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Governors

Welcome to our Governors’ section. 

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

 

My name is Susan Samra, and I have been a Governor at Stretton for 10 years. I was the Deputy Head for 8 years and am currently the Head of School.

 

I came to Coventry from London 10 years ago and am so passionate about working in a community like Willenhall where we can make a difference to children’s lives, help them to achieve their full potential and have high aspirations. I have loved being a part of the journey from ‘Special Measures to Outstanding’ and am so proud to continue to drive the school forward on this journey.

 

 

My name is Cathryn Jones. I joined Stretton CE Academy in September 2017 as the Deputy Headteacher and have recently been elected to the Governing Body at school. I have taught in schools in both Coventry and Birmingham, and particularly like the ethos that a C of E school creates. Outside school, I am a sensei with GKR karate but also enjoy participating in and watching a range of sports. I am mum to two children and as a family we love to be outside, playing and exploring. I love music, and try hard to find time to play my oboe, saxophone or piano to unwind at the end of the day. As a musician, I am an active member of my church, helping to lead the music worship as well as enjoying the different family days that are organised.

I am really enjoying being part of a team that continues to drive Stretton to outstanding and beyond.

 

Johnathon Clarke - details to follow...

 

 

 

My name is Ed Trelinski. I am a teacher of Politics at Rugby School and have been a Housemaster of Cotton, a boys’ boarding house, since 2014. I am passionate about all sport, especially rugby and cricket. In my spare time, I can also be regularly found scaling mountains in the Lake District, Snowdonia and the Scottish Highlands. I have been a governor at Stretton since July 2013. 

 

 

My name is Sue Belden, and I have been a Governor at Stretton for 4 years. My background is in education. I was a teacher and deputy head in another Church Of England Primary School in Coventry, for many years, before I retired. During my time as a teacher, I taught the entire age range, from Early Years to Y6.

 

I am thoroughly enjoying being a governor at Stretton C of E Academy. It has been an exciting time of change and improvement. I hope that in a small way, I have been able to help this happen, and I look forward to future developments and successes in the school.

 

Now I am retired, I have time and experience to bring to Stretton. There’s also time for my hobbies of reading and travel, as well as enjoying being a granny!

 

 

My name is Rev Pam Howell and I am a Foundation Governor at the school, being the Vicar of St John the Divine Church of England Church in Willenhall Coventry. I was previously a solicitor and was ordained in 2012. I worked with our previous Vicar here for a year from 2011 to 2012 on a placement and loved being here. I was delighted to be offered this role and love being a governor of Stretton Academy. I really enjoy coming into school regularly for collective worship, and helping with the 'Divine (lunchtime) Club'. We are very glad to welcome the school every other week for our mid-week Holy Communion service.

 

I am married to my husband who is an engineer, and have two grown up children, my son, who is on a late apprenticeship in London working in construction and plumbing, and my daughter, who is now in her third year at university. They both attended a Church of England Primary School in their younger formative years, which stood them in good stead for the future.

 

I hope that I bring some of the skills I have learnt in my previous working life and my current role to the board, to help us keep on promoting all the good things going on here and ensure the school continues to deliver excellent teaching for pupils and their families.

 

 

My name is Laura Wood and I have recently become a parent governor at Stretton. I have two girls who attend the school in Years 3 and 4. I also work for Eureka Childcare in the after school club at Stretton.

 

 

My name is Paula Whitfield. I am a chartered accountant who works for a large pension scheme associated with a telecoms business based in Warwick. I became a governor at Stretton in March 2017. I have 2 teenage boys at secondary school in Rugby where I have been a parent governor since March 2016. I am also Chair of Governors at the infants school that they attended, having been a governor for over 10 years and Chair since November 2015. In my spare time (not that I have much!) I enjoy watching sport (tennis, cricket, rugby, football, hockey), keeping fit and travelling the world. 

 

 

I have started my career in 2003 just after finishing my MBA from Coventry University. 

I have 2 sides of my life; 

Firstly, I am a proud father of 2 (one boy and one girl). We have a happy family of 4 and we all live in Coventry. 

Secondly, I have worked in management for over 15 years and still feel its a Day1 as the way the world is changing, one has to keep learning new things. 

Lastly, I am very passionate about what I do. I did my first Half marathon this year in snow and raised £250 for Water Aid. Raised money for Movember and have signed for next Marathon for march 2019. 

I am obliged to be a part of governing body and will be ready to go an extra mile to supprt the school. 
 

Many thanks 

Puneet Gupta

 

 

 

 

Board of Governors Composition                               

 

Chair ( community governor)

Sue Belden  

                       

Community Governor 

Ed Trelinski 

 

Community Governor

Ashish Kauleshnam

 

Foundation Governor

Paula Whitfield 

 

Foundation Governor

Rev Pam Howell                                                          

 

Parent Governor

Puneet Gupta

 

Parent Governor

Laura Wood 

 

Staff Governor

Cathryn Jones  

 

Staff Governor

Johnathon Clarke

 

Head teacher Governor

Susan Samra

 

Ofsted Comment :  The very strong leadership of the headteacher has successfully transformed this academy. She has driven improvements in the quality of teaching and raised pupils’ achievement. Other leaders and governors contribute strongly to achieving these priorities. The governing body is highly effective in supporting and challenging leaders. Governors make an outstanding contribution to the success of the academy. 

 

Meeting Attendance:

 

10th May 2017

Sue Belden  

Paula Whitfield

Brian Fulleylove

Edward Trelinski

Pam Howell

Szilvia Garamvolgyi

Sarah Bates

Susan Samra

Sarah Goodwin

(no apologies for Laura Wood) 

 

11th January 2017

 

Sarah Bates

Sue Belden

Syilvia Garamvolgyi

Sarah Goodwin

Pam Howell

Kelly Joyce

Susan Samra

Ed Trelinski

Laura Wood

(apologies Dawn Seth, Teresa Shepherd) 

 

23rd November 2016 

Sarah Goodwin

Debbie Hetherington

Pam Howell

Kelly Joyce

Susan Samra

Teresa Shepherd

(apologies Joyce Amos, Sarah Bates, Sue Belden, Dawn Seth, Ed Trelinski) 

  

6th July 2016  

Sarah Bates

Sue Belden

Sarah Goodwin

Pam Howell

Susan Samra

Dawn Seth

Ed Trelinski

(apologies Teresa Shepherd and Joyce Amos)

 

23rd March 2016

Joyce Amos 

Sarah Bates

Helen Brookes

Sarah Goodwin

Susan Samra

Dawn Seth

Teresa Shepherd

(apologies Ed Trelinski)

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