Meet the Local Governing Body Governors

This is Solihull Sixth Form College’s Local Governing Body, with profiles on each governor.

Jonathan Bridges (Chair)

I am Chair of Solihull Sixth Form College Local Governing Body and a Trustee of Summit Learning Trust. I am proud to work with the staff and students of this special place to do our best to ensure that everyone here has the aspiration, commitment to invest and respect for each other needed to fulfil their potential as learners and citizens. Our results show we are a high performing college and we are committed to learning, developing and improving as a college community to deliver more for our students in future.

I studied at the College in the early 1980’s and my son spent two happy and successful years as a student much more recently. Whilst he attended, I became a Parent Governor and after the College joined Summit Multi-Academy Trust I joined the Board of Trustees, providing a link between the College and the Trust leadership groups. I also Chair the Trust Board’s Risk and Audit Committee.

I retired from my career as a director in a major UK engineering company 3 years ago and when not active on College or Trust business I enjoy walking in the more remote parts of the UK and spending time with my family. I hold an honorary Research Fellowship at Bradford University in the Faculty of Engineering & Informatics and occasionally co-author research papers with more energetic colleagues.

Sandra Shingler

I am an accounting technician by profession and have worked in Finance with the Department of Education (DfE) since 2010. I am currently a Deputy Finance Business Partner for Academies and Maintained Schools in the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). I feel my experience as a Department for Education employee gives me an insight into education and financial funding within education settings. The DfE actively encourages staff to become Governors and I have their full support.

I was successfully elected as Parent Governor for the Local Governing Body at Solihull Sixth Form College in January 2019. As a parent of one former and one current Solihull Sixth Form College student, I speak to my children about their Sixth Form experience and pass on issues and praise from them to the LGB; which helps with governance and provides useful student feedback. I have enjoyed attending Local Governing Board (LGB) meetings as a Parent Governor and have reviewed board papers, challenged College Leaders, attended events in College and established productive working relationships with senior leaders and board members. I was therefore delighted to become a Trust Appointed Governor in January 2021 and to take on the important role of Safeguarding Link Governor.

Caroline Sweeney

I am the Staff Representative on the Solihull Sixth Form College Local Governing Body. During my 12 years at College, alongside being the SENDCo (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator), I have been Curriculum Leader for a variety of cross-College teams, including Academic Coaching, Student Development and Counselling. As SENDCo, I work closely with the College’s Exams Department and lead on Exams Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments for those students with SEND. I hold a Level 7 Diploma in Dyslexia Assessment and Intervention and am passionate about the importance of excellent education and learning opportunities for all.

I previously taught English at GCSE and A level and was Head of Sixth Form Centre at a large FE College. I have also been an examiner for both GCSE and A level English. Prior to entering teaching, I have been both a police officer and an Executive Officer in The Training and Enterprise Council and Learning and Skills Council, where I supported young people in accessing youth training and further education courses. It is a pleasure to be part of the LGB and to contribute to the strategic vision and continuous improvement of the College.

Janvie “Joy” Miah

I am the Chair of Solihull Sixth Form’s Student Council as well as a member of the Local Governing Body. I oversee and lead Council activities, organise events in college and work my hardest alongside my members to provide a better environment for students. As a student myself, I voice my opinions on issues that concern us, our worries, our appreciations and general enquiries. I, alongside my fellow Council members, bridge the gap between staff and students and allow a better communication between the two to ensure that College stays a safe space for everyone.  On the Council, I organise events, competitions and charity fundraisers to make life at college more lively and enjoyable. I have regular meetings with Senior Leadership staff who enquire about student wellbeing and I feedback any issues or questions. This establishes trust and reliability between the College and the students – which I am delighted and strive to provide.

This position on the LGB allows me to understand the intricacies of what makes Solihull Sixth Form College such a good place to study and how I can contribute to maintaining its excellency and high results!