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Holly Hill Church School, Birmingham

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Karen Handford
Karen Handford

Hello, my name is Karen Handford and I am Chair of Governors at Holly Hill. I have been a governor at the school since 2012 and I am also Chair of the Governors’ Resources Committee which deals with premises, staffing and finance.


My background, before I took early retirement, is in school finance so I am able to bring some experience to this area of responsibility. I have been delighted to see Holly Hill transform itself over the last couple of years into the good school we see today and to have played a small part its development.


When not busy at Holly Hill I enjoy cooking, reading and history. I am always ready to talk to parents and you can contact me if you wish through the school office.

Jill James
Jill James

I am a retired Maths teacher, teaching mainly 16+ and adults vocational Maths skills. Most of the people I taught did not like, or feel they were good at, Maths and much of this stemmed from previous feelings of failure. When I retired I wanted to use my teaching skills to enable young people to realize that Maths can be fun. I now volunteer at Holly Hill one afternoon a week to work with Year 1 and Year 2 children.


I have also been a member at Northfield Methodist Church for over 30 years where I lead the 5-13 year section of the Junior Church.  I am committed to high quality, inspiring education which enables all children to feel valued and succeed.


I feel privileged to be a governor at Holly Hill on behalf of the Methodist Church and will do my best to support the school in whatever ways I can.

 
Aisha Abdallah-Joda
Aisha Abdallah-Joda

I live in Rednal with my husband and daughter who attends Holly Hill.


As a mother and a former paediatric doctor, I am passionate about the wellbeing of children and would love to bring my experience to the Board and help shape a happy and healthy school.


I now do medicolegal work which allows me a better work-life balance and I love to read books, creative writing (mostly a blog nowadays) and watch anything competitive on TV in my spare time. I love how the love of books is celebrated in Holly Hill; that was a big draw for me looking around as a prospective parent.


My aim is to promote and support the Holly Hill family, from our pupils to their parents and staff. It is an honour to be an Associate Governor and I will strive to uphold Holly Hill values to the best of my ability.

Sarah Brown
Sarah Brown

Though I am a recently appointed Governor to Holly Hill, I have several years experience in governance both at Kings Norton Boys School and St Laurence Church Infant School. I will be a member of the Resources Committee which deals with Finance, Staffing and Premises.


I feel privileged to be joining a School that serves the local community by providing quality education in a Christian, safe environment, where the children thrive and have fun.

 
Mark Carr
Mark Carr

Holly Hill is a wonderful school.  It is where I started my teaching career as a student and since 2016 it has been where I have taught in numerous roles. 


As a member of the Senior Leadership Team and Governor I have the pleasure of shaping our continuined journey -  making our school the best place for our children and families.  Working together we can achieve great success and I aspire that for everyone who is a part of our Holly Hill community.

Emma Collins
Emma Collins

I live in Frankley with my husband and two children, one of whom is in reception at Holly Hill. I’m a trained archaeologist, and worked in archaeology for a number of years, but currently work in retail as I can fit shifts in around my husband’s job and childcare, but it is something I’d love to get back into once my children are older.


Growing up both my parents worked in secondary education so am familiar with some of the challenges that can occur. I believe all children deserve the right to a good education and can see how passionate the staff are at Holly Hill about delivering this, which is wonderful to see.


I love nothing more than going out for walks exploring nature with my family.  

 
Barbara Easton
Barbara Easton

I am Director of Education for the Methodist Church in Britain. This is a job that covers the whole of the country but, seeing as I live locally, I am able to be a governor at Holly Hill.


Being a governor helps me do my job because I am able to see what life is like in our schools at a practical level. At the same time, I am able to help the school because my job gives me a lot of experience, seeing schools around the country. Before I did this job I was a teacher and a school leader. This helps me to understand what is going on and help support the school do a great job.

Philippa Fieldson
Philippa Fieldson

I work as a Speech and Language Therapist in Worcestershire. For many years I have run a clinic in the local area. Part of my job involves visiting nurseries and schools working closely with teachers and assistants. 


I worship in a nearby Anglican Church, where I have run the children’s ministry. Currently I am in charge of Messy Church and lead the toddler lunch.

 
Gary Hopkins
Gary Hopkins

I am incredibly excited to be part of the governing body at Holly Hill.


I currently work for the Methodist Church and support people in ministry roles across the Church. Prior to this role, I worked in schools in Sandwell and Birmingham and have been a deputy headteacher in a primary school and an assistant headteacher in a secondary school. In both roles, I worked as part of the leadership team to drive improvement, seeing one school move from good to outstanding and the other from inadequate to good.


For me, education is about providing the best possible start for our children and young people, ensuring we have quality of education and high standards - whilst underpinning this with nurture, care and attention to the wellbeing of all people in our community (including staff and the families we work with).


I am delighted to join the team and hope that some of the skills and knowledge I have developed over the past 15 years prove to be useful in ensuring that Holly Hill continues to be such an excellent school.

Rev Nick Jones
Rev Nick Jones

I'm a Methodist Minister and was stationed to Birmingham in 2001 and lived in Frankley for four years. For 10 years until 2011 I served the Frankley community as the Methodist Minister involved in the Church and Schools throughout that time. I also served as Governor at Holly Hill in those years too.


When I became one of the Co-Superintendents in the Birmingham Circuit in 2018 I was pleased to be appointed as a Governor at Holly Hill. It has been wonderful to catch up with old friends and get to know new people and see the way the school has developed and grown so wonderfully over the years.

 
David McCallin
David McCallin

I am a headteacher of a nursery school within Birmingham and live local to the school.


I am passionate about the holistic development of children and I am proud to support Holly Hill in it's ongoing push to provide the best for all children and families in the community.

Rev Jane Platt
Rev Jane Platt

Before becoming a Minister in the Church of England, I was a teacher in local secondary schools, teaching English and Religious Education.  Before that, I taught adults with special needs from adult training centres and the old psychiatric hospitals.


I have lived in Rubery for over 40 years and have always been involved in schools at some level. Before becoming the Parish Priest of Frankley, I was on the governing body of another Anglican/ Methodist church school within my former parish.


I am looking forward to being involved as much as possible, both within the life of Holly Hill School and within the parish of Frankley generally.

 
Charlotte Taylor
Charlotte Taylor
I have had the privilege of working in Frankley for the last 17 years. After coming as a supply teacher, I just never left, I fell in love with the children and a community that was tough and passionate and determined. (Clearly I identified with such qualities!)
 
Teaching found me later in life when I had my children. Prior to this I had a number of jobs including cleaner, nanny, working in a sports shop; working as a teaching assistant and care worker  in a residential special school and working in a semi secure unit for vulnerable children and young offenders. All of these roles were challenging and rewarding in their own way and I wouldn't change any of it. Now in the latter part of my career, I intend to continue to grow Holly Hill into a beacon of hope, a Centre of Excellence for the Early Years. I am very proud of what we have all achieved already and the wonderful support we have had from families who care as passionately about education and nurturing children as I do.
Lynn Weaver
Lynn Weaver

I am married, have two adult children and three grandchildren.


I have been involved in informal education for most of my adult life and became involved in formal education many years ago when I became a governor of a primary school.


I have a particular interest in safeguarding and children who learn in a different way and am passionate that children should have the opportunity to learn in the way and level that is appropriate for them.