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My name is Susan Samra, and I have been a Governor at Stretton for 10 years. I was the Deputy Head for 8 years and am currently the Head of School.
I came to Coventry from London 10 years ago and am so passionate about working in a community like Willenhall where we can make a difference to children’s lives, help them to achieve their full potential and have high aspirations. I have loved being a part of the journey from ‘Special Measures to Outstanding’ and am so proud to continue to drive the school forward on this journey.
My name is Cathryn Jones. I joined Stretton CE Academy in September 2017 as the Deputy Headteacher and have recently been elected to the Governing Body at school. I have taught in schools in both Coventry and Birmingham, and particularly like the ethos that a C of E school creates. Outside school, I am a sensei with GKR karate but also enjoy participating in and watching a range of sports. I am mum to two children and as a family we love to be outside, playing and exploring. I love music, and try hard to find time to play my oboe, saxophone or piano to unwind at the end of the day. As a musician, I am an active member of my church, helping to lead the music worship as well as enjoying the different family days that are organised.
I am really enjoying being part of a team that continues to drive Stretton to outstanding and beyond.
My name is Ed Trelinski. I am a teacher of Politics at Rugby School and have been a Housemaster of Cotton, a boys’ boarding house, since 2014. I am passionate about all sport, especially rugby and cricket. In my spare time, I can also be regularly found scaling mountains in the Lake District, Snowdonia and the Scottish Highlands. I have been a governor at Stretton since July 2013.
My name is Sue Belden, and I have been a Governor at Stretton for 4 years. My background is in education. I was a teacher and deputy head in another Church Of England Primary School in Coventry, for many years, before I retired. During my time as a teacher, I taught the entire age range, from Early Years to Y6.
I am thoroughly enjoying being a governor at Stretton C of E Academy. It has been an exciting time of change and improvement. I hope that in a small way, I have been able to help this happen, and I look forward to future developments and successes in the school.
Now I am retired, I have time and experience to bring to Stretton. There’s also time for my hobbies of reading and travel, as well as enjoying being a granny!
My name is Rev Pam Howell and I am a Foundation Governor at the school, being the Vicar of St John the Divine Church of England Church in Willenhall Coventry. I was previously a solicitor and was ordained in 2012. I worked with our previous Vicar here for a year from 2011 to 2012 on a placement and loved being here. I was delighted to be offered this role and love being a governor of Stretton Academy. I really enjoy coming into school regularly for collective worship, and helping with the 'Divine (lunchtime) Club'. We are very glad to welcome the school every other week for our mid-week Holy Communion service.
My name is Szylvia Kabalika. I felt privileged to be recently elected to the Governing Body as a Parent Governor, joining in Autumn 2016.
I have two children: Naomi currently in Reception and who will go up to Year 1 in September 2017, and Vivian who is now 9 months old.
In my professional life I am a currently a full time student in Coventry University, studying IT and will graduate in 2018.
Education has always been important to me, learning is one of my hobbies and I think it’s important the school provides a safe and secure platform for young people to maximise and achieve their educational and career potential. I believe that the first years of a child's education are crucial to their later academic achievements and - just as importantly - to the development of social and other life skills.
I am pragmatic and straightforward and like to see results and I am a good team player. I have a lot to learn about the education system and how Stretton works but I am keen to learn and assist the school in whatever ways that I can. I enjoy the challenge of the role and working with a number of very dedicated individuals at the school.
Brian was born in Wrexham North Wales, lives in Nuneaton and is married to Linda. He worked for Courtaulds Ltd. in Coventry, Manchester, Brussels,the USA, Bradford, Grimsby and Derby and was a chief executive of their fibres division for 17 years.
Prior to joining Stretton he has been chair of governors of All Saints, Nuneaton, Stockingford Junior Nuneaton, Hartshill Senior, Hartshill, and was a member of the Interim Executive Board at Alderman Smith schools; he is currently chair at St Michael's Bedworth and Chilvers Coton Nuneaton.
He follows all sport, is a keen birdwatcher, reader and gardener.
Board of Governors Composition
Chair ( community governor) - Sue Belden
Community Governor - Ed Trelinski
Community Governor - Brian Fulleylove
Foundation Governor - Paula Whitfield
Foundation Governor - Rev Pam Howell
Parent Governor - Laura Wood
Parent Governor - Szilvia Kabalika
Staff Governor - Cathryn Jones
Staff Governor - Abigail Elkerton
Head teacher Governor - Susan Samra
Ofsted Comment : The very strong leadership of the headteacher has successfully transformed this academy. She has driven improvements in the quality of teaching and raised pupils’ achievement. Other leaders and governors contribute strongly to achieving these priorities. The governing body is highly effective in supporting and challenging leaders. Governors make an outstanding contribution to the success of the academy.
10th May 2017
(no apologies for Laura Wood)
11th January 2017
(apologies Dawn Seth, Teresa Shepherd)
23rd November 2016
(apologies Joyce Amos, Sarah Bates, Sue Belden, Dawn Seth, Ed Trelinski)
6th July 2016
(apologies Teresa Shepherd and Joyce Amos)
23rd March 2016
(apologies Ed Trelinski)