Sheffield Road, Birdwell, Barnsley, S70 5XB

Our Governors

Sara Page

Parent Governor

Alice Thompson

Vice Chair

Emma Day

Parent Governor

Jennie Renshaw

Co-opted Governor

Sam Moore

LA Appointed Governor

Sam has over 20 years experience of teaching and leading in secondary education. He is currently Vice Principal at Kirk Balk Academy with responsibility for all aspects of the academic curriculum as well as student personal development. Sam also works as an Associate Director of Curriculum for Northern Education Trust with oversight of curriculum planning and delivery for eleven secondary schools across the North of England.

Brian Beal

Chair of Governors

Brian considers chairing the governing body at Birdwell Primary School to be a privilege that provides the opportunity to contribute to the community where he grew up and attended local schools. He has two grown-up sons and his introduction to governance was as parent governor and eventually chair of the school they both attended. Brian brings extensive experience of school leadership in a range of settings, as well as school effectiveness and improvement skills as adviser and consultant working in local authorities and with trusts across the region. He also brings inspection experience to the table. He has participated in and led governing boards and IEBs that have successfully supported the rapid improvements needed to address the needs of learners in both primary and secondary phases. When not at work or on governance duty, Brian enjoys spending time with family and friends, and following the fortunes of Hull KR in the Super League.

Lynn Cook

Co-opted Governor

The governing body at Birdwell Primary School adhere to the Nolan principles of public service.

Nolan Principles

Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest.
Holders of public office must avoid placing themselves under any obligation to people or organisations that might try inappropriately to influence them in their work. They should not act or take decisions in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family, or their friends. They must declare and resolve any interests and relationships.
Holders of public office must act and take decisions impartially, fairly and on merit, using the best evidence and without discrimination or bias.
Holders of public office are accountable to the public for their decisions and actions and must submit themselves to the scrutiny necessary to ensure this.
Holders of public office should act and take decisions in an open and transparent manner. Information should not be withheld from the public unless there are clear and lawful reasons for so doing.
Holders of public office should be truthful.
Holders of public office should exhibit these principles in their own behaviour. They should actively promote and robustly support the principles and be willing to challenge poor behaviour wherever it occurs.

Governor Roles
The Governing Body works to support Birdwell Primary on its journey to school improvement and supports the school vision.

Governors do this by supporting the school in;

  • Developing the strategic plan for the school
  • Determining aims, policies and priorities for the school
  • Approving the school budget
  • Appointment and dismissal of staff
  • Setting statutory and non-statutory targets
  • Monitoring and evaluating the work of the school
  • Drafting the school profile.
  • Reviewing progress against the school’s budget and objectives
  • Securing high levels of attendance and good standards of pupil behaviour
  • Ensuring pupils have access to a broad and balanced curriculum, to prepare them for the future
  • Maintenance of school buildings
  • Ensuring the health and safety of pupils and staff

Birdwell Primary School Governing Body comprises of co-opted governors, parent governors and staff governors. Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of reference for each Governor.

Register of Business Interest Birdwell