Burton Green

Church of England Academy

Working together to care for each other

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The school is part of the Diocese of Coventry Multi Academy Trust and the Academy Governance Committee (AGC) is part of the governance structure of the Trust which is responsible for overseeing strategic decisions of the school. The governance structure for the trust as a whole is outlined in the governance structure documents here.


As an Academy Governance Committee we work in close partnership with the Headteacher and senior leadership team to ensure the best quality education is provided to every child. It is our responsibility to support, challenge, ask questions and ultimately represent the school community. The Academy Governance Committee acts as a ‘critical friend’ to the senior leadership team, questioning and challenging decisions in a constructive and professional way.


Academy Governance Committees have key roles in relation to: providing support, monitoring and challenge around educational experience and performance; church, community and stakeholder engagement and supporting alignment with Trust strategy, approach, ethos and values. The AGC Members meet regularly, visit the school when possible and during special events.  As a team, we are able to support the school to function well and strive to provide a high standard of education.


As a Church of England Academy (part of the Diocese of Coventry Multi-Academy Trust) all the AGC Members support the school in being a place of inclusive welcome and education for everyone.

Burton Green CofE Academy and All Saints’ CofE Academy, Leek Wootton have one shared Academy Governance Committee known as the Green Leek AGC. 

Bal Pierpoint - Chair of Governors, Community AGC Member


I trained as a Science teacher and I have taught in seven secondary schools holding leadership positions in each of them. The last two schools were Academies where I was Head Teacher for ten years.


I am passionate about education and love to see children learning, growing and developing their many skills and talents. I love to see them happy and enjoying their learning, gaining in confidence as they are able to achieve more and more. It is an absolute privilege and pleasure to watch them making the most of all the opportunities school provides.


My husband Colin and I have three children, all of whom I am delighted to say, attend our schools. We live in Balsall Common and like myself, Colin has spent all his professional life in teaching too.


As a governor, I hope to bring all the experience I have gained in education over the years, to make our two great schools even more successful. 


As Chair of Governors, I feel immensely proud to have the opportunity to serve the children, staff, parents and wider communities of All Saints’ and Burton Green Church of England Primary Academies.



Andrew Morris - Head Teacher - Ex Officio AGC Member


I have been Head Teacher of the federation for over 3 years.   I am passionate about education and feel strongly that as a CofE village school we offer a broad curriculum with a kind and caring ethos that is focused on each child being an individual.

Observing children grow and develop into caring, confident, responsible young people with a love for learning has been a real privilege. Ensuring each child recognises and nurtures their unique parcel of talents is integral to my educational philosophy and underpins the values foundation of our schools and federation. 
Both schools in our federation have many strengths, dedicated staff teams and support from our churches and communities. I look forward to building on this foundation as the Head of the Federation as we move forward together.



Rev Jim Perryman - Ex Officio Foundation AGC Member


Known to adults and children alike as “Jim”, I am the part-time Vicar of All Saints Church, Leek Wootton. I also work part-time for a Church of England Mission Society, based in Coventry.  I am an ex-officio Foundation Governor, representing the incumbents of the three parishes who have responsibility for the Federation (All Saints, Leek Wootton; St Nicholas, Kenilworth; St John, Westwood Heath) and now fulfil the role of Vice-Chair. 

I lead assemblies at All Saints, normally once or twice each half-term, host various school events and visits at the church, and offer my pastoral and my IT skills to both academies to be used as needed.

I was a governor at All Saints from the time of my arrival in the parish in November 2008, and have been a governor in the Green Leek Federation from its creation in 2014.



Lesley Tacon - Community AGC Member


My husband Peter and I moved to Burton Green in 1977, the year our daughter was born. Both our children attended Burton Green School where they enjoyed a wonderful education which equipped them with a life-long love of learning. I was delighted to be invited to join the Governing Body in 2000 after taking early retirement from my job as an insurance broker.

In my role as a Community Governor I endeavour to support the Green Leek Federation in any way I can and to foster the vital relationship between the schools and their local and wider communities, using my close links with Burton Green in particular. I am a member of Hodgetts Lane Womens’ Institute, on the Jubilee Committee (part of Burton Green Residents’ Association) and support Burton Green Choir, Made in Burton Green and Burton Green Village Hall Committee on which my husband is Treasurer.  In my spare time I enjoy Pilates, gardening and sports spectating. 





Janet Hickinbottom MBE - Clerk


My three sons – now all grown up – attended Burton Green School and when the youngest moved to secondary school in 2003, I took on the role of Clerk to the Governors. I have remained in that position ever since, adapting to the best of my ability through federation and more recently academisation.

I started life as a teacher but my current permanent role is as an education officer for a charity that links schools with the farming industry and in 2017 I was honoured to receive an MBE for my work with farming education and rural communities.

In my spare time I enjoy gardening and learning – very slowly – how to play the piano. I volunteer as secretary on our local residents’ association and I am a founder member of the Burton Green Village Choir. I also enjoy seeing my two lively and lovely grandsons.


Patricia Reeve - Foundation AGC Member


I live in Leek Wootton and worship at All Saints’ Church. As a retired Primary School teacher, I believe I can take on the role of Foundation governor with some understanding. I have also previously been a teacher governor for a number of years. Since retiring I continued to work alongside children by volunteering in schools to listen to readers and helping at church holiday club. My two children both attended the old village school and my younger son was in the cohort that entered the new school in 1996. I have taught in both modern and Victorian school buildings and understand the issues arising in adapting to the demands of a 21st century curriculum. I appreciate the family feel that makes a school, such as All Saints’ and Burton Green, a welcome and nurturing environment.


John Finlayson - Foundation AGC Member


Over the last 7 years I have worked in 3 secondary schools, including two in Coventry, as a science teacher. I am a member of St John's, Westwood Church and a member of the leadership team of the Church in Burton Green. It is an honour to serve the pupils, parents and staff at Burton Green Primary and All Saints' Primary as a Foundation Governor. 



Claire Harman-Sherwood - Parent AGC Member


It is great pleasure to take the role of parent governor. I have two children in year 1 and 4.  As a parent I value the outstanding education our children receive in a nurturing environment. The whole child is celebrated and strengths of children are even further nurtured ensuring all children develop into unique happy individuals.  

I feel very fortunate to be able to spend time in All Saints reception class and listen to children read weekly. The magic of watching children grow in confidence and ability is real honour .


I have 22 years experience working in early years settings ranging from day nurseries to a children centre as well as being an Ofsted Outstanding rated childminder and I currently work as a manager at a local Preschool.  I have over 10 years management experience and have a good knowledge on safeguarding, working alongside Warwickshire County Council, leadership and early years child development.  I have a real passion for working with children and hope that my experience and knowledge will contribute to the parent governor role.