Governors

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, 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, chair@bratton.wilts.sch.uk     

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

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.

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. I hope that though our support as a Governing Body the school will further grow and develop, enabling all of the pupils and staff to thrive.

My background in is Software Engineering, particularly data analysis, working for a large multinational telecommunications company and also the NHS. We moved to the village in 2012 and I have been a Governor at Bratton Primary School since 2014. I have previously been a Governor at two other primary schools, in Bromley and Milton Keynes.

Muir Sterling – Co-opted Governor

Having had two children at Bratton Primary School I was very keen to maintain my links with the school. 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.

Previously I have been the Chair of the Board of Trustees for a Nursery, and a Governor at Primary and Secondary schools in the UK and overseas.

I aim to support the development of the school and the continuous improvement that has been put in place. As the Safeguarding lead for the Governors I also support the Headteacher and the staff to ensure that Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children remains everyone’s responsibility, and to ensure that we are in a position to identify concerns early, provide help for children, and prevent concerns from escalating. As a mini rugby coach at Warminster RFC I have in the past also supported the after school sport programme; something we hope to do again in the future.

Kimberley Cooper – Parent Governor

I live in Bratton with my husband and young family and my 2 children are both at Bratton Primary. I am an engineer and I worked in the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry for 14 years, the last 6 of those in management. Through working in a highly regulated industry, I bring with me the experience of working to prescribed standards and being audited by customers and regulatory bodies, 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 committed to the school’s continued success and development to ensure it provides an outstanding education for current and future generations.

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 

I have lived in Bratton since 2018 with my husband and we have two young daughters. I have a BSc in Exercise and Sports Science and I’ve been a PE teacher for the last 11 years, 9 of which were at Didcot Girls’ School where I was also a Head of Year, before moving to St Augustine’s Catholic College in 2019.

I joined Bratton Primary School as a co-opted Governor in December 2018 following a passion for education, in particular sport education and the physical, social and emotional benefits of participation. In addition to this I have expertise in curriculum development, monitoring academic progress, attainment and attendance, as well as experience in numerous Ofsted inspections. I hope to be able to use some of these skills in order to support the school.

David Harding – Co-opted Governor

I moved into the area during the Summer of 2020 having previously lived in London. As an outdoor and active person, cycling, running, walking, I am delighted we now live in rural Wiltshire with extensive opportunities for walking on our doorstep, to say nothing of living on a National Cycle Route. I am a qualified accountant having spent my career working at one of the largest professional services firms.

Whilst living in London I took on the role of governor at a local school which allowed me to bring my years of work experience in a professional, commercial environment to benefit schoolchildren in my local area. My skills include financial, risk and project management as well as my prior governing experiences which included chairing the Resources Committee.

Danny Holdcroft – Co-opted Governor

I currently live in the village and have two children at Bratton school. Having grown up in rural Devon I am very much a country person and love exploring outside space especially through cycling. I am passionate for almost all sport, but especially football. Whilst I was lucky enough to have played professional football, I now work as a coach to athletes who aspire to be an Olympic Champion.

Having grown up in rural Devon I have a strong affiliation with the importance that primary school plays in the development of young children, something that has now has come full circle as I have two primary school children of my own. My excitement comes from supporting others in the establishment of systems and structures to achieve success both in the short and the sustained long term. As a governor I hope to bring by experience from my professional life to support and challenge the school to maintain and continue developing its high standards, allowing its children to become inspired by life’s opportunities.

Nick Wood – Co-opted Governor

I am delighted to be a School Governor, having moved to Bratton in 2019 after 27 years as an Army officer travelling the world. Much of my working life has been spent designing and delivering training and as such I have a passion for helping people and organisations achieve their goals. I am fortunate to continue to do this as a consultant with one of the large professional service firms.

I am married to an interior designer with two children, one at university the other a 6th former and I enjoy much about living in the country, including playing cricket for the village. I am also the Chairman of the Jubilee Players, Bratton’s community theatre group, and I mentor one of the senior leadership team at the charity Crisis. As the son of a former teacher and school governor I relish the opportunity to work with my fellow governors, the school and its staff and pupils and look forward to many happy times ahead.    

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.