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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.

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.
 
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.

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.

 
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.

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.

 
Victoria Gannon
Victoria Gannon

Appointed 4th October 2016 as Parent Governor.  I have had at least one child at holly Hill School for the last 6 years.  Currently I have one child in Year 1.  I have spent some time volunteering in Nursery so understand how parts of the school are run.  I am very interested in the future of the school and would like to be a part of moving it forward.

Bob White
Bob White

My name is Bob White and I joined the Board of Governors at Holly Hill School as a representative of the Church of England in November 2017. I am married. We have two children and five grandchildren between the ages of 2 and 8 years.  Currently I am, and have been for many years, a part time counsellor for MIND, the mental health charity. For most of my career I was a project manager on civil engineering contracts around the country. I have also been a lecturer at Birmingham City University.

 
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.

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.

 
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.