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Igor Cusack
Mr Binnie,
Chair of Governors

I became Chair of Governors of Baskerville School in October 2016 after my appointment as a Local Authority Governor.

The Governing Body has a clear role to oversee a continuous improvement in the care and education of the students at Baskerville and to ensure that statutory duties are carried out. We also have a responsibility to promote the welfare of staff and to ensure that the quality of teaching and support is also improving.

My first impression is that we have an excellent group of staff lead by an outstanding Headteacher, in Rosemary Adams. I look forward to working with them to make Baskerville even better.

Governors carry out their responsibilities on behalf of parents and other community members. I believe that it is vital that governors, parents and staff work in partnership to create even better opportunities for the students of Baskerville.

I am honoured to be Chair of Governors and look forward to working with the school community to meet the many challenges ahead.

Ian Binnie
Chair of Governors

About the Governing Body

The Governing Body of Baskerville School is composed of representatives from all the key groups involved in our school – parents, staff, the Local Authority and co-opted members from the local community. Some Governors are appointed and some are elected. All serve the school on a voluntary basis.

The governors are the strategic leaders of our school and have a vital role to play in making sure every student gets the best possible education. In Baskerville School, the Governing Body places a strong focus on the following functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff;
  • Monitoring the performance and progress of our students;
  • Working with the staff to ensure a high standard in the teaching and caring of our students;
  • Planning ahead so that the performance of our students and our school continues to improve; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

The full Governing Body meets together at least five times over the school year. Five Governors have been appointed to monitor the school's finance, safeguarding, pastoral, school improvement and residential provisions. They report regularly to the full Governing Body. School Governors also regularly carry out unannounced inspection of the school's residential units.

The Governors are always keen to hear the views of parents, carers, members of staff and students so please feel free to contact any of Governors if you have any concerns, suggestions or positive comments about the school.

Members of our Governing Body

Name Title/Role
Ian Binnie Chair of Governors, LA Governor
Professor Susan Hunston Vice Chair of Governors, LA Governor
Jackie Smith Headteacher
Juliet Krouwel Parent Governor
Charmian McCrossan Parent Governor
Scott Elwell Co-opted Governor
Bev Ffrench Co-opted Governor
Hadyn Hughes Staff Governor
Sheila Williams Associate Governor

Also see: Governor Committees and Interests

Governor Profiles

Ian Binnie

Ian Binnie

I recently retired after forty years of secondary teaching. I trained in London and began teaching History in the East End, later moving to Kent and then Birmingham. For eighteen years I was headteacher, first of a school in Walsall and then in Tipton. Both schools were large, multi-cultural comprehensives.

Since retiring I have become governor of two schools, including Baskerville. Taking advantage of retirement I work as a volunteer at the Royal Fusilier Regiment Museum in Warwick and am an active member of a number of historical societies. I am also a governor of Bristnall Hall Academy, a secondary school in Sandwell.

Scott Elwell

Bev Ffrench

My youngest son attends Baskerville and I recently joined the Governing body in July 2018, having been a parent governor at another Autistic Special School for over six years.

As a governor, I hope to make a valuable contribution to Baskerville helping its teachers and staff, supporting them as they continue to provide the best education and provision for all students.

Bev Ffrench

Bev Ffrench

I have been a staff governor at Baskerville School for the past five years. I am now a co-opted governor. I have over 25 years teaching experience in Birmingham schools and have always been in an active governor role as staff or parent. I have 10 years' experience in mainstream schools and 15 years in special schools. I have been a governor in primary special school and mainstream secondary school.

My role in Baskerville School is Assistant Headteacher for curriculum and assessment. We see every student in Baskerville as unique and special and the education we provide helps them to become happy, confident and purposeful individuals. We have a great team of people who are part of the Governing Body and it is always a privilege working with them.

Hadyn Hughes

Hadyn Hughes

I have been teaching at Baskerville School for approximately six years and have recently started my role as staff governor this academic year.

My main goal is to bring in my experience as a classroom teacher to the governing body of Baskerville School and be a voice for both staff and students.

Susan Hunston

Susan Hunston

I have recently (September 2017) joined the board of governors, having semi-retired from my job as Professor of English Language at the University of Birmingham and looking to give something back to the community.

I am very impressed by the calm atmosphere of the school, the dedication and expertise of the staff, and the way each student is treated as an individual with unique capabilities and needs. I am particularly keen to support this small and specialised school as it moves forward in challenging times.

I hope my knowledge of English as a school subject, and my experience of students making the transition from school to university, will be useful to the school. I am looking forward to meeting parents at school events.

Juliet Krouwel

Juliet Krouwel

I am very excited to have been elected as a parent governor for Baskerville School. My daughter has recently started in Year 7 at the school and is enjoying her experience.

I think Baskerville School has a lovely atmosphere, a kind and dedicated staff, fantastic grounds and I am looking forward to getting to know much more about it. I have a deep interest in special educational needs, having worked as a mainstream class teacher, specialist SEN teacher, SENCo (all within mainstream) and now as part of Birmingham City Council's Access to Education team. Although there is still a long way to go, autism is understood much better than even ten years ago, with more options rightly available to all.

I'm looking forward to learning about the ways in which Baskerville School supports our children as they explore their choices and grow into adulthood, and I hope I can play a useful part in this as a member of the governing body.

Charmian McCrossan

Charmian McCrossan

As a parent of two teenage sons, each with different and individual needs with regard to their autism, I have a good understanding of the needs of pupils at Baskerville School. My youngest son is currently in Year 11 and has thrived whilst at Baskerville school, developing his self confidence, achieving and enjoying his education.

I am also a leader of an autism parent support group in Worcestershire, listening to parents and discussing strategies parents find successful for their child, as well as organising speakers and signposting parents to relevant organisations.

Furthermore as a primary school teacher for 23 years and a leader of a parent support group I am well placed to make a positive contribution to the governing body and look forward to being a governor at Baskerville School.

Jackie Smith

Jackie Smith

I became the Headteacher of Baskerville School in September 2018. It is a privilege to work alongside a talented, committed staff with great students.

I am passionate about autism and SEN provision and education. I have worked with Special Needs all my teaching career (26 years) in mainstream and special schools as a teacher, Assistant Head, Senior Deputy and Acting Head Teacher.

Working in partnership with parents and carers, we can achieve the best possible outcomes and lives for our students.