Suckley School

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Welcome to our Governors' section.

Suckley School Governing Body:

Chair of Governors: John Burton: I was appointed as an LEA governor in 2001. When the school converted to an Academy my appointment changed to that of co-opted trustee. I am a Chartered Building Surveyor and have worked most of my career in public services principally in the education sector in the counties of Hereford and Worcester. I am very interested in how the positive development of a school is achieved in an environment of constant change, principally by good leadership identifying clear goals and the means of achieving those goals, and then actively monitoring progress. Governors play a key role in this by challenging and contributing to goal setting and then monitoring progress. In March  2016 I was elected to the role of Chair.
Di Holloway: I am a qualified chartered accountant and run a local business, ‘Holloways’ which retails furniture. My position in Suckley Primary School has been Chair of the Governors for four years, until March 2016. I have also been a Governor since my daughter was a pupil here. I love being involved with children’s education and have experience in being a governor at two other schools.
Duane Berry: I was elected as a parent governor in 2014 and have two children at the school.  I am a member of the CIOB and run my own small construction business.  As I am an ex pupil of Suckley school I have a very keen and genuine interest in helping the school continue with its success.
 Rev’d Anne Potter: As a mother, a primary school teacher and a Governor for a number of years in four primary schools (three different educational counties) I have an ongoing interest in the governance of local schools.  As a trained bookkeeper I have also had experience in the running of an engineering business and village shop and Post Office.  Every local school, and particularly the primary school, is an integral and important part of every community in which it is geographically situated.  Being the local Vicar I am in the really privileged position of meeting and engaging with the people in the community of Suckley, whether they live or work in the parish or come to visit family and friends.  This, of course, includes all the children, their parents and the staff of Suckley School.
Clerk to the Governing body : John Ling: My career began with printing newspapers in Africa and the Middle East and ended with printed circuits almost everywhere, during which time I played a role either as parent or governor (sometimes both) at several schools. Retirement allowed me to continue with this interest in education by acting as Clerk to the Governors, a post I have worked in for nearly 14 years, 5 of them at Suckley.
Don Barclay: I joined the board of governors in 2017, and have two daughters at the school. I have a BSc Hons in Mathematics from the University of Southampton, and MBA from Aberystwyth University.  I work as Director of Development with a rural housing association, and have previously worked as a Finance Director at Sanctuary Housing in Worcester.  I am proud to be a governor at Suckley, and believe it is the role of the school to embrace and encourage a desire to learn in all our pupils. As a member of the governing board I work with the school’s leadership team to develop the educational offering to students and community; and ensure sufficient support and challenge is given to every area of the trust’s operations.
Andy McKenzie: I was appointed as a Parent Governor in October 2018. I have served for over 20 years in the British Army within the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and have recently moved back to the area, looking to re-establish my roots in an area that I consider home. I am a member of the Chartered Managers Institute and hold multiple qualifications in Project Management as well as being an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Advisor. I have one child currently at the school, with another hopefully starting in September 2020, so the future of this school is very important to me. I am currently on the Resources Committee and am also the computing governor.
Janet Ashton:Following a move from Kent to Lulsley in 2018, I joined the governing body in September 2019.  I am a retired primary school head teacher with a teaching career of over thirty years including two headships in schools with very different profiles.  Both roles were challenging but immensely rewarding and provided experiences which led to coaching, mentoring and supporting school leaders.  Amongst other qualifications, I have an MA in Primary Education, achieved the National Professional Qualification for Headship and accreditation as a School Improvement Partner.   My philosophy of primary education is very much in tune with that of Suckley School in ensuring that the whole school community is challenged to achieve high standards focusing on pupils having a wide range of experiences, developing a sense of self-worth and achieving their potential in a safe and secure environment.
Linda Taylor: I became a governor in September 2019. I have a Chemistry degree from London University and have many years of experience as a secondary school teacher, including in a grammar school, a social priority comprehensive school and an independent school. I was a Head of Science for 20 years. I am currently a senior adviser for AQA (an examination board) for the Practical Endorsement for A-level Sciences, and in this capacity I have visited many schools and colleges for quality assurance purposes, observing lessons, looking at records and liaising with staff. It has been a touchstone of my working life to see children provided with good educational opportunities. I have lived in Suckley with my family for over 30 years. My 3 children attended Suckley School and my eldest grandchild is currently a pupil. I have been delighted to see Suckley School thrive in recent years, and I am keen to see this continue.

Caroline Pinnington

I was appointed as the governor for The Arts in 2018. I am a member of staff, working as a teacher, and both my children attend the school. As a qualified secondary school teacher with a specialism in Art and Textiles, I am passionate about the inclusion of the creative subjects in the curriculum. As a parent and member of staff, I hope to provide a rounded perspective of school life, and represent the whole school community.  I am committed to the ongoing excellence of Suckley School and aim to provide consistent and effective governance to support the school’s culture and values.



Louise Ruane:  I joined the governing body in 2019 and my daughters have benefitted from being pupils of Suckley School since their reception years. I am qualified accountant who worked for several FTSE 100 companies before returning to Worcestershire where I continue to work as an accountant in the charity sector.  I have also worked as a teaching assistant which has strengthened my belief that children deserve a broad education encompassing the arts and PE while maintaining high standards in more academic subjects.  I am committed to supporting the school to ensure that each pupil develops a desire for learning, a confident out-look and a social maturity before moving on to their next stage. 





Suckley Governors Roles and Responsibilities 2019-20


The Suckley School Governing Body are a diverse group of people, all volunteers, with a common interest in the school, its staff, pupils and the community of which it forms a part of. Each Governor brings different strengths and skills to the Governing Body, but all have a commitment to helping the school. Suckley School is an Academy, and as this all governors are Trustees.

Governors are an important part of our school and have strategic responsibility for the effective leadership and management of the school. The day-to-day running of the school is the responsibility of the Head teacher, whilst any decisions about change and developments in school policies, staff appointments, premises, finance and Special Needs provision are approved by the Governing Body. This requires an understanding of how the school works and is only achieved by developing and maintaining close working relationships with the Head teacher, staff, children and their parents.


The Governors closely monitor the effectiveness of the school using a set of Key Performance indicators, academic and financial. To do this they make up two committees: Resources and Curriculum.





Current Term of Office


Mr John Burton Chair


02.02.09 Chair2016



Mrs Diana Holloway


2016- 2020

Resources ( Chair)

Mrs Janet Ashton




Mrs Caroline Pinnington


2018 - 2022


The Rev. Anne Potter


2015 - 2019


Mrs Sheila Marshall Head 




Ms Jo Rogers Staff 




Mrs Sarah Bradford Staff 

1.10.18 2018-2022 Curriculum 

Mr Duane Berry




Mr Don Barclay Vice Chair




Mr Andrew Mckenzie

1.10.18 2018-2022 Resources 

Mrs Linda Taylor

12.9.19 2019-2023 Curriculum 

Mrs Louise Ruane

12.9.19 2019 -2023 Resources