Academy Standards Committee (Governors)
Welcome to our Academy Standards Committee (Local Governing Body) section.
On behalf of the Academy Standards Committee (ASC), I would like to welcome you to our website and to our school. Kempsey Primary School is a vibrant, exciting place to learn and I am proud to be Chair of its Governing Body.
Our Governing Body is comprised of a team of volunteers representing parents, staff, the local community and the Multi Academy Trust (MAT).
Kempsey Primary School became an Academy on the 1 April 2017, forming a Multi Academy Trust along with Hanley Castle High School and Hanley Swan, St Gabriel’s with St. Mary’s C of E Primary School in the Hanley and Upton Educational Trust (HUET).
As a Multi Academy Trust, the Articles of Association allows the Local Governing Body to consist of up to three Parent Governors, three Staff Governors (including the Headteacher), and up to 5 Appointed Governors.
The head teacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing board. The HUET scheme of delegation provides the governing body with the framework with which to make strategic decisions. The governors meet at least five times a year with committee meetings, visits to school, conversations with parents, children and staff and attendance at training sessions further supporting their understanding of how the school is operating, and the progress that the children are making against high expectations. The priorities of the school are detailed in the School Development Plan which details how the staff of Kempsey Primary School are aiming to provide the children with experiences and opportunities alongside the exciting, broad and balanced curriculum that has been established.
What is the role of the Governing body?
The role of the governing board is a strategic one; its key functions are to:
- set the aims and objectives for the school
- set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
- set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
- monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
- be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend)
Who are our governors?
Sean McInerney (Vice Chair)
Sue Fitzjohn (Chair)*
Dave Willetts – Deputy Headteacher
Clerk to the Governors
* is a HUET Trustee
**is a HUET Member
Day to day management of the School is delegated by HUET to the Headteacher and the Local Governing Body.
Meet the Governors:
Sue Fitzjohn (chair)
It is a privilege to be chair of the Kempsey Primary School Academy Standards Committee. My background in primary education which as a retired Headteacher and Inspector provides me with many necessary skills and educational understanding. However, education is constantly changing. As chair I am committed to embracing change to ensure good governance and the future success of our vibrant community school.
Currently my role includes working with Mrs Williams to monitor arrangements that affect all pupils identified with SEND. Primarily ensuring that no child is missed, and no child misses out. I am also delighted to be a link governor for Elm and Cedar classes. I am greatly looking forward to engaging with the children and all their learning achievements.
I was elected as a parent governor in 2019. I have one child currently attending the school and one who will follow in 2021. My profession has seen me project manage electrical installations in large public sector new builds including schools, colleges, hospitals and universities giving me insight and the ability to help steer the school strategically and practically as it grows in numbers. Fundamentally I am passionate about the pupils at Kempsey Primary School receiving quality of education based around the school's core values and aim to use my role to both challenge and support the school's leadership as the school continues to develop. As part of my governing role, I am a class governor and I am a part of the resources committee.
I am now retired after a career in the IT industry with IBM. I was a programmer, analyst and consultant, and finally worked in Corporate Governance. I live in Kempsey, and enjoy cooking (and eating) food, travel, and playing bridge.
I am the Maple Class Governor, and also have a watching brief for Maths and English.
I have two children at KPS, one soon to join Hanley. I taught and led in inner city schools in the UK and in international schools for 25 years. As founding Principal I established The Studio, an innovative, tech-focused state school for 14-19 year olds in Liverpool, UK. I developed a Changemaker curriculum at UWC Atlantic as Director of Learning Innovation. Both The Studio and UWC Atlantic are Ashoka Changemaker Schools and I have been actively involved in this network of 15 schools from across the UK. I am currently working with global NGO, Ashoka and The Edge Foundation who do policy and research to help schools make learning more relevant to the needs of young people. Among other things, I am currently leading a programme for headteachers in Greater Manchester called New Capabilities for a New World. This supports school leaders develop mindsets, culture, strategy and practice to support young people thrive in a changing world.
I have a background in both law enforcement and safeguarding. Previously a Detective Superintendent with West Mercia Police having overarching responsibility for Protecting Vulnerable People and then upon retirement the domestic abuse lead for Worcestershire Public Health for 7 years. For the past 8 years I have delivered domestic abuse training on behalf of both Worcestershire and Herefordshire Clinical Commissioning Groups to GP’s and health professionals and trained extensively across the NHS, Fire Service, Worcestershire Schools, the Police service, and other organisations. I live in Kempsey and enjoy playing rugby for Bromsgrove. I am delighted to be joining the Governors at Kempsey school.
Hello everyone, I am Sally Hutson and I have a grandson Finley in Reception Chestnut class.
We have recently moved to Worcester from Stony Stratford near Milton Keynes to be nearer our family living in Kempsey. It’s quite different here in an old established city to the modernism of Milton Keynes but we are really loving it here. Finding everyone friendly and warm we are starting to explore and make new friends.
I retired from full time lecturing Art, Design and Media in college and university but still do some teaching of workshops in my main subject of Textiles. I practice as a Textile Artist and create lots of art work – as well as making lots of costumes for Finley !
I am really happy to be involved with Kempsey Primary School as a School Governor as I am able to share my knowledge of education and hopefully add to the children's school experience. Coming from the world of Art and Design I value the things that this can bring to a child’s development for their future life skills and I hope to be able to add to the schools love and encouragement of creativity and challenge.
Hello, my name is Sally Shipsey and I've recently taken early retirement from health visiting in Warwickshire. My career also included 12 years teaching Health and Social Care, and Early Years courses at Worcester Sixth Form College. I spent a further 4 years lecturing in Early Childhood Studies at the University of Worcester. My role included assessing students on placements in early years settings such as primary schools. I'm hoping my career and life experiences will help me in my new role as a Governor at Kempsey Primary School.
My own 3 children are grown up and have left home. I volunteer for a local mental health charity (Behind The Smile), and occasionally at the Worcester Transition Garden Project. I love all sports, cats, dance, and sewing. When I was at school my favourite subjects (after swimming and PE) were Geography, French, Biology and English.
I look forward to meeting everyone, and being involved appropriately in school life as a new Governor.
The governors of Kempsey Primary School are immensely proud of the pupils and are committed to supporting and challenging the headteacher and staff to ensure that the children are given the understanding and abilities to live life in the 21st Century as they grow up.