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St John's C of E Middle School Academy



  • Tony James - I have lived in Bromsgrove for 18 years and both my children went to St John’s Middle School, my wife and I are now foster carers and our current foster-child also attends St John’s. For the last 12 years I have been a co-opted member of the St John’s Governing Body and supported the school in many ways. Professionally I have been involved in education throughout my working life as a teacher and ultimately a headteacher in a number of different settings. I am now self-employed and continue to support schools and their leaders in their many varied challenges. I have been lucky enough to provide this support nationally and internationally. I provide support for the regulation and overview of the teaching profession as a professional conduct panel member with the Teaching Regulation Agency. One of my current roles is to support school governance and governors through facilitating training, coaching and mentoring for a national organisation.


  • Peter Clague (Education) – is currently the Headmaster of Bromsgrove School, having taken up the post in 2014. Prior to that he served for eight years as the Executive Principal of Kristin Shool, one of New Zealand’s leading Independent schools. Before emigrating, he was also the President of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools and an elected member of the World Heads Council of the International Baccalaureate. In 2014 he was awarded a National Honours Award in New Zealand for Services to Independent Education.  Peter holds a BA in Geography and a Masters of Business Administration (Distinction). An educator by vocation, he has spent the past 30 years teaching and leading in a wide variety of schools. He has also been a national Examiner, a teacher-trainer, a curriculum writer and an outdoor education instructor. Other commitments have included representing the sector on ministerial panels, consultancy work in restructuring of schools and regular public – speaking engagements. Married to Sandra, Peter has two adult children and two step-sons. When not absorbed by work or family, he endeavours to bring a little balance to his life by pursuing his passions as a very amateur poet, an aspiring photographer and a slow but steady cyclist.
  • Tim Reid (Diocesan) – Deputy Director Worcester Diocesan board of Education. Tim is an experienced and highly respected former church school headteacher, as well as now being deputy DDE, SIAMS Manager, Diocesan Training Manager and Head of School Effectiveness.
  • Bryan Albut (Diocesan) – Retired Teacher, teaching in number of schools and positions. Director of the Worcestershire Diocesan Academy Trust. A Member of St. John’s CE Middle School Academy Governing Body as a representative of Worcester Diocesan Academies Trust, the body which has an overview of all aspects of Church of England academy schools in the Diocese of Worcester.
  • Rosie Shorter (Business) –  recently retired Chair of Governors at St John’s CofE Middle School Academy a role she held for nine years and oversaw significant improvement. She was the first female loss adjustor in the Country and has been in the jewellery business for 23 years.  She currently manages a shop in the Kingfisher shopping centre in Redditch. Rosie has twins, and her daughter is a teacher at Parkside Middle School, Bromsgrove.  She is heavily involved in charitable work.
  • Sue Schofield (Education) – Retired Deputy Headteacher of a large secondary  school within the Bromsgrove area.



  • Father Tim Williams  - Father Tim is an ordained minister and a very experienced Chair of Governors.  Father Tim was Chair of Governors at a large comprehensive in South Wales for a number of years.

  • Robert Barbour (Education) – taught Mathematics for 21 years in four secondary schools from 1977 to 1998.  For the last ten years he was on the senior management team and head of mathematics at Hagley Catholic School.  He then became County Mathematics Inspector for Worcestershire up until 2004.  From 2002 he was also responsible as a Senior Inspector of schools causing concern.  In 2004 Robert became Head of Service in the education department of the City and County of Swansea and then Chief Education Officer for Blaenau Gwent in 2008.  In 2010 he joined Ofsted as one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors, working mainly in the West Midlands.  He was also a member of the HMI Maths team.  In 2013 Robert retired from Ofsted and now works as a consultant.  He is a former President of the Mathematical Association and is currently a member of the Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education (ACME).

  • Rosie Shorter (Business) – See Members
  • Jerry King (Business) – Gerry is a retired Managing Director. An accomplished business leader with over 27 years of management, strategy, product development, delivery and operational experience in a number of industries. Working in privately owned, owner managed and corporate multi-site Private Limited Companies. Jerry is a trained engineer who believes in tight financial and budgetary control.
  • Tim Gulliver (Education) – Tim is a retired former secondary school deputy and headteacher. Tim has significant experience in education and more recently has served as Chair of Kemp Hospice in Kidderminster.
  • Ellen Ferguson (Education) – Ellen is a retired former secondary deputy headteacher and has served on the National Executive Committee for the ATL teachers union for 12 years.
  • Fiona Lawson- Hughes (Legal) – Solicitor and Partner at Thomas Horton LLP, a local multi-disciplinary firm with offices in Bromsgrove, Barnt Green, Redditch and Worcester.  She is head of the Family department and specialises in the law relating to children.  The focus of her practice is primarily cases concerning child protection and safeguarding in which she represents children (either through a Children’s Guardian or separately), parents and extended family members.  She has experience of representing children of all ages and at all levels of Court.  Fiona obtained her first award of damages for a Human Rights claim against the local authority in Worcestershire on behalf of a child and was the Solicitor referred to in the case, namely, RE:B(Worcestershire County Council v Mother and child) handed down 29/01.16, which was instrumental in changing the approach of the Court to the award of damages to children.  Fiona is the mother of 3 children one of whom started and completed her education with a statement of educational special needs and is currenty on a traiing apprenticeship.  Her youngest child attends Haybridge High School (as did his siblings).
  • Derval Carey- Jenkins (Higher Education) – Principal Lecturer at the University of Worcester. A strategic partner with St. John’s and other educational establishments within the area. Derval has experience in leadership, research, disabilities and special needs and is involved with the Schools Direct teacher training programme.
  • Geraint Roberts (CEO) – Headteacher at St John’s CofE Middle School Academy.



Support Team

  • Dr. Charlotte Carter-Wall - Director of Transform Education - with over ten years’ experience gained managing strategic change within the education sector working with central government, as a School Standards Adviser, National Strategies, local authorities, and schools.  Drawing on a breadth of expertise in school improvement, strategic system leadership and curriculum and pedagogical innovation to design and implement ambitious and effective school improvement solutions.  An energetic, committed self-starter with a creative, inspirational approach and highly developed consultancy skills, a results-orientated and imaginative leader passionate about the central role of education in improving pupils’ life chances. 
  • Barry Newton – is a consultant and former Local Authority School Improvement advisor with over 30 years of experience.  He has a proven track record of supporting school improvement.