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Gorsemoor Primary School

Gorsemoor Primary School

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Mr Byron Preece


For the past twelve months, I have had the privilege of being Chair of Governors after previously being a Governor at Gorsemoor for 13 years alongside a similar role at Erasmus Darwin Academy, Chasetown for six years. Both of these roles have given me a range of experience in how differently primary and secondary schools operate on a daily basis and, also in relation to local authority control and academisation.

I am now happily retired but during my career in Finance, I have enjoyed roles as a Financial Accountant and Group Treasurer for a multi-national company. In later life, I took a role as Financial Controller within a family owned business, which gave me the opportunity to become involved with all aspects of a business. My final job before retirement was with a charity fund raising company.

Although retired I somehow appear to be busier now than when I was in full employment, but my wife probably has something to do with that. Retirement has allowed me the time to tick off items on my bucket list re. travel and attending sporting events, but my wife and I also enjoy our cooking duties at a local lunch club for the elderly.


Mrs Karen Fraser


I am a co-opted Governor with a background in education, particularly science and IT. I have been involved in various roles at school since my children attended; volunteer, PTFA member, Governor (initially as a parent) and teaching assistant.

I’ve always enjoyed being a Governor as it gives a fascinating insight into the way a school is run but is more work than many people realise, with ts increasing challenges.

I am now retired but continue to be involved in primary science assessment work with NFER. In my ‘spare’ time I enjoy gardening, DIY and crosswords, when I’m not looking after grandchildren.


Mrs Clare Walton


I am a co-opted governor who works as a TA within school and have done so since 2001, where I am now experienced working in most of the year groups.

I am also a parent at the school with one child who currently attends Gorsemoor and one child who’s now in high school. As a person who lives locally to school, I often try to support local community events. 

I enjoy long walks (at speed), gardening and spending time with friends and family. I thrive on being organised and planning ahead. My personal motto is “ A tidy space, a tidy mind”.



Katherine Morgan


For the past 5 years, I have been the staff elected governor at Gorsemoor.  My background is in Mathematics – a subject which I am extremely passionate about.  I have worked at Gorsemoor for the past 8 years and the school, its staff and pupils hold a very special place in my heart.  Consequently, I feel passionately about the development of the school and take a great deal of pride in my role as staff governor.  In my free time, I enjoy snowboarding, baking and spending time with my family.  I have recently moved from Stafford to the local area and have enjoyed integrating myself more into the community.


Darren Duffy


My name is Darren Duffy and am relatively new to the Governing board here at Gorsemoor Primary School, however am very experienced in Education and School Leadership.  My current professional role is an Assistant Headteacher in a local Secondary School with responsibility for attainment and progress at GCSE and Curriculum and timetabling.  I started my career in 2002 at a School in Walsall as a mathematics teacher, then progressed up to head of mathematics and have been involved in Whole-School leadership since 2017.  I hope my skill-set and experience in School leadership can bring something valuable to the board here at Gorsemoor.


I have two girls currently on roll at Gorsemoor and am fully committed to ensuring not only my girls, but all your children get the best experience possible here at Gorsemoor.  I look forward to working closely with the current leadership of the school in my role Vice Chair of Governors.


Andy Hutchins

I have been a Parent Governor at Gorsemoor since 2015 with both of my daughters thriving at the school.

Professionally I have worked in Finance for over twenty years and am qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant. The majority of my career has been spent with my current employer, a global security products manufacturer in the West Midlands. My role as UK Financial Reporting Manager includes responsibility for the company's financial planning and budgetary control which are skills that I bring to the already highly skilled and devoted team of Governors and Staff at Gorsemoor.

Outside of work I am first and foremost a devoted Father but I also play the drums and am an avid collector of vinyl records. In earlier years I played tennis representing many of our local club teams and still have a love for the sport but these days you are more likely to see me walking or mountain biking at Cannock Chase.


Lauren Smith

I was born and raised in nearby Walsall and joined the Gorsemoor governing board in September 2019 as a co-opted governor.

I am a HR professional, with a background in the recruitment and financial services industries, and have a keen interest in education and training. In my current role, I work with senior leaders on a range of HR and People topics including Performance Management, Wellbeing and Diversity and Inclusion- expertise that I can add to the existing experience and skillset of the governing board.

I look forward to working with the governors to ensure that the school provides high quality education and opportunities for all of the children at Gorsemoor.


Dr Matt O’Leary

I am a Professor of Education at Birmingham City University. I have worked in education for over 25 years as a teacher, teacher educator, head of department, educational researcher and director of research in colleges, schools and universities in the UK and abroad. I teach and supervise students at postgraduate level, though most of my time is taken up with research. My main research interests focus on the impact of education policy on teaching and learning and the relationship between the two, especially in the context of professional learning and teacher development. I am well known internationally for my work on classroom observation, which has been instrumental in influencing policy and practice across education sectors. My books include Classroom observation: A guide to the effective observation of teaching and learning (Routledge 2014), Reclaiming lesson observation: supporting excellence in teacher learning (Routledge 2016) and Teaching Excellence in Higher Education: Challenges, Changes and the Teaching Excellence Framework (Emerald 2017).


I have two daughters who are currently at the school, one in Year 5 and the other in Year 3. I believe strongly in the longstanding ethos of Gorsemoor as a school and am committed to supporting it to provide the best possible experience for all its pupils and staff. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking and cycling.

Abbie Wright


I joined the governing board at Gorsemoor in September 2019 when I was elected as a new Parent Governor. 


I am a proud mum of two children who are thriving at Gorsemoor, one of which who has a diagnosis of Autism. Professionally I have over 12 years experience of supporting people who have Learning Difficulties and Mental Health issues or lived in a Social Care setting. I am passionate about Special Educational Needs and being a voice for vulnerable people, especially children. 


I fully believe in the values and ethos of Gorsemoor School, I am committed and enthusiastic to be part of the journey of ensuring pupils and staff are the best they can be.