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 11/11/2022
Mrs J Argentieri Co-opted Governor 04/02/2022
Mrs G Maynes Parent Governor 04/02/2022
Mrs C Smith Parent Governor 04/02/2022
Mr R Trevethick Parent Governor 31/08/2021
Mr P Rawlings Headteacher, Ex Officio Governor, The Learning Link Trust Leadership Team 31/08/2021
TBC Staff Governor TBC
Mrs T Wilkes Co-opted Governor 31/09/2023
Mrs L Frost Deputy Headteacher - Observer N/A

Find out more about our members and trustees on the Governance page of the LLMAT website.

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 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.

Mr Russell Trevethick

Mr Trevethick

I've been a parent governor here at Netherbrook since 2017 which has given me the opportunity to see the hard work undertaken behind the scenes and to better understand the challenges faced by the school.

As a Parent Governor I have a particular interest in ensuring my 2 children get the best out of the school and this extends to all the children at Netherbrook. I feel that a child's primary school is critical to their ongoing development and it's clear from my interactions with the school that there is passion and commitment from the Head Teacher and staff in this regard.

In my 15 year career in Financial Services I have developed a number of skills that enable me to both challenge and support the school to deliver the best outcomes for the school and the children. I look forward to helping Netherbrook and contributing to its continued success.

Mrs Theresa Wilkes

Mrs Wilkes

I grew up in Bristol but moved to the Midlands over forty years ago and have lived and worked in the local community for thirty-five years, twenty-nine of these at Netherbrook Primary school.

I am married, with one son and both my husband and I have recently retired. However I still wanted to have a role within a school and I am delighted to take on the role of co-opted governor; using my background and experience in education I am passionate about supporting Netherbrook in any way I can, so that together we can ensure that every child will achieve their full potential. I am approaching my new role with excitement and enthusiasm and look forward to talking to many children and parents during my visits to the school, please come and share your successes ( or concerns) with me.