Chris AmbyltonParent Governor
Greetings, I am a Parent Governor since 2019 and my daughter Hope is in year 5, and my son Christian now in High school, was a Perryfields pupil from reception. I work as a Trust Ed-Tech Manager for a local multi-academy trust. As a ED-Tech Manager, I assumes management responsibilities related to all areas of the School’s ICT infrastructure and consequently plays an important role in the selection, implementation and management of information technologies to achieve the School’s ICT Strategic Plan. Currently, due to Covid-19 , I am involved in formulating better strategy for online classrooms and enabling Staff work effectively from home. Perryfields Primary is the beacon of the community and it is my desire to see it continue flourishing and transforming lives. Truly what a privilege to be part of the Governors
James BeckinghamParent Governor
Hello, I am James Beckingham one of your elected Parent Governors. My son Oscar is currently in Year 6 and my daughter is in Year 3. My eldest son Alex has worked his way through Perryfields and is now enjoying his time at the High School. Alex thrived in his 7 years at Perryfields and I want to ensure the education, support and life skills he experienced continue to be at the forefront of all our children’s time here.My background is in business, having previously been a General Manager in the leisure/hospitality industry. I have worked as an Academic Coach at Oldbury Academy, working with Key Stage 4 students, helping them achieve their expected progress, particularly the C/D borderline pupils.I have a very active home life, with three children and a menagerie of pets keeping me busy! In what little free time I have I enjoy baking, especially with the children and rambling, both on foot and vocally.
Sarah BryanStaff Governor
I am a Staff Governor and have worked at Perryfields Primary School for the past nine years. My role is as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant and Family Link, working with parents across the whole of the school. Several years ago my own children attended Perryfields Primary and I was a parent governor during this time.
Richard DownesCo-opted Governor
Hi, I'm a co-opted governor and my eldest son, Ethan, is currently in Year 3 and my youngest son Zach in now in Year 1.I work as a Business Analyst within the IT department of a professional services firm. This has given me exposure to a wide range of functions, including HR, resourcing and finance looking at processes, data, combined with a solid understanding of technology. I work with customers to solve complex problems, to improve efficiency, reduce costs and mitigate risks, influencing strategic decisions across the firm. I believe these skills complement those of other governors and, as a governing body, can ensure that the school leadership is supported and challenged appropriately as we strive to improve and maintain high standards for the school.
Sarah GoodingParent Governor
Vice Chair /Reception
Hi, my name is Sarah Gooding and I am a parent governor. One of my children, Dexter has just finsihed his journey at Perryfields and I have a daughter, Pearl, in Year 5. My background is a 20 year career working with children & adults with sensory impairments and other complex needs. I am currently a sign language teacher with babies & young children and am also a foster carer. I enjoy a very active family life with our children & dogs. My career and experience stand me in very good stead for my role within the school as Child Welfare Governor.I became a member of the Governing board as I wanted to be pro-active in maintaining the school’s educational provision and its nurturing principles for our children, and, to support the school in its vision to guide all the children to be the best they can be whilst enjoying a happy, fun and fulfilling education and to support them to become well rounded, confident and happy individuals.
David HarrisCo-opted Governor
As computing lead, I am responsible for monitoring and assessing computing across the school, including the teaching of online safety. I help support colleagues in the teaching and learning of computing and keep colleagues informed about current developments. I work with the school’s technician to ensure equipment is ready and working to aid children with their learning.I am also involved with helping to ensure that online safety is prioritised across the school. This includes working with children and governors to look what we already do and how we can further improve.
Jonathan HitchingYear 5
Hello, I am a Parent Governor with two children in Perryfields and I joined as a Governor in December 2020.Working as part of the Senior Management Team for a popular visitor attraction in the Midlands, my role includes developing business strategy, managing capital investment projects and leading operational and safety teams.As a parent and Governor, I am keen to ensure that my children, their classmates and all pupils are provided with the right environment, standards of teaching and breadth of curriculum to give them the best possible education and start in life. I believe I can play my part by working as part of the Board of Governors with the school’s leadership team and teaching staff, to achieve its goals and objectives for the benefit of all children.
Allan SprosonLA Governor
Hi, I’m Allan Sproson and I’m the local authority governor for Perryfields. I have two children at Perryfields; Madison and AJ. My day job is a Business Change Manager in a local University, where I support transformational projects through training, communications, and benefits realisation. My role within change management has given me good appreciation of how people and organisations react to change, and how best to support them through the process. I think these skills complement those of the other governors here at Perryfields, and I’m looking forward to working with and supporting the school on its journey.
Jasvir SandhuParent Governor
Hi, I’m a Parent Governor and have two children at Perryfields. My background is in Marketing and more recently Business Change.As a Business Change Manager, I support organisations to manage change effectively to become more productive and efficient.And in today’s rapidly changing world I feel we need to invest in our young people, so they have the ideas, creativity, and energy to shape the future. We all have a responsibility to ensure young people have the best possible start in life and I strongly believe that education plays a critical role in every child’s development. As a Parent Governor I look forward to dedicating my time and energy in fulfilling my duties effectively in making a positive difference.
Hello, my name is Sarah Thompson. I joined the governing body here at Perryfields Primary School over a year ago. I am the linked governor for Year 6. I am an Assistant Headteacher at Perryfields High School where I have worked for 13 years. I am a trained Physical Education Teacher and have been involved in the pastoral care of pupils for a number of years. One of my roles at the high school is to ensure the smooth transition from Year 6 to Year 7. I am committed to helping support Perryfields Primary to achieve their aim of supporting pupil’s growth into becoming confident, caring, responsible and successful learners.
Samuel TranterCo-opted Governor
My decision to become a governor was rooted in my lifelong passion for learning. I am also acutely aware that ensuring the best possible education for every child begins with efficiency, productivity and compliance at a strategic level. I am therefore here to enhance the work of the board using my knowledge of the education system as well as my keen interest in research and debates affecting school governance.Before becoming a governor I was awarded my PhD by the University of St Andrews, where I was a Tutor in Modern History. But my roots are in the Black Country where my story began, hence my desire to drive vital improvements in its schools, beginning with Perryfields.