Mr Robert Pike - Parent Governor
I am honoured to have been elected as a governor for this wonderful school. My own two boys love it here and as a parent I have been impressed with the enthusiasm and expertise shown by staff members.
A trained teacher myself albeit in the secondary sector, I am still heavily involved in education as a freelance teacher trainer. I have been fortunate to train many teachers, experienced or new to the profession, on a wide range of teaching and learning issues. I work with teachers employed in secondary and primary schools in both the state and independent sector throughout the UK and abroad. I mentor cohorts of willing teachers both in and out of their classrooms following focused training days. I also deliver whole school INSET on issues such as effective differentiation, autonomous learning, engagement and resilience. My own view is that children learn best when challenged to work independently with effective support and high quality feedback that informs teachers and children alike.
A languages specialist, I recently co-authored two 'A level French' books for Oxford University Press, as well as many other resources. My other interests include rugby, most other sports, and French film and literature.
Mrs Cathy Garner - Parent Governor
I became a Parent Governor in April 2017. Having been a pupil, and now a parent, it is a huge privilege to be able to support the school in this way.
My professional background is in coaching, leadership and organisational development. I have an MSc in Strategic Leadership and Change and have trained and developed staff and leaders in universities; managed research; and supported organisation-wide continuous quality improvement projects in hospitals and GP practices. I have also spent time working Pro Bono in India and parts of Africa, and have run conferences and training events in various parts of Europe. Within the village, I helped lead Kempsey FLAG - the flood campaign that stopped homes flooding; I currently work as a portrait artist and relationship coach.
I feel I am learning more as a parent than I have in all my years of professional life combined and I am keen to support the continuous growth and capacity of the school to excel, giving our children the courage to create lives they love.
Mr Steven Price - Chair of Governors
I was elected as a parent governor in February 2013 and have two sons who attend the school. Before being elected as Chair of Governors in October 2014, I served on, and chaired, the Standards and Learning committee.In my role as Chair of Governors , I'm working with Mrs Baynes, the staff and the governing body to ensure your children receive the best possible experiences and outcomes from their time at Kempsey Primary School.
I worked for Children's Services at Worcestershire County Council from 2001 to 2016 where I spent many years providing analysis, guidance and training to schools on their education performance data. I now work for Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust previously supporting the Women's and Children's Division with their informatics requirements and more recently, promoted to the position of Senior Performance Manager.
I enjoy family time, cooking, badminton and am a fan of live stand-up comedy.
Mrs Bryony Baynes - Head Teacher
Mr David Anfield - Co-opted Governor
My name is David Anfield, and I have been a member of the Governors at Kempsey Primary School since June 2013. I work in the field of Accountancy & therefore have an interest in the financial aspect of the life & work of the school. Although my four children grew up in Birmingham, I’ve had strong links with the village since the building of the recording studio in the late 1970’s, and have been responsible for many world-famous orchestras coming to the village to record. As their conductor, they have worked with me on about 300 albums and TV/Radio adverts to date. Many of you will probably also recognize me as the Music Director of the church.
As well as my work in and around the County for various organizations, I sit on the Board of Fellows of the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers, and currently hold a place on an Advisory Council reporting directly to the Government, on matters pertaining to Finance.
Nearer to home, I sit as a Panel member for the County Council’s Legal & Democratic Services and adjudicate on such matters as School Admissions, School Expulsions, and other similar disputes involving the County Council.
Despite my age (no prizes for guessing it correctly!!), I still manage to run round a football pitch as a qualified referee (retiring from the professional game in 1998), and have just received a 30-year award for services to the Football Association.
Dr Caroline Head - Co-opted Governor
My name is Caroline Head (please call me Caro) and I was co-opted onto the Governors in January 2015. I am the link Governor for science and Elm class, and I also sit on the Standards and Learning Committee.
I have a background in science, having trained in genetics and biomedical science, and worked both in academia and national funding agencies. My work has involved looking after large portfolios of British science covering aspects as diverse as funding, governance and ethics, policy and strategy. I will use this scientific knowledge, and my broad professional skills, to support the school both in developing its science curriculum and in its continuing drive to provide excellence in all aspects of education for our children.
I have a son in the school and am in the playground most days. So please do feel free to come and talk to me.
Mrs Joanne Chown - Co-opted Governor
Hi, I am Jo Chown, parent Governor since February 2013, Vice Chair of Governors since July 2013, Chair of the Human Resources Committee and link Governor for English and P.E. I have three children who are and will all pass through Kempsey Primary School and I live in this lovely village community.
I am a Human Resources and Learning & Development professional who has worked in global companies, social services, probation services, housing associations and not for profit organisations. I really enjoy being a Governor at Kempsey because I can add value to the school with my professional skills, common sense, practical approach and strategic thinking.
As Governors we must challenge the school in every aspect and hold the school to account, all of which I thrive upon to ensure the school delivers it's best for all of our children.
In my spare time I assist in the fund raising events with the PTFA and I am the link Governor for this too. Please do not hesitate to speak to me in the playground!
Mrs Lisa Williams - Staff Governor
Mr Jonathon Wallis - Co-opted Governor
I joined the Governing Board at Kempsey in July this year and am the Safeguarding Governor, together with looking at Educational Visits and Risk Assessment. In the short time I have been part of the team at Kempsey School, I do believe there is an appetite for change that will enable the school to grow and make significant progress. I believe it's our responsibility as Governors to ensure that these improvements takes place.
Although not from the area, I have lived in the village for the last 23 years. Both my sons passed through the school and as a family we continue to have strong links to the school, with family members as both staff and pupils.
I have recently drawn a 35 year career of public service in the Army and Police to a close. My latter years spent as a Detective Inspector in the CID and Public Protection Unit in Worcester. I am currently working as a consultant independent investigator for Worcester County Council.
You may well see me plodding around the lanes of Kempsey (I hesitate to say running!), training to run 10k's in hot climes with my sons. My other interests are Liverpool football club, growing vegetables and travel.
Mrs Sue Fitzjohn - Co-opted Governor
I was elected as a Local Authority (LA) governor in October 2014. Currently I serve as Chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee. I am particularly interested in Spiritual, Moral, Social, Emotional and Cultural Education (SMSEC) for which I have a watching brief. I’m delighted to be the link governor for Beech Class and enjoy finding out about their learning journeys and joining them when I can. Working with Mrs Drinkwater and the enthusiastic ECO team is also a great experience as they work hard with the school community to achieve an ECO school Green Flag for their environmental work.
My working background is primary school education having been a Headteacher of two Worcestershire schools, a Denominational Inspector and Trainee Teacher Placement Tutor for the Universities of Worcester and Brighton. Whilst I have gained many skills in these fields, education is constantly changing. As a governor I am committed to embracing change to ensure good governance and the future success of our vibrant community school.
I live with my husband in Kempsey. I am a Rotarian and enjoy many hobbies one of which is being part of the Open the Book team which has the privilege of working in school each Thursday.
Mrs Marian Walters, MBE
I was School Secretary at KPS for 20 years, retiring in 2007 and have been Clerk to the Governing Body for over 25 years.
My son and daughter attended the school when the Junior department (now KS2) was in what is now the Community Centre! I have two young grandsons and a granddaughter due in January.
I very much enjoy my involvement with the school both through my work with the Governing Body and being part of the Open the Book team.
I am secretary of the Worcester Competitive Arts Festival, St Mary’s PCC and the local PACT group and enjoy being a member of the Powick Parish Community Choir. Amongst many other things, I like doing cryptic crosswords, cooking, reading, swimming and attending the gym at Seaborne Leisure.