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Governors

Welcome to Tenacres First School.

As Governors we are here to support the school and be a ‘critical friend’, ensuring its effective running in areas such as staffing and finance, curriculum, estates and PR.

We are all volunteers and represent a cross section of the community. We are very proud to be associated with the team that makes Tenacres so special.

The Governing Body gives its full support to an inspirational management team, who constantly strive to develop the school for our children.

Our academic achievements are impressive and in recent years we have had outstanding developments across school including a new ICT Suite, extended classrooms in Year 1, refurbished area for Reception children including a sensory room, two Forest School sites and extensive outdoor play equipment.

There are many extra-curricular activities and opportunities.

Parents Surveys comment that children feel happy, safe and secure at Tenacres. Academically they are stretched, supported and most importantly find learning fun.

Members of our Governing Body

Name Title/Role
Debbie Morris Chair of Governors, Co-opted Governor
Adam Tricklebank Vice Chair of Governors, Co-opted Governor
Susan Beebee Co-opted Governor
Jackie Cornish Co-opted Governor
Michelle Gardiner Co-opted Governor
Anita Clayton LA Governor
Stephanie Mann Parent Governor
Ceri Marshall Headteacher
Danielle Purkess Staff Governor
Michaela Carpenter Clerk to the Governors

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Governor Profiles

Susan Beebee

Susan Beebee

Redditch has been my home since 1978 when I re-located from Birmingham. After moving I undertook nurse training following which I worked for many years at the Alexandra Hospital. In 2002 I commenced working for School Health in South Birmingham moving to School Health in Worcestershire in 2006. In 2013 I took early retirement and currently work voluntarily for the Primrose hospice shop one afternoon per week. In my spare time I enjoy taking dancing lessons, attending a keep fit class, going to the cinema and theatre and spending time with my family and friends.

Michaela Carpenter

Michaela Carpenter

In my role as Clerk to Governors I am here to support the governing body but also contribute to their work through my role as School Business Manager at Tenacres. I am always available in the office if you have any questions regarding the work of our governors or I can put you in touch with them. I would also welcome any queries you may have regarding becoming a governor here at Tenacres; we value the support of all our governors and the work they do for us on the sub-committees; Estates, Health and Safety, Finance and Staffing, Marketing and PR and Curriculum and if we do have vacancies, experience or expertise in these fields is always valued.

Anita Clayton

Anita Clayton

I have had the privilege of being a governor at Tenacres First School for a number of years and watched it thrive to the excellent school that we have today. I have had various roles on committees in that time and I am currently on Finance and Staffing, Marketing and I am Chair of Estates, Health and Safety. I have enjoyed my role as governor immensely since I have been there and cannot praise the Headteacher and staff highly enough. The behaviour of the children has been exemplary when I see them in the school. I had the privilege of being the Mayor of Redditch in 2012/13 and the children loved it when I visited the school with my mayoral chain on. My other interests are being Chair of the Town Centre Partnership in Redditch. I am Chair of the Disabled Action Redditch Group and in my spare time I sing in the Redditch and Bromsgrove Primrose Hospice Choir which is my passion.

Jackie Cornish

Jackie Cornish

I live in Astwood Bank with my husband of many years and our dog Bertie. I worked for the Local Authority for 24 years, the first eleven at Redditch Magistrate’s Court and the remainder for Children’s Services. I came to know Tenacres when I was given the Arrow Vale Pyramid of schools to look after in my role as an Education Welfare Officer, some of you may have met me as the ‘Wag Lady’. Miss Shillaker asked if I would like to become a governor for the school and I readily agreed. I am now retired and come into school each week to listen to the children read in Year 2, which I thoroughly enjoy. I am also on the committee for the Redditch Blind Association which gives help to partially sighted or blind people in the Redditch area.

Michelle Gardiner

Michelle Gardiner

I am currently doing my PGCE in primary, which gives me the opportunity to not only attend subject tailored lectures across the whole national curriculum at university, but also gain class-based experience from a variety of primary educational settings. This has enabled me to be up-to-date with the current national curriculum, as well as reflecting on current practice. Throughout this academic year my overall subject knowledge has dramatically increased as well as my understanding the daily management and structure of other educational settings. Before starting my PGCE in September 2017, I worked at Tenacres for 10 years as a Communication Teaching Assistant and led the Starlight room. Both of my sons attended Tenacres, the youngest left the school in July 2013. I myself was a pupil here the year the school opened; which is why Tenacres has a special place in my heart and I am proud to be on the Board of Governors. As part of my governing role I am on the Children and Learning Committee.

Stephanie Mann

Stephanie Mann

I became a Parent Governor as I have two children at Tenacres and I wanted to do something to support my children’s school. I have worked in the educational sector for the past 13 years at Arrow Vale RSA Academy, as a Finance Officer. I want to apply my enthusiasm and experience to help every child reach their full potential and to support the school in its continuous development and improvement. I am a member of the Full Governing Body and the Children and Learning Committee, where I contribute my perspective as a parent. I am kept busy with my children and working; but I love family life and I am always looking forward to our next family camping trip.

Debbie Morris

Debbie Morris

Originally from Birmingham, I have lived in Redditch since I married my husband in 2007. I have a young pre-school aged son and I work as a chartered quantity surveyor within the construction industry. I became a school governor at Tenacres as I have a passion for the education of young people and wanted to use the skills and experience that I have gained within my professional career to support the school as it continues to grow, develop and strives to continuously improve. As part of my governing role I am on the Estates, Health and Safety committee. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my husband and son, visiting national trust properties and travelling as often as time allows with a young family.

Adam Tricklebank

Adam Tricklebank

Having lived and worked in Redditch all my life I wanted to support the local school which both my children attend and enjoy. Becoming a governor has given me the opportunity to have a real input in their education and helped me learn a lot about how the school works and is run. When I joined as a governor I found that all the staff and other governors were very friendly and welcoming. My role as governor includes being a part of the estates committee and subject governor for History, Art and DT. I have been working as an electrician working for/in schools for over 15 years. I have a keen interest in martial arts, in which I compete. I also run my own club teaching adults and children self defence. In my spare time I like to go away with my wife and children in our caravan where we enjoy as many outdoor adventures as possible including climbing, walking, cycling, canoeing, fishing and wild camping preferably all at the same time