The core role of the School Improvement Board (SIB)

The purpose of governance (School Improvement Board) 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

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Mrs Suzy Humphries

Chair of SIB
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 SIB member


Mrs Fyonna Muckian

School Business Manager

Associate SIB member

Mrs Keren Kelly

Parent Governor

I am a Parent Governor and Vice Chair at Burlish Park Primary. I am the link SIB member for Pupil Premium and Looked After Children. I have a son in year three and a daughter. 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 Sarah Bayliss

Co-opted Governor

I am a new Governor having started my four year term in the Summer. I am the link SIB member for Pupil Premium and Looked After Children. I have a son at the school in Year 5. 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 SIB 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 Tracy Barnes

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

Burlish Park Governance Structure

Please contact Tracy Barnes, clerk to governors, to view minutes for governance meetings . Please note, items marked confidential are not for public view.

Terms of Reference
Attendance at SIB meetings
Declaration of Interests