A message from our Chair of Governors
Dear Parents and Carers,
Hello and first of all let me welcome you, on behalf of all Governors, to our new school website which we are all very excited about.
As you know over the last few years there has been significant changes at our School which I feel going forward allow us to achieve together the best outcomes for our children, which carries on the wonderful work that has been done to educate pupils since the Ellis Trust was formed.
Outstanding schools aim to be places where children not only learn but where they can feel safe, be valued as individuals, treated equally, and achieve their full potential. This is certainly true of Brampton Ellis Primary and the founding Christian ethos is as strong as ever and was one of the key aspects to ensure we maintained when we moved into the James Montgomery Academy Trust. This maintains our founding principles of a Christian understanding of the world, community, and the value and dignity of each individual. We continue to have strong links to the local parish church, Brampton Bierlow Christ Church.
I am proud to say the school has a reputation for a friendly atmosphere and for valuing and caring for each individual in its community:- pupils, staff, governors, parents and carers. Many of us on the Governing Body have or had children who have benefited from this and our role is to ensure many generations to come in our community benefit from the same.
As you would expect, staff here are dedicated to enabling outstanding educational attainment and the all round development of each child. The Governors are fully committed to supporting this work and to the management of the school for future success. We know these are things you want yourselves to ensure your child can be anything they want to be and be a successful member of our community.
You can be assured that your Governing Body works on your behalf every day to ensure your School is the best it can be.
I thank you, the staff and the leadership team, on behalf on the Governing Body, for making our School what it is
On behalf of the Governors
Chair of Governors
The Governing Body and it's Main Responsibilities
The governing body and its committees are responsible for the strategic leadership of the school in partnership with the headteacher and Senior Leadership Team (SLT). The governing body’s priorities are the attainment, progress and safety of pupils in the school the focus of which is detailed in each of its priorities in addition any that may be identified by Ofsted. The Governing Body achieves this in two ways:
• By supporting the Headteacher and SLT
• By holding to account the Headteacher and SLT
The main responsibilities of the governing body include:
• To monitor the school’s progress in the relevant priorities;
• To participate in the strategic leadership of the school;
• To ensure that strategies to improve the areas of responsibility to address any issues are detailed in the Developing Excellence Plan (DEP);
• To contribute to the DEP;
• To monitor and evaluate the relevant areas of the DEP;
• To contribute to the development and approve school policies;
• To ensure that governors do not involve themselves in the day to day management of the school, which is the responsibility of the SLT;
• To abide by the governor protocols concerning conduct and visits to the school.
Should you wish to contact any of our governors, please leave your details with the school office
Michael Sherwood – Chair of Governors - Foundation Governor – Governor since 2004
Designated Governor for: Data
I have been a governor for 15 years. Both of my daughters attend the school as well as my niece and nephew. I wanted to become a governor to contribute the knowledge and skills I have around finance and management, and to be a critical friend to help to make the school the best it can be for the local community.
Jon Mount – Parent Governor – Governor since April 2017
Designated Governor for: Curriculum
I joined the governing board 4 years ago as my daughter attends the school. I want to help the school achieve its aims in the learning and development of the pupils it supports, and make a valuable contribution to education in my local community. I have over twenty years’ experience of being a class teacher and senior leader within a successful school.
Richard King – Parent Governor - Governor since 2017
Designated Governor for: Finance
I have been a governor for 6 years as I was previously on the governing body of the junior school and then joined the Brampton Ellis Primary governing body when the two schools merged. My wife Karen works at school as a Teaching Assistant and my youngest daughter presently attends KS2.
I work in finance and regulatory compliance so I’m used to working with financial budgets, forecasts and assessing/ managing risk in a highly controlled environment. I have worked with many businesses, from local firms to large international companies, across several sectors and I believed that my experience would be of benefit to the governing body and school’s leadership team. All I wish is that the school continues to be a safe and welcoming environment where our children enjoy coming and, every day, they are inspired to be the best that they can be.
I have a strong understanding of finance and the risks that businesses face; irrespective of their size. The school is a business too and needs to make the most of the resources available to ensure all our children receive the best start to their education as possible - I use my skills to help question, appraise and steer the decisions of the school’s senior leaders.
Jackie West – Co-opted Governor – Governor since 1999
I am a retired member of school staff, my four children have also attend the school. I wanted to become a governor to help maintain the high standards of my local school when my children were of school age. As a governor I want to help children to achieve their potential. I believe my experience of working with children in school for over 25 years, gives me knowledge to guide my decisions on the governing body.
Debbie Barker – Foundation Governor – Governor since Sept 2018
I have been a governor since September 2018 and am a teacher at the infant school that feeds into the Brampton Ellis Primary school. I wanted to become more informed about the inner workings of a school at governing board level and to fully understand how a governing board works and be involved in the decisions the school makes to ensure the children have the best education possible. I believe I bring to the governing board the knowledge I have from working within another JMAT school understanding how schools work from a teacher prospective.
Emily Nutley - Foundation Governor - Governor since Sept 2020
I have been teaching in the local area for more than 20 years and have taught in both primary and further education. I am currently teaching at another JMAT school, where I am Key Stage 1 Leader, Curriculum Leader for English and a member of the Senior Leadership Team. I am passionate about delivering high quality learning experiences for all of our children in the area and hope to be able to share my ideas and wealth of educational experience with the Governing Body. Over the years, I have specialised in teaching students with additional learning needs such as dyslexia and autism and would be happy to share this expertise with the team.
Mandy Griffiths – Foundation Governor - Governor since 2017
Designated Governor for: SEND and CLA
I attended Brampton Ellis Primary school as a child and have fond memories of growing up in the local area. I left the village for a number of years then returned with my now husband in 2005. Both of our children were attending the school when Peter Bold (then Parish Vicar) approached me and asked if I would consider becoming a Foundation governor.
I thought this would be a great opportunity to gain a better understanding of school life and support the school in any way I could.
At the time I was working as a Health Visitor and was asked to take responsibility for the Safeguarding aspect of governance. I did this until 2013 when I joined the Brampton Ellis Team as a Safeguarding and Inclusion Manager.
Karen White - Staff Governor - Governor since October 2020
I am the Deputy Head and Y6 Teacher at Brampton Ellis Primary School. I have been here for 8 years but have been teaching for over 12 years in Key Stage 2 and I believe I can bring this knowledge and experience to the governing board. . I have joined the governing body to gain a fuller understanding of how the governing body works and to be able to contribute fully to decisions. and my aim is to ensure all children reach their full potential.