Bath Street
Coventry, CV1 5GU
West Midlands


Governor Information

Schools have governing bodies to help them fulfil the school's mission to provide the best education possible for their children.


The Local Governing Body is made up of a number on individuals:

  •  Parent Governors -  elected by parents of the pupils
  • Community Governors  -  elected by the Governing Body
  • Staff Governors  -  Teachers from the school 
  • The Head teacher is also a Governor 

The Local Governing Body has a strategic role in ensuring the school fulfils its's mission by:

  • thinking and working strategically to help raise standards
  • monitoring and evaluating progress towards the school's priorities and targets
  • supporting the Head teacher and staff and challenging them

The key words for describing the Local Governing Body is as a critical friend - somebody who encourages, supports and challenges. 

We have to be able to recognise when:

  • the school deserves recognition and celebration
  • when support and challenge is required

Some of the things we do as a Local Governing Body:

  • visits to the school
  • attend school events
  • linking to particular areas of the curriculum such as literacy, numeracy, special education and social, moral, spiritual and cultural education
  • social events
  • inviting staff to give presentations to the Governing Body, so that they can tell us what is happening in their area 

Sidney Stringer Primary Academy Governing Body is committed to:

  • working as a team
  • knowing our school
  • having effective meetings - held twice termly
  • attending training and development events to make sure we have the skills to perform well

creating a good relationship with parents, carers and all those who work with the school to provide support


The school will be run by its own Board of Governors which will be accountable to the Academy Trust which will oversee the new school as well as Sidney Stringer Academy.

 Governors  MAT Board of Directors
 Jos Parry - Chair  Wendy Tomes
Gerry Bailey- Co-opted  Graham Pebble
 Muna Chauham - Co-opted  Ian Dunn
 Susanne Reeve - Co-opted  John Brodie
 Hashim Bhayat - Parent  Julie Sullivan - Chair
 Charliee Beesle - Co-opted Governor  Barry Hastie
 Susanne Reeve - Staff Governor  Jos Parry
   Richard Kershaw



Jos Parry

Jos Parry

Chair of Governors

I came to Coventry to attend Coventry University (Lanchester Polytechnic) in 1973and fell in love with the city. I completed my undergraduate degrees and doctorate in Coventry and spend ten years in research posts at Warwick and Birmingham Universities before working for 20 years in Local Government at Coventry City Council. My local government career included 10 years with Education and Children’s Services and 5 years as Assistant Chief Executive. Since retirement I have worked part-time as a project management consultant.

I have previous experience as the Chair of Governors at a Coventry Primary School and became Director of Sidney Stringer Multi Academy Trust (MAT) and Chair of Governors at Sidney Stringer Primary Academy in 2015 shortly after the primary school opened. I firmly believe that education is the door to opportunity and I am committed to working with schools in the MAT to achieve the best possible outcomes for all pupils.

Gerry Bailey

Gerry Bailey


We moved down to Coventry from Liverpool in 1978 when I got a job in the Community Education Projects that were based about 100 metres from where Sidney Stringer Primary School now sits. So it’s a strange feeling returning to a place I loved after 40 years! But it’s so good to see the strong sense of community and high quality schools that do their best for children that still exist. 

I then became headteacher of Edgewick Community Primary School , and after this (except for five years working in a national education training centre) I worked as a headteacher in Warwickshire. In 2006 I retired from Clapham Terrace Community Primary School and Nursery in Leamington where I’d been for ten very, very happy years. I found that I was very bored in retirement! I did some work at Warwick University helping to train teachers and also worked on an undergraduate degree course called ‘Childhood, Education and Society’. I was also asked to cover a total of six primary schools which, for all sorts of reasons, found themselves without a headteacher for a short while. During this time too I became a university student and have just completed my PhD which researched into inclusion and what it means and looks like in schools today.

I enjoy being a governor very much – especially in a school which is growing by the year. This is an exciting prospect and gives us a rare we opportunity to help to ‘build a school’ for the present and the future.

 I am married and have three grown up children – all flown the nest now. I enjoy cycling and walking, folk music, gardening and cricket and watch games whenever I can.

Muna Chauhan

Muna Chauhan

Co-opted Governor

I have lived in Coventry from birth I am currently a Corporate Manager for a local babies hospice Zoe's Place Bay Hospice. My senior school was Sidney Stringer and l want to give something back and make a difference as a Governor at Sidney Stringer Primary.

I have a wealth of experience in Fundraising, Business Development, Mentoring, Motivational Speeches and Sales Growth.


Charliee Beesley

Charliee Beesley


My name is Charliee Beesley. I am delighted to take up my first Governor role at Sidney Stringer Primary. I am a working mum of a two-year-old boy and I live in the local area. I work as a Safeguarding Manager in the financial service industry and have done so for 12 years. I am currently studying for a degree in Criminology and Psychology, with this degree, I hope to work more closely with children.


I wanted to be a school governor at a local school because I like to support the local community and it will enable me to see the opportunities given to our children to help and assist them to achieve their own personal potential. I am keen to learn how the school makes decisions and decides what is best for our children. School is the foundation of a children’s future and I am very keen to work with the school to get the best out of our children. They are our future.


I enjoy spending time with my son and making memories.

Susanne Reeve

Susanne Reeve

Staff Governor

I am the staff governor at Sidney Stringer Primary. I have been at the school since it opened in September 2015, and have thoroughly enjoyed watching the school grow. I am currently a Year 1 teacher, Reading Leader, RE Coordinator and Special Educational Needs Coordinator at the school. 

Before I came to Sidney Stringer I worked at lots of different Early Years settings throughout Coventry and Warwickshire. 

In my spare time I enjoy reading, going on long walks in the countryside, riding my bike and making things on my sewing machine

Hashim Bhayat

Hashim Bhayat

Parent Governor

My son has been at Sidney Stringer Primary since its opening. Our experience to date have been very positive and successful, my son enjoys and looks forward to attending School.

I am a fully qualified Careers Adviser with over 15 years experience of working in the Educational Sector with the local Careers Service. I am currently working on a Local Authority contract working with Children in Care. Previously I have worked with Children in attendance at Further Education, Pupil Referral Unit, Alternative Curriculum and Adults in a range of a community settings.  My passion and skills are best matched with engaging and motivating the disengaged: helping them to access a range opportunities and positive activities.

I live in the local area and in my spare time I enjoy supporting a local charity, days out with the family, travelling abroad, watching sports and eating out.