Meet the Governors

You can contact school governors via the school’s postal address found on the homepage of this website to be addressed to ‘The Clerk to the Governors’.

The Structure of the Governing Body

The governing body consists of:

Two parent governors

One LA governor

One staff governor

One headteacher

Four co-opted governors

There are 9 governors in total

Structure of sub-committees

Curriculum Committee: T Miller (Chair), S Holden, M Johnson, J Hooper, HC Paul
Staffing Committee: T Miller (Chair), S Holden, M Johnson, HC Paul
Pay Panel: S Turner (Chair), P Charles, S Holden, T Miller
Finance & Premises Committee: S Turner (Chair), P Charles, S Holden, M Wright

The remit and pecuniary interests of the Governing Body including terms of reference can be accessed on the link below.

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Peter Charles

Parent Governor – Term of Office (18.07.12 – 17.07.20) – Chair of Governors; Finance and Premises Sub-Committee – Health and Safety Responsbility; Elected by Parents and Carers of Pitcheroak School

I decided to become a Governor to become more involved in the school after seeing the excellent progress made by my daughter since starting at Pitcheroak after a difficult time in mainstream. I am married to Emma and have three girls Georgina attends Pitcheroak, Lucy and Megan are in mainstream. I have worked in the Dairy industry for over 20 years.  In 2000 I started my own business and in partnership with Emma having built this up to become a large scale dairy farm supplying milk for the liquid market.

Jo Hooper

Co-opted Governor – Term of Office (25.03.16 – 24.03.20) – Staffing and Curriculum Sub-Committee; Elected by Governing Body of Pitcheroak School

I was born in the West Midlands and grew up in Kinver in South Staffs. I have a degree in French, and am qualified post graduate in primary teaching since 2008. My degree course involved a year spent in France and I also taught in Belgium as part of my PGCE. I am happily married to a builder and electrician Tim, and we live in Redditch with my English bull terrier dog Charlie. Outside of work I enjoy cycling, walking and painting.

After successfully teaching in mainstream primary setting for 3 years, I decided to make the move to Pitcheroak School in April 2011 after being involved in the ‘Numbers Count’ programme in mainstream education. I have taught in both Key Stage 2 and 3 since starting in 2011. I had subject leadership of history and geography for a few years and I am now head of maths. During my time here I have had many wonderful experiences in my teaching practice and I am enjoying working with the Governors and Head of School to contribute to the work of the governing body.

Maxine Johnson

Parent Governor – Term of Office (06.10.14-05.10.18) – Staffing and Curriculum Sub-Committee – LAC Responsibility; Elected by Parents and Carers of Pitcheroak School

I am a foster carer for an independent non profit making company and commenced my career in 1994. I live in Redditch and currently look after two children who both attend Pitcheroak School. During my career I have so far fostered twenty one children. I have been a strong advocate for all children placed with me ensuring not only are they entitled to, but receive educational and developmental opportunities. I enjoy supporting Pitcheroak School in their excellent work and future aspirations.

HelenClare Paul

Co-opted Governor – Term of Office (19.04.16 – 18.04.20) – Staffing and Curriculum Sub-Committee; Elected by Governing Body of Pitcheroak School

I was brought up on the South Coast, although my family originate from the Midlands. I recently moved from London to Redditch to be closer to my family.  My career has been mainly in Finance and Banking – Project Management, Change Management, Business Support & Development. I have had the opportunity to work & study abroad and speak some Spanish. I am also a TESOL qualified English teacher. I am hoping to continue my love of the theatre, both onstage and off with local theatre groups. I have just completed my first year as a governor and am very much looking forward to continuing to support the school this year as it continues to flourish and grow.

Steve Turner

Co-opted Governor – Term of Office (19.04.16 – 18.04.20) – Vice Chair – Chair of Finance and Premises Sub-Committee; Elected by Governing Body of Pitcheroak School

I was born in Worcester, grew up in Birmingham then spent most of myadult life in Solihull before moving back to Worcestershire in 2012. I have settled in Bromsgrove with my new 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 now chair the Finance committee and I am the vice-chair on the Governing body.

 Terry Miller

Local Authority Governor – Term of Office (02.06.14 – 01.06.18) – Chair of Staffing and Curriculum Sub-Committee – Safeguarding Responsibility; Elected by Governing Body of Pitcheroak School

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.


Michael Wright

Staff Governor – Term of Office (25.03.16 – 24.03.20) - Finance and Premises Sub-Committee; Elected by Staff of Pitcheroak School

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 a daughter called Phoebe.



Vacancy – Co-opted Governor x 1

We are actively recruiting for a governor that has knowledge and experience of domestic or commercial building/renovations. Please get in touch with the school for a school visit and an informal chat with the Headteacher if you are interested in this role.