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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.

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.  

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.

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.

Luke Wylde

Luke Wylde has been a Class Teacher since January 2013 and an Assistant Headteacher at Perton First School since September 2019. Throughout his time in these roles, Luke attended governor meetings as an observer and also reported on data, the curriculum and Pupil Premium before becoming a member of the governing board in  November 2020. Luke is passionate about keeping children safe online and in addition to these reports, has provided Online Safety training for governors. Luke feels a real sense of pride in being part of the Perton First School family and is appreciative of the work that all staff do each and every day putting children at the heart of everything they do.