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Kempsey Primary School

To learn with respect and belief; to challenge, create and dream!

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?


Parent Governors

Richard Marsh (Chair)
Ange Parker (Vice Chair)

Staff Governors
Louisa Webster

Bryony Baynes

Appointed Governors
Eric Myers

Co-opted Governors

Janet Jager
Lorna Phillips

Ian Blanchard

Sue Fitzjohn*

Associate Members
Dave Willetts – Deputy Headteacher

Clerk to the Governors
Marian Walters**

* 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:


 Richard Marsh- Chair



I was elected as a parent governor in 2019 and am now delighted to be serving as chair of the board.  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.




    Sue Fitzjohn


My background in primary education which as a Headteacher and Inspector has provided me with some necessary skills and understanding however, education is constantly changing. As a governor I am committed to embrace change to ensure good governance and the future success of our vibrant community school.


Currently I serve on the Standards and Learning committee. This year my role has included the support of Mrs Williams to monitor arrangements that affect all pupils identified with SEND. I am also delighted to be a link governor for Cedar, Beech and Hazelnut classes and to work with Ms Hudson as the ECO governor. The children are working hard to achieve the second ECO Green Flag award.




    Eric Myers


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.

    Lorna Phillips


I joined as a Governor at the end of the school year 2017/18, with a special interest in communications.  I have worked in commercial, public and third sector marketing and communications roles for many years and also have experience of education. I now head up the marketing function of non-maintained special school New College Worcester, a national residential school and college for children and young people who are blind or visually impaired. My academic background is in Social and Business Psychology. My eldest son moved on from Kempsey Primary School to Hanley Castle High School in 2018 and I also have a son at Kempsey in Year 4.


    Ange Parker


I was elected as parent-governor in 2018 and am part of the standards and learning committee. I have children in year 3 and year 1 and am proud to be part of Kempsey Primary school community.  On a personal level, I am keen to support and ensure the continuing development of our school by looking at the bigger picture and maintaining an open and objective mindset. Professionally I hope to be able to bring a lot to the role by drawing from my vast education experience.  I have been teaching since 2002 and have taught and lead in a wide range of settings including spending 4 and a half years as a head of department in a special school for children age 2-19. Currently I am training manager at a mainstream high school and am passionate about maintaining quality of education and staff development.






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.

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