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Estee Griffin

Estee Griffin is a co-opted governor serving as both Chair of Governors and Chair for the Premises Committee and an active member on the Personnel Committee.


Estee is passionate about the modernisation of the school overseeing improvements to Early Years and Key Stage 1 toilets plus a revamp of the school hall including the new school stage. The stage was part funded by the schools PTFA which Estee is also a active member.


Estee is committed to all children having a good education from an early age, helping the youngest of pupils have the easiest of transitions. Estee has two children currently attending Perton First School.


" I am looking forward to bringing both my educational and outside knowledge to the chair of governors role. I have learnt a lot in the years I have been a governor and wish to bring fresh ideas and a strategic viewpoint to the Chairperson role."


Estee was delighted to work alongside Mrs Bennett and the whole school to achieve a fantastic Ofsted inspection in June 2017 culminating in a Good rating. The hard work of the all the staff and Governing Board was highly commended on the day.

Estee is looking forward to future challenges and continuing to support the leadership team when and where needed.

Rita Heseltine

Rita is a Co-opted Governor. Rita is now in her third term of office. She is a member of the Finance and Personnel Committees,  and attends Full Governors meetings and appropriate training courses.


Rita is a retired teacher who spent 30 years teaching in Staffordshire schools and a further 5 years as a supply teacher in a neighbouring authority. As an experienced KS1 teacher and Key Stage Co-Ordinator, Rita has an excellent understanding of the daily challenges and joys which face the dedicated staff of Perton First School. Not only does Perton First School provide outstanding educational opportunities, but just as importantly promotes an all – encompassing environment from Early Birds and Night Owls to increased Nursery provision to after school activities to strong links to the community. Rita strongly believes that the school’s many strengths and successes are firmly based on the principle that everyone involved on a daily basis with Perton First School is treated and recognised as a valued individual.


As a Parish and District Councillor and past Chairman of SSC, Rita takes every opportunity to promote and praise Perton First School – its staff, children and achievements to anyone who will listen!

Stephanie Evans

Stephanie has been part of the Governing Body at Perton First for 8 years, serving as a parent governor whilst her two daughters attended the school.


Stephanie is a Chartered Accountant she chairs the Finance Committee. She attends the Teaching and Learning Committee and more recently has become the Link Governor for Special Educational Needs.  During her time as a Governor, Stephanie has been involved in many successful developments within the school, in particular assisting the Headteacher in financial decisions and helping to ensure that the school always try to achieve best value to benefit our children .

More recently Stephanie has taken a break from her accountancy career and, having recently gained a Teaching Assistant qualification, she is currently working part time at the school. This has given her a valuable insight into all aspects of the school which she feels has developed and enhanced her ability to help govern the school effectively.  Stephanie is passionate about ensuring that every child is given the maximum opportunity to flourish and progress, and is relishing her opportunity to be part of a team which helps our children to achieve this goal.

Anne Bennett - Headteacher

Anne Bennett has been Headteacher at Perton First School since January 2013.  Prior to this, Anne was Headteacher at Foley Infant School in Kinver. As an experienced Headteacher who has been successful in leading good schools Anne is aspirational for Perton First School. Anne also supports other schools within the LA as an LLE (Local Leader of Education), offering support and challenge to move schools forward. Anne attends all Governor meetings where she reports on school strengths and areas for development.  Governors ask questions about our journey towards meeting agreed school targets, about the extent to which children enjoy their learning and more crucially, are kept safe. Anne feels privileged to be Headteacher of Perton First School and feels very fortunate to be part of an exceptionally strong partnership between home, school and the local community.  

Ruth Turvey

Ruth Turvey has been the Deputy Headteacher and Special Needs Coordinator at Perton First School since September 2008. She has over 20 years of teaching experience and has taught children from 3 to 13 years in a range of schools.


Ruth has a passion for supporting children with additional needs and has gained specialist qualifications in this area. She gives detailed termly reports and up-dates to our Full Governing Body so Governors can ensure there is high quality provision for children with special needs and disabilities. It is fair to say that Ruth holds the education offered at Perton First School in very high regard. After spending just two days at Perton First she moved her two daughters here as she was so impressed with the friendly, caring, family orientated ethos. Ruth works in close partnership with Anne Bennett, Headteacher, to achieve high standards in a nurturing and positive environment.

Penny Allen

Penny Allen became a community governor four years ago and has recently been invited to continue as a co-opted governor.  Her experiences as a retired teacher and her role as a Parish Councillor help the School to maintain high standards and links with the local community.


