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Helen Owens

Chair of Governors

I became a parent governor 3 years ago, when my son went from Nursery to Reception. I had been impressed with how happy all of the children were at school, and of all the different ways they had to learn, and wanted to support the school in the great job that they were doing. In Sept ‘14 I became Chair of Governors, and have just been re-elected as Chair for this school year. I am also the governor responsible for Safeguarding at our school.

My background is as a programme / change manager for large companies, primarily involved in finance projects, and these skills are very useful in my role as Chair of Governors and of the Resources committee (Finance!).

I also come from a large family of teachers (Heads, deputy heads, teachers and TAs), so have some background from a teacher’s perspective of the many different challenges they face.

I’m incredibly proud of our whole school and the huge amount of time and effort that goes into making each child’s learning journey the best and most positive experience, and of the fact that it is truly a safe, happy Community school.

We as governors have also developed a small section of the website, so that you can read a little bit more about us and what we do in partnership with the Head teacher and the rest of the staff.

Please contact us if you have any questions on governors2616@welearn365.com.

 

Governing Body

For general information about being a governor, please view the information available on: http://www.nga.org.uk/Be-a-Governor.aspx or http://www.inspiringgovernors.org/volunteers/

At Brownsover Community School, we currently have 8 Governors and our Clerk. The Full Governing Body (FGB) which is all Governors, typically meets once a term. All governors are volunteers.

Our job, as Governors is to work in partnership with the school to strategically plan for the next 3-5 years of the schools life, and to ensure that all pupils are supported and challenged, whilst maintaining a safe and happy environment in which they can learn and play.

The FGB is also split into multiple smaller committees, which deal with the key areas of governance that we and the staff are responsible for. These committees typically also meet once a term and report back to the FGB. They also have a Chair and Vice chair:

Performance & Standards – This committee is responsible for ensuring the school and pupils are constantly achieving the highest possible standards, regardless of ability and socio-economic background, and that the evidence and data support this progression / achievement

Finance & Resources – responsibility for ensuring that all school funding is spent in the best manner possible for the continuous improvement of all pupils as well as their safety and wellbeing

Pay – (once a year) this committee meets once a year and ensures that the progress and pay of the staff are in line with the evidence, policies and procedures

Name

Type Of Governor

Roles

Connections to staff

Current term of office

Other school Gov. posts held

Business Interests Declared

Elisa Basnett

Headteacher

n/a

n/a

Ex-officio

No

None

Helen Owens

Parent

Ch of FGB

Ch of pay & HT review

None

Jan 15 – Jan 19

No

Yes

Michelle Wragg

Parent

P&S

None

May 18 – May 22

No

None

Mary Webb

Local Authority

V.Ch HT Review & Pay

P&S

Link Gov

S/Guarding

None

Jan 15 – Jan 19

No

Yes

Ian Webb

Co-opted

V.Ch F&R

H&S

None

Jan 15 – Jan 19

No

TBC

Amy To

Co-opted

Ch F&R

Training

None

Jan 16 – Jan 20

No

Yes

Rosemary Hercock

Co-opted

F&R

n/a

Oct 16 – Oct 20

No

Yes

Dieta Hubbard

Co-opted

V.Ch P&S

HT Review

Pay

S/Guarding

None

Jan 18 – Jan 22

No

Yes

Susan Wilson

Co-opted

V.Ch FGB

F&R

SEND

Yes

Jan 18 – Jan 22

No

Yes

Sally Godden

Co-opted

P&S

None

Oct 18 – Oct 22

No

Yes

Mary Sewell

Co-opted

Ch. P&S

S/Guarding

None

Mar 18 – Mar 22

No

TBC

Sophie Mahloudji

Staff

P&S

n/a

Sept 18 – Sept 22

No

None

FGB – Full Governing Body

P&S - Performance & Standards Committee

HT Review – Head teacher performance review Committee

Pay – Pay Committee

F&R – Finance & Resources Committee

S/Guarding – Safeguarding

H&S – Health & Safety

SEND – Special Educational Needs & Disability

V.Ch – Vice Chair

Ch - Chair

Sue Wilson

Vice Chair & Co-Opted Governor

I was delighted to join Brownsover Community School as a Co-Opted Governor in January 2018. I was then elected as Vice Chair in October 2018. I retired 2 years ago after a long and very enjoyable career in education, starting as a nursery teacher and finishing as the deputy head of an outstanding special school. I feel I have the skills and time to contribute as a school Governor.

I have recently become the SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) Governor and

also sit on the finance and Resources committee.

I have been very impressed with the enthusiasm for learning and exceptional behaviour which pupils at the school exhibit and also with the dedication of the staff team who support them. I look forward to contributing to the school’s continuing success and hope to continue being involved in the life of the school by supporting school events and helping on school trips as well as my role of Governor.

 

Elisa Basnett

Headteacher Governor

I was appointed governor here at Brownsover, when I joined the school as headteacher in November 2009. In addition to my teaching and headship experience, I have been a governor in one way or another for the last 12 years, from a parent s governor at my daughter’s school, to a staff representative in my previous post. My different roles have enabled me to always consider school from a range of perspectives!

As headteacher governor, I sit on both governor committees: performance and standards & resources (finance). My contributions to these ensure that all governors are fully involved and up to date with school priorities and developments, ensuring that we continue on our journey to outstanding.

I carry out on-going monitoring and evaluation of the teaching and learning experiences here at school, in addition to close scrutiny of every individual child’s progress and attainment. This enables me to ensure that every child is fulfilling their maximum learning potential.

Beyond the day-to-day running of the school, I aim to support as many events as I can including the Christmas and Summer fairs, shopping night and our annual community gardening day, so that I can truly be a part of our whole learning community.

