Beeches Road, Birmingham, West Midlands, B42 2PY

0121 272 5888

Beeches Junior School

Aspire, Believe, Strive, Achieve

Introducing Our Governors...


Andrew Thorp (Parent) Chair of Governors

I have been a Parent Governor at Beeches Junior School since September 2016. I currently have two children at the school and feel privileged to be an active part of the decision making process for not only my own, but all children attending the school. I am passionate about children's experience of school life at Beeches Juniors, as I was once a pupil here myself sometime ago.

I am Chair of the Standards, Achievement and Curriculum Committee and also the Numeracy Governor.

Prior to being appointed at the Juniors I completed a full term of office at the infant school as Parent Governor.

In my professional career, I currently work as a Trainee Underwriter for a Birmingham based insurance broker.

Katie Dugmore (Parent) Vice Chair

I joined Beeches Junior School as a Parent Governor in 2015. I really enjoy being part of a team that makes crucial decisions regarding the running of our school. I have been married for 15 years and we have four boys. In my professional career I run my own business designing and making silver and 3D printed Jewellery. As part of my work I support mission work overseas that rescue and rehabilitate victims of human trafficking and have travelled to Cambodia to teach jewellery making at Be Free Cambodia. I teach creative workshops and more recently speak at conferences promoting awareness around domestic abuse.

I am passionate about the safety and well being of our young people and currently serve as the Safeguarding and Pupil Premium Governor.

Ernest Addo-Boateng (Local Authority)

I understand the impact governors have in terms of the direction and support for schools and also the importance they play in supporting the Leadership team to achieve the schools aims and goals. 

I decided to apply to be a Local Authority governor to so I can support my local school and help our young minds develop and be the best they can be, no matter their background. I bring to the table years of teaching and working in schools and I am hoping I will be able to make some valuable contributions to Beeches Junior School however small it might be.

I am from a Christian background and have been a youth pastor for years now and in my professional career, I qualified as a teacher in 2007 and have worked as Assistant Head of Department and Head of Faculty in 2 different secondary schools. I am currently working as a Lecturer in Engineering at James Watt college part of Birmingham Metropolitan College. I am hoping I will be able to help and support Beeches Junior School to achieve its vision of providing a warm, friendly and secure environment, conducive to learning and becoming a place where children and adults can feel safe, happy and cared for.

Maurice Coles (Co-opted)

I am a governor of Beeches Junior because I hope that he can use my extensive knowledge of the education system and many years of service to the best effect in supporting the school’s young people to aspire, achieve and become compassionate outward looking Brummies.

I am CEO and Founder of the CoED Foundation, a charity dedicated to bringing compassion into education and learning. My career in teaching, advisory and inspection work, and in running several companies and large support services has led me to author numerous publications including Every Muslim Child Matters, and Faith, Interfaith and Cohesion: the Education Dimension. The Foundation’s first book, Towards the Compassionate School: from Golden Rule to Golden Thread, was published in September 2015.

Previously I was the CEO of a curriculum company, director of the internationally acclaimed Islam and Citizenship Education (ICE) project, and CEO of the SDSA in Leicester. For 18 years I held a number senior education posts in Birmingham.

Extensively travelled, I come from a Christian background, reverted to Islam 16 years ago, and have been married to a Hindu for over 30 years. I believe compassion, humour, collaboration, organisation and commitment are the keys to stopping conflict, promoting interfaith, and building a just, compassionate and cohesive society.

Farhana Moula (Co-opted)

Promoting and nurturing a sense of community is something I deeply believe in and hope to do as a governor at our esteemed school. Having worked for the Birmingham City Council Planning Department since 1999 I have acquired a great level of experience and knowledge about our city. My current role as a Planning and Regeneration Support Officer has allowed me to engage in a large number of projects across Birmingham, which instills ambition, innovation and creativity into the young people. 

It is a fact that our children represent the future for tomorrow; Beeches Junior School ensures that that tomorrow is bright, brave and inspirational.  All three of my children attend Beeches schools, and I have witnessed them grow holistically and academically.  I hope to support my fellow governors and the staff at our school to embrace a thirst for lifelong learning and encourage our children to exceed expectations.

Mike Smart (Headteacher)

Part of my role as Headteacher of the school is to serve as a member of the governing body.  The governing body at Beeches Junior School is a strong, supportive group with a very clear focus on our children; it is a pleasure to work with them.  The governors have a wide range of backgrounds and skills, and offer a fresh perspective on our work in school.

I have experienced working in the role of a parent governor, having spent seven years as a governor at my children's junior school, including two years as Chair of Governors.  I know how demanding the role can be, and I am extremely grateful to my fellow governors for the time they give and their commitment to our children.

Richard Wheatley (Staff)

As a member of the teaching team, I am Head of Year 6 and also the Computing Co-ordinator.  I have taught in this school since my NQT year (2008) and, as a result, have quite an affinity with the children, parents, staff and the school itself, alongside the community it serves.  Over the years I have had the opportunity to teach in all year groups, lead the school football teams, with great successes, and I have recently become a member of our school's Extended Leadership Team.

With this in mind, I feel I am in a fortunate position and have the necessary experience to be able to contribute as a governor and represent the views of my colleagues.  Having been a part of the school's recent history, I'm looking forward to being even more involved with its future.


Click here for some additional information about our governors.

Click here for a record of attendance at governing body meetings in 2019-20.

Click here for a record of attendance at governing body meetings in 2018-19.

Click here for a record of attendance at governing body meetings in 2017-18.

Click here for a record of attendance at governing body meetings in 2016-17.

Click here for a record of attendance at governing body meetings in 2015-16.