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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
Rosemary Adams OBE Headteacher
Anita Higgs Co-opted Governor
Julie Throssell Co-opted Governor
Juliet Krouwel Parent Governor
Charmian McCrossan Parent Governor
Bev Ffrench Staff Governor
Hadyn Hughes Staff Governor
Sheila Williams Associate Governor

Also see: Governor Committees and Interests

Governor Profiles

Rosemary Adams OBE

Rosemary Adams

I have worked in a wide variety of special needs settings across eight different authorities as a teacher, deputy headteacher, and headteacher. I have also worked as a SEN school inspector in County Durham and senior adviser for Leicester City and a school improvement adviser for Birmingham City Council which also included working as an Ofsted lead inspector.

I have been the headteacher of Baskerville School since 2001. I found it a privilege to work with special educational needs and I hope that through working with the excellent team of staff in Baskerville School we are able to make a difference to the lives of our students and their families.

I am very humbled to be awarded the Order of the British Empire in January 2016 in recognition of my services to special educational needs and disabilities.

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.

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.

Anita Higgs

Anita Higgs

I have lived in Birmingham all my life and am mum to two teenage sons. My younger son Daniel has been at Baskerville since 2009 and he is now in Post 16.

I work part time and was delighted to be elected as a Parent Governor in 2010. I currently serve on the School Improvement Committee and am Link Governor for Humanities and Modern Foreign Languages. It is a privilege to be part of such a dedicated team of people who all have the desire for our pupils and school to achieve the very best they can.

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.

Julie Throssell

Julie Throssell

My name is Julie Throssell and I am married to Neil with two children. My daughter is now in year 14 at Baskerville School.

I became a Parent Governor to offer a parent's perspective, and to support the school in making sure that our young people achieve their full potential.