As the Chair of Governors, I am delighted to welcome you to the Governor pages of our new school website.

As governors we all work closely with all stakeholders to ensure our school serves the children, parents and local community in the spirit of “Dream, Believe, Achieve, ” – our school slogan. We are all passionate volunteers from differing backgrounds, beliefs and ages but we work with one common purpose to promote the education and well-being of the children.

We work closely with the Local Authority, other external bodies, all our staff, parents and children to ensure the highest possible standards. We encourage children to aim for the stars and use achievements within the school as an inspiration for other pupils.

The Governor’s role is a strategic one – holding all those engaged in the work of the school to account. We have high expectations of the Senior Leadership Team and this is filtered through the entire school body building an ethos of responsibility and accountability.Every Governor has ownership of and responsibility for a variety of aspects of school life in order to achieve this.

Our school has been the centre of our community for just over eighty years and it is the intention of all the Governors that this should remain to be the case well into the future.

What makes our school very special is the welcoming, happy and courteous ethos we promote and parents and visitors often remark on this. It is our aim to ensure our children are able to learn in a positive and enjoyable environment.

Thank you for visiting the Governor section of our website and we hope you enjoy learning about our truly wonderful school.

Jo Bromige – Chair Of Governors

Statutory Information


Chair of Governors

I joined as a Parent Governor in 2015. Both my children have attended Coppice and I am passionate about being a part of the school. I believe that a school functions at it’s best when parents, staff and governors work together. I am an accountant  and Financial Director and have worked in many different industries over my career. This helps me to see the overall picture and how correct governance can help build a better future for everyone involved and the wider community.


Co-Vice Chair / Safeguarding Governor

I became a co-opted governor is 2016 and look forward to being involved in the continued development of Coppice Junior School. I have very strong ties to the school and the local community as both a former pupil and through my son who is currently a pupil. My background is in marketing and events and involves project management, operations and logistics. I run my own business and also assist in business development. I look forward to utilising my skill set to contribute to the school’s continued success


Lead for Teaching and Learning

As a resident of Coppice Road, the school has been part of my daily life for some 30 years. As a former Head of History in Secondary Schools, I spent 17 years teaching 11-18 year olds and I then led a curriculum project in South Warwickshire before managing the Warwickshire Education Partnership for 15 years. I twice chaired the National Education Business Partnership during this time and worked closely with Primary and Secondary schools and a variety of businesses.  I am now retired and have been a governor since 2010 and volunteer at Solihull Citizens Advice and the Bible Learning Centre.


Co-Vice Chair

I became a co-opted governor in 2019 to make a difference to a school other than my own. As a senior leader of a local secondary school, I believe I can provide additional support and challenge to the Headteacher, staff and pupils of Coppice Junior School. I was trained in Key Stage 2 and 3 as part of my teaching qualifications and consider myself a hybrid, with experience of both primary and secondary education. My personal goals are to improve the education outcomes of all pupils in my care, preparing young people for the next stage in their future development.

Mark Knowles


Headteacher / Associate Governor

I am currently the Headteacher at Coppice and I couldn’t be prouder than I am to be given the privilege of leading this fantastic school.  I was previously assistant head and got to know all of our amazing children and their supportive parents, my overriding priority is to take this school out of Requires Improvement and return it to it’s former glory and then on to Outstanding status.  I have been teaching for 20 years now across the west midlands in a variety of schools, I aim to use all of my experience to support this fabulous school.


Deputy Headteacher / Associate Governor

I have been the Deputy Head Teacher and co-opted governor at Coppice since September 2017. Before joining Coppice I gained many years of teaching experience working at both schools in Birmingham and Solihull. I am passionate about ensuring improvement and high levels of achievement at Coppice. As Deputy Head I am responsible for assessment, disadvantaged pupils, LAC, Eco schools, School council, Educational visits and SEN pupils. I am delighted to have joined the fantastic team here and am looking forward to working as a governor to ensure that Coppice goes from strength to strength.


Parent Governor

I became a parent governor at the beginning of 2021, having previously volunteered for the PCF where I sat on various meetings including the special educational needs board at Solihull Council.
My oldest attended Coppice Junior School and my youngest will be soon too.
I am very passionate about all children getting a good education regardless of any additional needs they might have.


Co-opted Governor
I have lived in Solihull my entire life and became a co-opted governor here at Coppice Junior School in late 2019. I have over 20 years experience in working within the public sector within the West Midlands in senior roles.   Being a Physiotherapist by trade, I have always taken an interest in the physical and mental health of people and how this is an important factor in enabling people to flourish. I have significant experience in governance processes, stakeholder management and strategic transformation. I will use my experience and expertise to add to the existing skill set within the governing board and be part of the journey where staff and children can thrive.

Graham Mallinson

Co-opted Governor

I became a governor in 2019 and look forward to being involved in the continued development of Coppice Junior School. My background is in finance and have been involved in strategy, business planning and budget management throughout my career. I feel that my skills will be beneficial to the continuing success of the school


Staff Governor

I am a staff governor.  I have worked at Coppice in several different roles for the last 8 years and have seen many changes in that time.  I am currently a part time class teacher, having taught in Years 4, 5 and 6 at Coppice.  I enjoy working at Coppice, the staff team is really supportive and the children and their families bring a smile to my face every single day.