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A Welcome from our Governors

At Eastern Green we have an active Governing Body made up from a wide selection of dedicated people, from all walks of life, who give their time freely and voluntarily to ensure that EGJS receives all the help we can offer in order to reach its goals. A number of the governors have children currently at school or have attended in recent years. 

Governors act as ‘critical friends’ of the school. Governors monitor and evaluate the school to ensure that best practice is known and is giving our children the best learning environment that can be achieved. This is our aim.

We make collective decisions about planning school improvement and development and are answerable to the parents/carers, local community and the government.

If there are any issues that you feel need to be addressed, there are procedures in place to make sure school operates in the best interests of all and should you wish to speak to a Governor we are here to help, support and continue to make Eastern Green the best Junior School it can be.

Kind regards,

Eastern Green Junior School Governors


Ian Hawkswood

I am a father of 3 and parent governor/chair of governors. I have been a resident of Eastern Green for 32 years and been associated with EGJS for 8 and half years as a parent, my third child started in September 2017.


I see my role as a governor to help, support, challenge and develop all we do at EGJS to allow the teachers to serve up a fabulous education experience for all of our children while keeping them safe and getting them ready for their journeys into secondary education and life itself.


Mike McCaffrey

I am a community governor and lived in Eastern Green for 38 years. I’ve had 5 children educated at Eastern Green Junior School and have grandchildren coming through. My aim is to support both the teaching staff AND more importantly the children, in an environment at school that is safe, caring, challenging and respectful for all, but most importantly an environment that  allows the children to achieve the very best that they can.


Mark Spafford

My role includes sitting on the Resource Management committee where I have a particular interest in school finance, budgeting and forecasting.  I am also the governor responsible for maths, which involves visiting school to meet with staff and pupils to discuss progress.


Melody Starkey

It is my pleasure to be a part of the governing body of this excellent school.


I decided to volunteer for this role in order to give something back to the community where I have lived for the last 34 years; my daughter thoroughly enjoyed and benefited from her education at Eastern Green. I have worked as a Primary School teacher in Birmingham and Coventry for the same amount of time so hopefully can put my experience to some good use!


I have been asked this year to help specifically with Writing within the curriculum as well as behavioural expectations in all aspects of school life. I have been fortunate enough to have had a children's book published this year and so will endeavour to share my experiences and opinions with the staff and children. I also monitor how school trips are led and have thoroughly enjoyed helping out with some of them.  


Carolyn Strentz

I am a parent governor and vice chair of the governing body as Eastern Green and my youngest daughter started at the school in September 2016. My responsibilities include safeguarding which includes working with Mrs Aston to keep our children happy and safe. I have the pleasure of working for two days at the school so I can see the school in action each week.


Louisa Jennings

Having lived in Eastern Green for most of my life, I am a former pupil of the school. I have a son in Year 5 and a daughter attending St Andrews.

I began my career in mainstream Primary education and have spent the last ten years teaching children with severe learning difficulties and complex needs.

I am privileged to have the parent governor role,  through which I can play an active role in school life and assert a parent perspective. I am to support students and staff in taking forward this fantastic school, in its pursuit to encourage the all round development of every child.


Emma Kelcey-Spragg

I am honoured to be a parent of Eastern Green Junior School. As a mother of two children I have a wealth of insight from a parent's perspective that I will use to help the school support its mission to create a safe, fun, inclusive environment for our children. My knowledge and experience in governance and risk management will also see me act as a 'critical friend' ensuring decisions are made in the best interest of our children. their education and the community they will grow up in.  


Natalie Green

Hello, I am Natalie Green. I was honoured to be voted in as a parent governor. I have a child in Year 4 and one child that has just moved on from Year 6 at EGJS.I have lived in Eastern Green for over 20 years. I have many years of experience in education, as I work at a local Secondary School, and I am also a support staff governor there. To become a Parent governor is a huge privilege. Being able to support the school in these very testing times, help share the responsibility and provide the Headteacher with support is something that I am looking forward to. 


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