As governors, we are proud of our outstanding church school. Our own role within this is to support the staff in maintaining our current high standards; but our ambition is also that we should keep getting better and better!

We do this by setting a clear vision and values. These draw on our deep Christian roots, and ensure that we are welcoming, caring and inclusive of all – people of all faiths, and of none.

We believe that we know the school well. We can celebrate its many strengths, because we know what they are. We are continually looking for ways in which we can improve even more, and we have a strategy in place to promote this.

It is also our responsibility to ensure that our excellent staff colleagues are well trained and supported, and that the school’s finances are used in the best possible way to create an outstanding, all-round education for all of our wonderful children.

All of this makes the role of governors a very important one. We are all volunteers, and represent different parts of the Christ Church community. Perhaps you would be interested in joining us? We sometimes have vacancies for new members (including parent governors), so please do get in touch if you would like to know more. Come and say hello if you see us in school, in the playground or at regular parents’ events – we would love to see you!

Rev T Crowe
Chair of Governors

Governing Body

Name Title/Responsibility
Rev T Crowe Chair of Governors, Foundation Governor
Mrs M Tyler Foundation Governor
Mrs F Yasmin Staff Governor
Mrs B Marley Co-opted Governor
Mrs E Meachin Co-opted Governor
Mrs N Hashim Parent Governor
Ms S Mansha L A Governor
Mr N Whitehouse Head Teacher
Miss L Oakey Clerk to the Governing Body

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Governor Profiles

Rev Toby Crowe

I've been the Vicar Of Christ Church since July 2021, and have really enjoyed getting to know Sparkbrook! I think it’s a fantastic place and I’m delighted to be part of such a wonderful school, right in the heart of the community.

As a governor, I see my role as being to support the Head Teacher and staff as they work to make the school better and better, and to help all the people of the area – of all faiths and none, both adults and children – to draw closer in friendship and in serving one another.

Mrs Nana Hashim

As a parent of children who have attended Christ Church since Nursery and now in year 4 and 6, alongside my day job as a teacher, I feel I have transferable skills which will work well in school governance. I see my role as helping the school see the views of parents and pinpointing what parents would like for their children, in order to them to succeed even further.

Mrs Beth Marley

I am very happy to begin my role as a governor for Christchurch C of E Primary School. As a Lecturer in Primary Education at the University of Birmingham I am interested in supporting the school as well as strengthening links with teacher trainees and early career teachers. I am passionate about education and nurturing the potential of every child. I live in Birmingham with my family and love extended family get togethers, especially after the pandemic!

Mrs Emily Meachin

I am currently the Head of Department for English at Ark St Alban’s Academy. Prior to teaching at St Alban’s, I taught at another inner city school in Birmingham where I was responsible for reading and literacy across the school. In these roles I have supported staff to achieve great outcomes for pupils through training, coaching and line-management. Over the past five years I have achieved a Masters in Education and the NPQML qualification, showing my own love of learning and commitment to improvement.

I began teaching through the Teach First programme and am passionate about serving communities that are affected by social inequality. I firmly believe that schools should prepare students for success after school and life beyond education.

Miss Lisa Oakey

I have been clerk to the governors for over 10 years and also work in the school office at Christ Church CE Primary. I also clerk for another primary school in the Birmingham area. I have one daughter who is a Nursery Nurse and a dog called Archie. I like going to the cinema, reading and music.

Mrs Margaret Tyler

I am a Foundation Governor appointed by the Diocese and am very pleased to be part of the Christ Church family. I worship at St Mary’s Church in Acocks Green, where I am a Lay Pastoral Minister and a member of the Deanery Synod. I was educated at Sparkhill Commercial School and I have an interest in the surrounding area. I am a retired Registered General Nurse. I have a wide variety of interests including baking for charity events, flower arranging and am a season holder at Birmingham City Football Club!

Mrs Farah Yasmin

As a teacher at Christ Church Primary, my work as a Governor is central in ensuring all children have access to high quality teaching and learning, with the right resources. I truly believe in the ethos of ensuring all our children get the very best to help achieve excellence whilst with us, but also beyond the school doors.

Coming from a very similar background to some of the students, I am passionate about ensuring our children thrive in a caring, inclusive, and high-achieving setting. It is an absolute pleasure to serve the community to help raise future leaders.