St. Matthew's C of E Primary School

With God Nothing is Impossible...


Welcome from our Governing Body

Mike Tooze
(Chair, Foundation Governor and SEND)

"Mike's experience in education started with his teaching career in the 80s which continued until he retired at Deputy Head Teacher level in 2015. During his teaching career, Mike became a Parent Governor in the 1990s and has been a Foundation Governor at St Matthew's since 2015, being recently appointed as Chair of Governors in September 2020. In his varied leadership roles, Mike led on a wide range of whole-school issues. These included curriculum, teaching and learning, assessment, pastoral care, safeguarding, health and safety and staff welfare. These experiences enable Mike to participate positively in his current role as the Chair and Foundation Governor."


Sonia Thompson
(Head Teacher)

"We are justifiably proud of our school and our student's achievements, their behaviour is excellent and they enjoy the learning experiences that they have. We have hard working and well qualified staff and as result of our specialism have an emphasis on innovation and technology."


Ian Stewart
(Foundation Governor)

"Ian is a solicitor with over 30 years' experience, almost all of it spent with the international law firm Pinsent Masons. Ian has always specialised in property law, originally advising companies in the industrial and retail sectors on their property requirements. Since 2009 he has increasingly focused on advising companies and local and national government departments on infrastructure projects such as new roads and bridges, and on energy projects like pipelines and power stations. In particular, Ian works on developing offshore wind farms. Ian has had an interest in education since serving as a parent governor at his children's primary school (Whitehouse Common School in Sutton Coldfield) in 2001. In 2011 he became a governor at St Matthew's School, where he has served in various capacities including a spell as Chair of the Governing Body. Ian is also quite active in his church, where he teaches key stage 3 children in the Sunday School. His hobbies are gardening, reading history books, and basking in the glory of Liverpool Football Club, who he has followed loyally for 50 years."


Asa Tarrant
(Staff Governor)

"Asa graduated from Newman University in 2017 and immediately joined St Matthew's School. After spending two years gaining valuable experience in Year 2, Asa now works with Year 3 children and is the PE Lead for the whole school. As a hardworking team member, Asa was elected to be Staff Governor in 2019 and looks forward to supporting his colleagues in this new and exciting role."


Elva James-Galloway
(Vice Chair and Co-opted Governor)

"We have a wonderful Governing Body here with a strong commitment to high quality learning and teaching, support for students, teachers and parents. We are known for our community focus, our active approach to healthy lifestyles and global citizenship."



Donnita Forde
(Co-opted Governor)

"Donnita is an enthusiastic, motivated, and focused Teacher, Tutor and Assessor who is always committed to safeguarding and promoting the education and wellbeing of learners. She enjoys interacting with diverse groups of learners, enabling her to establish a supportive relationship, not only with learners but with fellow teachers to promote and reinforce a learner's independence and self-esteem. Donnita is committed to good practice and operates as a strong team player. Being conscious of continuous learning in order to broaden her extensive knowledge, Donnita completed a private intensive Microsoft Training course (MCSE), gaining several Microsoft Certifications; going on to gain her City and Guilds Level 4 7407. Recently, this has been updated with the AVA and AET Level 3 and she's in the process of completing an AVA. Always passionate and enthusiastic about teaching, Donnita gains a strong sense of achievement when 'her' learners do well recognising that it's been a team effort. As a School governor, Donnita has the ability and confidence to support the school in supporting the children it serves."


Bianca McKenzie
(Parent Governor)

"I am delighted to be a part of St Matthew's and enjoy working with the wonderful children here."


Zenzi Agana-Williams
(Safeguarding)

"Zenzi is a secondary school Teacher of Mathematics and second in the department. She has four years of teaching experience starting in Inner London secondary schools and more recently working in a Birmingham secondary school. Prior to this, Zenzi worked as a Teaching Assistant and Student Mentor. She recently completed a Masters in Education, in addition to her PGCE in Mathematics, and Zenzi is currently completing the NPQML. She is committed to improving the educational experiences of young people and always seeks to make a difference in their lives and across the wider community. As a member of the Black community, Zenzi feels that becoming a school governor is not only an important step in her professional career but that it will simultaneously allow her to contribute to the representation of Black people in strategic leadership positions. Working with young people of all races is her passion."


Sharon Warmigton
(Clerk to the Governing Body)

"Being a specialist in Corporate Governance and holding a degree in Leadership and Management, Sharon is an experienced and highly motivated entrepreneur, public speaker, executive coach, strategic manager and Governance Practitioner with focused and targeted goals for achievement. Sharon served as a Parent Governor at Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls for 7 years and as an Interim Executive Board (IEB) Vice Chair, appointed by the Department of Education due to her expertise in governance. With experience in secondary, primary and alternative provision governance, Sharon is also a Licensed Assessor for Governance, and regularly puts Chair's, Head's and their Clerk's through the bespoke Governance Assessment Process (GAP). She is the eternal student who believes that if you stop learning you stop moving forward and after being an international mentor for the University of Cambridge Sharon founded the National Black Governors Network to address racial inequality across school boards."


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Are you looking for a challenge that allows you to put something back into your local community? If so, becoming a school governor may be just the opportunity you are looking for.

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