The core role of the governing board

The purpose of governance is to:

… provide confident, strategic leadership and to create robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance.

The 3 core functions of the governing board are:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent

View Burlish Park Primary School Scheme of Delegation

Mrs Suzy Humphries

Chair of Governors
Co-opted Governor

I am a Co-opted governor and I have been the Chair at Burlish Park Primary School since 2009 also working with several committees including Curriculum, Finance and Premises. I have served on several staff appointment boards including the ones for our current Head and Deputy. My background is in Finance as I head the UK accounts team of a global company so I am keen to ensure we have the budget to meet our needs in the current challenging times. I have been a governor for the past sixteen years for local Wyre Forest Schools, originally for a Middle School and so have seen lots of changes in that time probably the most recognisable the building of our new school.

I want all our children to enjoy their time at Burlish Park Primary School, achieve to their potential and at the end of their time with us leave equipped and ready to meet the challenge of their next phase in life.

Mrs Kerry Postans





Mrs Heather Lindley

Deputy Headteacher

Associate Governor

Mrs Keren Kelly

Parent Governor

I am a Parent Governor and Vice Chair at Burlish Park Primary. I have a son who has just started in year two and a daughter born last year. I have worked in the private sector for over 12 years, covering a variety of management roles. My current role in regulation and compliance requires me to be challenging and supportive of my colleagues in equal measure. I hope these skills translate well to being a governor and I am looking forward to supporting the school.

Mrs Ella Weaver

Elected Staff Governor

I work at Burlish Park Primary as a Year 4 classroom teacher and it is my second year on the school governing body as a staff governor. It is brilliant to have this link with the staff and governors as it develops an understanding of both parts. The role involves me reporting back on life within school to the governors and also forming the link between the teaching staff and governors. This is key so that there is a fluid line of communication between the two bodies at all times.

As a staff governor, it is important that I explain the various roles played by a class teacher, so that governors fully comprehend what the role of teaching entails in and outside of the classroom.

It is fantastic to be involved with and work together with the governors who are committed to making our school the best it can be. Together, the staff and governors continue to strive for brilliance and continue to ensure the school goes from strength to strength.

Mr Peter Skerratt

Co-opted Governor

I started as a governor in December and am keen to get stuck into serving, improving and celebrating such a fantastic school. Even after my daughter’s first few months in the nursery, I could see what a great environment the school provides and I hope to contribute the skills I have to maintain and develop this. I am a qualified secondary school teacher, having taught in Bromsgrove for the last two years and, previously, in the North East; I therefore have a passion for educational success and a focus on the well-being of each individual child (as well as a head-start on all the educational jargon!).

Mrs Sarah Bayliss

Co-opted Governor

I am a new Governor having started my four year term in the Summer. I have a son at the school in Year 4. Professionally, I spent many years in the legal profession specialising in litigation and finance. I have also  been heavily involved in a number of funded projects for the local community and I hope to be able to use my experience in this particular area together with the skills acquired during my career to benefit the school.

Mrs Suzanne Smith

Parent Governor

I was appointed to the Board of Governors as a Parent Governor in Spring 2017 so I am still fairly new and learning the ropes. It is a privilege to carry out a role at the heart of the school and support the great work done by both the teachers and pupils at Burlish.

I have a son at Burlish Park who is in year 4. He is really enjoying his time at the school. My professional background is Public Sector finance. I currently work for West Mercia Police as a Finance Officer, monitoring significant size budgets. I hope to be able to draw on that experience and be an effective member of the school’s Finance Committee.

I am looking forward to my term as a governor. I appreciate that I have an enormous amount to learn, but I hope that with a little relevant experience and a lot of enthusiasm I can in some way contribute to this wonderful school.

Mrs Vicky Davison

To contact any of Burlish Park Primary School governors, please write to Burlish Park Primary School, c/o Clerk to Governors.

All Minutes for the Full Governing Board and the three Committees (Teaching and Learning, Finance and Personnel and Premises and Health and Safety) are located at the School Office if you wish to view them. Please note, items marked confidential are not for public view.

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