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The Governing Board

Pikemere Governing Board

The Local Governing Board at Pikemere School works very hard to ensure that everyone associated with Pikemere School is provided with every opportunity to develop and grow in a secure and safe environment. In order to ensure this happens the Governing Board members all bring different skills and expertise to the role.

The Local Governing Board at Pikemere is smaller than it has been historically as a result of the school becoming a founding member of Chancery Multi Academy Trust. The Board meets in full once every half term and separate Personnel Committee meetings are convened as and when required.


Our Governors

Chair –  Mrs Kerry Hulson (Co-opted)

Responsibilities: Safeguarding,  Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND), Health & Safety

Governor since April 2018

Having graduated with a degree in electrical and electronic engineering I joined Staffordshire Police, where I remained until I retired in September 2020. Having completed over 30 years’ service I had a number of roles, including working in murder incident rooms, the Economic Crime Unit and latterly within the Anti-Corruption Unit.
When my daughter started to attend Pikemere’s pre-school I joined the parent forum in an effort to help support and better understand school life. This subsequently led to me becoming a parent governor and being voted in as the Chair of Governors.
I enjoy walking, jogging, skiing, tennis and I also volunteer with Brownies, local church youth groups and I am a trustee for the Alsager Educational Foundation.

Mrs Sarah Steele (Co-opted)

Responsibilities: Safeguarding; Behaviour, Attitudes & Wellbeing 

Governor since Summer 2016

I am an experienced People & Culture Director with a comprehensive and strategic understanding of HRM. I am skilled in driving and embedding organisational effectiveness and cultural change in line with the organisational strategy, within large and complex organisations throughout the globe.

I have lived in Alsager for most of my life and have three children over both key stages at Pikemere school. I am very passionate about Pikemere as it has been at the heart of my family for over 30 years and I am very proud to be on the Governing Body.

Acting Headteacher – Mrs Gemma Reynolds

The Headteacher at Pikemere School is a Governor unless they elect not to stand.

I am also a governor at The Dingle Primary School.

Co-opted Governor – Mrs Helen Morris

Responsibilities: Pupil Premium (PP), Early Years

Governor since September 2019

I have worked in education for the last 30 years, seven of them as Principal of Cranberry Academy in Alsager. I have worked collaboratively with all the schools in Alsager through the Alsager Community Trust and through this feel I have a good understanding of Pikemere School. I now work as an Educational Coach and Consultant, mainly supporting Headteachers and Senior Leaders.
I am looking forward to getting to know the children, staff and parents at Pikemere School.

Mrs C Richards

Co-opted Governor – Mrs Chris Richards

Responsibilities: English, Maths & Reading; Health & Safety

Governor since late 1980’s. Former Chair and Vice Chair.

I have been involved in and with education in Alsager for over forty years.

My children attended Pikemere School from the mid-seventies, during which time I was elected as chair of the Parents’ Association and subsequently as Parent Governor, serving over the years as Chair and Vice Chair. I taught at Alsager School for over thirty years and became a mentor and monitor of Bachelor of Education students as part of Keele University’s Associate Scheme.

Pikemere School has taken on board and met with the many changes and challenges of education initiatives over the decades and is a very successful school, with a highly committed staff and head teacher. It is an establishment which puts the needs of all children first and I have been proud and delighted to have been part of it.


Parent Governor – Mrs Sam Micklewright

Responsibilities: Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND), Pupil Premium (PP)

Having a child with SEN brings additional daily challenges but also provides an alternative viewpoint on the world around us and a greater understanding. As a family we embrace these differences and Pikemere continues to support us without judgement. We are continually learning and developing new skills to support our son and advocate for other families facing the same.

Being a registered Children’s Nurse for the past 13 years has provided me with a wealth of experience and knowledge of child development, safeguarding, health and wellbeing. I have spent the last 11 years working in the community caring for families in Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire with acute illness and complex needs, more recently developing a specialist asthma role providing support and education for self-management. I am passionate about making a difference, I enjoy teaching and mentoring colleagues in both healthcare and education recognising the importance of staff having access to training, support and resources to be effective and valued.

I am committed to developing strategies and new ways of working, to ensure accessibility and equality in all aspects of school life, to identify and build on the strengths of the whole school community to benefit our children’s education and learning environment. The reward of seeing children flourish to become well rounded individuals, makes my role as both nurse and parent completely worthwhile, despite the difficult days.

Vice Chair – Parent Governor – Mrs Nicola Ratcliffe

Responsibilities: Early Years,; Behaviour, Attitudes & Wellbeing; Wider curriculum 

I am a senior Human Resources practitioner with 12 years experience of working in Higher Education. As Head of HR for Keele University, I have responsibility for HR strategy, policy and project development and delivery, with particular expertise in equality, diversity and inclusion. I also have senior management responsibility for Keele Day Nursery.

My two children attend Pikemere and I am pleased to be able to input to the future development and improvement of our school.

Staff Governor – Mrs Vicky Beddow

During my teaching career I have worked both classroom based and peripatetically within the areas of Social Emotional and Mental Health needs and SEND. In 1999 I was involved in the setting up of The Primary Behaviour Support Team in Stoke-on-Trent and as part of a research MEd looked at effective ways of reducing exclusions in the authority. I have always had a passion to ensure that barriers to learning are overcome for pupils with SEND so that they can achieve their full potential, promoting positive relationships within the classroom and having high expectations are paramount for me.

Having taken a 10 year career break after having twins I have recently enjoyed being back in the classroom in the role of a Teaching Assistant.                                                                                                         

Co-opted Governor – Mrs Karen Fuller

Responsibilities: Curriculum

I have worked in education for the last 30 years having many roles from Assistant Headteacher, Director of Teaching School, gaining accreditation as our own Initial Teacher Training provider in Cheshire East.  I recently moved to Manchester Metropolitan University as Head of ITE Primary and Secondary Partnerships.

I have always had a strong connection with Pikemere school.  As a parent I chose Pikemere School for my own children as its values and those deeply resonate with me.  Whilst my own children were at Pikemere I joined the Parent Forum and was subsequently elected as a Parent Governor, and have maintained my connection ever since.  I feel very priviledged to work with such committed staff and to see that Pikemere places children’s needs at the very heart of everything they do.

Mrs Sue Lambeth – Clerk to the Governing Board





A list of pecuniary interests and attendance is available here: Governor info for website Sept 21


Contacting the Governors

The Clerk to the Governors can be contacted on 01270 874237 or via email to [email protected]

Any correspondence for the Local Governing Board should be addressed to either:

Mrs K Hulson
Chair of Governing Board
Pikemere School
Pikemere Road
Mrs S Lambeth
Clerk to the Governing Board
Pikemere School
Pikemere Road


If you are interested in becoming a Governor please contact the school office.  All governors must adhere to the CMAT Code of Conduct Members Directors and Governors.docx


Further Information

For further information about Pikemere School, including finance data and benchmarking,  please refer to the following site:


Information on Trust finances can be found on the Chancery Trust website.

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