For information about Governance at Brimpton School, please see the 'Governance' tab under 'Key Information'.
THE SCHOOL HAS A VACANCY ON THE BOARD FOR A FOUNDATION GOVERNOR
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.
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.
Mandy Bowden (Local Authority Governor)
I have lived in Brimpton for 20 years with a short break away, returning to my home county of East Sussex for a short while. I am married to Brimpton's local farmer Micheal Bowden, and hopefully we both try and contribute to the village as much as we can whenever possible.
I work at The Watermill Theatre in The Box Office, welcoming a real mixture of patrons from the diehard theatre goers to schools covering quite a wide radius, enabling children to experience a really up close and personal high quality level of acting.
I am really looking forward to hopefully being a helpful addition to the school, ensuring children of our future gets the very best education possible.
Sheila Peacock (Co-opted Governor)
I have lived in West Berkshire for nearly thirty years and have worked as Finance Officer/School Business Manager in local schools for the last fifteen years. I am currently the School Business Manager in a large primary school in Newbury but Brimpton Primary is very close to my heart having previously worked in the school for seven years. With my knowledge of public sector funding and the difficulties and constraints schools face in the current climate I look forward to working with the Governors and Staff of Brimpton School.
Nick Andrews (Associate Member)
I was asked to join the Governors due to my experience managing Health & Safety in my “day job” as a Construction Manager. I have worked in the construction industry since finishing my degree at Loughborough University in 2010, and currently work for a Main Contractor. My wife and I live locally in Tadley; we have 2 dogs and have recently had a baby girl. Outside of work I enjoy keeping fit by running and cycling.
Gayle Bonner (Clerk)
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
John Hicks - LA Governor
Appointed by LA November 2016
Resigned July 2019
Peter Harvey di-Gioia
Resigned February 2020
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