She was pleased to be able to meet the OFSTED team, delighted in the very positive report and values the excellent care given to the pupils. The school’s improvements in monitoring the progress of pupils, the improved provision of facilities for the nursery, which has fulfilled a community need, and the participation of the pupils in extra-curricular activities have proved to be a source of pride and pleasure.


Penny loves coming into school, has helped fundraise for the Pearl of Africa Choir and enjoys meeting the hard-working children and staff. She is happy to support the school and the governing body in all their endeavours and values the leadership given by the Headteacher and senior team. She understands that everyone contributes to school life, from the caretaker, dinner ladies and cleaners to the teachers, their assistants, office staff and the PTFA and hopes to continue to help the school to be a valued community in Perton.

Rev Julia Cody

Rev Julia was initially invited to be a community governor, and is now a co-opted governor and Vice Chair. She has served as a member of the Governing Body since November 2013.


Julia is a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee, and more recently has joined the Personnel Committee, as well as attending Full Governors Meetings. She has really enjoyed getting to know the school community better and learning about some of the complex intricacies of the current education system! Perhaps not surprisingly, Julia serves as a Link Governor for RE provision in school, and has enjoyed meeting with the RE Lead and other staff, aiming to understand and offer support in this area. She has really enjoyed being invited to provide practical input into the RE curriculum through taking lessons for Year 2 on baptism, and Year 4 on Holy Communion. In her role as Vicar of Perton, Julia loves coming into school regularly to take assemblies, as well as welcoming the children, staff and parents to church for Christmas, Easter and Harvest Services. Both as a Governor, and as Vicar, Julia is pleased to be able to offer personal, pastoral support to staff and children as and when helpful, being passionate about people’s well-being and flourishing.

Maria Lynch

Maria has worked at the school for over 25 years and has been an active member of the Governing Body for a number of years. During her time as a Governor she has had various roles and her latest position is as a Staff Governor with responsibilities on the Teaching and Learning Committee. Working so closely with the children, she feels that with her many years of experience she is in a good position to contribute effectively to the school and the Governing Body.


Maria’s three children and grandchildren attended Perton First School. She is so passionate about the school and proud to have seen it flourish and blossom over the years, she is looking forward to her family link with the school continuing to play a part in its future.

Ameet Samani

I have had the privilege of growing my own business since 2010 in the Facilities Industry.


As my business has developed, I have had the privilege of gained knowledge and experience in a variety of sectors from Finance/Accounts, HR, Sales and people management.


Since 2010, my business has evolved expanded through organic growth to the point where we now employ in the region of 70 staff. I have invested a significant amount of time in improving our internal and external processes, which has led to me incorporating a strong management structure. I am privileged to be in the position whereby my involvement in the business has become less of an obligation and requirement.


Now that I have fewer demands on my time, I have reached a point in my career and personal life, whereby I would like to ‘give back’ to my community. I have grown up in Perton for most of my life. I have been lucky to have received an excellent education locally, which has enabled me to achieve what I have.


Albeit that this is my first year being appointed as a Co-opted Governor, I am a believer of our children receiving the best education, in a safe and nurturing environment. I am extremely excited to be a Governor for Perton First School and look forward to using my vast business and professional skill set to improve our children’s’ school.

Paul Laird

I was recently elected to the governing body in 2018 as a parent governor. My son is in year 3 and he us loving his time at Perton First School. I have been involved in the education sector for around 20 years now and I am currently Head of House are a secondary school in Oldbury where I look after 250 students welfare, progress, data, safeguarding and general well being. I love being part of the local community and I hope my skills will be useful to support Mrs Bennett, the staff, pupils and governors as they develop what is already a good school into one that can be outstanding in many ways.

As a parent governor I aim to help and support the vision and growth of the school ensuring the all round development and outstanding education for each and every child.

Vicki Mountain

I am a co-opted Governor and joined the Governing Board in December 2018. I was drawn to the role of School Governor as I view Perton First School, and all those affiliated with our local schools, as an integral part of the local community.

I am very proud to be a parent whose child attends Perton First School and finds it a pleasure to see the school’s contribution to the Village Show, church events and other celebrations throughout the year.

I am very much looking forward to the opportunity to support the school in continuing to nurture each and every child and to build on its success both academically and within the community.

Sarah Lane

I wanted to become a parent governor at Perton First School because I am passionate about all aspects of education. I have a son at the school. I am a former pupil of Perton First School and have wonderfull memories of the time i spent in this school, and now my son is also attending.


I have worked in private nurseries and schools and have over 10 years experience. I will be supportive and proactive in helping to guide the continuing improvement at the school. I'm also a member of the PTFA at Perton First School and help out at events that we organise to help provide extra support and equipment to the school.