A message from the Chair of Bratton School Governors
On behalf of the Governing Body, I would like to take the opportunity to welcome you to our school website and provide you with an insight into the role of the Governing Body here at Bratton Primary School.
The governors, using experience from various backgrounds, work closely with the Headteacher to provide the very best opportunities for learning and development that we can for all the children at our school. Our main responsibilities include ensuring that legal obligations are met, determining the aims for the school and monitoring and evaluating how effectively the school is working towards achieving them. Our remit includes overseeing the use of the school’s budgets, ensuring that the public money provided to finance the school is used prudently. Although the day-to-day management of the school is delegated to the Headteacher, governors involve themselves as much as possible in the life of the school and take opportunities to see at first-hand how the children are educated.
The views of parents are also important to us. We need to know what parents and carers may feel are the school’s strengths or areas for development and of any ideas that parents may have for possible improvement. Often there will be at least one governor at school functions who will be delighted to hear the views of parents and carers. In addition, we will occasionally survey parents’ views directly through use of a parent questionnaire. However, if you prefer, you can also contact the Governing Body at any time by writing to me (please mark the envelope as confidential for the Chair of Governors) via the school office or, if preferred, by email. The school office will provide my email address on request.
Chair of Governors
WHAT do Governors do?
- Set the strategic direction of the school
- Agree policies to help the school run on a day to day basis
- Set targets with the staff and Headteacher to ensure that the school attains its best in all areas
- Monitor the school’s actions relating to these targets
- Work closely with to support the staff in attaining their targets.
Why do we do this?
- In order to ensure that all children have a successful and happy time whilst learning at Bratton Primary School.
When do we do this?
- The full Governing body meets approximately 10 times a year. Meetings normally take place in the evening but we also regularly attend school during the school day to monitor performance and identify areas for improvement alongside the Headteacher. We currently have no other committees.
How do we manage all these areas of responsibility?
- By being available to work with staff
- By monitoring the progress of the school towards its targets
- By meeting with the school’s staff on an annual basis to set school priorities and to create a new School Development and Improvement plan
- By meeting with parents and pupils to discuss their school
- By engaging with the local Authority to be trained in new developments and initiatives.
Our School Governors
Marion Grout – Co-opted Governor – Current Chair of Governors
I have lived in Bratton for 8 years, and am currently a Commercial Manager in Telecommunications; having held various management positions in Retail and Banking over the past 15 years. My professional background means I bring strategic thinking, financial and project management skills to the governing body.
I have a daughter who I hope will attend Bratton Primary School when she is old enough!
I became a governor in May 2014, and have previously been Chair. I wanted to use my skills to volunteer in the local community, and as I have always had an interest in education, becoming a school governor was a natural fit.
I believe that a thriving school at the heart of the village is a vital community asset, and as a governor I hope to help ensure that we deliver the best possible education for the children in the area.
Martin Mangan – Co-opted Governor
I am a relative newcomer to the village, having moved to Bratton in December 2014, relocating here from Hertfordshire following retirement. I have considerable experience of primary school education, having worked in schools for many years in various roles including teacher, Headteacher, Governor, National Leader of Education, National Academy Adviser, School Improvement Adviser and as an Ofsted Inspector.
I became a governor at Bratton the start of the 2015-16 academic year in the hope that my experience may be of value to the governors and staff as they strive to ensure that Bratton Primary becomes an outstanding primary school serving the local village. My current responsibilities on the governing body include Chair of Governors and Safeguarding.
Amanda Jazrawy – Local Authority Governor – Current Vice Chair of Governors
I have been a parent with children at Bratton School since 2006 and my youngest daughter is now in year 5. I have been involved with the school in various ways through the years, as secretary of FoBS and as a governor since 2011. I have also worked in education for over twenty years as a secondary school English teacher. So, as a parent and a professional, I have a keen interest in school life.
I am a Local Authority Governor and Vice Chair of Governors. I became a governor five years ago because I wanted to support my children’s education, not only at home but by becoming involved with the strategic direction of the school. I feel it’s important to be an active participant in my community and governing was a good choice for me because of my background in education. I also enjoy the challenge of the role and the diverse range of people that I am able to meet and work alongside.
Simon Gray – Co-opted Governor
I am the Minister of Bratton Baptist Church and am very keen to play an active role within the community. My background in is Software Engineering, particularly data analysis, working for a large multinational telecommunications company and also the NHS. I have two daughters, one of whom has just started at university and the other studying for her GCSEs.
I have been a Governor at Bratton Primary School since 2012. I have previously been a Governor at two other primary schools, in Bromley and Milton Keynes.
Muir Sterling –
I have two children at the school and in my role as an Education Officer in the Army I have managed apprenticeship programmes, delivered and managed Literacy, Numeracy, and ICT courses as well as Leadership and management training. I have also prepared for OFSTED inspections.
I have been the Chair of the Board of Trustees for a Nursery, and a Governor at Primary and Secondary schools.
Having just joined as a School Governor I aim to support the development of the school and the continuous improvement that has been put in place. As the Data Governor I will support the Governors and the School leadership in the interpretation and use of data to target and focus the improvement and development activity.
Kimberley Cooper – Parent Governor
I have recently moved to Bratton from Berkshire, returning to Wiltshire where I grew up, with my husband and young family. My daughter has started in reception at Bratton Primary this year and hopefully my son will join her in a couple of years. I am looking forward to a long future involved with Bratton School both as a parent and as a governor.
I am an engineer and have worked in the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry for 14 years, the last 6 of those in management. Working in a highly regulated industry I bring with me the experience of working to prescribed standards and having been involved in numerous audits, as well as professional skills in managerial, financial and analytical areas.
I became a governor in 2017 as I wanted to utilise my skills gained in industry in a new application. I feel that a village school is central to the Bratton community and I am keen to be involved in securing the future of the school and in its continued development to ensure it provides an outstanding education for future generations.
Paul Curtis –
I’m an Operations Manager for a vehicle leasing company. My background is managing Customer Service, Credit Control and various other operational departments. I’ve been managing teams of up to 60 people as well as delivering strategic projects for some time now and have a drive and ambition to deliver success. My personal interests include most sports but particularly football, NFL and cycling.
I became a governor in November 2017, my daughter has attended Bratton since 2014.
My interest in becoming a governor was initially prompted by some of the changes I had seen in the school over recent years, I’d seen some really exciting new things have a positive impact on my daughter’s education and I wanted to know more and become more involved.
Evelyn Lane – Co-opted Governor
I have many years of experience in the special needs sector of education, working in schools, colleges and University. I have been a Deputy Head in a Special school, with boarding facilities. At this time I taught the top class of leavers and introduced Duke of Edinburgh, Young Enterprise and work experience schemes. These all needed an awareness of risk assessment. I have further qualifications in Careers and Training and Teaching Dyslexic Children as well as management of learning and training (MITD), I hold a certificate for psychometric testing and have used this to test and assess the needs of University and College students with various difficulties in learning.
I am linked with Zebra class and look forward to seeing their progress and development as they journey through the school. I hope to be fully involved and learn more about primary education.