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Governor Spotlight

In this section you will be able to have a short insight into the Governors who work tirelessly to help our school. 

Biography

Peter Whitehead

 

Joint Chair of Governing Body,

Bredon Hancock’s First School

 

Peter is a retired Army Officer who came to live in the village in 2004. Having enjoyed a full career with the Army he joined General Dynamics United Kingdom Limited where he remained for a further decade before retiring in 2011. He was appointed as a Foundation Governor and joined the Board of Governors at Bredon Hancock’s First School in late 2012. Since joining he has been a member of both the School’s Premises and Finance committees. When the previous Chair of Governors decided to stand down in June 2015 Peter agreed to take on the role of Joint Chair of Governors with Sally Cooper.

 

Prior to joining the Governing body Peter had regular contact with the school in his role as a Church Warden at St Giles and as the Chairman of the Bredon Branch of the Royal British Legion. Education has always been an interest. Children are our future generations and deserve the absolute best from the education they receive. To be in a position to influence this aspect at our village school is a great privilege.

 

 

Spotlight on…Sally Cooper

 

Why did you want to become a governor?

An ex-pupil of Bredon Hancock’s First School, Sally has been a foundation governor since 2009 when her eldest son started in reception. Both of her sons were pupils at Bredon Hancock’s and are now at Bredon Hill Academy. Seeing her role as essentially ‘a critical friend’ to the school, Sally is Vice Chair of the governing body, Chair of the Curriculum and Standards Committee and Chair of the Headteacher’s Performance Management group.

 

Sally has a keen interest in education, she is a qualified primary school teacher with a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and taught for over ten years in Gloucestershire, predominantly in KS2.  

 

She left teaching after the birth of her second child in order to set up a family business with her veterinary surgeon husband, Brad.

Starting as a sole practitioner veterinary practice with 2 employees in 2008, Folly Gardens Vets has grown considerably in ten years now having three veterinary clinics in Tewkesbury, Bishops Cleeve and Cheltenham and employing 35 people. As Director Sally is involved with the day-to-day management of the business.

 

Tell us a little bit about yourself?

 

Work aside; Sally enjoys being a taxi driver for her two sons to their various sporting activities! When not on the side of a rugby, football or cricket pitch she enjoys attempting to keep fit herself …be it running with friends or walking the dog up to the Tower. Sally enjoys cooking and she and Brad love socialising and entertaining. A perfect Saturday afternoon would be spent pottering round the kitchen cooking whilst listening to music in preparation for friends coming round in the evening…in reality this culinary bliss is usually interrupted by her boys’ sport!!

 

 

 

Canon Matthew Baynes:

Matthew is an ex officio Foundation Governor, a role that is attached to his job as Rector of the Parish. He has been a Governor since 1999, when he and Bryony moved to Bredon. He has held the positions of Chair and Vice-Chair of Governors, and is currently Chair of the Personnel Committee.  He is married to Bryony who is Head Teacher of Kempsey Primary School, and has three children, all of whom attended Bredon Hancocks. His elder daughter Bronwen is just beginning her teaching career as a Reception teacher in Bristol.  He visits the school regularly and takes a weekly assembly on a Wednesday. 

 

Spotlight on…Martin Davies, Governor

 

Tell us a little bit about yourself:

 

Martin is a semi-retired Director of a small IT consultancy and services company based in Evesham; he has lived in Bredon for approaching forty years.  Martin and his wife Jean, who was the School Secretary at Bredon Hancock’s First School for many years until her retirement in 2009, have three daughters all of whom were educated at Bredon Hancock’s followed by Bredon Hill Middle School and Prince Henry’s High School.  Martin can often be seen walking Lola the beagle through the village and on the surrounding field paths, and on Bredon Hill.

 

Why did you want to become a governor?