 

Amy To

Co-opted Governor

I am delighted to join Brownsover Community School as a co-opted governor. My eldest attends Reception class and I am impressed with the school’s management of her food allergies. By creating a safe, inclusive and nurturing environment, she is able to have balanced lunchtime meals and to participate in food-related activities. I fully support the school in offering young children an excellent start in life. Indeed, my youngest enjoys interacting with the other toddlers at the “Kanga n Roos” playgroup and this will pave the way to a smooth transition to Bridges Play and Learn.

I decided to volunteer as a governor as I wanted to offer something back to the community. With an ethnic minority background, I hope to add some diversity to the governing body which reflects the demographics of the local area. I believe this will help in building a strong school-community relationship. I value equality and giving all children every opportunity to reach their full learning potential.

Professionally, I am a qualified accountant and will apply my financial and analytical skills in the role, ensuring the school manages its finance wisely and achieves best value for money. I look forward to working with a dedicated team and to support the school in achieving excellence.

Dieta Hubbard

Co-opted Governor

My child started at Bridges last year and is now in Pre School. I have joined the (PTA ) FABs as I feel as a parent it is important to be involved and help where I can. I have an interest in my child's education and welfare.
My Background is in TV, Film and Theatre, the arts are a passion of mine. I also work in events, particularly in event managing. I am very lucky as I have worked on many high profile jobs. It is a little diverse but it seems to have worked hand in hand.
I am hoping that with my background in the arts and events, I would like to think I have the opportunity to offer some good input if needed.
It would be fantastic to get involved as from my point of view it is important to know how the school works taking in the views of the teachers and the running of the school. As a Parent at the school would like to also bring a parents perspective.

Ian Webb

Co-Opted Governor

I became a school governor three years ago having had connections with Brownsover Community School (BCS) for many years both in professional and family capacity. Having worked as a risk management officer for what was the Warwickshire Education Department for 15yrs I had visited BCS on many occasions to advise and assist on all aspects of personal safety and security.

I retired some 4yrs ago and felt my background could be of some assistance to BCS. I have thoroughly enjoyed my short time as a governor and proud to serve the staff and children of such a hard working progressive and valued community school. The governing body is here to help the school achieve its goals and I hope I can assist in this aim.

Mary Webb

LA Governor

A former primary school teacher, Mary first became a governor for Henry Hinde Infant School in 2000 and Hillmorton Infant & Junior School in 2003.

Moving to Brownsover in 2005, she was delighted to become a Local Authority school governor for Brownsover Community School which, she says, “is an amazing place full of warmth and happiness”.

With many school visits, she knows it is an exciting safe place for children to experience the joy of learning.

Mary attends the Performance and Standards governors’ meetings which ensure that high quality teaching is sustained and the pupils’ academic improvement is continuous. She has received safeguarding training, one of the many courses run by the Local Authority to continually update governors’ development.

Since becoming a County Councillor in 2013 it has enhanced Mary’s ability to further her work with the school.

Rosemary Hercock

Co-opted Governor

I am Bridges Childcare Co-ordinator and part of school Senior Leadership Team, I was previously a governor in 2003 and returned to the governing body in September 2016.

I sit on the Resources Committee and beyond the day-to day running of the extended care facilities, I aim to support the whole school to continue on our journey to outstanding.

I am extremely proud of our school, and honoured to be part of such a dedicated team of people, over the last 23 years that I have worked at Brownsover I have always believed that at the heart of our school are the children.

It is vitally important to provide them with an exciting, nurturing, caring and engaging environment that stimulates them on their own learning journey’s to becoming independent, inquisitive, thoughtful, caring young people.

Mary Sewell

Co-Opted Governor

As a recently retired Deputy Headteacher who loved her job, I am excited to be joining the governing body at Brownsover Community School. While working I had contact with BCS staff and school for training and a variety of projects. I always held BCS in the highest regard as a school providing an excellent education for its pupils and so was eager to join the governing body when the opportunity arose.

During my teaching career I fulfilled many different roles as a governor which I am sure will help me make a valuable contribution to BCS. I am delighted that as a governor I will be able to use the many skills I spent my career mastering.

My role will be to chair the performance and standards committee. I will also be one of the Safeguarding governors.

Sally Godden

Co-Opted Governor

Over the years my roles have included arts development, freelance arts educator working with schools in the borough (including one-to-one support for SEN students) and developing arts and educational programmes (primarily focused on engaging children with the arts, heritage and culture).

I have a passion for working with young people, and buy into a vision that all children should have an equal education. My community outreach workshops were developed to engage young people with arts who wouldn’t have usually accessed the service and from socially deprived backgrounds.

I am aware ‘change’ presents both opportunities and challenges, and recognise the importance of creating a working environment where both staff and pupils adjust accordingly without compromising the school’s performance, vision and values.

Brownsover Community School stood out to me as it nurtures their pupils and I believe their ‘whole’ child approach results in happy, healthy and engaged students who have captured a love of learning from a young age.

Michelle Wragg

Parent Governor

I have recently joined Brownsover Community School as a Parent Governor sitting on the Performance and Standards Committee. My eldest is currently in Reception; previously attending Nursery and prior to this regularly attending Stay and Play.

I have been working with the FABS team since September 2017 and continue to do so helping to raise much needed funds.

I realised quite early on that the school was something to be proud of, not only providing a priceless education but also a caring and nurturing environment for the children. Because of this ethos I felt I would like to become more involved and to give something back. My background is project coordination but I aim to bring a parents prospective to the governing board, support the staff and help the school to maintain the high standards it already achieves.

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