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Governor Biographies

Rev. Ray Khan

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Mr. Niel Limbrick 

Neil has worked in education since November 2000 and in the past, has been a parent governor, staff governor and community governor in various schools. He was delighted to be offered the opportunity to join the governing body at the school to help make sure that every child is given the best possible opportunities and experiences. Neil is a fellow of the Institute of School Business Management and heavily involved with both the Worcestershire Association of School Business Management and the Worcestershire Governors' Network

Mrs. Sally Keepax

I retired from teaching in 2012 and apart from a brief time at a Boys’ Comprehensive and eight years teaching GCE/GCSE English to adults, the majority of my career was spent at St John’s, as a form tutor, and for many years, as Head of RE and Worship.

I served for over twenty years on the Worcestershire SACRE Committee, so my great interest lies not only with the educational welfare of St John’s pupils, but their spiritual well being too. Courses run by the Diocese of Worcester enable me to keep my skills up to date.

I feel passionately about St. John’s: it’s staff and pupils and feel privileged to be a governor.

Mrs. Adele Lee - Chair of Governors

Adele has worked in education for 14 years and became part of St. Johns Middle School in 2012. She welcomed the opportunity to become more involved in school life as a Governor, which meant being included in making decisions that could affect the future of the children who are at St John's. She says staff are easy to work with and they all have a very caring and committed ethos.

Mrs. Julie Foy

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Mr. Robert Powell 

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Mrs. Rosemary Sumner 

Rosemary Sumner has been a "Church" Governor at St. John's since 1981 and is dedicated to maintaining the School's Christian ethos, which cares for everyone in the School community.    A teacher for over 40 years, Rosemary specialises in Religious Education and Dyslexia and is proud that St. John's works hard to make sure that every child can live up to the School motto and "give of their best", regardless of their ability.

Mrs. Rebecca Davis – Parent Governor

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Mrs. Danielle Goodayle

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Mr. Niel Mills

I  have had 32 years’ experience of working in Middle School education and the former Headteacher at Parkside Middle School (2009-2021).  I am part of the St John’s Governing Body and also a School Improvement Partner for The Spire C of E Learning Trust.

Mrs. Suzanne Allies

Suzanne Allies is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Worcester. She has taught in Higher Education for 8 years and as a primary teacher for 20 years. She was PSHE co-ordinator in school for over 10 years. Her main passion is to encourage and support the mental health and wellbeing of teachers, trainee teachers, children and adolescents. She is a MHFA instructor, a crisis volunteer for Shout, and a therapist in training. She has written a book published by Routledge called Supporting Teacher Wellbeing

Mrs. Sumita Sopariwala

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Mrs. Alison Elwell-Thomas - Staff

Alison Elwell is presently Head of School at St John's Middle. Her 26 year teaching career has seen her take on many different roles, including Head of Department, Head of Year, Assistant Headteacher and Deputy Head Teacher, before becoming Head of School in 2018.

One of her passions is training and supporting the next generation of teachers and this led to her working for Worcester University on a part-time basis, supporting teacher training across Worcestershire. Alison used her experience and expertise to develop St John's own School Direct teaching training programme, which is still going from strength to strength, with many of our trainees being employed by the MAT on completion of their training.

Alison also has the added advantage of experiencing life as a St John's parent. Her daughter spent four happy and prosperous years at the school, giving Alison an insight into St John's through her own child's eyes. Alison continually strives to embrace new ideas and initiatives to ensure the children of St John's have the very best opportunities and experiences possible.

Mrs. Derval Carey-Jenkins - Staff

Derval Carey-Jenkins is a Principal Lecturer and nationally recognised Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) in the Institute of Education at the University of Worcester.  She is also the course leader for the highly regarded Primary PGCE, School Direct Initial Teacher Education programme. She teaches on the three year Primary Undergraduate and Postgraduate Masters' programmes, including Pedagogy and Professional Practice, Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) and Professional Studies. Before joining the University in 2009, Derval spent 25 years teaching in a range of schools across the United Kingdom, including leadership roles as an Advisory Teacher for Gypsy and Traveller Children, a Deputy Headteacher, Primary national Strategies Consultant and a Headteacher.

Throughout her career, Derval has developed a keen research interest in values, system leadership, change management and curriculum design. These interests are driven by a personal and professional passion for equality, inclusion and entitlement. She has frequently presented on these themes at conferences both within the UK and in Europe and has published book chapters in several well-regarded education publications. 

Mr. Daniel McEvilly - Staff

I am currently the staff representative on the governing body. I first began working at St. John's in September 2016 as the Head of History but has since moved roles to become the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities co-ordinator. I am passionate about support special educational needs and completed my Master's degree in 2016 with a focus on Dyslexia friendly practice in school and am currently in training to become a Specialist Dyslexia teacher. Outside of school, I love spending time with my family and taking part in sports. I am a 2nd Dan black belt in Judo and am currently the Chairman of Redditch Judo Kwai.

Mrs. Emily Kolb - Clerk to the Governors

I have over 15 years’ experience of working in HR and Middle School education admin sectors. I am currently PA to the Head of school at St John's Church of England Middle School and assist with payroll.