 

Martin first became a Governor of Bredon Hancock’s in 1990; he was invited to join the Governing body and it seemed like a worthwhile thing to do in order to support the school that his three daughters were then attending.  Martin has served terms as Vice-Chair of Governors and has also played a significant role in various committees, including the one responsible for the Head Teacher’s performance appraisal.  However, Martin’s specialisation has always been the financial management aspects of the school, which over the years have become increasingly important as responsibility has been devolved from the Local Authority to the school.  Martin has used his financial and business rigour and acumen to ensure that the school has always been in a strong financial position that consequently enables it to deliver the desired and expected educational outcomes.  Martin has served on the Governors’ Finance Committee for many years and has chaired it several times, including at present. 

Spotlight on….Gemma Greenwood, Community Governor

Tell us a little bit about yourself:

I’m currently a member of staff at Bredon Hancock’s with many roles which I love within the school. Being an ex-pupil it’s been amazing to see how far the school has come along.

Why did you want to take on the role of Community Governor?

The reason why I became a governor of Bredon Hancock’s is because it’s great to be able to give back to the school and to help improve it for the future pupils and staff.


Spotlight on John Ling …Clerk to the Governors

 

Tell us a little bit about yourself: 

John Ling’s working life was proof that with a good education but absolutely no qualifications one could always find employment.  Curiosity was enough, and having learnt how to print, he spent several entertaining years printing newspapers in West Africa and the Middle East.  This led to a 30 year career in the British chemical industry, much of which was spent abroad, often in some quite strange places.

 

Why did you want to take on the role of Clerk to the Governors?

John retired in 2000 and has been working ever since. Having spent many years and many hours endeavouring to help govern schools, he felt it was now time to spend some years and many hours taking minutes of meetings at which others were valiantly battling to do the same.  

 

Spot light on….Colin March

Tell us a little bit about yourself: 

I have one daughter, Kara and one son, Tristan both of whom attended Bredon Hancocks First School. I have lived in the village for 75 of the last 77 years and have been married to my wife Dorothy for 54 years. Virtually all my working career has been in Education administration with Gloucestershire, the County of Hereford and Worcester and Worcestershire retiring in 2001. For the last 15 years I have been the Chairman of the Governors Premises Committee.

 

Why did you want to become a governor?

The majority of my experience in Education has been in the field of school building development. When invited to become a Governor following my retirement I could see the school premises were in urgent need of major maintenance, upgrading and development. I have been convinced from many years’ experience that after the quality of teaching the next most important aspect of a school is the condition and quality of the buildings and general environment to ensure the morale of the staff and children are maintained at the highest level. It is particularly important in marketing the school. I felt my previous experience would be helpful to the Governing Body in bringing standards to meet the demands of the 21st century curriculum. It has been quite a challenge.

 

  

 

Spotlight on…Sarah Knight, Parent governor

 

Tell us a little bit about yourself:

I have three sons who are at Bredon Hancock’s. Quinn is in currently in year 4 (and moving into year 5) from September 2016, and Joel and Dylan who start reception in September. I have lived in Bredon for almost 7 years with my husband Glen. I have been a parent governor for a year and feel very privileged to have this opportunity to support our school.

 

Why did you want to become a governor?

I have always worked in education – as a chemistry lecturer in South Africa, as an e-learning manager at Gloucestershire College and currently for an organisation Jisc, which supports colleges, skills providers and universities with their use technology to more effectively support their students’ experience. I am passionate about making learning more engaging and ensuring our children are developing the skills they need to become effective learners in a digital world. We are very fortunate at Bredon Hancock’s that our children have so many and varied learning opportunities both in and outside of the classroom. I enjoy working with and supporting Mrs Millar and her brilliant staff to ensure our children experience the best possible start to their education.

As e-safety governor, I am keen to ensure that both parents and our children know how to keep safe online. We have a responsibility to model the responsible behaviour set at school and to encourage an open conversation with our children about how they use their devices, what sites they access and how they behave online. I will be working with Mr Dennis over the next year to continue to raise awareness of the importance of this topic and what we can all do to keep our families safe.

