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. 

Andrew Morris - Head Teacher - Ex Officio AGC Member


I have been Head Teacher of the federation for over 4 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.


Bal Kaur-Pierpoint Chair of Academy Governance Committee (AGC)

Community AGC Member


After graduating with a Chemistry and Biochemistry degree I trained to be a Science teacher and realised at that point how much I enjoyed teaching and supporting young people to achieve their goals. I have taught in seven senior schools holding leadership positions in each of them, gradually progressing up to Headship.


After ten years serving as a Headteacher, I now work as a consultant for the Association of School and College Leaders supporting with leadership development, coaching, mentoring and recruiting senior leaders in schools and trusts respectively, in both the primary and secondary sectors.


I am passionate about education, seeing children enjoying learning, growing and developing their many skills and talents and gaining in confidence as they do so. It is an absolute privilege and pleasure to watch them making the most of all the opportunities school provides.


My husband has also spent his professional life in teaching too; first as a University lecturer and then moving into senior school, teaching Chemistry. Our three children, between them, attended Burton Green and All Saints’ primary schools before moving to secondary school.  


As a governor, I hope to bring all the experience I have gained in education over the years, to provide support to our two lovely schools. As Chair of the Academy Governance Committee, 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.


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 Burton Green 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.  In my spare time I enjoy Pilates, gardening and sports spectating. 





Janet Hickinbottom MBE - Clerk


Janet Hickinbottom MBE

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 after my children were born I worked 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. I retired from full-time work in the summer of 2023.

In my spare time I enjoy gardening and writing.  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, one of whom is now a pupil at Burton Green Academy and so it feels as if life has come full circle.


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. 



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.


Since 2019 I have been the curate at St. Nicholas Church in Kenilworth.  In addition to wider duties I have within the Church I also assist our children’s and families worker with any activities the Church runs for this.  Including stay and play, the holiday club and the light party which we host each year.


Stella Villiers (Miss V) -Staff governor and Deputy Headteacher of Burton Green Academy


I have been a primary school teacher for over twenty years. Training in London and returning to the midlands with my own young family to the Kenilworth area.


 I joined Burton Green as a part time teacher in 2004 and progressed in my position when my own children entered secondary school. 

I was privileged to become the deputy head of Burton Green Academy in 2014.   I have numerous roles such as; special education needs coordinator, safeguarding lead, year six class teacher, creative team lead and deputy. 

The small school aspect means staff have many roles but this also allows for a family feeling where staff and pupils are well supported and individual needs can be addressed. Pupils gain through the opportunities available in the smaller setting, flourishing in confidence ready for secondary school transition.

Being a teacher is a fantastic career - every day is brightened in some way by the children I teach. Finding hidden skill or talent a child holds, seeing a eureka moment or natural ability being stretched provides such rewards that make every day worthwhile.

I never cease to feel privileged to be around children at the start of their education. It is my belief that if schools can engage and enthuse children in education when they are young that the rest of their school life becomes so much more rewarding.


Lucy Hatton – Parent AGC Member


I currently live in Burton Green and have done for over 35 years. I have two children currently at the school my daughter in year 5 and my son in year 3. I have the great pleasure of being a parent governor and have the great privilege and responsibility to be the safeguarding and SEND lead for the Academies.

Having attended Burton Green School myself many years ago I have seen many changes within the school. I have very fond memories of my time at the school and I really want to help ensure the children have the same great experience as I had.

I am treasurer of the PTFA and really enjoy helping raise funds to help the children in many different ways. I enjoy playing an active role in my children school life.

My day to day job is as Corporate Reporting and Charities Director at a firm of Chartered Accounts based in Coventry, however I like to keep busy so as well as the PTFA, I am also a Burton Green Parish Councillor and Trustee of Burton Green Village Hall.


Heather Clatworthy - Green Leek AGC Member


I have been a parent at All Saints Academy Leek Wootton 8 years, with my eldest child Lilly now in Secondary, and my son Basil in Year 5 in Waller. As parent governor, I aim to ensure the voices of children and parents are heard and support the board to ensure staff have sufficient skills, resources and support to ensure your child can reach their potential in a happy, nurturing environment.

I have devoted several years to supporting key stage 1 children reading and dedicated 7 years to our wonderful PTFA helping drive significant fundraising campaigns within the school such as the Green Leek Run, Teddy Bear Parachuting and summer BBQ, the funds of which are all invested back into your children's learning, if you haven’t met me already you will often find me behind a BBQ or cake stall!

Outside of school I work full time as Paths Manager (GB) for The Ramblers (Britain's leading walking charity), and am Trustee for Wheel for All (National Inclusive Cycling Charity). I also regularly meet with a wide range of parents and children across different years at events outside of school, for example when I also help lead at the 1st Leek Wootton Girlguiding Group and 1st Leek Wootton Cub Scouts group. I am very involved with Leek Wootton community events and am equally very aware of the history of our school and the important role it holds within the community, not just for my own children, but for all in the surrounding area who may attend.

Please feel free to say hi to me anytime, and if anybody is interested in taking on this role in future years, please don’t hesitate to have chat with me.


Rev Erin Gilmour


New to Coventry, after taking up the post of Associate Vicar within the Bridge Benefice in 2022, I was delighted to be appointed foundation governor for the Green Leek Federation in 2023.


As a church leader, I believe being active in the community is an integral part of church life and I feel privileged to service not only my church but the community in this way.


I have over 10 years’ experience of youth and children’s work having, prior to ordination, served as a Youth Pastor for a large church in the South of London. I have worked in schools, prisons and within the local community supporting and encouraging children to grow into their potential. You could say that I spent my time as a youth working being a cheerleader for the young.


I love working with children and young people and I believe that every child is unique, with their own personalised set of a skills and abilities. My hope is that throughout their lives they will know that they are valued, and loved, not only by their family and friends but by Jesus himself.


As a foundation governor my hope is that I will be able to facilitate the spiritual distinctiveness of the schools, helping the children to live life in all its fullness.


I am a very proud auntie to Elise, an all dancing and singing eight-year-old, nothing brings me more joy than the time I spend with her. I enjoy coffee drinking,  swimming, a really good book and getting to know new people.