Welcome to our Governors' section.
Chair of Governors - Mrs Janet Ashton
Vice Chair - Mr Andy McKenzie
Temporary Clerk - 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.