St George’s C of E Primary School is part of the Black Pear Trust, a Multi Academy Trust based in Worcestershire. The Black Pear Trust is governed by a Board of Trustees, who are the accountable body for the Trust. Each of its schools has its own Local Governing Body, and a clearly defined scheme of delegation operates between the Board of Trustees and Local Governing Bodies.
Our Local Governing Body plays an important role in supporting the Board of Trustees and providing key elements of local governance for schools.
They are responsible for:
- Ensuring the school is operating within the mission and ethos of the Trust and contributing to the Trust’s key strategic priorities
- Monitoring the quality of teaching and learning, attendance, behaviour and safety, within the school and progress against the School Development Plan
- Holding school leaders to account for improvement of standards in the school
- Engaging with wider school activities as a means of monitoring overall quality
- Ensuring compliance with the Trust’s policy for Safeguarding and that the school maintains a culture of vigilance in respect of all safeguarding matters; and
- Appointing all staff except Head Teachers, teaching staff on Leadership Scale and Support Staff on Grade 6 or above.
The Local Governing Body identifies lead governors with a specific remit and oversight for Safeguarding, the progress of disadvantaged pupils and the provision of students with special education needs or disabilities. Governors, who are normally appointed for four years, currently meet six times per year. They focus on the school’s vision and development, its curriculum delivery, and the safety and welfare of pupils. The Governors operate within the overall policies of the Black Pear Trust, as well as following national government guidelines, to ensure all our pupils grow, flourish and progress.
To contact our governor(s), please directly contact the St George’s C of E Primary School office and they shall set up correspondence.
St George’s C of E Primary School
Telephone: 01562 824206
David, with over 30 years of ordained ministry within the Church of England, has been a governor at five primary schools and one secondary school before coming to St George’s. He has experience as Chair, in appointing senior staff and, with a Mathematics background, in Finance subcommittees, Target-setting and in general data analysis. He is now Team Rector of Kidderminster East parish, which includes St George’s Church. He is keen to maintain the strong link between School and Church, and to offer pastoral care within the school community.
Hayward is a Church of England priest now retired from paid ministry. As Vicar he served on Governing bodies, and as Archdeacon of Birmingham for 15 years he chaired the Diocesan Board of Education with its 51 schools, and also chaired the Diocesan Educational Trust which steered some of these through the academisation process. Additionally, he chaired a Birmingham charity providing key services for homeless and marginalised people.
Clare is Headteacher and has been at St George’s since 2012. She has 30 years teaching experience in a range of primary schools across Worcestershire. Throughout her teaching career she has developed leadership skills at different levels. These include middle and senior leadership roles and being part of the Steering Committee at the University of Worcester, supporting the primary school undergraduates. In addition to being Headteacher, Clare is responsible for Health and Safety and Safeguarding. Within the Trust she is part of the Safeguarding Scrutiny Group and the Standards Committee. She has a Batchelor of Education (Hons) degree.
Lauren qualified as a teacher in 2010 and since 2013 has been teaching in residential Special Educational Needs schools. She developed the skills and experience needed to progress through middle leader to lead teacher to Senior Deputy Head. Since September 2019 she has been Head of Education at Our Place, a small independent school in Bransford. Lauren has a BSc Sports Studies and PE (Hons) and a PGCE, and has completed the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH).
David Carrette is our Year 2 teacher and the Staff Governor appointed by St George’s staff.
A primary school teacher with experience of teaching across KS1 and KS2, Megan is currently Acting Head for the Primary phase of a through-school. Her experience provides insight into the leadership of the school and the important role of effective communication. Passionate about education, Megan recognises that serving on our governing body is an excellent opportunity to contribute to the development and well-being of the children at St George’s. Having established a role within the local Worcestershire Re-engage Programme, Megan has helped with actions to support attendance across the local area. She has a passion for the wellbeing and pastoral support and recognises the importance of fostering strong relationships with parents and the wider community to ensure that every child receives the best possible education.
Amey Turner is one of our Parent Governors here at St George’s. She has two children in Year 6 who have attended our school since Reception, so has been involved in the school community since 2012. Amey works at Haybridge High School in an attendance and pastoral role for the Sixth Form. Prior to her current role she worked at Offmore Primary School as their School Business Manager, where she was attended Governor meetings as part of her role. With considerable experience in schools, a parental perspective and a passionate interest in Mental Health and Safeguarding, Amey is a welcome addition to St George’s Governing Body.