Meet the Governors
The school governors are a team of people who work closely with the Head Teacher to make key decisions about Brimpton School.
The Governing Body has three key functions, as set out by the Department for Education:
None of the governors or their families have any financial interest in the activities of the school, and none has any relationship with members of the staff. If you need further evidence of this, please ask in the school office and we will be pleased to show you the full Register of Business and Pecuniary Interests.
Our Rector, the Rev Becky Bevan, is a governor at Brimpton School and also at Aldermaston Primary School.
Patricia Brims (Chair) - Foundation Governor
I have been a Foundation Governor for 17 years, and Chairman of Governors since 2001. Brimpton School and its children are an important part of my life, and I enjoy their visits to our garden, which is a short walk from the school across the fields. I have lived in Brimpton with my family for many years and my parents lived here before that, so I have plenty of local knowledge which is useful for the school. My husband is chairman of Brimpton Parish Council, and we have strong links with the church and other local organisations. Our two sons are now grown up, and we have a young grandson. I was a Learning Support teacher until 2013, so I have a background in education. I am very proud of our lovely school, and the excellent care and education that the children enjoy. Link Role: SEN, Able Gifted & Talented.
Carolyn Purchase (Head Teacher)
I have been Head teacher at Brimpton School since 2010, and as well as being head of the school, I teach the older Key Stage 2 children two days a week.I have various interests in my life outside of school, the main one being getting out into the mountains of Great Britain and the wider world. Some of my recent expeditions have been to the Alps, Kilimanjaro and Peru. I am a qualified Mountain Leader and this enables me to take the children of Brimpton into the hills of the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia.
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.
Liz Masters (Parent Governor)
I have been a parent governor since 2011 and feel privileged to have the opportunity to contribute to the strategic development of such a great small rural primary school. My main responsibilities as governor are marketing and chair of the policy and curriculum committee. I have two sons, one who currently attends the school and one who recently left to join Reading School. My youngest is very happy at the school and has seen many improvements since he started, not just academically and in extracurricular activities but in improvements to the buildings and grounds – the log cabin in 2011 and adventure playground in 2013. I have lived in Brimpton since 2001, with my husband, two sons, cats, goats, chickens, tortoise and gecko! I run a consultancy business, project managing software development and analysing sales and marketing data for the pharmaceutical industry.
Link Role: Communications & Marketing.
Peter Harvey-Di Gioia (Co-opted Governor)
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. Link Role: Pupil Premium
John Hicks (Co-opted Governor)
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. Link Role: Health & Safety
Rhoda Nikolay (Co-opted Governor)
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. Link Role: Looked After Children, Safeguarding
Tasneem Nurbhai (Parent Governor)
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.
Link Role: Communications & Marketing, Internet Safety
Brenda Harding (Co-Opted Governor)
I have been a resident of Brimptonfor 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. Link Role: Equalities.
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
Janet Main (Joint Chair)
Appointed Local Authority Governor May 2012
Resigned July 2016
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