 

Sarah Budrey- Staff Governor

 

Tell us a little bit about yourself:

I have been a teacher at Bredon Hancock’s for nearly 8 years and been a Staff Governor for nearly 4 years. I started in Year 1, job sharing with Mrs Shorthouse and then taught Year 5 for 4 years. I now cover a teacher’s PPA time (Planning and preparation time) which I love as I can work with all of the children in our school on a weekly basis. I have always had a desire to work with children and in particular those who find areas of learning difficult. That is the main reason why I am the school’s Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-Ordinator (SENDCO). In this role, I have to oversee the provision for those children we have concerns about and involve outside agency support when needed in order for our children to achieve their full potential.

 

Why did you want to take on the role of Staff Governor?

I wanted to become a Staff Governor because I was interested in how the Governors made the decisions to drive our school forward. As a teacher at the school, I found that I had useful knowledge and understanding that I could share with the Governors and I am currently on the Curriculum and Standards Committee and the Finance Committee. I felt that the time was right to give something back to a school where I have loved teaching for the past 4 years.

Spotlight on...Mrs Millar, Headteacher and Governor

 

Tell us a little bit about yourself...

I have been a teacher for 25 years in Herefordshire and Worcestershire. I trained at Worcester, met my husband here and stayed ever since! I am passionate about my job and what drives me is the need to prepare our children for their future lives and help them to be the best that they can be. I have been headteacher at Bredon Hancock's for over 8 years. The school has changed and flourished over those years and I am very proud of the effort and enthusiasm that our team, including Governors, has demonstrated during that time.

 

What made you want to be a governor?

I was a staff governor at my previous school and really valued my role as a governor there. When I started at Bredon Hancock's as head teacher I had the choice of being a governor or not. I valued the importance of decision making in shaping the future of our provision and to have the right to vote was important to me, so I opted in! We have been instrumental in taking our school from Good to Outstanding and we are very proud of our school and all that we have achieved. 

Introduction to the Bredon Hancock's School Governors

 

What is a governor?

 

Governors are volunteers who come from different backgrounds, reflecting the many interests of groups involved in our school, but they have one important thing in common; they are dedicated to ensuring that the children in their school have the best education possible. This must be the primary focus of all governing body business.

 

Effective governance is about teamwork with the Head Teacher, staff, governors and the community.

Governors have a vital role to play in bringing individual experiences to bear on the role of being a School Governor. School governance is a team effort and decisions are made corporately; individual governors do not act on their own.

 

Governing bodies have many responsibilities but in general are there to set the policy framework for the school and to monitor the implementation of policies as managed and carried out by the Head Teacher and staff.

 

Our key roles as governors are to: 

Bring a strategic view

Be a critical friend 

Ensure accountability

 

Who are the governors? 

 

The school Instrument of Government sets out the make up of the governing body. It's made up of a maximum of 16 members to ensure a broad representation of the school community.

Our current governors are:

Elected Parent governors: Jodi Carter and Sarah Knight

LEA governor: Colin March

Staff governors: Melanie Millar (Head teacher), Sarah Budrey 

Foundation governors: Matthew Baynes, Sally Cooper (Vice Chair), Martin Davies, Jo Wenham,  Lindsay Barton, Sally Cooper

Sponsor Governor: Peter Whitehead (Chair)

Co-opted Gov: Gemma Greenwood

For more details about each of the governors and what they do please have a look at the Governor Guide for Parents. Copies are available from the school office.

 

What do the governors do?

 

As a body we support, challenge and monitor what's happening in the school. We meet regularly as a full governing body and also as smaller groups who have responsibility for specific areas - finance, premises, curriculum & standards and personnel.

Minutes of full meetings are available from the school office, please ask Mrs Patrick.

 

How do you find out more?

If you have any questions or would like any more information please contact the any of the governors or the Clerk, John Ling, via the school office.

 

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