Brenda Harding (Co-Opted Governor) - Chair of Governors - Link Role: Equalities
I have been a resident of Brimpton for 34 years and am a serving magistrate on the Berkshire Bench. As Chairman of the Magistrates Youth Panel I worked alongside the various agencies serving Berkshire's children and believe that through a sound education children develop confidence as well as competence that will equip them for a successful and stable future. I hope that as a governor of Brimpton School I will be able to contribute towards furthering this ethos in our local children.
Heidi Davies (Head Teacher)I have lived in Thatcham for over 30 years and have been teaching in West Berkshire for the past 18 years. I have 3 children who all love school and have been very forthcoming with ideas on how to be a ‘headteacher’ at Brimpton! I love the performing arts and this is something I hope to continue to develop at Brimpton. It has been such a privilege to start at Brimpton. The warmth of the school is really apparent. This is something I hope to nurture and enhance alongside the passionate team of teachers that Brimpton is lucky to have. I believe in developing the whole child and that if a child is safe and happy they will learn.
Zoë Baker (Staff Governor)
I am the staff governor, and have been teaching at Brimpton School since 2007. I am the class teacher for the younger Key Stage 2 children, and among my responsibilities I hold the position of Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator.
Nathan Brown (Parent Governor) - Link Role: Communications & Marketing
I was elected as Parent Governor in 2018 and feel it is a great opportunity to express the views of the parents in shaping the school. I previously was a Director of Learning at a further education college, so feel that I have the knowledge to make a success of the role. I have 2 children at the school who thoroughly enjoy the learning that takes place at Brimpton and the extra curriculum opportunities.
Peter Harvey-Di Gioia (Co-opted Governor) - Chair of Finance and Premises Committee - Link Role: Pupil Premium
I currently have one child at Brimpton, but was a Governor at Brimpton prior to my son starting there. I am the Finance Governor at Brimpton….I like looking at numbers!! I also have two other children and am married to Rachel. We live in Newbury. I am passionate about small schools and think there should be more of them - it enables teaching staff to focus more on each individual child.
John Hicks (Co-opted Governor) Link Role: Health & Safety
I have lived in Brimpton since May 2011 and earlier this year I was elected to the Parish Council. For 7 years I was head of cultural and heritage services for Berkshire County Council and from 1995 until 1998 when the Council was abolished, I was Head of the Paid Service. I worked as a management consultancy until 2012 when I retired. I have also served as chairman of the Culture Secretary’s advisory council on public libraries; chairman of the libraries, museums and archives council for south east England; a member of the national library and museums council; chairman of the Hounslow Community Trust and as a trustee of the LASER Foundation. These days I spend my time gardening and looking after my two granddaughters.
Rhoda Nikolay (Co-opted Governor) Vice-Chair Link Role: Looked After Children, Safeguarding
I moved to Brimpton over 5 years ago from Windsor. I qualified as a lawyer in 1991 and became a senior partner in a practice in Berkshire, specializing in criminal law. I joined the Crown Prosecution Service as a Senior Crown Prosecutor and became the lead for Domestic Abuse and Serious Sexual Assaults. I now work for Thames Valley Police leading on a number of projects, mainly around decision making and file quality. I lead on PVP (protecting vulnerable people) and am currently working with a number of LCSB around the identification of CSE. When I'm not at work I love walking - Chester is a 5 year old lab retriever weighing in at 47k - so long walks! I love my garden and would happily live in my greenhouse just planning the planting of my orchard and a few other plans for the garden.
Tasneem Nurbhai (Parent Governor) Link Role: Communications & Marketing, Internet Safety
I have recently been elected as a Parent Governor, and feel it is a great opportunity to be involved in the school development. I have my own Graphic design business, specialising in print but have a good understanding and knowledge of marketing and branding. I hope these skills will be put to good use in marketing this lovely vibrant small school. I have always been impressed with the academic achievements and the extra curricular activities our school provides, as my two boys enthusiastically tell me all the time about the things they enjoy. I look forward to the journey.
Reverend Jane Manley (Foundation Governor)
I am the Rector of the Benefice of Aldermaston and Woolhampton serving the local communities in six villages. A foundation governor in a Church School has the additional task of ensuring that the whole curriculum and all that we do as a school, adds a Christian value and ethos. I see my role as supporting the school to value and encourage all our children and staff, including those of other faiths and no faith, to become the people God created them to be – ‘education is about fullness of life’ to quote Archbishop William Temple. I help maintain the good relationship we have with St Peter’s Church and lead Collective Worship on a weekly basis.
Gayle Bonner (Clerk to the governors)
My role as Clerk to Governors is to provide effective administrative support, procedural and legislative advice to the governing board.
I am currently undertaking my Clerks Professional Accreditation and I Clerk for two other West Berkshire schools.
Former Governors who resigned within the last 12 months
Rev. B Bevan
Appointed by Oxford Diocese as Foundation Governor in December 2000
Resigned July 2017
Patricia Brims - Chair of Governors
Resigned March 2018
Carolyn Purchase - Head Teacher
Resigned July 2018
Elizabeth Masters - Parent Governors
Resigned July 2018
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