Who we are...

Mrs Rachael Boiling - Interim Headteacher
Rachael joined the Governing Board in May 2016 as a link between the previous headteacher and the most recent Headteacher, Mrs Sally Hunt. Originally joining Berry Hill in September 1999, Rachael taught Year 5/6, worked for 10 years as a Teacher Assistant at Walford Primary School, while bringing up her own young children, who have now grown up and attend university. Rachael returned to teach Year 6 at Berry Hill before moving to Year 4 in 2016. She uses her wide knowledge and experience to inform and enhance the work of the Governing Board.  
Rachael's responsibilities are: 'Teaching, Learning and monitoring' and 'Progress and Attainment' both in her leadership role in school and for the Governing Board. Rachael's term of office is 4 years and will end in 2024.    
  
Mrs Sue Burrows - Partnership Governor
Sue was appointed to her governor role in 2016, and was also instrumental in overseeing the transition from previous to current headteacher.  Sue has worked within education for several years, most recently as Headteacher of an Infant school and Early Years Centre, and currently supporting schools and coaches for a National children's charity.  She has lived in and loved the Forest of Dean since the 1970's and enjoys exploring the local area with her dogs and family.  Her current term of office is 4 years, ending in October 2021.  
Responsibilities:  Early Years, Headteacher performance, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), Wellbeing and Mental Health.  
 
Mrs Maxine Godfrey - Clerk to Governors
Maxine joined our Governing Board as clerk in 2021, and brings a wealth of experience from clerking in several other schools in Gloucestershire as well as Berry Hill.  Having spent several years living and working in schools oversees, Maxine now lives locally and is enjoying supporting the governors of Berry Hill.  
 
Mr Stewart Hunter - Chair of Governors / Co-opted Governor
Our current Chair, Stewart joined the Governing Board in January 2017 after moving into the area, and wanting to support the work of a local school.  With many years in education, including several as Deputy Headteacher, Stewart currently works for the Department for Education specialising in project and programme management.  He has governor responsibility for English, data protection, headteacher performance and pay, and supports the work of finance and administrative teams.  Stewart's term of office is 4 years, ending in 2021. 
 
Mr Sam Needs - Parent Governor
Sam joined the Governing Body in 2022. He and his wife have lived in the Forest since 2016, and have 3 children - 2 of which currently attend the school. He works in Software Quality Assurance, so very much sweats the small details, and pushes for anything he partakes in to be the best it can be. His Governor term of office began this year, and runs through till 2026. He is currently the Governor responsible for Health and Safety (his day-job is about risk mitigation) and Computing (his previous career was in IT support).
 
Miss Leah Price - Staff Governor
Leah was appointed in 2021 and has been working at Berry Hill as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant since 2014, primarily with our Junior children, from Year 3 to Year 6. Leah has recently taken on the School Council role and promotes the importance of Pupil Voice.  Living in Berry Hill, and with children that attend the school, Leah has a varied and valuable perspective to share with the Governing Board.  Leah is proud to belong to the Berry Hill village and community that has so much to share with those that live here. Leah has governor responsibility for Pupil Premium, and supports teaching, learning and outcomes.  Her term of office is four years, ending in 2025.   
 
Mr Joe Randall - Co-opted Governor
Joe works in the sports travel and hospitality industry, specialising in service procurement contracts and large-scale travel operations.  He joined the Governing Board in 2019 when his daughter joined school, and has responsibility for Physical Education (PE) and well-being, headteacher performance and pay, and overseeing Governor training and visits.   Joe's term of office is 4 years, and will end in 2023.
 
Mrs Christie Simmonds - Local Authority Governor (pending)
Christie is  co-opted governor who joined our Governing Board in May 2019.  She works in the education sector of the Local Authority, specialising in software solutions and data analytics.  Christie attended Berry Hill Primary as a pupil is enjoying the opportunity to continue to support the work of a school she very much loved in her professional capacity.  Although safeguarding is a key focus for all governors, Christie has overall responsibility for it, along with Computing, and supporting the finance, pay and business of the school.  Her term of office is 4 years, ending in November 2023.