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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.  

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.

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.

Luke Wylde

Luke Wylde has been a Class Teacher since January 2013 and an Assistant Headteacher at Perton First School since September 2015. 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.

Nick Brown

I was delighted to be appointed to the governing board at Perton First School in October 2021. My son has recently started the school in Reception following 2 wonderful years in the nursery provision. With my daughter set to join the nursery within the next few months and another baby on the way, I felt this was the time to offer my support and passion for education to the school.


I have been a teacher for over 10 years working across Staffordshire, Wolverhampton and Telford and Wrekin. Within my current role as an Assistant Headteacher in Staffordshire I feel my knowledge, understanding and willingness to challenge will aid the school during my time in role. Having recently been part of a successful Ofsted inspection I am excited by the challenge of supporting this wonderful school when it comes to their next inspection.


Being able to give back something to the school that my son attends and really enjoys is something I’m very passionate about. I look forward to working with like-minded colleagues who strive to help the school continuously develop and continue to succeed.

Jo Green

I am new to the Governing Board as a coopted Govenor in November 2021. I have two daughters who are currently having a wonderful time in the Perton First nursery provision. As my daughters are at the start of their journey within the school I am keen to come on board and work alongside the rest of the Governing Board to continue to develop and enhance the provision provided at Perton First School.


Professionally, I work in a family and pastoral support role at an all age special school in Dudley. I am passionate about parental engagement in school and ensuring the school environment is welcoming for the whole family as a child's home and family experience has a direct impact on their education. I also have a keen interest in special education needs and ensuring a holistic and inclusive provision is provided for all children. Prior to working in education I trained in social work therefore ensuring an effective safeguarding framework is implemented and every child feels safe in school is very important to me.


The ethos and values of Perton First School align with all these these aspects which makes me keen to work alongside a team with shared goals and aspirations. I will be using my professional skills, knowledge and experience to support and develop Perton First School to benefit all pupils present and future.

Fiona Gurmin

I am mum to two children who both attend Perton First School in Year 4 and Reception


I have been a teacher since 2010, when I left a career in logistics to pursue my dream of teaching.  I became the Head of English and Modern Foreign Languages in 2015 and Staff Governor in 2020,


I am passionate about helping young people to achieve the best they can and I strongly believe in offering maximum opportunities to discover their full potential through education and extra-curricular activities.  I believe this to be a shared ethos and as a parent governor, I would offer commitment, enthusiasm and determination to help develop Perton First School further and to be a link for communication between Governors and parents.

I have a passion for all things books! My favourite genres being crime thriller and dystopian fiction.  I understand the importance of laying solid foundations at an early age to create a love of reading and encouraging that throughout early years education.  I believe these strong foundations in early years will set our children up for a life long journey of reading for pleasure.

I like to play netball and I am a keen runner who actually enjoys entering a range of 10k and half marathon races.