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
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.