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Batchley FS Governors - a little bit about us all - and our faces...

Jane Sutherland (Co-opted) (CHAIR)

Mercia Lee (Co-opted) (VICE CHAIR) -

I am delighted and honoured to be a member of the governing body of this great school. Having spent my working life in schools as a teacher and later as a primary mathematics consultant for Worcestershire County Council. I love visiting Batchley FS and feeling the creative `buzz` as I meet, support and share ideas with the hardworking and dedicated staff and the delightful and wonderfully behaved children here. I particulary enjoy supporting maths learning and teaching in school. I have lived in Redditch since 1984. Both inside and outside of school I am often referred to as `the cake lady` as I love baking. I also enjoy spending time with my grandchildren, am involved with activities at my local church and love writing and producing quiz evenings for a variety of charities (including BFS!)

Helen Evans (Parent)

Norma Kift (LA) 

I was delighted to be offered the opportunity of accepting a position as a Governor of Batchley First School. Having initially followed a career in teaching, I have always been actively involved and interested in the education of children in their formative years. More recently, I retired from my final appointment as a Headteacher of a local school. In the short time that I have been associated with Batchley school, I have been impressed with the quality of support and the many educational opportunities offered to the children by a hardworking and dedicated staff, as noted in the recent Ofsted inspection. When visiting, I have found the children helpful, enthusiastic and always polite. I am also a member of the Finance & Staffing committee. My other interests are mostly centred around musical theatre and the performing arts, having been a Director of Music for local societies over many years. Any spare moments are spent enjoying the company of my lovely family.

Maureen Muckle (Co-opted)

I`ve been on the governing body for over 30 years.  I became a governor when my child went to the school in 1980.  I was chair of the governors until I stepped down a few years ago.  I`m very proud of Batchley First School and our wonderful children, and I now serve as Safeguarding Governor.  I received an MBE in 2010 for services to education and the community.

Laura Seager (Parent) 

Hi, I`m Laura Seagar. I have 4 children who all attend Batchley First School, my eldest daughter came through Nursery Plus and is now a happy and confident 8 year old in her final year. The change in her from day one has been amazing. She is still meeting and smashing targets set for her and this is down to the teachers, her and the school. After my youngest child was born and I realised i was going to be present at Batchley for a while, I decided to become a parent governor as I had hoped to share my opinions and thoughts on making this school the best it can be. It was wonderful to be a part of the school during the transition from "Requires improvement" to "Good" and it was during that meeting with Ofsted that I realised how every single person whether they be a teacher or a governor is extremely passionate about the school and its pupils. It was great to see. I Hope this comes through and I would like Batchley to recognised as the great school it is.

Laura Smith (Co-opted)

My name is Laura Smith and as well as being on the Governing body at Batchley First School, I am Assistant Head and the lead for KS1.  I have taught at the school for 12 years in all year groups, but for the past five in years one and two.  I particularly enjoy developing our literacy teaching and using this to make our curriculum as creative as possible.  When not at school I enjoy keeping fit and walking my dog with my family.
Anne-Marie Summers (Staff)

My name is Anne-Marie Summers and I have worked at Batchley First School for over 12 years. Before this I worked as a Staff nurse in Birmingham. As a HLTA (Higher Level Teaching Assistant) I have the privilege of working in all year groups throughout the school. I primarily deliver the PHSE curriculum within the school. I have been on the governing body for about 15 years, initially as a parent governor. I am married and have four children who have all been pupils at Batchley. I enjoy family time, baking, reading, watching movies and travelling. I feel honoured to work with our wonderful children and alongside incredible staff who work tirelessly to meet their needs. I enjoy being a Governor and hope to continue to contribute to the school moving in a positive direction.
David Thain (Co-opted)

I am honoured to sit on Batchley First Schools board of Governors where I have special responsibilty for Special Educational Needs (SEN). I have been a member of the board since 2010. I am a Borough Councillor, live in Redditch and teach English as a profession.

Ian Webley (Parent) 

I am a parent of a Year 2 student and a reception student.  I joined the governing body a couple of years ago after meeting up with a couple of existing governors.  I very much enjoy my involvement within the school and see the role as being very important.  The school has had some concerns but has come out the other side in a much better position and this is down to the hardwork of everyone involved.  I can personally say neither of my children have ever grumbled about school and love every day.  I work locally as a driving instructor and have been doing this for 9 years.  I am married to Sarah and have my 2 children.

Matt Whiteley (Head)

I'm Matt Whiteley and I am very proud to be the Headteacher of Batchley First School.  I have been here since September 2006, working hard to build all the things we have achieved in that time.  One of my passions has always been sport - I was once a pretty good rugby player who played for Moseley and Worcester - and have tried to bring that into what we can do in school.  I am married to a teacher, with two teenage daughters, who are also quite sporty.  I enjoy working with the other governors to keep moving the school forward, trying to make it better and better for all the Batchley children.

Richard Willett (Parent) 

I was delighted to be voted in as a parent governor here at Batchley First School. My son is now in Year 4 and absolutely loves school life. I was able to come into school to deliver a science session to each year group. It struck me just how happy every child was. Their joy and enthusiasm was only matched by the staff.  I was thoroughly impressed and enthralled.  I currently work at Studley High school and initially was interested in seeing how governors worked and saw the opportunity as a chance to help better the education of our children.


Julie Emms (Deputy HT) 

Buildings - David Thain
Standards and Curriculum - Mercia Lee
Staffing & Finance - Jane Sutherland



Batchley First School Governing Team