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Church of England Primary School

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Governor Pen Portraits

Find out a little more about our Governors here.

Carol Nash

 

Before retirement I worked at a local Comprehensive school for 16 years and then around the county for a further 2 years with children with disabilities . I loved the involvement  with the children and  the school environment.   So, to have the opportunity to be a part of St Matthias school  is very rewarding.   My responsibilities are, to monitor the ethos of the school and  to evaluate the effectiveness  of Christian Values on the life of the school  and  of the children. I also enjoy being able to encourage children in their reading skills by spending time listening to them . I am part of  the 'Open  The Book' team and visit regularly to take a weekly assembly  

I have 3 grandchildren at the school, who thoroughly enjoy the variety of opportunities given to them .

Jan Oliff

 

 

Currently Independent Financial Adviser and founder of Oliff Associates, Bristol in 1992 now :  Jan Oliff Financial Planning Limited, Broadwas.

 My firm is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and I am an active member of the Ethical Investment Association. I spent many years developing training programmes in a range of businesses, before becoming a financial adviser in 1980. Those skills were put to good use when developing my Bristol firm.

 Previous voluntary positions :  Governor of the College of Care in Bristol.  A specialist college for training Nursery Nurses and Carers.

 Governor of Four Acres Primary, Bristol.  With responsibility for the pre-school, nursery and special needs.

Bristol Chamber of Commerce, member of the Education, Training and Employment Committee.

 I had no connection to either school or college.  The benefit to me was an opportunity to support the development of  children from one of the 10% most deprived areas of Bristol and, in the case of the College, to assist many children and young people who were themselves carers within their own families, often from a very young age. I was originally invited to be a Governor by a client.

 

I am a regular church goer. We normally attend services at Worcester Cathedral.

My passions are Opera and my garden.

The loves of my life are Chris and our Tibetan Terrier “Araki Wicked Warlord” known as Rupert.

Paul Griffiths

 

 

My youngest daughter is a pupil at St Matthias and I wish for her, and every other child at St Matthias, the best possible start in education.

Schools face many new challenges and constant change in terms of the curriculum, structure and finance management. In my career for a financial services company I’ve held a number of senior management positions having gained a broad range of business skills & expertise over the years.  In becoming a co-opted governor I would like to bring these skills to the governing body to maintain the excellent standards of the school and ensure its recognition as a truly outstanding academy.

Alison Sims

 

 

This is my second term as a governor at St Matthias. For 6 years I was staff governor at a large comprehensive school in West London,where I was working as the qualified school librarian.When I moved to Malvern just over 4 years ago,I thought my experience might be useful.I am an active member of the congregation in the Parish of Malvern Link with Cowleigh and the link governor for both Safeguarding and Early years provision.

 

Fi Cullerne

 

I am a Deputy Headteacher at St Matthias and have been on the governing body since 8.11.13.  Over the last seven years, I have been part of the Leadership Team with responsibility for Mathematics, Key Stage Two, provision management and leading teaching and learning.  During this time, I have worked closely with Claire Davies, Headteacher, and the Governors in making strategic decisions to further develop the provision and vision of St Matthias.

Previously, I worked in two other schools, where I taught all year groups, lead each phase and had had several co-ordinator roles including Science, Mathematics and Literacy.   I have a wide variety of interests both in school and at home and love learning.

I am passionate about ensuring all children have the best possible education and that they have access to the highest quality of teaching and learning opportunities possible.  I have high aspirations for all our pupils, work to inspire all and wish to be a proactive part of shaping our future generation of leaders. 

I believe that by being a governor, I can use my knowledge and experience to effectively support the journey of our school.

 

Hannah Kent

 

My name is Hannah Kent. I am a parent governor since 2016. I took on the role as I wanted the opportunity to understand more about the school my children attend and support the school and its families as much as I can.

 

Claire Davies

 

My name is Claire Davies and I am the Headteacher at St. Matthias CE Primary School. I started my teaching career in a small, one form entry primary school in Gloucester and since then have taught in a variety of schools, including one middle school. 

I am thrilled to be the Headteacher of St. Matthias and am now in my 8th year here. It is a real privilege to work in such a fantastic school with the most amazing team of committed, hardworking staff; all determined to provide the very best for all of our children.

Matthew Day

 

 

I have had a long association with St Matthias, with my eldest daughter who is now at university having attended the school and my youngest still in attendance. I have served as a parent governor at several times in the past and am pleased to once again be one of those representing the views of the parent community at these important meetings.  My professional science career has equipped me with a diverse range of skills I believe can be of assistance in continuing the schools positive contribution to our children’s future.

Clare Bookham

 

 

I am Clare Bookham and I am a newly appointed parent governor, as of September 2016. I am currently having a career break whilst looking after my youngest child but previously to this I was a facilties manager/project manager for a large organisation. My reasons for getting involved with the school was mainly because I wanted to support the school going forward. To ensure, in a small way I could, that our school continues to provide our young people with an environment to thrive and reach their potential.

Helen Yorke

 

I have been Chair of Governors at St Matthias CE Primary since June 2016, I am also currently Chair of Governors at City Road Primary Academy School.

I am an Associate Professor at Birmingham City University School of Education and Social Work where I am the School Lead for Partnerships and External Engagement. I teach on the Masters in Teaching and Learning programme and I teach Primary Mathematics on the BA Primary Education with QTS and the PGCE Primary Education with QTS.

During my career I have worked as a primary teacher, a Local Authority Mathematics Advisor and as a Regional Advisor for Primary Mathematics.

My main interests in primary schools are the quality of teaching and learning, pupil engagement, curriculum development and assessment, standards and progression.

The skills I have to offer are leadership and project management skills, an understanding of school HR processes, an understanding of educational law and an understanding of the current education agenda.

Martha Worthington

I have been a teacher at St Matthias for several years and currently teach in year 6. I am part of the middle leader team at St Matthias acting as Phase Leader for year 5 and 6.  In addition, I lead Science across the school and through the successful impact I have had on Science at St Matthias I have been appointed a Specialist Leader for Education through the Rivers Academy Trust. At present I am also leading the Rights Respecting Schools programme in school. This is a national award scheme, led by UNICEF, to develop children’s understanding of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and their personal role in ensuring equal access to rights; within school, locally and globally.

I was appointed as Teacher Governor on 1.9.14 .  As the staff representative it is my role to act as a link between members of staff and the governing body. I am also able to support the governing body with my in depth understanding of both teaching and learning at St Matthias and also the local and national systems and processes which impact on developments in our school.

Peter Knight

I have been Vicar of his parish and, thereby, an ex officio member of this Governing Body, since September 2005.  Throughout my ordained ministry, I’ve had an interest in Church schools; the particular contribution they make to their local community and the world of education.  I regularly take assemblies in school; welcome the school to church; do all that I can to encourage the relationship between the school and the church and to affirm the school in its ethos and values.  

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