Governors

The Governing Body's aim is to work closely with the Headteacher, the Deputy, and the staff, in order to help the children at the school achieve their full potential, in a happy, caring environment.

The key elements in achieving this aim are listed below:

  • Monitoring the performance and progress of all the children at the school.
  • Supporting the staff to teach and care for the children.
  • In discussion with the Headteacher, ensuring that the resources of the school are best utilised.
  • Forward planning with the Headteacher and Deputy to ensure that the overall performance of staff, children, and hence the school, continues to improve.

To enable the Governors to achieve these objectives, the Body is made up of key groups within the school, parents, staff, the Local Authority, the Church and the community. Some of the Governors are appointed by the Diocese, whilst others are elected. All serve for a term of three years.

The Body generally meets once a term; a number of sub-committees focus on finance, staffing, buildings, health and safety and the curriculum. Individual members of the Body focus on particular subjects, ie. numeracy, literacy, ICT, etc.

We welcome views from our parents and supporters, and hopefully this summary will give you a brief insight into the role of the Governing Body.

Mrs Tracey Smith
Chair of Governors

School Governing Body

Name Role
Mrs Tracey Smith Chair of Governors, Foundation Governor
Mr Patrick Byrne Vice Chair of Governors, Foundation Governor
Mr Simon Bragington Foundation Governor
Mr Justin Grey Foundation Governor
Fr Gabriel Maguire Foundation Governor
Mrs Elaine Martin Foundation Governor
Mrs Dawn Richards Foundation Governor
Mr Justin Gray Foundation Governor
Mr Ronnie Sweeney Parent Governor
Mr Gareth Moore Local Authority Governor
Ms Julie-Anne Tallon Headteacher
Mr James Kirke Staff Governor
Mrs Clare Wilde Co-opted Governor
Mrs Jackie McCorriston Clerk to the Governors

Also see:

If you would like to contact the Governing Body, please send a letter marked for the attention of the Chair of Governors to the school address.

Governor Profiles

Mr Simon Bragington

I have been a Foundation Governor since September 2010. Born and raised in Erdington, I feel lucky to be part of this wonderful parish and enjoy taking part in many of the events which are put on. I have been a Structures Engineer for Network Rail for over 20 years. In my spare time I enjoy Rugby Union (Leicester Tigers), cricket and athletics. I am also a keen campanologist and spend a lot of my time in the church tower ringing the bells for masses and weddings. As a Structures Engineer, I understand the need for firm foundations. I firmly believe therefore, that a good education at primary level is essential if children are to reach their full potential. I know that all of the staff and governing body at Abbey Catholic Primary are wholly committed to make this happen and I am very honoured to have been asked to be part of that team and hope that I will be able to use my experience in order to make a difference,

Mr Patrick Byrne

Originally from Handsworth, I have now lived in Erdington for the past 28 years. Married at the Abbey Church and now have two children at the Abbey School. Qualified Management Accountant with over 19 years' business experience, I also have a passion for travel, running and Wolverhampton Wanderers. I'm an active supporter of both Parish and school events from quiz nights to summer fairs and the occasional Pantomime performance. I have a strong belief in the role family, school and church have to play for our children and will endeavour to bring this and my experience to the role of Governor.

Mr James Kirke

As a passionate teacher and practising Catholic, I thoroughly enjoy my role here as Deputy Headteacher at the Abbey and I am proud to be a Staff Governor. I have worked at the Abbey since 2010. The opportunities I gain on a daily basis, the people I meet, the training I receive, the lessons I teach and general life in school - to name just a few things, has enabled me to grow as a teacher, leader and as a governor. It is fabulous to be able to witness and play a part in all the hard work that is being carried out daily by our children, parents, staff and governors, to ensure that our school provides a wonderful education for our children. The Abbey is a child-centred, Catholic, safe and stimulating environment which provides many diverse experiences for all. I am honoured to be able to work in such a great place and to be part of such a fantastic team.

