About the Governing Body

The Governing Body of Baskerville School is composed of representatives from all the key groups involved in our school – parents, staff, the Local Authority and co-opted members from the local community. Some Governors are appointed and some are elected. All serve the school on a voluntary basis.

The governors are the strategic leaders of our school and have a vital role to play in making sure every student gets the best possible education. In Baskerville School, the Governing Body places a strong focus on the following functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff;

  • Monitoring the performance and progress of our students;

  • Working with the staff to ensure a high standard in the teaching and caring of our students;

  • Planning ahead so that the performance of our students and our school continues to improve; and

  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

The full Governing Body meets together at least five times over the school year. Five Governors have been appointed to monitor the school's finance, safeguarding, pastoral, school improvement and residential provisions. They report regularly to the full Governing Body. School Governors also regularly carry out unannounced inspection of the school's residential units.

The Governors are always keen to hear the views of parents, carers, members of staff and students so please feel free to contact any of Governors if you have any concerns, suggestions or positive comments about the school.

Ian Binnie

Chair of Governors

I became Chair of Governors of Baskerville School in October 2016 after my appointment as a Local Authority Governor.

The Governing Body has a clear role to oversee a continuous improvement in the care and education of the students at Baskerville and to ensure that statutory duties are carried out. We also have a responsibility to promote the welfare of staff and to ensure that the quality of teaching and support is also improving.

My first impression is that we have an excellent group of staff lead by an outstanding Headteacher, in Jackie Smith. I look forward to working with them to make Baskerville even better.

Governors carry out their responsibilities on behalf of parents and other community members. I believe that it is vital that governors, parents and staff work in partnership to create even better opportunities for the students of Baskerville.

I am honoured to be Chair of Governors and look forward to working with the school community to meet the many challenges ahead.

Susan Hunston

Vice Chair of Governors

I have been the Local Authority governor for Baskerville School since 2017 and I have a particular interest in the quality of education at the school.

Every time I visit Baskerville I am impressed by the calm atmosphere, the dedication and expertise of the staff, and the way each student is seen as an individual with unique capabilities and needs. Seeing the school join the Cooperative Trust was a very positive move. It is important to support small and specialised schools as they move forward in challenging times.

Being semi-retired I am often able to attend school events, and it is always a delight to meet parents, teachers and children, and to hear about their experience of Baskerville.

I am a Professor of English Language at the University of Birmingham. My career continues to take me all over the world.

Jackie Smith


I became the Headteacher of Baskerville School in September 2018. It is a privilege to work alongside a talented, committed staff with great students.

I am passionate about autism and SEN provision and education. I have worked with Special Needs all my teaching career (26 years) in mainstream and special schools as a teacher, Assistant Head, Senior Deputy and Acting Head Teacher.

Working in partnership with parents and carers, we can achieve the best possible outcomes and lives for our students.

Juliet Krouwel

Parent Governor

It's a great privilege to be part of the Governing Body of Baskerville School. I became a parent governor in December 2017, shortly after our daughter had joined the school in Year 7. We have been impressed by the warm and sensitive environment that Baskerville provides for their pupils. This was what drew us to Baskerville in the first place and two years later we feel the same way. As parents we are now starting to think about the later teenage years and young adulthood. There is a lot to think about as parents, and I look forward to working with the school and supporting them in their work with all parents.

Charmian McCrossan

Parent Governor

As a parent of two teenage sons, each with different and individual needs with regard to their autism, I have a good understanding of the needs of pupils at Baskerville School. My youngest son is currently in Year 11 and has thrived whilst at Baskerville school, developing his self confidence, achieving and enjoying his education.

I am also a leader of an autism parent support group in Worcestershire, listening to parents and discussing strategies parents find successful for their child, as well as organising speakers and signposting parents to relevant organisations.

Furthermore as a primary school teacher for 23 years and a leader of a parent support group I am well placed to make a positive contribution to the governing body and look forward to being a governor at Baskerville School.

Scott Elwell

Co-opted Governor

My youngest son attends Baskerville and I recently joined the Governing body in July 2018, having been a parent governor at another Autistic Special School for over six years.

As a governor, I hope to make a valuable contribution to Baskerville helping its teachers and staff, supporting them as they continue to provide the best education and provision for all students.

Hadyn Hughes

Staff Governor

I have been teaching at Baskerville School for approximately six years and have started my role as staff governor in 2017.

My main goal is to bring in my experience as a classroom teacher to the governing body of Baskerville School and be a voice for both staff and students.

Joshua Gershwin-Williams

I am an enthusiastic and dedicated Deputy Head Teacher, PGCE qualified and educated to degree level, with a solid background in implementing change and overhauling existing teaching and working operations to improve performance in the educational sector. I have a sound background in successfully working with a diverse range of students including SEN and looked after children. I value mentoring, coaching and training to staff, and has a verifiable record in achieving significant improvements to examination results and student performance.

Joined March 2019