You can read about the people who make up our board of governors below. If you would like to read official governance documents relating to our school, you can visit our governance page under our ‘Key Info’ section:
Our Governors are representatives of the local community, parents, school staff and the Local Education authority. They bring a range of interests knowledge and skills to the school whilst working in a voluntary capacity.
I have been a Head teacher for over 12 years. During this time I have been seconded to a number of schools in challenging circumstances to lead and manage school improvement. I am also a National Leader of Education (NLE).
I am extremely proud to be the Head teacher of Apley Wood. The staff, pupils, parents and governors of the school all work incredibly hard to make sure that this is a happy, vibrant and thriving school that we all enjoy being a part of.
Ellen Smith – Teaching Governor Term of office from 14/12/2016 to 14/12/2020 Appointed by teaching staff.
I have been Deputy Headteacher at Apley since September 2012. Prior to this I have had leadership and Deputy Head roles in Wolverhampton and Staffordshire.
I am a Senior Leader of Education (SLE) deployed by the Severn Teaching School Alliance to support school with SEND and leadership & management. I thoroughly enjoy working here, it is an exciting time to be a part of Apley Woods continuing success and achievements.
It is a pleasure to work within such a happy environment with a great team of staff, children and parents.
John Snell – Foundation Governor Term of office from 14/12/2016 to 14/12/2020. Appointed by Governors.
I am a retired Chartered Accountant with experience in both Industry & Private Practice. I have been a governor since 2009 and I my particular interest is in the financial aspects of the school.
I am a keen gardener and manage the school allotment which was set up 4 years ago and where I give lessons to the children on all aspects of gardening. The children are enthusiastic gardeners and enjoy the fruits of their labours. I also attend school weekly to listen to children read in key stage 1.
Selina Mahy – Co-opted Governor Term of office from 14/12/2016 to 14/12/2020. Appointed by Governors.
I have worked as School Business Manager at Apley Wood for over 10 years. I deal with administration and finance of the school. I am also a SLE (Senior Leader of Education) and work across the local authority to support other school business managers and administration staff .
I like to put my financial and health & safety experiences to full use in my role as governor at strategic committee meetings.
It is lovely to see the school striving forward and to be part of this.
Janette Harris – Co-opted Governor Term of office 19/06/2017 to 19/06/2021. Appointed by Governors.
Vice Chair of Governors
I am a retired Head Teacher and Primary Strategy Education Consultant for Telford and Wrekin with 40 years of experience in Education to draw upon.
As a consultant I worked with schools requiring improvement, supporting school self-evaluation in all areas prior and post Ofsted inspections.
My focus was to build capacity in senior and middle leaders in order to drive up standards by ensuring high quality teaching and learning through rigorous monitoring, setting of targets and analysing data outcomes so that every child could reach their potential.
Caroline Pollock – Co-opted Governor – Term of office 25/05/2017 to 25/05/2021 – Appointed by Governors.
I have 15 years service within law enforcement as a civilian. My last role within this service was as an Intelligence Officer. The role required me to liaise with partner agencies to obtain information, analyse material to identify trends and areas where further work was required. I regularly presented my findings to people of various ranks in both written and oral form.
I have no previous experience as a governor or within education, however my background will enable me to contribute to the governing body in an effective manner. Governor
Peter Brown – Co-opted Governor Term of office 21/10/2017 to 21/10/2021. Appointed by Governors.
I am a senior electrical design engineer within Shropshire County Council. A member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology and a registered Incorporated Engineer.
Professional skills include building and facility design, maintenance, costing and projects, management of public buildings – mostly in schools.
Personal skills include compliance, problem solving, financial controls, future proofing and evaluation of new and emerging technologies.
Esther McDermott – Local Authority Governor Term of office 14/12/2016 to 14/12/2020. Appointed by Local Authority.
Chair of Governors
Former Senior Support Officer for the LA’s School Improvement Service for nine years with three years working specifically in School Governance. Familiar with using Raise Online, Ofsted Data Dashboard etc. Clerk to Governors for 4 local primary schools since 2005.
Seconded to work for Telford and Wrekin Children’s Safeguarding Services in 2009 prior to inspection. Relevant skills acquired through Local Authority training include Health & Safety, Risk Assessment, Children’s Safeguarding, Recruitment and HR and School Governance Regulations.
Additional relevant skills acquired through previous private sector employment include CII Certificate in Financial Planning also Governors Role in SEN completed.
Julia Harris – Parent Governor Term of office 16/03/2018 to 16/03/2022. Appointed by Parents.
As a mother of one who is currently in year 3. I am employed as a Funding and Compliance Officer within a Further Education College. I carry out systems and compliance training, auditing and monitor funding and data, as well as returning accurate funding information back to the government and being involved in the data preparation for OFSTED inspections.
I have been employed within the Further Educational sector for the last 14 years. In this time I have worked within the Apprenticeship programme managing all the delivery and funding before moving into a more centralised Data Management role. Following the merger of Shrewsbury College and Shrewsbury Sixth Form I spent 13 months working within a Sixth Form environment supporting staff with their data. I am also a qualified Business Administration assessor. Outside of work I volunteer at a local Brownie Unit and I enjoy working with the children who make up the unit.
Joanne Wagg – Parent Governor Term of office 24/03/2019 to 24/03/2023. Appointed by Parents
I am an Early Years Professional with qualifications equivalent to an Early Years Teacher. I have obtained over 20 years of experience in educating and caring for children. I started out by leading a full day care provision over two sites before progressing on to an be and Early Years and Childcare Quality Improvement Consultant with the Local Authority. Alongside this role I became a Freelance Ofsted Inspector, conducting early year’s regulatory inspections making judgments on the quality of early year’s provision. I currently now own an early years preschool that has been in established since 2016.
Bhavna Mistry – Foundation Governor Term of office from 28/04/2019 to 28/04/2023. Appointed by Governors.
I work in the IT Industry as a Solutions Engineering Manager at NetApp UK Ltd, responsible for European Partners across UK, Middle East and Iberia. I have an Honours Bachelors and Masters Degree in Electronics Engineering from the University of Warwick and have worked for 20 years in the IT industry in a technical role
I am enthusiastic and passionate about Women in IT and recently presented on my experiences from 20 years in the IT Industry at the European Women In Technology Conference in Amsterdam. I have two daughters currently at Apley Wood Primary School and am pleased at how the school has a passion for enabling children to learn new technologies, such as trying new skills like coding