Governor InformationGOVERNORS ATTENDANCE September 2018

The Governors maintain a general oversight of matters such as school premises, finance, the curriculum, teaching and non-teaching staff, and the general conduct of the school. Full Governor Meetings take place twice per term and you could also sit on various committees if you wish.

The role of a School Governor is, put simply, to set the strategic direction of the school with the Headteacher. In recent years Governors have worked closely with Mr Culham and the Senior Leadership Team on the Ofsted agenda of raising standards, of attainment as well as recruitment of staff, financial management and the development of our new kitchen facilities. A very wide and far reaching brief!

We are always looking for enthusiastic members of the community to contribute to how the school is shaped into the future. If this is of interest to you, we would love to hear from you, or click here to go to the recruitment pack.

Lesley Leighton

Chair of Governors (Parent)

I feel strongly that every child, regardless of background, gets a chance to succeed. I have a real interest in education, by being involved in Birchfield I am able to support and challenge to ensure that this is happening.

Richard Culham

Headteacher (Staff Governor)

I have been Headteacher at Birchfield Community Primary School since 2001. I am passionate about providing quality education to children and giving them experiences and opportunities to take them onto the next stage of their lives. I am proud to be the Headteacher and work with fantastic staff, governors, parents and children.

Matt Merriam

Parent Governor

I am a governor because I am excited to be able to be a part of seeing Birchfield Community Primary School continue to grow and become an outstanding place of education.

Darren Bleazard

Chair of Business Committee, LA Governor (Safeguarding)

I am a LA Governor. I am the Chair of the Business Committee and the Safeguarding Governor. My wife is School Secretary. I wanted to take a closer interest in the running of a primary school and also use my skills and experience to assist in the school’s governance.

Tracy Horsey

Clerk to Governors

Amanda Card

Co-opted Governor

I am a co-opted governor with children who attend/have attended the school. I am a governor as I wanted to shape how the school is run for the benefit of children, parents and teachers.

Jo Wellum

Staff Governor

I joined to help give the governing body a staff point of view and contribute to decisions made for the children’s future.

Nicky Anderson

Co-opted Staff Governor

I work as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant specialising in speech and language.  I feel it is important for support staff to be represented on the governing body to contribute to decisions being made for the school.

Chris Redman

Co-opted Governor (Pre-School)

I am a Co-opted Governor with five years service. When I retired as a teacher, I wanted to continue to be part of a school community, supporting and encouraging everyone to achieve their best. Birchfield was the school I chose!

Gemma Ashfield


Natasha O’Malley


Both my children have been to Birchfield School and my youngest is currently in his last year.  I became a governor because I believe every child has a right to a broad and balanced education to help them achieve their goals in life.