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 Jess 22, and two children Georgia 11 and Kieran 7. I run youth clubs and a youth band and play in a back to netball team.
Hazera Zehora Co-opted governor Vice Chair
Michael Reynolds , Co-opted Governor, Vice, Vice Chair
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.
Mahela Khatun, Parent Governor,
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 .
Shane Guttridge Staff Governor
My name is Shane Guttridge AKA Mr G. I am the Site Manager at Sacred Heart Primary School and have had the pleasure of being here when we moved into our lovely school on Sedgley Road East. I immensely enjoy my role and working with the great staff at this fantastic school and take pleasure keeping our staff, pupils and visitors safe and secure.
I recently became a school governor hoping my experience as a long serving Site Manager would be useful in moving the school forward and upward and influencing decisions beneficial to the future of our school which hopefully benefits our staff and pupils.
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.
Samantha Rock, Assistant Head Teacher, Associate Governor
I’m Samantha Rock, the Assistant Headteacher and SENDCo at Sacred Heart Primary School. I’ve been very lucky to be part of this wonderful school for 11 years, and can truly say I wouldn’t want to work anywhere else. The lovely children and parents are what makes our school so special.
I pride myself on being kind, caring and nurturing and aim to ensure we provide the best possible provision with a strong focus on mental health and well-being.
I am responsible for SEND across the school, as well as Behaviour, Looked After Children and Mental Health. I review all school policies in relation to the above responsibilities, as well as feedback termly to Governors in relation to subject specific data for SEND. I also discuss whole school and specific types of behavioural needs and how best to support these pupils. I update all staff regularly on all children with additional needs to ensure we have a consistent approach throughout school, and regularly deliver CPD to enhance their professional development.
Outside of school, I enjoy going to the gym, shopping, going on lovely holidays and spending time with my friends and family.