Christ Church is an Ofsted rated Outstanding school and maintains a welcoming, caring and inclusive ethos. We are immensely proud of our school and believe this is reflected in everything we do and the results we produce.

The Governing Body work closely with the Head and staff and provide any support necessary to enable them to produce the best possible outcomes for our children during their time with us.

This includes:

  • Monitoring the progress of our children;
  • Working with staff as they teach and care for our children;
  • Making best use of the financial and asset resources available to the school;
  • Having a robust performance plan in place to ensure continuing improvement;
  • Being visible at school, to our children and parents.

The Governing Board are appointed for a four year term and include representatives from Parents, Staff, the Community and the Church, meeting at least once a term as a full Governing Board. Governors also choose to participate in one of our sub groups, where an in depth review of either the Curriculum or Finance, Staffing and Premises takes place. We also each have specific governance responsibilities for areas such as Numeracy, Literacy and SEND.

Our profiles are shown below and I hope I’ve given you some understanding on how we work as a team to serve the school in our role as Governors. We will continue to work to maintain excellence at the school, to listen and work with our parents and provide an outstanding environment for the education and wellbeing of our children.

Rev T Crowe
Chair of Governors

Governing Body

Name Title/Responsibility
Rev T Crowe Chair of Governors, Foundation Governor
Mrs M Tyler Foundation Governor
Mrs F Yasmin Staff Governor
Mrs B Marley Co-opted Governor
Mrs E Meachin Co-opted Governor
Mrs N Hashim Parent Governor
Ms S Mansha L A Governor
Mr N Whitehouse Head Teacher
Miss L Oakey Clerk to the Governing Body

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Governor Profiles

Rev Toby Crowe

I've been the Vicar Of Christ Church since July 2021, and have really enjoyed getting to know Sparkbrook! I think it’s a fantastic place and I’m delighted to be part of such a wonderful school, right in the heart of the community.

As a governor, I see my role as being to support the Head Teacher and staff as they work to make the school better and better, and to help all the people of the area – of all faiths and none, both adults and children – to draw closer in friendship and in serving one another.

Mrs Nana Hashim

As a parent of children who have attended Christ Church since Nursery and now in year 4 and 6, alongside my day job as a teacher, I feel I have transferable skills which will work well in school governance. I see my role as helping the school see the views of parents and pinpointing what parents would like for their children, in order to them to succeed even further.

Mrs Beth Marley

I am very happy to begin my role as a governor for Christchurch C of E Primary School. As a Lecturer in Primary Education at the University of Birmingham I am interested in supporting the school as well as strengthening links with teacher trainees and early career teachers. I am passionate about education and nurturing the potential of every child. I live in Birmingham with my family and love extended family get togethers, especially after the pandemic!

Mrs Emily Meachin

I am currently the Head of Department for English at Ark St Alban’s Academy. Prior to teaching at St Alban’s, I taught at another inner city school in Birmingham where I was responsible for reading and literacy across the school. In these roles I have supported staff to achieve great outcomes for pupils through training, coaching and line-management. Over the past five years I have achieved a Masters in Education and the NPQML qualification, showing my own love of learning and commitment to improvement.

I began teaching through the Teach First programme and am passionate about serving communities that are affected by social inequality. I firmly believe that schools should prepare students for success after school and life beyond education.

Miss Lisa Oakey

I have been clerk to the governors for over 10 years and also work in the school office at Christ Church CE Primary. I also clerk for another primary school in the Birmingham area. I have one daughter who is a Nursery Nurse and a dog called Archie. I like going to the cinema, reading and music.

Mrs Margaret Tyler

I am a Foundation Governor appointed by the Diocese and am very pleased to be part of the Christ Church family. I worship at St Mary’s Church in Acocks Green, where I am a Lay Pastoral Minister and a member of the Deanery Synod. I was educated at Sparkhill Commercial School and I have an interest in the surrounding area. I am a retired Registered General Nurse. I have a wide variety of interests including baking for charity events, flower arranging and am a season holder at Birmingham City Football Club!

Mrs Farah Yasmin

As a teacher at Christ Church Primary, my work as a Governor is central in ensuring all children have access to high quality teaching and learning, with the right resources. I truly believe in the ethos of ensuring all our children get the very best to help achieve excellence whilst with us, but also beyond the school doors.

Coming from a very similar background to some of the students, I am passionate about ensuring our children thrive in a caring, inclusive, and high-achieving setting. It is an absolute pleasure to serve the community to help raise future leaders.