Governors hold an important public office and their identity should be known to their school and wider communities. In the interests of transparency, a governing body should publish on its website up-to-date details of its governance arrangements, in a readily accessible form. It is the governor's responsibility to appoint new governors.
Meet our governors
Simon Cragg (co-opted) – Chair of Governors
I am a Minister of a Church in the Peartree area and, having already established some links with the school, I was keen to build on that and do what I could to offer support to the school. I am used to dealing with a whole host of leadership and personal issues including line management, chairing meetings, appraisals, setting up new projects, recruiting and managing volunteers, counselling and pastoral care and public speaking. I most enjoy being present in school and getting alongside staff, children and parents/carers.
David Flin (co-opted) – Vice Chair of Governors
I believe that a child’s education is a key foundation to providing inspiration, ambition and the ability to make the most of their opportunities. As a governor I am able to use my skills to help improve the school. Having worked as a banker in the City of London since 2000, I have developed a broad range of skills, particularly focused on financial analysis and project management.
Bev Smith (co-opted) – Chair of School Improvement
I wanted to become a governor as I have always been involved at some level with my three boy’s education, so felt it was a new challenge. I have served on various widely differing committees over the years and feel I bring a common sense approach.
Carl Gough (co-opted) – Chair of Resources
I have a number of skills that help me become an effective governor. I am a professionally qualified (London Stock Exchange diploma) research analyst and advisor, specialising in the UK commercial real estate sector. I enjoy working in a team, helping to formulate strategic plans and specific targets, and ensuring they are delivered successfully. I see my role as supporting Peartree's pupils and staff attain their true potential, and for the school overall to continue to look forward and strive to improve.
Chris Corbey-West (LA)
I am a qualified accountant with over 20 years’ experience in various industries, holding key roles in supporting senior management to make decisions on investments and strategic direction by providing key financial analysis and appraisals. In my role as governor, I enjoy learning about the mechanics of education and helping the headteacher to make improvements to the school and the children’s education.
Sue Wilson (co-opted)
I have been working in the sports leisure industry for over 20 years and have a wide range of skills in areas such as sport & recreation and facilities management, including holding a CIEH qualification in Health & Safety. I enjoy school governance as I enjoy being part of the team and learning about the structures and policies that are in place. The training courses that I have attended have been very interesting and have given me good insight.
Val Luckins (co-opted)
I retired three years ago after working for many years as a specialist speech and language therapist. Once I retired, after a few months break, I started coming in to Peartree weekly to support children with their reading. I've really enjoyed getting to know the school and staff, and have now been a governor since September. I would like to be able to use some of my experience and knowledge and be part of Peartree's future. Besides, I have had four children, and now three grandchildren, so I still have a vested interest in the future of the education system.
Claire Moberly (staff)
I wanted to become a governor to help improve the lives of the children at our school and support in driving school improvement. I feel very lucky to have been given the opportunity to work at our school and like to give something back by being part of the governing body. I qualified as a teacher in 2009 and have had experience in teaching in different schools, leading on several curriculum subjects. I have been teaching at Peartree since September 2015.
Clare Herbert (headteacher)
I have been teaching for nearly 20 years in a variety of different schools in both England and America. I became headteacher of Peartree Primary School in January 2015. I learn something new every day. I also have a doctorate in education from the University of Cambridge.
Sam Squires (associate - staff)
I wanted to become a governor to strengthen the leadership of the school and continue to develop school-governor links. I have been teaching for 12 years and have taught all year groups from Nursery to Year 6. I have been a member of leadership teams since 2011. I recently completed a Masters in Education.
Clare Bellwood (associate - staff)
I wanted to become a governor to support the relationship between staff and governors. In particular, I contribute to school improvement by developing inclusion. I have 15 years teaching experience, and hold two post graduate qualifications which are the SENCO Award and SpLD training.
Lisa Archer (clerk)
I wanted to support the ongoing work regarding attendance, finance, safeguarding and pupils' learning. I have experience of 5 years working in the school office and recently achieved a Level 4 diploma in School Business Management. I enjoy working with governors to ensure the school and pupils are achieving the best results possible.