Meet the Governors

There are 15 governor positions within the school.​

Co-opted G​overno​rs

Appointed by Governing Body



Mr T. Reilly

Term of office ends: Dec 2020

Committees: Health, Safety and Safeguarding

Appointment: September 2013



 My family and I came to the area when I became Farm Manager at Tern Farm, Longdon on Tern in 1995. My two children, then 5 and 9, benefited from their years at High Ercall and I wanted to give something back. As a result I have been a Governor for over 15 years. It is a privilege and a pleasure to be associated with such dedicated staff and enthusiastic pupils.


Mr M. Parton

Term of office ends: Dec 2020

Appointment: September 2007





                                 Mr I Davies

                  Term of office ends: Dec 2020

                           Appointment: May 2011

     Committees: Health, Safety and Safeguarding


"I am the Deputy Headteacher, and I teach Class 4." 

I am the Deputy Headteacher, and I teach Class 4.I have been teaching at the school for ten years, and during this time, I have seen the school flourish in the areas of curriculum offer, academic achievement and infrastructure. Before joining the school, I had taught in two larger primary schools in central Telford and had been an engineer before joining the teaching profession. I had never stayed longer than six years in any previous post and it is testament to the ethos and environment of the school that I embark upon my eleventh year.

I am married and have two teenage daughters who keep me busy: ‘Dad’s Taxi’ to and from drama and singing lessons. I enjoy cycling and motorcycling (passing my test in 2015) and have supported local and national ‘ride outs’ to raise funds for a variety of charities.  


"I am a Senior Electrical Engineer with a Business Diploma in Operational Management, I have worked within the Dairy industry for nearly 32 years, 26 within the community at Dairy Crest Crudgington prior to joining Muller UK at Telford.

I believe High Ercall School to be an asset to the community with successful learning and development policies within a safe and supporting environment, these have been confirmed with my daughter Sara’s enthusiasm for school. My view is that a proactive approach to our children’s education and development is key, therefore I find it a privilege to support the school as a parent governor by offering my professional skills, knowledge and experience as required."


School G​overno​rs

Staff Governor appointed by the school staff body

Mrs S Roberts


Appointment: September 2013


Mrs K Caton

Term of office ends: Jan 2021

Committees: Core

Appointment: January 2017




I started my role as Headteacher in September 2013. Previously I have worked as Deputy Headteacher at Hollinswood Primary, in Telford and several years in schools in Shrewsbury. I have taught all year groups across the primary age range through my teaching career, and love to see the children excited and motivated by the learning.

I am married, with two primary aged children, who attend a local primary school. I grew up locally, near Market Drayton and love the rural lifestyle! Occasionally you might see me running the lanes locally or around my own home, or even playing tennis!

I came to High Ercall Primary School in January 2015 when I was appointed as Nursery Teacher. In January 2016 I moved into Class 1 and am very happily settled in this role. I have taught mainly early years since I started teaching in 1989, but I have also worked as a family learning tutor and for children’s centres as a support worker. I also stayed at home for a time to bring up my children and worked as a volunteer for the National Childbirth Trust.

I have three children, one who lives and works in London, one who is a student at university and the other is at 6th form college. I live in Shrewsbury, and love spending my free time seeing films and live music, reading and working on my garden. I am looking forward to becoming a governor and representing the staff at meetings.




Local Authority Appointed Governors

Appointed by Governors with recommendations from the Local Authority


Mr S. Armstrong

Term of office ends: Dec 2020

Appointment: December 2006

Committees: Core

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Hi, I’m Steve Armstrong and I’ve been a governor for several years. I started off as a Parent Governor when both my sons, now teenagers, attended High Ercall .

They really enjoyed their time here, making a lot of good friends and enjoyed representing the school whenever and wherever they could.

The school gave them the foundation to try lots of different things, a number of which they have developed a real passion for.

I really enjoy the challenges and rewards of being a governor and feel privileged to be able to make a contribution to school life.