Father Gabriel Maguire

I am also affectionately known as 'Fr Gabby from the Abbey'. I have been the Redemptorist Parish Priest at the Abbey for over ten years. I arrived in England at age 11 and lived and studied in Erdington. As a young priest I spent time in the parish before travelling the world spreading the Good News, including spending several years working in Zimbabwe before returning to England and taking up the role of Parish Priest. I visit the school most days and am often a familiar face on the school drive, greeting parents and pupils as they arrive at school. As a long serving member of several Governing Bodies of both primary and secondary schools I am able to support and challenge.

Mrs Elaine Martin

I have been a foundation governor since September 2010. I was born and raised in Dublin. I trained as a nurse in Ireland and then came to England in 1990. I have worked in the NHS for the past 22 years, in a variety of settings, and am currently based in the community working as part of an Intermediate Care team. I have always had an interest in the law and completed a law degree in 2008. I would hope that I can use some of these skills in my role as governor. I have four children who have all attended the Abbey - in fact my husband, his seven brothers and sisters, and his mom were all pupils here, so the family roots go back a long way! My two oldest children have now moved on to Bishop Walsh where I am involved in the PTA. I am a committed Catholic and my faith is very important to me - I feel very blessed that our children have had the opportunity to be educated at the Abbey school which combines high standards of education with a wonderful caring Catholic ethos. I believe strongly in supporting the partnership of church, school and family, and that our witness as catholics is particularly important in these increasingly secular times.

Mrs Jackie McCorriston

My name is Jackie McCorriston and I was delighted to be appointed as Clerk to the Governing Body at The Abbey Catholic School in the Autumn Term 2009. I have worked as a clerk at various schools for over 13 years now and very much enjoy unique insight the role gives me. The Governing Body at The Abbey School is made up of volunteers who are passionate about ensuring the pupils get the very best possible start in their foundation and primary education. The Pupils' development and well being are at the heart of everything the Governors do. The Abbey School has a strong Catholic ethos and good academic results and I feel privileged to be part of such a dedicated team of people.

Mrs Tracy Smith

I originate from Devon and have lived in Birmingham for the last 18 years. I have been a parent Governor for almost two years. I have a daughter in Year 2 and an older daughter now in Year 9 that also attended the school. I work as a Science teacher at St Edmund Campion School and have been there for two years, although I have been a teacher for six years. Prior to becoming a teacher I worked in the finance industry as a Bank Manager for several years. I am a practising Catholic and attend Church regularly with my family. I believe that the Abbey School is a fantastic place to be and constantly hear positive comments regarding the pupils that attend. In this respect I feel privileged to serve on the Governing body and provide whatever support I can for its future development and the development and well being of its pupils and staff.

Mr Ronnie Sweeney

My name is Ronnie Sweeney and my children attend the Abbey Catholic Primary School. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the Abbey Catholic Primary School as part of the Governing Body. As an ex-pupil, with children currently attending, I hope to make a positive contribution with integrity and impartiality. After a career in banking, I now own a local guest house. I have been a parishioner here almost all my life and hope to assist the school in maintaining its strong Catholic ethos.

Ms Julie-Anne Tallon

As part of the Governing Body of the Abbey Catholic Primary School, I work alongside a dedicated team of people committed to ensuring the Catholic ethos and character of the school is preserved and provision is in keeping with the teachings and Canon Law of the Catholic Church. It is an honour to be able to work as part of a team ensuring that our school provides a high quality education and secures good outcomes for pupils whilst constantly pursuing improvement. As Headteacher I am able to provide professional advice to the governing body and am pleased to receive constructive advice, challenge and a second opinion on proposals from other members.

Mrs Clare Wilde

As the Literacy Leader and class teacher in the Abbey Primary, I have first-hand experience of the school and its make-up. As a Co-opted Governor, appointed by the governing body, I feel that it is a privilege to be part of the ever evolving face of the Abbey. The faith life of the school is at the very core of everything we do. Having been an active member of the Parish for all of my life, my links with the local community and commitment to continuing to move forward with the school is very important to me. I feel honoured and relish in being part of the journey ensuring the very best for our pupils.