Steve Wright

Chair of Governors

I volunteer as a parent governor because I recognise the importance that education and the environment, where that education takes place, has on the successful development of children. I wanted to support the school and teaching staff in giving the best education to all students and to maximise opportunities for children of all abilities and backgrounds.

I am the maintenance manager of an international speciality chemical company based in Birmingham and have been there for many years, starting as an electrical engineer so I understand the need to develop the life skills that young people will need in the work place that will assist them in later life.

I have found the experience of working with the governing body to be both informative and rewarding.

I am a strong advocate of the importance of education and also the role we must all play in the development of our children and the community which they and we are a part.

I look forward to the future and in helping to guide and influence the direction of the school in this exciting and challenging period.


Ed Newman

Governor Type: Vice Chair of Governors / Co-opted Governor.

I have been a governor for six years now, including a stint as Chair.  My son is in year six at NOSP and a daughter who has survived primary school and moved on to secondary school.  Being a Governor gives a great insight into how hard the staff work to run our school and the benefits and achievements the pupils get from all that work. It is a pleasure to help out whenever I can.

 Away from school I am the Technical Services Manager for one of the country’s biggest social landlords.  To relax(!) I am a very amateur beekeeper and I have just started training for a hundred mile charity bike ride taking place in 2017.



    Dawn Rayson 

Governor Type: Associate

Day job: I work part-time for NHS Birmingham and Solihull Cluster. I have 2 children, one who attends our school in Year 5.    

I am on the Curriculum and Pastoral and Premises and Out of School Care sub committees.  I became a governor because, for me, the quality of the whole school experience is important to children, not just the education and teaching aspects. Being a governor is one way of being able to support the school and put a parent’s voice and influence into what it offers children.



Michelle Howell

Governor Type: Finance Governor

My name is Michelle Howell, I was recently appointed Finance Governor and plan to use my experience and ideas to support the existing leadership structure at New Oscott School.

I have worked for 20 years in financial services so have a good knowledge of the UK banking industry as well as more than 5 years working in change management where I am responsible for identifying and delivering changes impacting thousands of customers. 

I can see obvious parallels between my professional work and my voluntary commitments at the school as I look to balance the requirements to meet the schools budgetary obligations while aiming to increase the experience delivered to children, parents and the local residents.

This is the start of a new chapter for me but having been welcomed by the Schools team of governors and Head Teacher it's a challenge I am incredibly excited about and see plenty of opportunity for me to make a difference.



   Sue Bristow

I am a Co-opted Governor. I am married with 3 children aged 15, 11 and 8. I work part time for the Local Authority as a teacher supporting settings with children under 5. Outside of school as a family are involved in lots of activities cricket, gymnastics, swimming to name but a few as well as enjoying the local parks and days out. Not much spare time left for myself ... maybe one day!

As the Early Years Governor I am very passionate about ensuring that the children at New Oscott Primary School, from the onset, have a place to feel safe, have fun and be with adults that have high aspirations for them as individuals and experience lots of success and be resilient when things do not go to plan so that they can all achieve their dreams.


Les Dow

I am a Parent Governor with the responsibility of Safeguarding. I am married with two children aged 9 and 6, who both attend New Oscott.

I work for Walsall Council as a Schools Attendance Officer, working with and the schools to improve overall attendance in the schools throughout the academic year.

In my spare time I find myself watching the boys swim, play football and rugby and also go to karate, which keeps me fit if not them!

As the Safeguarding Governor it is my responsibility to work closely with the Dedicated Safeguarding Leads within the school to ensure that the school is a safe and secure environment for all and therefore allow the children to work towards reaching their full potential.


Sally Midwinter

Governor Type: SEN Governor

I am a mother of 3 children and am thoroughly enjoying my role as Parent Governor. My eldest son left New Oscott in July 2011, my second eldest is in year 6 and my youngest is in Year 4.

I have a background in Performing Arts, group management including recruitment and am also a member of a local musical theatre company. I am team secretary and sports first aider for my son's Sunday football team!

I have strong family values and my children's education is of upmost importance. Being part of the New Oscott Governing body, I believe I am taking an active part in helping the school my children attend continue to strive to be the best it can be.