The Governing Body at Brookside Primary School welcomes you!
Governors are a group of volunteers who include parents, staff and members of our local community. Our main role is to promote ongoing improvements in standards throughout the school.
Prior to the 2015-16 academic year, we held Full Governing Body Meetings once per term and had two Committees, Finance General Purposes & Personnel and Strategic Development & Pupils, which also convened once per term. Since September 2016, however, we have reviewed this and no longer have these Committees. Instead, the Full Governing Body now meets twice per term, once to deal with business and financial matters and once to work on development and matters relating to pupils and the curriculum. We have established a new Pay Committee and have other Working Groups also exist to enable us to focus on more specific areas including Brookside’s Future Development, our Strategic Vision and making funding applications.
We work with the Headteacher and staff plan the school’s long-term direction and we evaluate progress. We help set the school’s aims and values and are responsible for some staff appointments, including the Headteacher. Many of our responsibilities carry a statutory requirement. This means we are obliged by law to do things such as agree the annual budget.
Our role is sometimes described as a ‘critical friend’. This does not mean that we are there to criticise the Head or the school. Instead we try to ask useful questions to gain a greater understanding of the school and to foster an ethos of continuous improvement.
To find out more about our work, please read the Governing Body Impact Statements below:
Here is some information on our Governors. We are a friendly bunch, so please feel free to stop any one of us in the playground (or anywhere else for that matter!) with any question you might have about the school. If we don’t know the answer there and then, we’ll know someone who does.
Get To Know Some Of Our Governors
REESHA ARMSTEAD – CHAIR OF GOVERNORS, LOCAL AUTHORITY GOVERNOR
I am a disabled parent of two daughters, both of whom thrived at Brookside and have now moved on. I am relish the input I have in supporting the school and have found that many of the skills I acquired through my studies and work around disability and social care have translated well in working with the Governing Body.
I love being around children and helping them to foster a positive attitude towards diversity and help raise disability awareness across the whole school, with my own company called Not That Different. Whenever I’m around school, the children are always eager to see the tricks I can do with my wheelchair! In my spare time, I enjoy reading, swimming and taking our dog, Milo, on long walks!
REBECCA WOOD – VICE CHAIR, CO-OPTED GOVERNOR
I have three boys at Brookside School and initially wanted to become a Governor as I have a special interest in education and wanted to get more involved. Being a Governor (and I am constantly learning!) has so far been a challenging and very rewarding experience. The fun part is being with the children and knowing that our work will make a difference to the children’s future.
ANNE BRAMMALL – FINANCE, CO-OPTED GOVERNOR
I am a Governor with a daughter at Brookside. I became a Governor because parents have a very special interest in the decisions made by the Governing Body. It is important for our voice to be heard and to influence matters, which may affect our children.
SARAH EVANS – CO-OPTED GOVERNOR
I have been a governor for fourteen years, starting just before my youngest son started school at Brookside. Before having a career change seven years ago and starting work within education, I worked for a large bank as a coach and trainer (amongst many roles!) and gained many skills that have helped me be an effective governor. I am passionate about Brookside and the wonderfully enriched curriculum and opportunity it provides for our children.
On a personal level I enjoy spending time with my family, with one son now studying ‘A’ Levels and another son at University. I love going on holiday, visiting the cinema and spending time with our slightly loopy cocker spaniel!
DR KERRY FEATHERSTONE – CO-OPTED GOVERNOR
I’m a lecturer at Loughborough University, where I teach creative writing. Before then I was a Literature Development Officer, and did a lot of work in schools. I joined the Governors because I wanted to carry on being involved in pre-university education. Everything I’ve learned about the school has been incredibly impressive, and I’ve enjoyed being involved in decisions and planning.
HELGA PEATMAN – CO-OPTED GOVERNOR
I have been working at Brookside for twelve years in all key stages.
Have been a non-teaching Governor for several years and I enjoy learning all the time about how the school is run.
HANNAH KEAR – PARENT GOVERNOR
I am a Parent Governor with two children who love being part of Brookside School. I am enjoying working with the Governing Body to build upon the school’s strengths and continue to improve outcomes for all children.
TIM GREEN – PARENT GOVERNOR
I live in East Leake and have a son at Brookside. He really enjoys being at the school and the opportunities he is given to both learn and play. As a parent, I naturally have an interest in how the school is performing and in the environment where he spends so much of his time.
I want to see Brookside maintain the excellent reputation and develop and improve where possible. This includes not only the academic results the school is measured on, but also making it an even better, more enriching place for our children and the staff to be part of. I’m pleased to have the opportunity to contribute to this as a Governor at Brookside.
PHIL DOHERTY – ASSOCIATE GOVERNOR
My name is Phil Doherty and I have two children at Brookside School.
I wanted to become a school Governor as I care about the education children receive, keen to help all children do better at school and wanted to take on something that was challenging and rewarding.
The role of a Governor is a great opportunity to develop new skills and to practice existing ones and I believe that I can add value, firstly as a parent as I understand other parents concerns and in addition, by using my business skills to support the future development of the school.