Welcome to our Governors’ section.
On behalf of the Governors, 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?
Steven Price (Chair)*
Jo Chown (Vice Chair and Chair of Resources Committee)
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:
Steven Price- Chair
Having worked for Worcestershire County Council's Children's Services for many years I became a governor because I am passionate about the role that public sector services has in improving outcomes for children. The benefit of my experience benefits not only my own children but contributes to the success of every child that attends Kempsey Primary which fills me with immense pride.
I am the current Chair of Governors and I have chaired the Standards and Learning Committee. I am also a Trustee for the Hanley and Upton Education Trust with a particular focus on, and responsibility for, school improvement.
I work for Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust as a Senior Performance Manager, which is essentially a strategic management role ensuring that operational managers are given the most accurate information to make timely decisions to provide safe and quality care for their patients.
Jo Chown- Vice chair
I am in my seventh year at Kempsey as a Governor. I am vice chair of governors and chair of the resources committee where we have review and oversight of the finances of the school, H&S matters and HR matters. I am a class governor and thoroughly enjoy spending time with the class to see how they grow over the year. I thoroughly enjoy being a governor. Coming into school to have that oversight of the day to day activities but standing back to take in the holistic bigger picture, whilst understanding the intricate details of the needs of the school, pupils and staff, holding the school to account, seeing the excellent development and growth of all of our children ( including my own three) and being a critical friend. I am also the SEN link governors and I have a particular interest in this area.
Professionally I am able to support the school with my experience and qualifications in Human Resources, L&D and H&S.
I have been a Governor at KPS since December 2014 and see my role as providing both challenge and support to the school as it strives continually to develop the educational provision and opportunities for all the school’s pupils.
My background is in science having worked across the spectrum of academic biomedical research, from the laboratory bench to national funding and strategy.
I am class Governor for Cedar and Willow classes, Governor lead for science, and sit on the Standards and Learning 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 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.
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.