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


Mercia Lee (Co-opted) (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!)

David Thain (Co-opted Joint Vice Chair )

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 Joint Vice Chair) 

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.

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 (or attended) Batchley First School, my eldest daughter came through Nursery Plus and is now a happy and confident, settled in middle school. 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.
Anne-Marie Summers (Co-opted) 

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.

Laney Walsh (LA)

I was privileged to be approached to act as LA governor for Batchley First school. 

I am a lifetime resident of Batchley. I attended Batchley First school as a pupil, my three daughters attended Batchley First school, as pupils and I couldn't be prouder of this fact. 

I believe in the children, and the parents of the children that attend the school, and I will do my very best to serve all of you i  the best way i can.

Laura Grice (Parent)

I was elected as a parent governor in November 2018. I have a background in Governance, as I work as a Governors Clerk across a number of schools. I want to help support the school strategically and ensure the best outcomes for the children at Batchley First School.
Hazel Claris (Staff)

I am really pleased to have the chance to serve on the Governing body.

I teach in Bumblebees, working with children in years 1 and 2 and have been at Batchley for 5 years and have loved every minute.

I am passionate about our children, their welfare and their education.

I have been married to Rob for 30 years (how did that happen!) and have 2 boys, Nathan (just graduated from Newcastle Uni) and Simon (currently at Uni in Nottingham). I enjoy playing hockey for Stourport and am also the club welfare officer. 

Jane Sutherland (Co-opted) 

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



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