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Governor Biographies

Mr Niel Limbrick - Chair of Governors

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

Mr Chris Ashman 

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Mrs Adele Lee 

Adele has worked in education for 14 years.  She became part of St Johns Middle School in 2012 and 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 Johns. 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.

Mr Lee Wallace

I have been in insurance since leaving education and I currently work as a Senior Account manager at insurance Broker T H March & Co Ltd where I have worked since 1998.  I am also the chairman of the Association of Insurance Surveyors Ltd and a committee member of Midland Security & Risk Society having formally been Chairman there also.

I have 4 children, all boys, two currently at St Johns and 1 to join in 2019.

I feel that a good school nurtures and encourages the aspirations of children and that the socio-economic background of children should not have any bearing on what all children can potentially achieve.  Learning and development through enthusiastic teachers who have support from leadership and colleagues working together to achieve the common goal.  Also as a keen sportsman I think sport and other non academic activities such as the arts should be encouraged and supported both within the Curriculum and also beyond both in school and local clubs to help develop well rounded individuals.

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 teacher 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 has also the added advantage of experiencing life as a St John’s parent, her daughter spent four happy and successful year at the school, giving Alison an insight into St John’s through her own child’s eyes. Alison constantly 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 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. Prior to 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 have 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

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