Welcome, on behalf of the Governors may I take this opportunity to welcome you to Much Birch Church of England School. One of the roles that a school fulfils is to educate a child, and although this will always be a key principal for Much Birch, the Governing Body and the Head Teacher, Mrs Davies, and the teaching staff see this as only a part of what we are here to do. We are to educate but we are also here to help your child be the best that they can be. We see our job to not only help your child learn but also to flourish, that is different from just being able to pass tests, it is about developing character and resilience and a roundedness that can’t really be tested for. We do this with events and visits and assemblies and in a whole host of other ways. We are proud to be a Church of England school because that ethos of belonging to the C of E infuses the fabric of our school and helps your child to grow spiritually, to look out for that which is beyond the physical and see that God works in unexpected places to reveal his Kingdom. Our Golden Rules, posted in every classroom and in the main hall, remind us of the words of Jesus – We serve God and our neighbour. And in our service we find that we are fulfilled in ways we did not expect. We are not just about the children, Much Birch School is a community and is set in a community so we value and try to strengthen the links we have with church and the village. In doing so, we both nourish and are nourished by those around us. We welcome you and your child or children as we walk together and work together.

Chair of Governors: Mark Johnson – Foundation Governor

Chair of Governors: Mark Johnson – Foundation Governor

I have been a vicar for over 20 years and have been involved in working with schools for most of that time. My three children are now in the tertiary levels of education, having been part of the Herefordshire system.                                                                                                                                                                                   I think that bringing my experience and Christian faith to the school is very important.   I have ministered most of my time in and around Hereford, and so have experience of the changes, delights and challenges of rural and urban living as well as having the full time job of looking after 6 parishes in the Much Birch area.                                                                                                                                                                                     In my spare time, I enjoy running and will often be found doing the Hereford Parkrun. I also enjoy gardening, cinema and cycling, though I’m not a natural with green fingers!

Mark Taylor – Community Governor

Mark Taylor – Community Governor

I came on to the Governing body in the spring of 2014 but I am not new to Much Birch.  We chose to send our four boys to Much Birch and consequently it has been a very important part of our lives for many years.  I am proud to still have three of my children attending such a great school and am now fortunate to be sitting on the Governing body.  When not busy entertaining my boys, I run a local business: Allensmore Nurseries, which grows and supplies plants to some of the country’s leading retailers. I sit on the finance committee on the Governing Body and I have links with Literacy.

David Lloyd

I moved to Llanwarne in 2014 having retired from my role at Cardiff Metropolitan University as head of work based learning in the School of Management. Prior to becoming an academic I spent thirty years in the department store retail sector acting at main board level with three large corporate retail groups.

I am also a trustee and Vice Chair of George Thomas Hospice Cardiff and a trustee of a Welsh based charity, Perthyn, who care for adults with learning difficulties. This experience has enabled me to understand the importance of good Governance and how critical it is to provide support in a Governance role.

I have an MA in Education plus a PGCE, am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and was awarded a Teaching Fellowship by the University.

Byron Hartley – Parent Governor

I joined the board of governors in May 2015 as a parent governor. I have lived in the Herefordshire all my life and since December 2013 in Llanwarne.

I am a operations manager for a national compliance company based in Ross on Wye.  I have experience in operational management, compliance, health and safety and building services.

I am currently a member of the resources sub-committee.

Carolyn Olney – Governor

I have been involved with Much Birch School in one way or another for the past twenty years. Both my sons benefitted immensely from their time at Much Birch School. By being a member of the Governing Board I hope I can ensure other children benefit too.

I work for Hereford Museum Services designing and running education resources and workshops. I very much value learning inside and outside the classroom. Learning is for life; it can and should be a great pleasure.

Sasha Davidson – Staff Governor

I joined Much Birch CE Primary School in September 2013.   I have been a member of the Governing Body since I joined the school.

Jason Pacey – Co-opted Governor

I have been a member of the board of governors at Much Birch School since spring 2015.  My family and I live in Llanwarne and have been active members of the community since we moved to the area in summer 2014. My background is in communications and engagement within the planning and major infrastructure sector.  Prior to that I worked with young offenders throughout Herefordshire, developing and delivering intervention and activity programmes.  I currently sit on the Learning and Development sub-committee.
I have been a member of the board of governors at Much Birch Primary School since January 2016.  My main background is Operational Management & Service Delivery and Project Management for the NHS.  Prior to that I had many roles in HR, Recruitment and Training for the local authority.  I currently sit on the Learning and Development sub-committee.

Clerk to the Governing Body: Sophie Glover

Clerk to the Governing Body: Sophie Glover

Rachel Metcalfe - Governor

Rachel Metcalfe – Governor

I qualified as a secondary school teacher in 1993 and have taught in a number of LEAs, including Staffordshire, Devon and South Gloucestershire. In addition to my classroom responsibilities, I have also been a Year Co-ordinator in two different schools, managing teams of form tutors and overseeing the pastoral welfare of the 220 pupils in my care. In November 2010 I moved to Hereford with my husband Peter and our children.  Since September 2011, I have been working at The Bishop of Hereford’s Bluecoat School, where I teach French and German to GCSE. Having served on another school’s governing body for two years as Chair of the ‘Curriculum and Standards’ sub-committee, my main area of interest on the board is ‘Teaching and Learning’.