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Nunnery Wood Primary School


The Local Governing Body is a team of volunteers, who willingly give their time, working with school staff to ensure the best possible provision for children.

At Nunnery Wood Primary School we have a 12 strong Governing Body, a Clerk and 1 Associate members. Membership comprises of:

Name Type of Governor
Ian O'Grady Parent 
Ben Waterhouse  Co-opted
David Haimes   Vice Chair - Co-opted
Charlotte Way Co-opted
Rachel Higgins Headteacher
Mike Smith Chair
Beth O'Sullivan Co-opted
Mark Potham Co-opted
Andy McClellend  Vice Chair - Parent

Chris Miller

Richard Harding Parent
Mohammed Mushfiq Sahabzada Parent

  Claire Brooks                              Clerk to Governors

Mike Smith - Chair of Governors/Local Authority - Term of office 04.03.22 - 04.03.26

I have been a governor at Nunnery Wood for ten years and I have been the Chair of Governors since 2010.  I live within walking distance of the school and I work as a senior operations manager for the government’s advisory body on the natural environment. Both my children went to our school but are now at high school.  They both enjoyed their time here and the education, support and encouragement they received gave them an excellent preparation for life and future learning. I want all the children from our community who come to Nunnery Wood to benefit in the same way. My aim is to make sure that governors continue to support the school in what they do and how they do it and challenge the whole school to keep improving wherever they can.  

Mohammad Mushfiq Sahabzada - Parent Governor - Term of office 03/12/20 - 03/12/24

Content coming soon!

Andy McClelland - Parent Governor/Vice Chair 27/02/19 - 27/02/23

 I became a parent governor at Nunnery Wood Primary (NWPS) in April 2019. My two sons both attend the school, and I work as a senior manager for a multinational aerospace company. As a governor my aim will be to use my experience in leadership, management, finances and problem solving to support the Head Teacher and staff to ensure the school strives to continually improve for all its current and future children. The pupils at NWPS should receive a high quality education that enables them to fulfil their potential and gain the best possible experiences from their time at the school. 

David Haimes - Co-opted/Vice Chair - Term of office 01.01.19 - 01.01.23

I have been a governor at Nunnery Wood for over 12 years now, having begun as a Parent governor, with both of my children at the school at that time. They both made excellent progress whilst at the school and thrived within the inclusive community. I have recently retired from Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue service as a responding Operational Firefighter.

I am now a Co-opted governor looking after Premises and Resources, Health and Safety and am also Chair of the Finance and Staffing committee. Within the Full governing body, I am the Vice chair.

I take very seriously my responsibilities as a governor, and work tirelessly to ensure our school remains a happy and supportive environment for all.

Charlotte Way - Co-opted - Term of office 23.10.19 - 23.10.23

I have worked as an Early Years teaching assistant at NWPS for 17 years and had 10 years previous experience working at a cross section of settings. I retrained and qualified as an Early Years specialist after having my own children and realised the importance of a quality early childhood education and giving children a safe and nurturing environment in which to thrive. 
**Mrs Way has stayed on as a co-opted Governor since retiring in May 2022.

Rachel Higgins - Headteacher - Term of office 01.09.19 - 01.09.23


I have been the Headteacher of NWPS since September 2015 and I am very fortunate to have a Governing Body that is so committed to continual improvement of our school. Doing the best for pupils is at the heart of all decision making and we work hard together to ensure we provide the best education for all children.

Therefore, as part of the Governing Body I provide relevant information, am held to account for actions taken and work with them to effectively self-evaluate our school and consider the impact of the actions that are taken.

Beth O'Sullivan - Co-opted - Term of office 08.06.20 - 08.06.24

I have been a parent governor since July 2016, and sit on two committees (Finance and Staffing and Safeguarding and SEND).  I am also the nominated Safeguarding Governor. I have one son who attends the school. I work for Worcestershire County Council on various data collections within education including the statutory School Census, which is the main data source by which schools are funded by the Department for Education. As a governor, I want to bring my working knowledge and experience to the direct benefit of the school. I care deeply that pupils at Nunnery Wood Primary receive a high quality education that enables them all to reach their full potential, and that they receive the best possible experiences from their time at the school.  

Mark Potham - Co-opted Governor - 27.09.19 - 27.09.23

I became a Co-Opted Governor in November 2019, having taken early retirement from my role as a Commercial Credit Manager for a large international finance institution. As a Governor I will bring extensive financial, analytical and problem solving skills. These skills can be used to support the Headteacher and Senior Leadership team, with the school's strategic direction, planning, and it's implementation. I am committed to ensure that the school strives to provide a safe, secure and happy environment -which encourages all children to enjoy coming to school and learning, developing their skills, and achieving the most they are able from the provision of a consistently good quality, and appropriate educational setting.  

Richard Harding - Parent Governor - Term of office 3.12.20 - 3.12.24

**Content coming soon**

Ian O'Grady - Parent Governor - 21.03.22 - 21.03.26


My eldest daughter started in Reception at Nunnery Wood Primary in September 2021, and I joined as a Parent Governor in March 2022. I also have a younger daughter and so the school will be central to my family for many years to come. I intend to do everything I can to support the school community and leadership team. Together we can ensure we continue to provide the very best experiences for each individual pupil who attends Nunnery Wood.

I come from a Civil Engineering background and currently work as a senior manager for a large construction company. I will offer all my experience in the built environment, design, commercial and stakeholder engagement for the benefit of the school. I will use my skills to help the school rise to challenges and continue to flourish.



The Governing Body has three main roles:

  1. to provide strategic direction for the school
  2. to act as a critical friend to the headteacher, who is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school and the school team
  3. to ensure accountability


If you are interested in becoming a Governor or wish to make contact with the Governing Body, please contact the school office:

Telephone: 01905 354154