The governing body has a range of duties and powers and a general responsibility for the conduct of the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement including setting targets for pupil achievement, managing the school's finances, making sure the curriculum is balanced and broadly based, appointing staff and reviewing staff performance and pay and many more.

The governing body has considerable discretion as to how to discharge its responsibilities but is required to constitute itself in line with the regulations and to appoint a chair and vice chair. The governing body may delegate certain of its responsibilities to certain governors or committees of governors, although in general, it is not compelled to do so.

The Ethos Statement, taken from the School's Instrument of Government, states:

"Recognising its historic foundation, the school will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Church at parish and diocesan level.

The school aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality with the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith and promotes values through the experience it offers to all its pupils."

The Governers can be contacted either by email, through the contact page on this site, or via the School Office.

It is a requirement to publish a Register of Governors and their Interests  We have also published a Committee Structure.

The School is governed by the following Governors, assisted by the Clerk, Fran Lennon :



William Adams - Parent Governor

As a parent, I am keen to make sure the school is doing all it can to give the children the best education and personal development that they can provide with the resources available. As a Governor, I am in the right place to monitor the school's progress, to discuss findings with the other Governors so that we can help the school achieve its aims. My skills - as a research analyst, I get involved with analysing how things work and I look at information flows to see what changes need to be made to keep things running to plan. I am also a big believer in common sense.


Tom Alcott - Parent Governor

I have 3 children attending Cradley School and am keen that all children at Cradley get the chance to taste success, be inspired to learn, laugh often and make many friends. I have worked with youth groups since 1995 with Outward Bound; Scotland, Wales, South Africa and recently The Malvern Outdoor Centre. I am a risk averse Yachtmaster, rock climber and Mountain Leader. Keen on sport - I run on the hills a bit, have sailed the Atlantic twice, and recently swam around the Scilly Isles. Having started 3 companies and a clean water charity, I enjoy getting things done.


Simon Batten - Foundation Governor

I live in Colwall and both my children attended Cradley school from Reception to Year 6, the last of which left in 2014. I know they both look back on their time at Cradley with fond memories and that they experienced a happy and supportive school environment in which to start their educational lives. I believe that’s what most of us would want for our children. I work for Royal Mail Logistics. I am interested in making the school future proof; ensuring that we have the right people and buildings infrastructure to support the needs of what will be a changing and growing school population.


Eryl Copp - Chairman

I have been Chair of Governors at Cradley school since 2011 and really enjoy my role leading the team to work effectively both in supporting and challenging the school.I am an ex. teacher and lecturer in Education and have been involved in many areas of Education during my career, particularly in Early Years. My interests are in Art and Design, as I studied Art as a student, gardening and holidaying!


Barbara Gleaves - Staff Governor

I have been on the board of governors for quite a few years now, and enjoy discussing the important issues of the school.  As Children's Champion and SENCo, I feel that I get the opportunity to speak up for our more vulnerable pupils and I am pleased when the governors show an interest in these matters.  However, it must be said that my favourite times are when we are invited round to Eryl's lovely house and garden for more informal occasions!  My interests are working my two springer spaniels and modern jive dancing!


Adam Greaves - Head Teacher

I am immensely proud of being the Headteacher of Cradley CE Primary School.  I have held the post since April 2011.  I am responsible for running the school and providing, with the Governing Body, the future strategic direction.  As a Governing Body we are committed to improving outcomes for all children.  I also work in supporting other new Headteachers as a mentor.


Donna Jones - Staff Governor

I am Deputy Head and Class 1 teacher and I started working here  in April 2010. I have responsibility for Co-ordinating Science and Music and am the Foundation stage co-ordinator. In my role as a Governor of Cradley School I have responsibility for the Governor run Nursery, the Families, children and community committee and Health and Safety. 


Martin McAleese - Foundation Governor

I joined the army at 16 then went on to Sandhurst. Subsequently I served in Germany, Hong Kong, the UK and Northern Ireland. On retirement from the army I spent 10 years in the private sector as a change manager, then in the charity sector. I have two grandchildren and my interests are music and field sports. I have lived in Cradley for twenty years.


Lara Taylor

I moved to Cradley in December 2014 from Berkshire to have a more rural lifestyle, be part of a village community and to be closer to family.  I grew up in Malvern and love being back in the countryside. I am married to Jack and we have two young boys.  I am a Management Consultant and work for a London firm, but work from home most of the time, which allows me to juggle the commitments of everyday life. I'm passionate about providing opportunity for development for younger generations and look forward to supporting the school.


Karen Moseley - Foundation Governor and Vice Chair

I am currently chair of the Curriculum and Achievement Committee. I am a parent of two children at Cradley school and also a secondary school teacher. Outside of parenthood and education my interests all involve being outside and active. I regularly play netball and run.


Paul Seymour - Local Authority Governor

I am an Actuary with a Maths degree from Trinity, Cambridge. Now retired, the first twenty years of my working life were spent in the life insurance industry, and the second twenty as a non-executive director of several companies, including the Financial Reporting Council, where I was the first Chair of the Board for Actuarial Standards. My father was a headmaster himself, hence my interest in educational excellence. 


Rev. Robert Ward - Vice Chair and Foundation Governor

I have been a governor since I became Rector of Cradley with Mathon and Storridge in 2007. As Cradley is a church school, it rather goes with the job! For the first three or four years I was Chair of Governors, and since then have been one of the Vice-Chairs in support of Eryl Copp: and now am a member of the governors' committee dealing with Children, Families and Community. I see this as an important aspect of my care and concern for the people of the parish, particularly the younger ones. I did train as a teacher myself more than thirty years ago, and worked in parishes in Bristol and in Milton Keynes before coming to Cradley.

Value of the Month



When I am afraid I put my trust in you.

Psalm 56:3


Chosen by Miss Morgan (Cleaner in charge).

Stars of the Week

Congratulations to:


 Lois & Imogen

Class 1

 Chloe & Stan

Class 2

 Tehya & Jacob

 Class 3

 Sapphire & Amelia

 Class 4

 Ray & Henry

Class 5

 Lydia & George

Well done to all of you!


Elgar:   1813  
Masefield:   1803  
Shaw:   1947