Mrs V Ball
Mrs J Belcher
I have had the pleasure of being a governor at Peters Hill for over 20 years. Originally appointed as a Local Authority Governor, I am now a Co-opted Governor. As a long serving governor I have seen many changes and developments at Peters Hill including the Headteacher appointments and other senior appointments at the school.
In October 2018 I retired from my role as the Director of Operations and Business at a Dudley LA school, a post I had enjoyed for 34 years. In total I have worked for Dudley LA for 39 years and have experienced many changes and challenges within the education sector during this time, none so great as the support for maintained schools by our local authority.
As a member of the Association of School and College Leaders I enjoyed the opportunity to represent school business leaders on their National Council for over ten years and as a member of their Executive group for four years. I am maintaining my links with ASCL as an Associate member and a Local representative as I see this as an important way of keeping myself abreast with national educational issues which I believe supports my role as a governor.
My other passion in life is swimming, and I am a National Tutor for Swim England and UK Coaching delivering a range of training courses, including school swimming and safeguarding within sport.
With my new found ‘spare time’ I am now enjoying the opportunity to be able to visit the school particularly during the day time and being able to support specific areas of the school. Peters Hill is a wonderful school and I feel very privileged to be a part of its community.
I look forward to being able to support the pupils, parents, staff and all stakeholders as the school continues to develop and prosper and contribute to an environment and culture that enables everyone to be safe, happy and secure.
Mr S BillI am a newly elected Governor for the school and have a vested interest in ensuring standards held high with two young children both in attendance. My wife and I both live locally and are active in trying to improve the area and community feel.
I am also a Senior Leader within a public sector organisation and am keen to bring some of my safeguarding expertise into Peters Hill for the benefit of all the students.
Outside of work I am a sports enthusiast and see physical and emotional wellbeing as a priority for young people along with academic attainment.
Mr R Bytheway
I have been an L.E.A governor for over 20 years and have enjoyed being involved with such a great school. I am a retired Civil Servant having spent over 40 years in the public sector and enjoy putting my "people skills" to good use, I am not as physically active as I used to be and now enjoy watching all sports particularly football. I applaud all that is happening in the school to encourage the pupils to be more active as I think this is very important alongside the great education that they receive.
Mr P Davies
I have been a parent of children attending Peters Hill since 2008. My eldest son now attends Redhill and my youngest son is in Year 5. Although a carpenter by trade, I have been in the construction industry for over 29 years and I now run my own company. I am delighted to be a Governor at Peters Hill as it gives me a chance to have a deeper insight into the running of a school and the education of our children. In my spare time I enjoy relaxing and spending time with my family.
As a Governor I want to present parent views, support the Head Teacher and staff and use my construction knowledge and experience when required.
Mr N Foley
My name is Nick Foley and I am a co-opted Governor for Peters Hill Primary School in Stourbridge.
I became aware of Peters Hill Primary School when my wife and I were looking for a school to place our son into a few years ago. I was impressed with the school, the prefects and the progressive approach of the Headteacher (together with the IT and Music provision). Later I learned that the Head was moving on and also that there was a Parent Governor vacancy. I saw this as an opportunity to help the recruitment process, help shape the school life of my 2 children and help in whatever way I can to move the School up to an OFSTED Outstanding School.
I was lucky enough to be voted in as Parent Governor in October 2012 and have to this day continued to contribute heavily to the Governing body and School. I am now a co-opted governor with over 6 year service to the school. I am the ICT and PHSE lead Governor and also the vice-chair of the People, Premises and Finance committee as well as sitting on various other functional committees within the body.
In my day job I am the Head of IT Infrastructure at a local University and I am hoping that some of the skills that I have gained in IT, Projects and Programmes management, HR and Education can help in some way to shape the future of the school.
Mrs I Gilhooley (Chair)
I have been a governor at Peters Hill for over 20 years and Chair of Governors for approximately 10 years. I began as a Parent Governor (we have four children who all went to Peters Hill), but I am now a Co-opted governor. I began as a governor with Mrs Johnson, the first Headteacher at Peters Hill so have seen all Headteachers appointments at the school.
I am a retired secondary assistant headteacher, originally PE trained but then worked with children with additional needs. My interests are therefore with sport and children who find difficulty in learning.
My hobbies are golf, badminton, all types of crafts but particularly sewing and DIY
I believe Peters Hill is a great school and I am very lucky to be part of it along with all the children, their families, staff and fellow governors.
Mrs Rose Steedman
I am Rose Steedman and was co-opted in December 2018 and have responsibilities for Inclusion and the Early Years Foundation Stage.
My decision to become a Governor has been inspired by my passion to be aspirational for all children. Having spent 32 years working in the public sector in a diverse and challenging environment I learned to manage a wide variety of situations and engaged with people on all levels and obtained an understanding of the challenges faced by our children, their families and the wider community.
Through my contact with disability groups I have an understanding of the issues faced by children with special needs and am qualified to level 3 in British sign language.
As an energetic and enthusiastic individual I thrive on new challenges and welcome the opportunity to work with the staff, parents, carers, partners and stakeholders at Peters Hill to enable our children to learn, thrive and be nurtured in a safe and secure environment, to ensure they are happy individuals that reach their full potential in life.
Mr A Thomas (Vice Chair)
I am a co-opted Governor and am also the Vice Chair of the Governing body. I have been a governor at Peters Hill since 2006 and both of my daughters attended Peters Hill Primary School.
I wanted to find a way to become more involved with the education of my children and saw the role of governor as being the perfect way to do this. Even though my children have moved on to other schools, I remain passionate about making sure that all of the children who come to Peters Hill have the very best start to their educational journey.
Being a governor can be demanding at times but it is also a really rewarding way of helping to shape the educational development of the children who attend our school.
In my day job, I am Head of Business Development for the International division of WHSmith and hopefully use the skills gained in my commercial role to support the school with our vision. Outside of work, I am a keen (albeit not very good) golfer and really enjoy travelling and visiting new places.
Miss L Ward
I am a Year 4 teacher, year group leader and a staff governor at Peters Hill Primary School. I have been a staff governor for the past two years and love being involved in all aspects of school life. I am very passionate about my job, and really enjoy being a year group leader in Year 4. I take real pride in driving the standards across our year group and ensuring that children are happy and inspired by the topics we teach them.
Outside of school I enjoy long walks, discovering new places and reading a good book. I am very close to my family and enjoy spending time with them whenever I can. Peters Hill is a great school and I am incredibly proud to work with such lovely pupils and staff.