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


Co-Vice Chair / 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.


I’ve been the Rector (or Vicar) of Elmdon Church, in Elmdon Park, since 2012 and a governor of Coppice School since 2013.

 I was a primary school teacher myself, once upon a time, and I’m a strong believer in the power of both church and school to build and shape their community for good, and to help its people live up to the fullness of their human potential.  


Co-opted Governor

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 assistant 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 Assistant Head I am responsible for assessment, disadvantaged pupils, LAC, Eco schools, RE, Educational visits and Global Learning. 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


Staff Governor

I have been a class teacher at Coppice since September 2013. I started as a year 3 teacher and last year I went up to Year 6. During my time here I have been the lead for French, RE and PE and now am in charge of computing. I have recently been given a new role within the school looking at low level disruptive behaviour across all the year groups.

I feel my strength is enthusiasm and aim to teach energetic lessons and allow all children to achieve their very best no matter what their ability is. Coppice is a wonderful school with wonderful children and I hope that I can challenge them to reach their potential and enjoy their time here. I will continue to give my all towards this role, ensuring a strong communication between the teaching staff and the governing body.


Clerk to the Governors