A who's who of our governors
Joy Agbonlahor Head Teacher
My name is Joy Agbonlahor and I am the proud Headteacher of the most wonderful school I have ever had the privilege of working in. I have been teaching for 17 years and can honestly say that Sacred Heart is where I see myself for the foreseeable future. The children, parents ,staff and community make my job the most rewarding and enjoyable job ever.
I have two children, Izzy who is 11 and Isaac who is 3 and a cat called Cookie who is possibly the hairiest cat in the world. They keep me very busy when I'm not in school. We love to go on walks, play sports and watch movies and game shows together.
I am a practising catholic and live in Sutton in Birmingham.
My dream for the children of Sacred Heart is that they leave us ready to be successful in the world, able to achieve anything that they put their minds to - reaching for the stars always and live happy lives built on the foundations of a solid primary education.
Helen Peach LA Governor Chair of Governors
I joined Sacred Heart as a governor approximately 9 years ago and have been the Chair for the past 7 years. I became a governor because I wanted to be involved in making sure that children have a memorable experience at school, not only getting a great education but also having fun and feeling valued. I enjoy visiting the school and meeting pupils and staff, this helps me to gain valuable experience and insight into how our pupils and staff feel about our school. Often I will come in to school to support or sit in lessons, read with the children and take part in activities such as a netball match with the children.
I work for Sandwell Council as a Business Development Co-Ordinator, and in my own time I co-pastor Tipton Christian Church with my husband, I have a step daughter , and two children . I run youth clubs and a youth band and play in a back to netball team.
Michael Reynolds , Co-opted Governor,
Michael Reynolds co-opted governor; Finance and staffing with responsibility for Maths.
Tipton born and bred and still living in Tipton.
Married to Eileen (also Tipton born and bred) and have one son; Joseph and one grand daughter; Molly.
Attended Tipton Green Junior & Infants school and then Alexandra High School.
Has a strong Christian faith and is an active member of St Mathews Church (Tipton) fellowship.
Worked in Finance for over 30 years before re-training as a teacher in 2008.
Worked at Sacred Heart for a term in 2009 and then again in 2014. Now back working in finance as a mortgage adviser.
Kim Mocroft, Co-opted Governor, Vice Chair
I was born, bred and educated in Tipton and know the area well having also worked in the local area both as a librarian and as a Community Liaison Officer.
I am a qualified librarian and worked for 25 years for Sandwell Library and Information Service as a Community Librarian and then Children and Young Peoples Librarian, working mainly in Secondary Schools and SEN centres. My first position was at Tipton Library just opposite the former Sacred Heart School building.
The final 14 years of my career was spent first as a Community Liaison Officer with a SRB6 project focusing on providing community computer access and on line learning. My concentration was on the Tipton and Rowley Regis areas.
When the SRB project ceased I became part of Sandwell’s Lifelong Learning Unit and then moved to Regeneration where I became Head of Sandwell Council’s Employment and Skills Service.
I have been retired since 2014.
Whilst working for the library service I developed and established library homework clubs working alongside the Princes Trust to develop the first Public Library related Quality in Study Support Award. Previously only schools had worked towards this. Sandwell Library Homework Clubs were the first in the country to achieve the award.
During this period I served on the governing bodies of Whiteheath Infants School and St. James’ Primary School, both on the Lion Farm Estate in Oldbury.
I worked alongside St. Michaels C. of E. High School in Rowely Regis whilst developing the homework clubs and also on a Year 6 transition project called “Cycling to Success” which targeted all St. Michaels feeder primary schools and engaged them in learning over the summer holidays before the entered Year 7.
Whilst working at Rounds Green Library on Lion Farm I spent several years on the committee of the St. Michaels Youth Club and helped to organise the annual Lion Farm Fun Day.
Outside of libraries and schools I was Secretary of the West Bromwich Crime Prevention Panel and served on the management committee of Sandwell Adventure Play Association.
· Music (listening not playing unfortunately)
· Visiting National Trust gardens and houses
· Having friends around
Mahela Khatun, Parent Governor, Vice Chair
I’m Mahela Khatun parent governor I’ve been involved with the school for more than twenty years and with school governance for fifteen years. I have seen the school grow from very small to two form entry at present.I have in the past held vice chair person position and a serving member on the various committees. I am part of the school’s Friends of Sacred Heart Committee together to support fundraising and fun activities for our families. The Parent Well-being Group has developed over the years which I have had a great pleasure to help bring inspiration and a smile to many families. Currently I am studying at higher education and this has contributed to my personal development further .
Leah Crowfoot, Parent Governor,
Hi I’m Leah, I am a mum to two, I am new to Sacred Heart but I bring with me a keen interest in Sacred Heart as my son’s do/will be attending there.
I was born in and around the Black Country but moved to Tividale in 2015 with my husband as we worked locally, me as an Accountant for a well known local manufacturing business, where my husband still currently works.
I am now a self-employed local business owner, with a keen interest in supporting the local community with my Coaching and Mentoring Business, spreading my skills, knowledge and experience wherever it is needed.
I am excited to be joining the Sacred Heart Family, and I can’t wait to get to know you all better!
Aine Everill, Deputy Head Teacher, Associate Governor
I am Aine Everill, the Deputy Headteacher of Sacred Heart Primary School. I have had the pleasure of being part of this loving and caring school since Jan 2020; the children, parents, and school community is one that I am truly fortunate to be part off, where the children are at the heart of all our decision making.
I attend full governing body meetings alongside other governor body committees. I am responsible for the outcomes and achievements of Teaching and Learning across the school, with particular focus on Pupil Premium children and the end of key stage 2 outcomes. I hold regular meetings with staff members and parents in relation to the above responsibilities to ensure the best possible outcomes for our children on their educational journey, where I then feedback to our governors.
Outside of school, my husband and I enjoy going for long walks and adventures with our young daughter and our boxer dog Bruno. We also frequently travel to Ireland (my homeland) to see my family and friends.
Sarah Lishman, Assistant Head Teacher, Associate Governor
Jackie Steele, Staff Governor