Birchwood's Local Governing Body

The LGB act as a ‘critical friend’ to the school, asking challenging questions about performance and using their skills and experience to support the school in addressing it's aims. They are involved in creating and developing a strategic plan for the school, setting and agreeing its objectives, and monitoring and evaluating its success by focusing on progress and outcomes. Each Governor has their own area of responsibility but they work collectively to support the school.

All Parent and Community Governors are unpaid volunteers, with the Headteacher and Staff Governor giving up their time to attend the LGB meetings. We appreciate their contributions and thank them for giving their time and expertise to the improvement of school standards and assisting us to give all the children the best possible primary school experience.

Governors attend regular meetings, make visits to the school (e.g. to support staff appointments) and are frequently in contact with us to ensure that successes are celebrated and areas of concern acted upon. 

If you wish to contact the Local Governing Body please do so via the school office.

Michael Potts - Vice Chair of the Local Governing Body
Type: Parent Governor
Term of Office: October 2014 to October 2018
I have been on the board of governors at Birchwood Primary School since October 2014 in the role of parent governor.  This role involves highlighting issues that may affect the parents of the pupils at the school and includes attending regular meetings to review the performance of the school, and visiting the school to ensure that appropriate practices and process are in place in order to maintain high standards at the school.
My two sons – Luke and Daniel – both attend the school.  Luke is in year 6 and on the verge of going to high school whilst Daniel is in year 2.  In addition, my wife, Suzanne, is a member of Team Birchwood.
I work for an IT solutions provider just outside Lichfield after serving for 22 years in the Royal Air Force throughout the world until 2012.  In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and pursuing mine and their interests including several sports, and holidays whilst being an avid gardener and DIY enthusiast.

Sally Stewart

Term of office: one year

Trustee of the Local Governing Body


Now retired but formally an HR professional with a career spanning some 36 years.  During this time Sally worked in a number of sectors, including engineering and telecommunications. Most recently she held positions in further and higher education as the HR Director at the Learning and Skills Council (which subsequently became the Skills Funding Agency) for 8 ½ years and then HR Director at Birmingham City University until 2018. As the mother of three grown-up children, Sally has long had an interest in education and served as a Governor of a large infant school in Small Heath, Birmingham for more than 25 years.  In her spare time Sally volunteers at her local community arts centre and has recently started to learn how to ring church bells. She reads, enjoys films and, most of all, the company of her family and friends.


Ella Webb
Type: Staff Governor
Term of office: September 2017-September 2021

Neil Coleman - Headteacher

Type: Ex-officio

Term of office: Appointed March 2016


Link to Community Academies Trust Information and Governance Charter