Bocking Church Street Primary School

Who's who on the Governing Board

Dear Parents and Carers,
On the Governing Board we share a highly-aspirational vision for the school with the Leadership Team and the teaching staff at Bocking. We believe in developing children's learning in a safe, respectful, happy and creative environment whilst also having a commitment to achieving the very highest standards of teaching and learning with a real ambition for each child to achieve their potential. We do this by supporting the Head teacher to achieve ambitious plans for the school and by closely monitoring progress in all key areas.
We are committed to continuous improvement and to ensuring that all governors have the knowledge and confidence to consistently engage in supporting and challenging the achievement of plans in an effective way. A key factor in this is to build good relationships between staff, pupils and governors and we are working with Ms Crabb to make this one of our priorities this year so we work even more effectively together.
As well as a commitment to monitoring progress and achievement, one of our aims is to support the Head teacher in building closer collaboration with parents and carers and we look forward to talking to you about working more closely as a community. Meanwhile, please feel free to contact us through the school office, if you have any suggestions or questions.
Rev Rod Reid
Chair of Governors

Alexandra Bayley-Hall


Formerly a corporate communications manager for an investment bank, I now teach English and maths in an adult special education setting, where I develop the skills and confidence of students to support their independent living.  As the English Link Governor at Bocking, and a member of the Pupil Outcomes and Achievement Committee, I take a special interest in our pupils' progress and attainment in reading and writing, and in their engagement with and enjoyment of their literacy.


Andrew Sherry


I am Vice Chair of the Resources Committee and Monitoring Governor for Sports, PE
& Dance provision and the best use of Sports Premium Funding. I have a passion for a variety of sports and believe this can assist with childrens development in future life. I am a senior manager for a corporate organisation and accountable for the operational compliance with key legislation which focuses on reducing/mitigating disruption throughout London.

Matthew Kelly

Vice Chair of Governors

I chair the Pupil Outcomes and Achievement Committee which works with the school leadership team to monitor and improve the attainment and progress of pupils. I have lived in Bocking for over 15 years and my daughter and son were both pupils at the school. I work in marketing for a life-sciences software company.

Robert Spedding


"I have now been on the board of governors at Bocking Church Street Primary School for several years.  I originally volunteered as a co-opted governor because I think it is important to support schools and the education of young people.  I have two young children, one of whom is still in primary school, and so know the kind of pressures on primary schools, which have to deal with budgeting, legal and safeguarding concerns, parental expectations and a set curriculum, amongst other things.  I have a lot of experience in the legal and commercial world and would like to use this, as well as my commitment to high aspiration for all children generally, to support the success of the school.

Father Rod Reid

Chair of Governors

I have been a Governor at Bocking School since Summer 2015 and I am thoroughly enjoying working with the staff, fellow Governors and children so that together the school flourishes. I have particular responsibility as the Safeguarding Governor and Chair the Pay Committee.
Bocking is a great place to be and alongside my Governor role, I also have the privilege of being the local Church of England minister working at St Mary's Church here in the village and also at neighbouring Panfield Church. I hope through both of these roles to best serve this wonderful community.

Gemma Ford

Staff Governor

I am the Staff Governor at Bocking and I teach year 2 at the moment.  I am also part of the Senior Leadership Team as Key Stage 1 Lead, with the added responsibilities for Pupil Premium, School Visits, Music and Outdoor Learning.  Outside of Bocking School I have been a governor of an infant school in Witham for the last ten years, nine of which as the chair.  So as you can see, schools are huge part of my life.

Sarah Weeks


I joined the Governing Body in April 2014. I have two daughters at Bocking School.

I have trained and worked in Finance for 12 years but am currently on a career break.

I am Chair of the Resources Committee and I have recently joined the Pupil Outcomes and Achievements Committee. I am responsible for the monitoring of SEN and Pupil Premium.

James Sheehy


Kerry MacKenzie