Governor Information

School Governing Body

Every school has a governing body. They meet at least once a term to make decisions on how the school is run. This involves:

  • Deciding what is taught
  • Setting standards of conduct
  • Interviewing and selecting staff
  • Deciding how the school budget is spent
  • Ensuring the school complies with all its legal obligations
  • Monitoring and evaluating the work of the school

Our Governing Body consists of:

  • 2 Parent Governors – Mrs G Hayre & Ms L Walker
  • 2 Members of Staff (Including the Headteacher) – Mrs R Patel & Miss G Hodson
  • 1 Governor appointed by the Local Authority – Mr K Chambers
  • 6 Governors from the community – Mrs B Albert, Mr R Wright, Mr J Hancock, Miss N Hart, Rev A Lythall, +1 to be appointment.

Governors hold an important public office and their identity should be known to their school and wider communities. In the interests of transparency, please see the information below detailing:-

Governor Protocol

Governor Attendance 2020 2021  

Governors’ Code of Conduct

Committee List 2021 2022

Governor Attendance 2021 2022

Business Interests 2021 2022

Meet the Governors

Barbara Albert

Chair of the Governing Body

I am a retired Headteacher and currently an Education Consultant, Counsellor & Chairperson of The National Headteacher Support Organisation.

I am a Churchwarden for a group of Church of England churches in Worcestershire and an active member of the local Christian Aid committee.

I am a passionate advocate for primary education & the development of children living in our multicultural society.

Gemma Hodson

I am a Year 2 class teacher and the subject leader of English across the school. I have worked at County Bridge School for 8 years now. I love my role as Staff Governor and my experience within teaching and leadership have provided me with the skills set to ensure that with my position on the Governing Body we continue to move the school forward.

Rev Andrew Lythall

I am a priest at Emmanuel Church, Bentley. Originally from Cheshire, I have worked as a governor and chair of governors in schools across the country for many years, being based in the West Midlands since 2017. I hold a particular interest in Literacy and RE, and I am  committed to helping staff and pupils flourish.

Keith Chambers

I am a retired Local Government Officer and have been a member of various School Governing Bodies during the past 20 years.

From 2003 to 2019 I was elected as a Councillor for the area and I continue to take an interest in matters relating to the local community .

My voluntary interests include Director of Darlaston Town 1874 Football Club together with supporting The Royal British Legion with their annual poppy appeal

Jon Hancock

I’m Jon Hancock and I joined the governing body at County Bridge a number of years ago when my daughter was a pupil here. I’ve seen the school grow over the years & I will continue to do what I can to see that the school continues to move forward.

Nicola Hart

I was born in Northamptonshire & moved to the West Midlands to start my teaching degree at the age of 18.

I worked as a teacher for about 20 years & then went on to work across Children’s Services, in Sandwell & Walsall, mainly running Special Needs Services & in an Early Years advisory role.

I have seen the improvements made at County Bridge School over the last few years & was happy to join the Governing Body at such an ambitious, high achieving, well run & caring school.

Richard Wright

I work for Blakemore Retail as an Assistant Manager and have done so for 11 years.

I am currently the Link Governor for PE and Mathematics & I am committed to helping the school further succeed by bringing the skills and knowledge from my day-to-day job role.