Local Academy Board

St Michael’s CE Primary School Bartley Green is committed to a high quality of education for all its pupils in an atmosphere of nurture and care.

As part of the Birmingham Diocesan Multi-Academy Trust we work with the trust board to ensure that our school community experiences 'life in its fullness' John 10:10.

Members of the Local Academy Board (LAB) undertake various roles as you will see from the details below. The board meets formally each half-term and you will also see members around the school at various times.

If you would like to contact us, please do so through the office manager, Louise Depper.

Mrs Julie Berrow
Chair of Board

Members of our Board

Name Title/Role
Mrs Julie Berrow Chair of Academy, Academy Member
Mr Jonathan Goll Vice Chair of Academy Board, Academy Member
Rev Ruth Atkinson Academy Member
Mrs Liz Flannagan Academy Member
Mr John Orchard Academy Member
Mr James Pearce Co-opted Member
Mr Paul Marnell Headteacher

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Board Member Profiles

Rev Ruth Atkinson

I am Vicar of the St. Michael and All Angels Church and visit school on a regular basis to help lead collective worship and as a Governor. The children often visit the church for beginning and end of term services and as part of their curriculum. I was born in West Yorkshire and I was a teacher for many years in Worcester. I grew up in the Christian faith; I was ordained in 2009 when I became curate at St Mary's Church Old Swinford and then became Vicar here in October 2014.

I administer the church food bank which you can access through Mr Marnell. We have a range of activities for children in church which you can find out about on the church website.

I enjoy working with the children and helping them to explore issues of faith.

Julie Berrow

Originally trained as a musician, I became a primary teacher and latterly held two head teacher posts in Birmingham, also working on school improvement in the city. Recently, I moved to Worcester, where I am completing an MBA at the University of Worcester.

I am an elected member of the Diocesan Board of Education, a school governor and a trustee of Severn Arts, which runs music education and music hubs for Worcestershire.

As Foundation governor at St Michael’s I am particularly interested in the quality of RE and worship in the school, the areas which contribute to its distinctively Christian ethos. I’m also doing a discipleship course, which is making me think more deeply about my own faith.

I live with my husband and have one son, who is at university. I enjoy concerts and theatre, walking, gardening and cooking for friends.

Jonathan Goll

I was born in Hyde, now in Greater Manchester, in 1953, and also spent my childhood in Watford and Cheltenham. I was considered brainy at school, but started to have difficulties with producing schoolwork in my teens, and had a disastrous time at my two universities, the first of which was Oxford (Merton College), and the second was Aston University. I completed neither degree. I now realize that my troubles came from undiagnosed dyspraxia (which would now be catered for); this has made me sympathetic with children with Special Needs. Since then, I have worked as a civil servant all my working life, until I retired last year, becoming also involved in trade unionism up to national level.

I came to the Christian faith in my teens, being deeply influenced by CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien (the latter I met). My faith has sustained me through many difficult years. In recent years I have used my trade union experience to be involved in local Church politics, so, for example, I am now on Birmingham Diocesan Synod - the central discussion body of the Church of England in Birmingham - and I am Lay Chairman of Edgbaston Deanery Synod (one level down from that, for south-west Birmingham). I am on the Parochial Church Council ( the 'PCC') which runs St. Michael's Church, and have been appointed by the PCC to be a Governor of St. Michael's School.

I have an adult education qualification, and have recently also qualified to teach English as a foreign language. I love the Gospel I serve, and I would like the same joy I have experienced to be in the life of St. Michael's School.

John Orchard

Before retiring, I worked as an accountant with Birmingham City Council. I have been a school governor for twenty years, firstly at St Luke's C of E Primary School, Lea Bank, and when that school closed I became a governor at Bartley Green School where I am currently vice-chair of the governing body and chair of the Finance Committee.

I am also chair of the Cromwell Community Learning Partnership Multi Academy Trust based in Nechells. In addition, I am a member of the PCC at St Gabriel's, Weoley Castle and an the PCC treasurer. Also, I am a trustee and director of Shencare Community Transport.

James Pearce

I'm currently a stay at home father (the most tiring job I've ever had!) and the proud parent of two young girls, one of which is in Reception here. Starla's confidence and progression have come along in leaps and bounds since joining the Nursery - I'm certain that the warm atmosphere and welcoming nature of St. Michael's and its staff has played a huge part in that.

Having been impressed with the strong sense of community and inclusivity that runs through the school I was more than happy to accept the opportunity to join this traditional yet forward thinking team. Your governors care very deeply about the welfare of this school and its diversity of opinion means that all viewpoints are well represented.

I've worked in secondary education before, having been a teaching assistant and long term cover teacher in various schools. This experience was invaluable and I hope that it will help me in offering support in any way I can. Please don't hesitate to say hello if you spot me in the playground or anywhere around the school.