Suckley School

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Welcome to our Governors' section.

Suckley School Governing Body:

Suckley School Governing Body:  1 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.
Suckley School Governing Body:  2 Karen Smith: After being chair of the Suckley Friends Association for a time I was asked to join the Board of Governors. Both of my children attended Suckley. I am very passionate about our school as I really feel that the start that a child gets at their primary school is key to the rest of their life and I believe that Suckley School is a fantastic stepping stone to a bright future for its pupils. I work as Financial controller so I have a keen interest in the financial running of the school as well as being on the Curriculum Committee and also the SEN Governor.
Suckley School Governing Body:  3 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.
Suckley School Governing Body:  4 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.
Suckley School Governing Body:  5 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.
Suckley School Governing Body:  6 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.
Suckley School Governing Body:  7 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.
Suckley School Governing Body:  8 Caroline Pinnington:I was appointed as the governor for The Arts for September 2018. I am a member of staff, working as a Special Educational Needs Teaching Assistant, and both of 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.
Suckley School Governing Body:  9 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.

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




Ms Karen Smith


2018 Resigned Sep 2019


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 McEnzie

1.10.18 2018-2022 Resources 
Mrs Linda Taylor  12.9.19 2019-2023 Curriculum 
Mrs Louise Ruane  12.9.19 2019 -2023 Resources

Governor Declaration of Business Interest