The Governing Body is proud of the achievements of the school over recent years but at the same time there is no room for complacency in an eductional world that is ever evolving. As parents or prospective parents you can be reassured that the governors strive to give the school maximum support in its drive for excellence.
Mr Tony Coppin - Chair of Governors
As a Church of England Voluntary Aided School, Birch comes under the control of the Diocese of Chelmsford, and as such the majority of the Governing Body are appointed by either the Diocesan Education Committee or Parochial Church Councils representing the school's catchment villages.
Meet the Governors - A few words written by each of the team
Mr.Tony Coppin - Chair of the governors.
I have been a governor for two years, having moved to the village on retirement in 2015. I have
worked as a teacher and head-teacher in Essex for 30 years. My last school was Mayflower Primary
school in Harwich - an outstanding school.
I have been a governor for two years. I have a degree in Humanities/Literature and have found my
role as governor interesting and challenging.
I live locally in Layer Marney.This is my second term of being a school governor. I am retired after
having worked 30 years in children's services.
I have been a governor at Birch school for 9 years and am chair of the Finance & premises
committee. I live locally (with our 4 dogs!) and all four of my children attended the school.
I live in the village and my involvement with the school goes back many years. Both of my children
attended Birch school and I was Deputy head teacher here prior to my retirement. I have been
a staff governor and more recently held the position of Chair of Governors before Tony Coppin.
I have been PCC Governor for 2 years and sat on the Finance & premises committee. I am local
to the village having grown up in Layer Breton. I moved back to the village with my family 3 years
ago. My oldest child attends the school and my youngest attends the attached pre-school on site.
Hello!! I am a local Lad having lived in Tiptree, Stanway (Briefly) and currently in Birch where I have been for the last 12 Years. Running our Family Haulage Company is my day Job and keeps me on my toes along with my 2 Boys who attend Birch and Love it. My Hobbies are socialising with friends and Playing or Watching most sports, Football is also a big part of my life and am Lucky to be Club Secretary for Colchester Villa YFC while also supporting the Mighty Chelsea FC.
BUSINESS/PRECUNIARY INTERESTS/ATTENDANCE/END DATE
MR T COPPIN (CHAIR) - Term ends 25.10.2020
BUSINESS/PRECUNIARY INTEREST - NONE RECORDED
2017-18 ATTENDED COMMITTEE MEETINGS - 6 X FGB, 4 X SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT
END DATE/CATEGORY - LOCAL AUTHORITY TO 25.10.20
MRS S GEE - Foundation P.C.C Term ends 19.11.2021
BUSINESS/PRECUNIARY INTEREST - NONE RECORDED.
2017-18 ATTENDED COMMITTEE MEETINGS - 6 X FGB, 1 X PAY AND PERSONNEL, 4 X FINANCE & PREMISES, 2 X SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT
END DATE/CATEGORY - LOCAL AUTHORITY TO 31.08.18
MRS I BENTLEY Foundation D.B.E Term ends 30.04.2022
BUSINESS/PRECUNIARY INTEREST - RELATIVE OF ATTENDING STUDENT.
2017-18 ATTENDED COMMITTEE MEETINGS - 5 X FGB, 1 X PAY & PERSONNEL, 3 X SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT.
END DATE/CATEGORY - DIOCESAN BOARD OF EDUCATION FOUNDATION GOVERNOR TO 30.04.18
MR P STURGEON (VICE CHAIR) Foundation D.B.E Term ends 31.10.2020
BUSINESS/PRECUNIARY INTEREST - DIRECTOR OF GARLANDS CONSULTING LTD, MEMBER OF INSTITUTE OF CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS
2017-18 ATTENDED COMMITTEE MEETINGS - 6X FGB, 5 X FINANCE & PREMISES
END DATE/CATEGORY - DIOCESAN BOARD OF FINANCE FOUNDATION GOVERNOR TO 31.10.16
MRS G BROWN Foundation P.C.C Term ends 27.10.2019
BUSINESS/PRECUNIARY INTEREST - RETIRED, SECRETARY FOR LAYER MARNEY PCC
2017-18 ATTENDED COMMITTEE MEETINGS - 5 X FGB, 1 X PAY & PERSONNEL, 5 X FINANCE & PREMISES, 3 X SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT
END DATE/CATEGORY - FOUNDATION PARISH COUNCIL COMMITTEE TO 20.11.15
MR R SCOTT Foundation D.B.E Term ends 12.03.2023
BUSINESS/PRECUNIARY INTEREST - PARENT OF ATTENDING STUDENT/DIRECTOR OF SKN-RG LTD/BUSINESES - MARSHLANDS PHOTOGRAPHIC.
2017-18 ATTENDED COMMITTEE MEETINGS - 6X FGB, 4 X FINANCE & PREMISES
END DATE/CATEGORY - PARENT TO 26.01.19
MR N BAGLEY Foundation P.C.C Term ends 30.03.2019
BUSINESS/PRECUNIARY INTEREST - PARENT OF ATTENDING STUDENT
2015-16 ATTENDED COMMITTEE MEETINGS - 4 X FGB, 3 X FINANCE & PREMISES
END DATE/CATEGORY - PARENT TO FOUNDATION PARISH COUNCIL COMMITTEE
MRS L HAMBER Foundation P.C.C Term ends 08.03.2019
BUSINESS/PRECUNIARY INTEREST - Previous owner of Hamber Safes, business now sold.
2015-16 ATTENDED COMMITTEE MEETINGS - 6X FGB, 3 X SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT
END DATE/CATEGORY - FOUNDATION PARISH COUNCIL COMMITTEE TO 08.03.19
MRS S Lewis-Driver Parent Governor Term ends 31.12.2022
BUSINESS/PRECUNIARY INTEREST - NONE RECORDED
MR A Clark Parent Governor Term ends 31.12.2022
BUSINESS/PRECUNIARY INTEREST - Owner of DWClark-Sons