Welcome to our Governors' section.
Chair of Governors - Mrs Janet Ashton
Vice Chair - Mrs Louise Ruane
Governance Professional - Mrs Joy Tomlinson (staff member)
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.
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.
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.
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 : Staff Advisor from December 2020. 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 advice 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.
David Hewlett : I have lived in Leigh Sinton for six years and have recently retired from my work as Principal of a theological college in Birmingham. I am an ordained minister of the Church of England but have spent most of my life as an educator and trainer for those preparing to serve churches in different forms of ministry. My primary role has been to build environments of trust, openness and respect which are essential for all learning and for people to flourish. Before moving to the West Midlands I lived in rural Cornwall and was a governor (and chair) of our village community primary school, so I know the joys as well as the demands small schools bring. I am a keen musician and am loving being a grandparent!
Natalie Smith, Parent Governor : I am a Mental Health First Aid instructor with a background in Further and Higher Education support; Qualified in Leadership and Management, Careers Guidance and Safeguarding.
I am passionate about my involvement in supporting students from all backgrounds to overcome any challenges to achieve their full potential through assisting with strategic planning, guidance and fund management amongst other areas of interest.
As a Parent Governor I will strive to support the school by utilising my skill set to support both current and future students to thrive, and to assist with the ongoing sustainment of Suckley School. My areas of interests are in community support, sport, nature and the environment.
Lisa Reynolds, Parent Governor : I was born in Kent and raised in rural East Sussex. I moved to Suckley in 2003 following four years in Perth, Western Australia to join my parents who owned The Village Post Office at the time.
I started my Degree in Adult Nursing in 2006 and qualified in 2009. I worked in numerous roles within the nursing profession including; Complex Community Nursing, Acute Medicine and Accident & Emergency.
In July 2020 I made the decision to retire from nursing to focus on my other roles as Mother of two wonderful children and Farm Manager which, encompasses a wide variety of jobs including; tractor driver, fencing assistant and book keeper to name just a few.
I am honoured to undertake the role as parent governor and hope that I am able to contribute something meaningful and valuable to the school and the community during my time in the role.
Sarah Saleh - Parent Governor : I currently own and run the local brewery, The Hop Shed. Prior to this I was a primary school teacher and then a school advisor, supporting schools in challenging circumstances. My passion for education and desire for all children to be enabled to achieve their potential has never left me. I was delighted to be elected as a Parent Governor in January 2022 as I hope to be able to draw on my previous experience to support Suckley School in its desire to maximise the learning opportunities and life chances for the children in their care.
Suckley Governors Roles and Responsibilities
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.