SCHOOL GOVERNORS

The governing body has a range of duties and powers and a general responsibility for the conduct of the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement including setting targets for pupil achievement, managing the school's finances, making sure the curriculum is balanced and broadly based, appointing staff and reviewing staff performance and pay and many more.

The governing body has considerable discretion as to how to discharge its responsibilities but is required to constitute itself in line with the regulations and to appoint a chair and vice chair. The governing body may delegate certain of its responsibilities to certain governors or committees of governors, although in general, it is not compelled to do so.

The Ethos Statement, taken from the School's Instrument of Government, states:

 

"Recognising its historic foundation, the school will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Church at parish and diocesan level.

The school aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality with the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith and promotes values through the experience it offers to all its pupils."

 

The Governors can be contacted either by email, through the contact page on this site, or via the School Office.

It is a requirement to publish a Register of Governors and their Interests. We have also published a Committee Structure.

The School is governed by the following Governors, assisted by the Clerk, Fran Lennon :

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Anne-Marie Rocca

I’m Anne-Marie. I juggle full time work for KPMG, some of the week in London some of the week at home. Being a parent governor is all about being representative of the parents. I’d like to think I can easily represent those families who are juggling, who have expectations about the standard of learning they want for my child, balanced with a healthy dose of fun and other activities to broaden them. I want to give the school that extra horsepower and some constructive challenge to make it an even better place. And the kids are great to be around – they have some amazing viewpoints we should listen to. I’m really fortunate that KPMG actively encourages their employees to be parent governors, so am well supported by a network which means we can share ideas.

Elected Parent Governor

Appointed:

5/3/2018

Appointment end date:

17/10/2025

Attendance Sept 18-July 19:

1/2

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Eryl Copp

I have been Chair of Governors at Cradley school since 2011 and really enjoy my role leading the team to work effectively both in supporting and challenging the school.I am an ex. teacher and lecturer in Education and have been involved in many areas of Education during my career, particularly in Early Years. My interests are in Art and Design, as I studied Art as a student, gardening and holidaying!

Co-chair of Governors/Foundation governor

Appointed:

25/1/2018

Appointment end date:

24/1/2022

Attendance Sept 18-July 19:

2/2

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Paul Clayton

Originally from Manchester, I moved to Hereford in 2009, relocating to Cradley in 2016. I’m married to Elle and have 2 young children. My eldest Charlotte attends the school (currently in Year 4) and my youngest Ben is in Cradley Nursery. They both regularly attend the school's after-school club provision. I work in Hereford as a Facilities Manager looking after multiple buildings ensuring legislation, security and health and safety is adhered too. I am passionate about improvement and hope my skills support the governing body, head teacher and school but most importantly the children and their educational needs. I enjoy a good social atmosphere with Rugby and Golf being my main hobbies.

Elected Parent Governor

Appointed:

1/2/2019

Appointment end date:

01/02/2022

Attendance Sept 18-July 19:

2/2

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Russ Shalofsky

LA Governor

Appointed:

1/04/2020

Appointment end date:

01/01/2024

Attendance Sept 18-July 19:

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Claire Griffiths

I have two children at Cradley School, who both enjoy being part of the school. I am passionate about Education and the importance it plays in a child’s life and I wanted to support the school in the part it plays in the development of young minds. I am a teacher myself so bring to the role of governor a knowledge of education and the value it brings to young people both academically and morally.

Foundation Governor

Appointed:

17/6/2018

Appointment end date:

15/06/2025

Attendance Sept 18-July 19:

2/2

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Katharine Parsons

I moved in to the village recently, having previously lived in Surrey, and Suffolk. I have been a primary teacher for over 30 years, and been involved in many changes to education during this time. Having served as a teacher governor at my previous school, I am delighted to join the governors at Cradley, and keen to put my experience and enthusiasm for education to good use. My particular interests are music, literacy, science and RE, but as a primary teacher I have taught most curricular areas. I am involved in St James the Great Church and I enjoy walking, gardening and singing in choirs.

Foundation Governor

Appointed:

18/10/2021

Appointment end date:

17/10/2025

Attendance Sept 18-July 19:

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Phil Mifflin

I have lived in Cradley with my wife, Kate since 2014. We have 3 children at Cradley Primary School, Jacob, Harry & Lottie. I work all over the country as Head of Facilities for a national retailer and am a qualified chartered Building Surveyor. I am a keen sportsman with a passion for football, rugby, tennis and golf. I hope my skills and experience help support the governing body and school in providing they best experience possible for the children of Cradley Primary School.

Elected Parent Governor

Appointed:

1/9/2021

Appointment end date:

31/08/2025

Attendance Sept 18-July 19:

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Vicky Guy

I am the Deputy Head Teacher and I started working here in September 2014. I have responsibility for Co-ordinating PE and Computing across the school. I have a passion for child well-being and supporting the holistic development of children. I am very excited to be able to support the school in my role as governor and help improve outcomes for pupils in a variety of ways .

Staff Governor - elected by school staff

Appointed:

1/9/2018

Appointment end date:

1/9/2025

Attendance Sept 18-July 19:

2/2

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Donna Jones

I am the Head Teacher and I started working here in April 2010. I have responsibility for Co-ordinating Science and Music and am the Foundation stage co-ordinator. In my role as a Governor of Cradley School I have responsibility for the Governor run Nursery, the Families, children and community committee and Health and Safety.

Ex-officio by virtue of office as Head Teacher

Appointed:

1/12/2015

Appointment end date:

Attendance Sept 18-July 19:

1/2

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Lara Taylor

I moved to Cradley in December 2014 from Berkshire to have a more rural lifestyle, be part of a village community and to be closer to family. I grew up in Malvern and love being back in the countryside. I am married to Jack and we have two young boys. I am a Management Consultant and work for a London firm, but work from home most of the time, which allows me to juggle the commitments of everyday life. I'm passionate about providing opportunity for development for younger generations and look forward to supporting the school.

Co-chair of Governors/Foundation Governor

Appointed:

15/7/2016

Appointment end date:

15/06/2025

Attendance Sept 18-July 19:

1/2

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Rev. Robert Ward

I have been a governor since I became Rector of Cradley with Mathon and Storridge in 2007. As Cradley is a church school, it rather goes with the job! For the first three or four years I was Chair of Governors, and since then have been one of the Vice-Chairs in support of Eryl Copp: and now am a member of the governors' committee dealing with Children, Families and Community. I see this as an important aspect of my care and concern for the people of the parish, particularly the younger ones. I did train as a teacher myself more than thirty years ago, and worked in parishes in Bristol and in Milton Keynes before coming to Cradley.

Ex-officio foundation governor

Appointed:

1/1/2013

Appointment end date:

25/12/2024

Attendance Sept 18-July 19:

2/2