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Our Governors

Mercia Lee (Co-opted) (CHAIR) -

I am delighted and honoured to be a member of the governing body of this great school. I 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 and love writing and producing quiz evenings for a variety of charities (including BFS!)


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.


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.



Laura Seager (Co-opted) 

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 happy and confident, settled in middle school. The changes in her from day one have 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. I would like Batchley to recognised as the great school it is.


Sarah Downes (Headteacher)

I'm Sarah Downes and I am very proud to be the Headteacher of Batchley First School.  I have been here since September 2020, appointed in the middle of a Pandemic.  My aim is to ensure that every child  receives the very best education possible and at the same time  feels loved and valued whilst being educated at Batchley First and Nursery School.  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. 


Hazel Claris (Co-opted) 

I was elected as a Staff Governor during my time as the Nurture Group teacher at Batchley.  I left the school in April 2020 for a new role, but was honoured to be asked to be a Co-opted Governor.  I am so very proud to be part of the Batchley family and be able to support the school, the children and the wider community by serving on the Governing Body.


Jane Sutherland (Co-opted) 

I have been a Governor at Batchley First School for several years.  Previously I worked as a teacher and head teacher in Primary schools in Birmingham and as a Schools Inspector in both Wolverhampton and Worcestershire.  

I have lived in Redditch for over 30 years.  My hobbies include walking, training and competing with my dogs as well as painting, pottery and embroidery in my spare time.


Steph Heighway  (Parent)

I'm very excited and happy to be part of the governing body for Batchley First school.  I have lived in Batchley for 31 years and attended this school myself along side my sister.  Our children have been through the school in the past 15 years and my youngest two children are still here.  I'm proud to support and represent parents of Batchley and work with fellow governors to ensure the school is the best it can be for our children. .


Sandra Read (Parent)

I am so happy to be a parent governor of Batchley First School.  I live in Batchley and my daughter has attended Batchley First School since Reception.  I love the community I live in and want the best possible outcomes for our children.  I am very passionate about supporting the staff, teachers, SLT and parents and governors to ensure the children get the best education and experiences they can. 

Governor Register May 2020