Netherbrook Primary School


Mr Nigel Smith

I am delighted to have been asked to be the new Chair of Governors at Netherbrook Primary School.

Having been a governor for the last three years I know already what a fine school Netherbrook is with passionate and dedicated staff and hard-working and talented pupils. I also know that the governing body is equally hard-working and committed to ensure that Netherbrook continues to improve and provide the best possible education for all its pupils.

So how does the governing body contribute towards continuous improvement? As a governing body we focus on three core responsibilities:

  • Ensuring that Netherbrook has a clear vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils and the performance management of the staff.
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school, making sure we get value for money and stay within budget.

Of equal importance we act as a 'critical friend' to the school. We recruit and performance manage the Headteacher, we develop, maintain and review school policies and we ensure the school meets its statutory responsibilities. In order to do this we meet half termly as a whole governing body and also half-termly in a number of sub-committees which look at all aspects of school life.

Governors also have individual responsibilities to scrutinise various areas of the school, eg, special needs, early years, behaviour, attendance, safeguarding etc. To this end, governors visit the school regularly and report back on their findings.

This is a time of change at Netherbrook with the school recently becoming an Academy and part of a Multi Academy Trust with three other local primary schools. The governing body fully supported this change as we feel the benefits of working in partnership with these other schools will enhance the educational opportunities for the children at Netherbrook. However, our focus as a governing body will always be to do what is best for Netherbrook in order to help the school on its inevitable road to becoming outstanding.

Very best wishes,

Nigel Smith
Chair of Governors

Members of our Governing Body

The officers are elected annually within the Governing Body. Parent Governors, Teacher Governors and co-opted Governors are elected to serve for a period of four years. They may however, resign, in which case an election or recruitment process will be held to fill the relevant vacancies.

Name Title/Role Term Ends
Mr N Smith Chair of Governors, Co-opted Governor, The Learning Link Trust Executive Board Member 11/11/2022
Mrs C Stringer Vice Chair of Governors, Co-opted Governor 31/08/2019
Mrs J Argentieri Co-opted Governor 2022
Mrs T Parfitt Co-opted Governor 29/06/2022
Mrs G Maynes Parent Governor 04/02/2022
Mrs C Smith Parent Governor tbc
Mr R Trevethick Parent Governor 04/22/2022
Mr P Rawlings Headteacher, Ex Officio Governor, The Learning Link Trust Executive Board Member 31/08/2021
Mrs T Wilkes Teacher Governor 24/03/2021

Governor Profiles

Mrs Julia Argentieri

Mrs Argentieri

I have recently joined the team of Governors here at Netherbrook and feel proud to be part of a team of people who are dedicated to ensuring that best possible education and support for the children of the school. I have a young child and appreciate the important role that our schools have in our children’s futures.

My particular interest in my role as Governor is with Pupil Premium and making sure that the school is making best use of the money that is allocated for this purpose.

My background is within health service where I have worked for 25 years, I currently work for the local Clinical Commissioning Group within the contracting team. My role within this team is helping ensure that all health services provided are robust and appropriate for the people in our borough. This involves rigorous monitoring and management and the skills that I have developed will help me to support Netherbrook too consider which methods are effective in raising attainment for disadvantaged pupils and identify ways of monitoring the effectiveness.

Mrs Gail Maynes

Mrs Maynes

I am very proud to be a Parent Governor here at Netherbrook. My son started here back in September 2018 and I can see the passion, hard work and dedication all the staff share to reach the best outcome for all of the pupils in their care.

I was previously a Governor at Netherton Park Nursery and work for a Public Relations company. I have a particular interest in children's mental health and early years development.

If there is anything at all you wanted me to raise with the Governing Body please feel free to chat with me if you see me around school.

Mrs Teresa Parfitt

Mrs Parfitt

I have been a Parent Governor for five years here at Netherbrook, and previously to this I was a Governor at Sandwell for six years. I am currently Vice-Chair on the Curriculum Policies and Practices Committee. Both my children have attended this school with one remaining in Year 6.

My first impression of the school was how friendly everyone was and how the lessons were ‘alive’ with the children all participating rather than merely sitting passively. I knew then that this was the school where I wanted my children to be.

I am the Chairperson of the FONs (Friends of Netherbrook) group, and Mrs Bowen and I helped to set this group up. We have funded £2,000 for the school to purchase a variety of additional learning materials during the first year of fundraising events.

We all want the very best education for our children and it is vital that our school continues to provide this. Our team is approachable and the door is always open. We are very proud of our achievements here at Netherbrook, and of our committed and motivated team.

Mrs Catherine Smith

Mrs Smith

I became a parent governor at Netherbrook Primary School in March 2019. Both of my children attend Netherbrook and I have always been incredibly impressed with the consideration, kindness and care shown to them over the past 5 years. As a parent I have a vested interest in ensuring that the school is doing a great job for my children. My role as a parent governor will allow me to provide support, and challenge, to the school to ensure that they are doing a great job for every child.

I passionately believe that the work undertaken at primary school builds the foundations that our children need to achieve their dreams, goals and ambitions - along with making happy, confident and healthy individuals. As a governor I hope to take a small role in ensuring that Netherbrook continues to provide an excellent starting point for our children.

Mr Nigel Smith

Mr Smith

Most of my 38 year teaching career was spent in and around the West Midlands. I taught in a number of Dudley schools including Wren’s Nest, St Marks and Lapal Primaries. I have also taught in a number of special schools. The last 14 years of my career were spent as a Headteacher in three special schools - the last seven years at Old Hall School in Walsall.

I enjoyed my teaching career enormously but wished to retire at the same time as my wife in order to spend more time together and with our four grandchildren. I still wished, however, to be involved in education in some way and becoming a governor at a great school like Netherbrook has been ideal. As a governor I very much welcome the opportunity to work with everyone at Netherbrook, in any capacity, in order to try and make the school even more successful.

Mrs Carole Stringer

Mrs Stringer

I was a primary school teacher for over twenty five years in several schools in and around Dudley and became a Local Authority Governor here at Netherbrook in 2002 when I retired. Currently Vice Chair, I also sit on the Finance & General Purposes and the School Improvement and Standards committees.

Having previously lived nearby and taught locally I have strong ties to the area. I am married with three grown-up children and six grandchildren.

My particular interest is in the Early Years and I visit the unit regularly. Here our youngest pupils are given the very best start every child deserves in a stimulating and exciting environment.

It is a privilege to be part of such a motivated and committed team where staff, Governors and parents ensure Netherbrook continues to provide an excellent education for all children.