You can contact the school Governors by e-mailing Lynda Watkins, Clerk to the Governing Body on firstname.lastname@example.org
The Governing Body consists of:
There are 9 Governors in total
Finance and premises
I was born in Worcester, grew up in Birmingham then spent most of my adult life in Solihull before moving back to Worcestershire in 2012. I have settled in Bromsgrove with my partner Allyson. I started my working life at Cadburys before moving to Istel in Redditch. I then set up my own software and consultancy business in 1995 and have been working for myself ever since. Outside of work my real passion is sailing. I also enjoy yoga, hiking, live music, the theatre and bridge. Locally I am a volunteer with Worcestershire Wildlife Trust and also as a County Footpath Warden. I volunteered to be a Governor in January 2016 and I was fortunate to find Pitcheroak school. I am now the Chair of the Governing body.
I live in Redditch with my wife Melanie and our three children. Amber and Harry both attend mainstream, and our youngest son Jack, has just started his third year at Pitcheroak. I have preiously served the Redditch community as a parent governor within two schools, a role which I thoroughly enjoyed. I am therefore delighted to now be a part of the Pitcheroak Family, having been inspired by the fantastic work the school does. I firmly believe that every child matters, and that any disability should not be a barrier to reaching one’s full potential. I work for the Mechatronic Automation Group in Kings Norton, and have spent the majority of my working life within electrical and mechanical engineering, as a buyer and procurement manager. I love spending time with my family, and there is nothing better than exploring the great outdoors with them, or visiting new or interesting places with them.
I retired from teaching in 2010. My final post was as Head of 6th Form at Pitcheroak School. I thoroughly enjoyed my job! Although I originally taught in mainstream, most of my teaching career was spent working with pupils with learning difficulties. I am married to Bob and have 2 children, who are now adults with their own careers. Since retiring, I have joined a choir, trained as a volunteer with the Citizens Advice Bureau, re-designed my garden and enjoyed more time with my family and friends. For over 18 years I was very involved in the organisation and development of a youth club for young people with learning difficulties, who were aged 13-25 years. I am greatly committed to changing attitudes towards people with learning difficulties and developing greater understanding of their needs and rights to be included in society. I am enjoying my role as a Governor at Pitcheroak School and the various opportunities and challenges it presents.
I joined Pitcheroak in September 2013 where I have the responsibilities of Physical Education and Swimming Co-ordinator. Having completed my BSc (Hons) degree in Physical Education and Sports Coaching Science and PGCE in Secondary PE I taught in mainstream for 2 years before joining Pitcheroak. I have completed a masters degree in education and this has enabled me to further enhance my theoretical knowledge and transfer this into a practical setting to ensure pupils are provided with the best possible chances and opportunities to succeed in PE. I am married to Amie, a junior sister at Worcestershire Royal Hospital, and we have two daughters.
I am currently working in genetics for Birmingham Women’s Hospital. While working in the laboratory I have been involved in STEM engagement and outreach working with Health Education England, schools, careers fairs and I am currently an NHS ambassador. Having a firm belief that there should be no barriers for anyone to reach their potential, I was keen to help children in the community reach theirs. Having seen the great work Pitcheroak carries out I am grateful to help continue this, and assist the school. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with family and friends, and exploring the outdoors .
I have worked in the NHS for 32 years as a Paediatric Nurse and Health Visitor. The last 20 years have been as a Health Visitor and so I have a very sound knowledge of child health and development, public health, safeguarding children and also the real struggles that many families face in today’s society. I believe that these skills will be beneficial for a parent governor, and would also assist the board of governors in decision making and taking an active lead in the direction of the school. I am empathetic and non-judgmental and want to see all children have the opportunity to reach their potential through education and extra curricular activities which is why I would like to be a parent governor for Pitcheroak School. My daughter has been at Pitcheroak for 6 years and is very happy there. She arrived from a mainstream school where she had struggled for a couple of years with the academic work and also friendships. She settled into the nurturing environment of Pitcheroak and thrived very quickly and has made some great friends. Her academic abilities and her personal and social skills have come a long way thanks to the dedication of the teaching staff and I believe a well-run school is so important to give our children the best start they can have. I am looking forward to getting to know and support the staff, other governors and other parents and doing the very best for Pitcheroak School.
My husband and I moved to the Worcestershire countryside from London 12 years ago. I took a career sabbatical for eldercare and to raise our 2 daughters. I am a qualified Chartered Accountant, having worked in professional services and industry. I have previously worked as a volunteer Treasurer for my children’s’ local village school as well as a volunteer PTA member. I enjoyed both roles and I now look forward to supporting Pitcheroak school, the governing body and the Headteacher in their aims to provide a wonderful basis for children to achieve their potential. I currently work for an Accountancy firm. I enjoy quality time with my family and friends, walking and running (when I get a chance!) and travelling.