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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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 also have a daughter who attends Bratton Primary School.
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.
Paul Curtis – Vice Chair of Governors
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.
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 finance and premises management.
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 – Parent Governor
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 moved to Bratton from Berkshire in 2017, returning to Wiltshire where I grew up, with my husband and young family. My daughter attends Bratton Primary and hopefully my son will join her there too. 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.
Adam Robbins – Co-opted Governor
I am married to Sian and we are proud parents of Emma aged 3 and we live in Westbury have relocated from Bristol 5 years ago. As a keen runner and cyclist, I have represented GBR at Duathlon and thoroughly enjoy exploring our local countryside. I work for Dutch Investment Management firm that only invests in a sustainable and responsible manner and for positive impact and therefore am very interested in making our future on this planet sustainable!
The reason why I decided to become a governor is basically two-fold. Firstly, I believe that as the future of the planet children and their education is the most important asset we have and sadly they are also the ones with the lest agency. Apart from raising my daughter a great way to help shape the future is by supporting Bratton School as a governor.
Secondly due to my role at work I am extremely interested in the sustainability of the planet in the future and believe that coming from a different employment sector and with international experience I can genuinely add value and help drive the school forward in conjunction with the teaching team to be the best that it can.
Rob Hart – Governing Body Co-opted
I have four children, all of whom attend Bratton school so I have quite a vested interest in the school. I am self-employed and work in finance in a family firm in Westbury. When I have any time to myself (which is limited) I enjoy keeping fit. My wife and I are also foster carers
Since becoming a governor I have particularly noticed the positive vibe that comes from those working closely within the school, the parents and local community. This makes getting involved really easy and enjoyable, and hopefully has had a positive impact on the children’s education and school environment. From my experience all the staff work tirelessly at their job and if I can help out to make their job slightly easier then it makes it worthwhile.
Ally Bass – Governing Body Co-opted
On becoming a new mum I’ve recently relocated to Bratton to be closer to family and friends. Away from learning the ins and outs of parenthood, I have a passion for sport and exercise. I enjoy long distance running and ran the London Marathon back in 2016. Looking ahead, I’m hoping to take part in my first Bratton Hilly later this year.
I joined Bratton Primary School as a co-opted Governor in December 2018 following a passion for education, as well as a way of supporting and being involved in the local community. I’ve been a PE Teacher and Head of Year at Didcot Girls’ School for the last nine years. With expertise in curriculum development, monitoring academic progress, attainment and attendance, I hope to be able to transfer some of these skills in order to support the school.
Abi Rich – Staff Governor
I joined the governing body as staff governor in 2018. I started teaching in 2002, working in both key stages one and two in the state and private sector, before our love of the countryside brought us to Bratton in 2012 with our toddler, and soon afterwards a baby, who are now thriving in years 2 and 4 at Bratton. In 2016, when my daughter started school and after several years managing my outstanding graded childcare business in the village, I also joined the school, teaching in Year 4/5 and then Reception. I am also a member of the Leadership Team and co-ordinate the School Council. I am extremely committed to our school, as a teacher, parent and a member of our village community. I feel privileged to play an active role in decisions that ensure that all children in our school are safe, challenged and engaged in their learning. I strive to provide a voice in meetings for both the children and staff of our wonderful school.
Libby Grundy – Governing Body Co-opted
I was a secondary and primary school teacher in the Midlands before working for nearly 20 years in environmental education in the charity sector, inspiring children to understand, love and care for the world in which we live. Recently I worked for the Soil Association on school food programmes that help us understand where our food comes from, make food choices that are good for us and the planet, and improve the status and quality of school food.
I became a governor in 2018 after moving to Bratton from Bath. Having had a career in the education sector I am committed to using my experience and time to support the children and staff of Bratton primary school, whether attending governor meetings, sitting on interview panels, or helping out with nativity plays and school coach trips! A co-opted governor, I am the SEN (Special Educational Needs) lead governor and the Lemurs class (Year One) link governor. During the past 12 months I have attended a wide range of school governor training provided by Bratton school, by the Westbury school cluster and by Wiltshire Council, and have spent most Fridays with Lemurs class as a volunteer. Since joining the Bratton team I have helped to appoint new catering providers, Lataca, and continue to work with them to improve provision.