Governing Body

Governing Body

The governing board oversees all decisions made about the running of the school. They support the head teacher in making the most appropriate choices regarding Teaching and Learning, Leadership and Management and School Finances.

Governing boards have a strong focus on four core strategic 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
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent
  • Ensuring Safeguarding policies are adhered to and reviewed regularly.

On 1st September 2018 Lillian deLissa Nursery School federated with 11 other Local Authority Maintained Nursery Schools. Federation will bring a better opportunity to secure strong, strategic leadership. Bringing all schools under one leadership structure to ensure that the best practice from each school can be applied to all.  There is now a growing body of evidence nationally that Federations are successful and have led to improved outcomes for children and better professional opportunities for staff.   The 12 schools are clustered into 4 smaller groups, each served by a ‘Local Committee’. These groups are:

-Allens Croft NS, Shenley Fields NS & Jakeman NS

-Kings Norton NS, Selly Oak NS & Weoley Castle

-Lillian de Lissa NS, St Thomas Centre NS & Newtown NS

-Adderley NS, Gracelands NS & Highfield NS

The people you see below are on our local board which includes: Lillian de Lissa Nursery School, St. Thomas Nursery School and Newtown Nursery School.


Mandy Cryan
Head Teacher
Lillian de Lissa Nursery School


John Ritson
Co-opted Governor
Vice of Local Board


Margaret Sullivan
Co-opted governor – Chair of Local Board


Lorna Rose
Co-Opted Governor with
S.E.N Responsibilities

Yupu Lin (2)

Yupu Lin
Co-opted Governor

Sally Andrews
Co-opted Governor

Sarah Roberts
Associate Governor
Deputy Head Teacher – Lillian de Lissa Nursery School


Mark Tyler
Clerk to the Governors

Our federation elected governors are:

Sean Delaney – Chair – Operations manager at CREC


David Aldworth – Executive Head Teacher –  Allens Croft NS, Jakeman NS and Shenley Fields NS

Yvonne James – Executive Head Teacher – Selly Oak NS, Weoley Castle NS and Kings Norton NS

Lesley Harris – Executive Head Teacher –  Selly Oak NS, Weoley Castle NS and Kings Norton NS

Mandy Cryan – Executive Head Teacher – Lillian de Lissa NS, St Thomas Centre NS and Newtown NS

Sharon Lewis – Executive Head Teacher – Highfield NS, Adderley NS and Gracelands NS

Vanessa Frank –  Executive Head Teacher – Highfield NS, Adderley NS and Gracelands NS


Sue Sidaway – Co-opted Governor -Vice Chair

Gemma Weston – Parent Governor

John Ritson – LA Governor

Katherine Taylor – Staff Governor

Sally Andrews – Co-opted Governor – Safeguarding Responsibility

Yasmin Akhtar – Co-opted Governor

Linda Pain – Co-opted Governor

John Taylor – Co-opted Governor

Michelle Howles – Co-opted Governor

Natalie Evans – Co-opted Governor

Kenneth Lewis – Co-opted Governor

Lorna Rose – Co-opted Governor- SEND Responsibility

Christine Pascal – Co-opted Governor

Margaret O’Sullivan – Co-opted Governor

Nadeem Shabir – Co-opted Governor

Jade Fawns – Co-opted Governor

Sarah Fallows –  Co-opted Governor

Carl Finn Co-opted Governor

Yupu Lin –  Co-opted Governor

Clare Rae –  Co-opted Governor

Jessica Mattocks –  Co-opted Governor


Rhian Thompson – Clerk – SIPS Education


Our Governor Business Interests Table will be repopulated once the new Governing Board has been finalised and this information has been made available by our clerk.

You can contact the governors at any time.
Email: You can contact the Clerk to the Birmingham Federation of Maintained Nursery Schools on:
Post: A sealed letter can be handed to the Federation Chair of Governors, Mr Sean Delaney via the school office.

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