Foundation Governors

Appointed by The Beacon Trust on the recommendation of the school

Mrs M. Ward

Term of office ends: Dec 2019

Appointment: December 2004

Committees:Health, Safety and Safeguarding

Link Governor: SEN


Mrs J. Meredith (Chair of Governors - September 2015)

Term of office ends: Dec 2019

Appointment: September 2013

Committees: Core

Link Governor: Vulnerable Learners


"My name is Mel Ward and I’ve been a governor for 12 years. I am also a local authority Parent Governor Representative. Both of my children, now teenagers, attended High Ercall and loved their time here. I really enjoy the challenges and rewards of being a governor and feel privileged to be able to make a contribution to school life.
I am currently Vice Chair."

"My name is Jan Meredith and I have been associated with the school since my eldest daughter enrolled in 1995. I joined the Board of Governors 10 years ago as a Parent Governor and now that my youngest daughter has left the school I continue to serve as a foundation governor."


Mrs B. Cains (Minor LA)

Term of office ends: Dec 2019

Appointment: September 1998

Committees: Core, Health, Safety and Safeguarding

Link Governor: Safeguarding


I am married with 3 grown up children and 4 grandchildren. I have lived in High Ercall for 30 years and consider myself an active member of the local community. In addition to my role as governor, I have been a parish councillor for 20 years. I am a bell ringer at St Michael and All Angels Church.


All our children attended High Ercall Primary School.  As a parent, I  have extremely fond memories of the school.  The school gave my own children a firm base to go on and achieve well, in their various academic and professional careers.


 I joined the governing board nearly 20 years ago.  Recently, I have taken on the role of governor with safeguarding responsibilities. I have several years’experience of working in children safeguarding teams.



 Rev Suzan Williams

Term of office ends: Dec 2019

Committees: none

Appointment: April 2016

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I am Team Vicar in Wrockwardine Deanery in Lichfield Diocese and live in The Vicarage here at High Ercall.

I am married to Darren and we have four children and two grandchildren.

Being involved in the local primary schools has been a very important part of what we are seeking to do. Not only to support the Staff and head teacher, but also to get to know the families in the locality as well and find out what they need. At a time when there is so much pressure on families, I think its a really important role that the local Church needs to be proactive in developing.



Parent Governors (4 parents Governors in the constitution)

Elected by parents of the school


Mr J Morris

Term of office ends: January 2023


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I was a Head of Department in Post 16 Education for 12 years and recently left the teaching profession to work as a Development Manager for a children’s charity that uses the power of physical education, sport and physical activity to enhance the lives of children and young people.  I work across the West Midlands with school staff, headteachers and governors to improve their understanding of how physical activity can improve the lives of young people in schools.

I have two children in key stage 2 who have recently joined High Ercall Primary and I am looking forward to using my knowledge, skills and experience to contribute to the development of the school.



Mr Mike Edwards 

Term of office ends: March 2022

Committees: Core

Appointment : March 2018

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I've lived in the area for 13 years, have a son who attends High Ercall Primary School, a pre-school aged daughter and my wife is a teacher at the school. I'm a Chartered Civil Engineer by training although my career has given me the opportunity to move into the leadership and management of major projects. I'm proud to be a parent governor and will use my abilities to make the school the best it can be for everyone.


Mrs J. Williams (Vice Chair)

Term of office ends: January 2020

Committees: Core

Appointment : January 2016

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My name is Jenny Williams and I have recently been appointed as a parent governor. I am a Chartered Accountant specialising in working with Academy and Free schools in the local area. I am pleased to be able to use my skills and experience to work with parents, governors and staff to the benefit of our wonderful school.


Mrs R Thiara

Term of Office ends: February 2021

Committees: Health and Safety

Appointment: February 2017 



My name is Ricki Thiara, I was appointed the role of Parent Governor in February 2017.   I have 3 children, all of whom now attend High Ercall Primary.  Prior to becoming a full time parent I worked for Telford and Wrekin Council dealing with Children and their Families, which included working with a range of agencies who are able to promote children's development and well being.  I am already very proud to be part of this school and look forward to helping with its continued development, ensuring children receive the best possible education and gain the skills needed for lifelong learning and being part of the real world.  









Ms K Swallow
Telford and Wrekin Council