Chair's Welcome


Sylvia Fry, our Chair of Governors.

Thank you for visiting the website of Clifton Primary School.

You will see the wonderful examples of how our children learn and achieve high standards in all they do, as well as general information about all aspects of school life.

Children are at the heart of any community and Clifton School has been serving the Balsall Heath Community since 1878! The school has a wonderful track record of absorbing all the changes which occur and responding to such changes with expertise and enthusiasm. Ambitions have always been high – children respond well to the challenges and opportunities they are given and this was recognised by the School being graded as 'outstanding' once again by Ofsted in 2014.

We have now concluded our major building programme which gives an excellent environment for learning in the widest possible way. The Woodland Building houses our Nursery and EYFS children. The Ocean Building and the Rainforest Buildings both house Years 1 to 5 and the Universe is specifically for Year 6. We hope that we will be able to use these buildings to further develop parental and community involvement, supporting our children as they grow and mature into active, healthy and confident young people.

It is both a challenge and a privilege to Chair the Governing Body of the School. The key role of the Governing Body is to ensure that the School achieves the aims and ambitions it has for the children. We do not take part in the management of the school, but work in partnership with the Headteacher to ensure that:

  • The school continues to raise standards for all children, whatever their level of ability.
  • The curriculum provides for and stretches all the children and that there is also a wide range of other activities for children to enjoy, including dinnertime clubs and after school activities.
  • The right staff are employed, who are also encouraged to continue their own professional and personal development.
  • The school is managing the funding it receives well, ensuring that good value for money is obtained and that systems are in place to account for the spending of the whole budget.
  • The children have a good learning environment - with buildings and equipment that help teachers teach and pupils learn.
  • Children are kept safe, including meeting statutory health and safety requirements.
  • Parents views are listened to and taken into consideration in all decisions and that parents are kept informed of school issues.

In order to do this important role, Governors are expected to:

  • Attend a full Governing Body meeting every half term – this is usually in the evening.
  • Participate in the work of at least one sub–committee meeting, where issues are considered in depth (finance, staffing, buildings or policies and curriculum). Governors are asked to consider their own background, interests and strengths when they are deciding which of these committees they will join.
  • Take an active involvement in the school – either by being a named governor for a topic area or year group, or by working with the Headteacher in specific areas of the school.
  • Keep up-to-date with developments in education, including attending training events.

Although the role of a Governor is voluntary and therefore is not a paid role, expenses such as childcare can be claimed. Our routine meetings are usually held in the evening, but other activities are within the school day. When there is a vacancy for a parent governor, an election process is undertaken, when all parents of a child at Clifton Primary School may vote for their preferred candidate.

If you are interested in participating in this way, leave me a message – either on this website, or through the school office.

Mrs Sylvia Fry
Chair of Governors