Selly Oak Nursery School

Selly Oak Nursery School

26 Tiverton Road, Selly Oak, B29 6BP

0121 472 1700



David ThomasMy name is David Thomas and I am currently the interim Chair of Governors at Selly Oak Nursery School


Selly Oak Nursery School is an Outstanding School (Ofsted 2010/2013). We support the school in working to maintain high standards and also in helping the school to further improve children’s achievements throughout their time at the school. The Governors contribute to and share the school’s vision:

Live, Learn, Play and Grow

Achieved by:-

  • Creating a secure, happy, effective and stimulating learning environment
  • Inspiring everyone to achieve and extend their individual potential,
  • Maximising talents
  • Working within a climate where all efforts and opinions are valued and respected
  • Promoting collaborative partnerships with parents and the wider community.
  • Celebrating the journey of lifelong learning

The Governing Body support the School in working towards the following award

Rights Respecting School Award

'In our school we believe that every child has the right to an education and that this education should develop children's talents. Our school believes that we have the responsibility to nurture every child's respect for themselves, others and their environment' United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child.

Role and duties of the Governing Board

The purpose of Governance is to:

  • provide confident, strategic leadership and to create robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance.

The three core functions of the Governing Board are:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance for the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • Overseeing the financial perfomance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.


Selly Oak Nursery School often directly asks parents/carers and children for their feedback on the current provision and policies and also asks for ideas on ways the school could improve.

Your feedback is welcomed at any time, so please do not hesitate to talk to any of the Governors or Yvonne directly.

Your input helps inform decisions taken by the Committees and Governing Body as a whole.


You can find the minutes for the meetings via this link (Coming soon)

In addition, OFSTED will consider and report on the strength of the Governing Body during an inspection.


You need to:

  • Be enthusiastic and committed to wanting children to get the best from their school
  • Be willing to raise questions constructively and participate in discussion and decision-making
  • Be discrete, open minded and fair
  • Be prepared to participate in the life of the school
  • Take the time to attend governors meetings and training
  • Be open to new ideas and be ready to learn
  • Act at all times with honesty and integrity and be ready to explain actions and decisions

Please click here to view a copy of our Constitution.


Every Governor is generally expected to stay in their role for a period of 4 years. The list of Governors shows when their position is due for re election and, if you are interested in and eligible to apply for the role, you should make the Chair of Governors or the Head Teacher aware. (Contact can be made via the school office.)

Otherwise, the school will advertise any vacancies for Parent and Co opted Governors as and when they become available.

Governors can access training and have a variety of documents available to them:

  • Governance Handbook
  • Membership of the National Governors’ Association
  • Birmingham Network of Governors and the magazine IN THE KNOW.

David Thomas Interim Chair of Governors 2018

Contact me via the School Office or e-mail on  


Governor Newsletters

Please click here to view all of the Governors news letters.

Governor Development Plans

Please click here to view the Governor Development plans.

Governor Training

Please click here to view the Governor training list.

NameTypeTerm of Office
David Thomas - Interim Chair of GovernorsCo-optedNov-2015 - Nov-2019
Angela Mason - Safeguarding GovernorLA GovernorMay-2015 - May-2019
Maureen Regan - Equal Opportunities GovernorCo-optedMay-2015 - May-2019
Linda Pain - SEND GovernorCo-optedNov-2015 - Nov-2019
Yvonne James - Head TeacherHead TeacherJan-2012 -
Laura Foster - Deputy Head TeacherStaff GovernorNov-2016 - Nov-2020
Judith SeymourCo-optedMay-2015 - May-2019
Mark JobeCo-optedSep-2016 - Sep-2020
Jennifer Alliston McLeanParent GovernorSep-2016 - Sep-2020
Nakesha Chambers InglisAssociate GovernorSep-2016 - Sep-2020
Peter McKinneyParent GovernorSep-2017 - Sep-2021
Mark BarrettParent GovernorSep-2017 - Sep-2021
Lynn OpenshawCo-optedSep-2017 - Sep-2021
Marianne WadeCo-optedSep-2017 - Sep-2021
Zoe Sheppard - Clerk to the Governing BodyClerk to the Governing BodySep-2015 -

The current register of business interests for the governors can be found here.