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St Laurence's

C of E Primary School

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Meet our Governors

Meet our Governors


Mrs Jayne Scott- Chair of Governors

I have been a Parent Governor for nearly 4 years, when my daughter was in year 3, my son started at St. Laurences in Reception and now is in year 4. I currently work as a Human Resources Officer, previously I was a retail store manager for 24 years , so I felt I could bring a mixture of skills to the Governor Committee such as financial / budget analysis, health and safety in the workplace and people management.  

I had no previous experience of being a school governor but relished the experience of the development and learning from the training courses that I have been offered. I am proud to be a Governor at St. Laurences, I want the best for my children, and feel I can bring a parent's perspective to the meetings. I want all children at St. Laurences to have the best education, feel safe, be happy at school and strive to be the best version of themselves when they leave school in year 6. Its important that the school delivers a good quality of education and every child experiences a happy journey from when they start in Reception.  

As parents we all need to support the school in its journey to become outstanding, my role enables me to ask difficult questions and challenge in the right way to ensure we have the best outcomes for our children, and speak up for what is important.

Its also important we all become part of the school community, engage in our children's education and provide the best outcomes enabling them to reach their full potential.



Rev. Gareth Irvine- Foundation Governor

I became a governor at St Laurence’s School when I arrived as the new Vicar at St Laurence’s church in 2017, and I was really excited to build on the already established close relationship between the school, the church and the wider community.


The best thing is always getting to meet the children and the staff, and to hear about all the things they are learning about.  I have enjoyed working with the leadership team to develop our own school vision & identity around our core values of faith, hope & love. I’m regularly involved in helping lead collective worship, and joining in with the children and staff with our favourite worship songs.


Mrs Mehwish Ramzan- Parent Governor

I become a Governor at St Laurence’s as I had a desire to be part of the community and develop a relationship with the school, staff and pupils. I also wanted to make a positive difference to the school, help to improve the quality of learning opportunities pupils receive and support senior leaders to raise standards. 


I thoroughly enjoy every part of my role as a Governor. I am proud to be part of a wonderful, positive and dedicated team. It is always a pleasure to talk to the pupils, listen to their opinions and hear their appreciation for the activities and experiences the school organises. I have been fortunate enough to see them happily engage in these experiences and it is clear the staff are always striving to provide the best.



Mr Antony Dewis- Community Governor

I wanted to become a Governor at St Laurence's because during my time as a teacher, I enjoyed working with the children and the families of the school. As a teacher, St Laurence's gave me many opportunities to develop and grow and I am thankful for the experiences. Having the chance to continue working with the school and supporting them as a Governor was too good of a chance to let slip!


The best thing about being a Governor at St Laurence's is having the chance to support the school from a strategic point of view. It is a privilege to be in a position where I can offer advice and contribute to some of the key decisions for the direction of the school. On a personal note, it is also lovely to see so many of my former colleagues!


Mrs Sarah Coakley- Staff Governor

St Laurence’s was a huge part of my life for 6 years until I left to pursue a Business Manager role.  I was vey sad to be leaving the children and staff so being part of the Governance Committee allows me to still have an active part in the school life at St Laurence’s.  I wanted to give something back to the school that had supported me so well whilst I was there.


The best thing about being a Governor for me is to see the enthusiasm and passion both the children and staff have to help St Laurence’s be the best it can be.  I enjoy being able to challenge and support in the decision making process to create a positive school experience for everyone



Mrs Vicki Gower- Parent Governor

I have been a parent governor for 3 years. However, I became involved with the school in 2011 when my eldest son started in Reception at Foleshill C of E Primary, as it was known then, followed by my youngest son in 2017, who is currently in Year 5. Both of my children have thrived at St. Laurence’s and I felt that I wanted to become a governor to give something back.


Over the years I have seen many staff come and go and have seen the school grow in strength from requiring improvement to good, and I want to support and encourage the school as a whole to improve learning opportunities and standards on their journey to becoming outstanding.


Although I have no previous experience as a governor, as a teacher myself I have knowledge and understanding of the curriculum and the way a school works so I feel able to use my skills as well as a parents perspective to monitor, support and challenge as necessary to ensure that all children and staff have a happy, safe and thriving environment to develop in.


Mr Ryan Beasley- Community Governor

I joined St Laurence's as a Community Governor in 2023. Growing up, I split my time between my parents houses, and with my Dad living in the area, many of my friends from a young age went to this school. 


I have worked in the charity sector for over 10 years. Being General Manager and CEO of two small organisations, I have a range of experience but have particular interests in governance and education, and I am no stranger to boards. I am also Deputy Chair of the Board at Aberystwyth Students' Union. 


I am delighted to be part of such an incredible set up and was impressed by the passion of everyone involved during my visit before applying for the role. I look forward to getting involved outside of committee meetings and being part of a wonderful Community. 


Mrs Thea Denholm-Young  Foundation Governor

I became a Foundation Governor in 2022. Our family have been part of St. Laurence's church since 2021. Through the church we discovered the school and our son started in reception in 2022. Our daughter will hopefully join him in 2025.

I work as a nurse in the Arden Cancer Centre where caring for people is my focus.

I've been a Christian since 1990 and have lived in intentional Christian Community for 19 years. I'm now enjoying the sense of community in both the church and school.

In my role as Foundation Governor I'm keen to promote 'life in all it's fullness' in every aspect of school life.