr M Singh
Mr Singh is a Staff Governor and sits on both the All Purposes Committee and Staff Disciplinary/Appeal committee. He is also the Special Educational Needs link governor. His current term of office began on 30 September 2014 and ends on 29 September 2018.
Mr Singh joined Wilkes Green Junior School in January 2007 and was appointed as Deputy Head Teacher in January 2010. Mr Singh completed his NPQH in July 2012 and was appointed as Co-Head Teacher in May 2015, before becoming sole Head Teacher on 1 November 2016.
Dr H Mehra
Safeguarding Governor (co-opted)
Dr Mehra has been a Governor at Wilkes Green Junior School for over 8 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 the 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 V Desai
Mr Desai has been a governor for over five years having previously acted as a Staff Governor. His current term of office began on 1 May 2015 and ends on 30 April 2019.
Mr Desai is the link governor for Professional Development. He has a background in computing and is the ICT co-ordinator as well as being the Team Leader for Year 6. He is also a member of the STA (Standards and Testing Agency) Expert Review Teacher Panel. Mr Desai is also a governor for Nishkam Secondary school, Birmingham.
Dr N Mangat
Dr Mangat was appointed to the Governing Body on 1 May 2015 and his term of office ends on 30 April 2019.
Dr Mangat is a medical practitioner and is currently working as GP as well as researching and lecturing at university.
Mr A Rashid
Mr Rashid has been a Governor at Wilkes Green Junior School for over 25 years, initially as a LA governor and has currently applied for renomination. For the interim period he has been co-opted to the Governing Body due to the considerable skills and experience he brings to the Governing Body. His current term of office began on 1 May 2015 and ends on 30 April 2019.
Mr Surrinder Bains
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.
Mr D Singh
Mr D Singh has been a parent governor since December 2011. His current term of office began on 27 January 2016 and ends on 26 January 2020.
Mr D Singh has extensive experience of the building industry and has supported the school in its planning application for a building development project. He lives locally and is well versed with the educational aspirations of the community.
Mr Amer Rashid
Mr Rashid has been a parent governor since 9 February 2016. His term of office ends on 8 February 2020.
Mr Rashid has a long standing relationship with the school as a parent as two of his three children have already gone through the school with other currently in Year 3. He has considerable knowledge of the local area and his skills within the building manufacturing industry will help support the schools building development project.
Governors are always happy to be contacted and to hear the views of parents and children. Parent Governors can be found each day in the School playground collecting their children. Governors can also be contacted via the School Office.
|Name of Governor||Meetings Attended|
|Mr D Chopra||4/4|
|Mr J Mavi||1/4|
|Mr M Singh||4/4|
|Dr H Mehra||4/4|
|Mr S Bains||1/4|
|Mr V Desai||4/4|
|Dr N Mangat||1/2|
|Mr A Rashid||2/4|
|Mr D Singh||4/4|
|Mr A Rashid||4/4|