The Governing Body is an elected body with legal responsibilities for the strategic direction and leadership of the school.The Governing Body meets termly to monitor how the school is progressing against its stated objectives (our School Improvement Plan).The Governors at The Brent have a variety of skills and backgrounds, with experience in Education, the world of Business, Community Work and the Arts. Governors work closely with the Headteacher to ensure high quality learning is accessible to all our children, according to their individual needs. This is achieved by monitoring results and the children's learning progress, ensuring the school is a safe and welcoming environment, delivered within the confines of the school's budget.Some were pupils at the school; some have had/have children at the school. Their backgrounds are many and varied. However they all have a common purpose: to support and challenge the Headteacher to ensure that our school delivers a curriculum that gives our children the skills and abilities to succeed in a challenging and fast moving world, delivered in a safe, holistic and enjoyable way that encourages our children into a lifetime of learning.Below are some details about our Governors, who you may recognise around the school at different times.If you feel that you may have skills and abilities that may assist the Governing Body please contact the Headteacher via the School Office.
Chair of Governors
Who Are We?
Our Governing Body consists of:
three elected Parent Governors
three Co-opted Governors
two elected Staff Governors
The standard term of office for a governor is four years. The chair and vice-chair are elected annually at the first meeting of the academic year.
Mrs Catherine Stafford Chair of Governors (Member Appointed Governor) Date of Appointment 29.11.2016 - 4 year Term of Office ending on 28.11.2020 Area of Responsibility - Special Educational Needs & Disabilities, Performance Management of Head and Clerk Attendance: 2015-2016 6/6 2016-2017 3/3
I joined the Governing Body in July 2015, and it was a great privilege to be elected to the role of Chair of Governors in November 2016, taking over from Peter Harper who did a fantastic job supporting everyone at The Brent for over 20 years.
My first involvement with the school was when I worked for a children's reading charity, and I was always struck by the special atmosphere at The Brent.
I am a former borough councillor for Stone ward, and spent a lot of time in that role meeting and talking with Brent parents.
I am very pleased to be able to maintain my links with the area, and also to put my knowledge of schools, built up over the years, to good use. I was a school governor at my sons’ primary and secondary schools, and then became Clerk to the Governors at a nearby comprehensive school.
I trained as a journalist and worked as a reporter and sub-editor for a many years. I have also worked for several charities, including Victim Support, and I now work for a mental health charity in Dartford.
The Brent has a dedicated staff and fantastic pupils, and with the expansion to 3-form entry this is an exciting and important time to be leading the Governors.
Mr John Jarvis Member Appointed Governor Date of Appointment 10.10.2016 - 4 year Term of Office ending on 09.10.2020 Area of Responsibility - Budget, Finance, Building, Compliance, Procurement Attendance 2014-2015 7/7 2015-2016 6/6 2016-2017 3/3
My family has a long association with the Brent School. My late uncle became a pupil over a hundred years ago in 1914 and my late father was Head Boy in 1928/29. My sister and I followed as pupils in the 1950's and 60's and I joined the Governing Body of the school at the beginning of the 1980's. The Brent has always had a good reputation within the local community and I have been anxious to do all that I could to maintain and enhance that reputation. The Governing Body has a very good relationship with both the Headteacher and all the rest of the staff working within the school. This allows us to be the "critical friend" analysing and questioning the progress the school is always striving to make.
I have recently retired after sixteen years as an Administration Manager within the Crown Prosecution Service.
Mrs Kelly Grehan Vice Chair (Parent Elected Governor) Date of Appointment 06.10.2016 - 4 year Term of Office ending 05.10.2020 Area of Responsibility - Child Protection, Safeguarding, Pupil Premium & Sports Fund Income Expenditure & Impact Attendance 2014-2015 6/7 2015-2016 6/6 2016-2017 3/3
I joined the Governing Body as a Parent Governor in 2012. My eldest son joined the school in 2011 and I chose the school because I loved its inclusive, aspirant ethos. I am passionate about education and wanted an opportunity to contribute to the success of our lovely school. Through monitoring and maintaining a close relationship with the Head Teacher and the teaching staff I can ensure that the school continues to grow and improve and that our children are given the best opportunities possible.
Having originally qualified as a Probation Officer I currently work as a Practice Tutor, training and assessing Probation staff. I have previously undertaken voluntary work mentoring young people and working with children with special needs and am passionate about children meeting their potential.
Having worked with vulnerable people and devised safeguarding training at work, I am delighted to be the Safeguarding Governor at the school. I strongly believe in the responsibility of the school in nurturing the children to be happy, fulfilled individuals.
I love being part of such a motivated and pro-active team and ensuring the best opportunities for our children.
Mrs Louisa Stevens Parent Elected Governor Date of Appointment 01.07.2015 - 4 year Term of Office ending 30.06.2019 Area of Responsibility - Budget, Finance, Building, Compliance, Procurement, Pupil Premium and Sports Fund Income Expenditure & Impact Attendance 2014-2015 1/1 2015-2016 6/6 2016-2017 3/3
Having two children at the school and, as a previous governor of The Brent, I know the school, its staff and values well. The Brent's inclusive culture and desire to make learning fun were important factors in choosing the school for my children. I'm passionate that all children, regardless of ability or background, should receive the very best education they can. My background as a qualified accountant and auditor means I have a strong understanding of finances and the skills to analyse information on children's progress to support and challenge the school to improve further.
Mr Mike Harrison Parent Elected Governor Date of Appointment 30.11.2014 - 4 year Term of Office ending 29.11.2018 Health and Safety Attendance 2014-2015 4/5 2015-2016 5/6 2016-2017 3/3
I am a parent governor at The Brent Primary School having been elected onto the Governing Body in 2014. I'm a father of two and an ex-Brent School pupil. I have worked in the engineering industry for the last sixteen years, the last seven as Managing Director of a global manufacturing company. Additionally, I am a member of the PSFA. I thoroughly enjoyed my time as a pupil at the school, and would love to give something back as a governor. I hope to make a positive contribution because I'm passionate about education, with a particular interest in STEM subjects. I'm experienced in co-ordinating complex projects, managing finances, and supporting teams of people to achieve their goals.
Mrs Lisa Robinson Co-Opted Governor Date of Appointment 20.04.2017 - 4 year Term of Office ending 20.04.2021 Attendance 2016-2017
I joined the Governing Body as a co-opted governor in 2017. My son joined The Brent Primary School in 2015 and my daughter is due start her life as a member of The Brent School family in September 2017.
My son has thoroughly enjoyed his time so far at The Brent - he has loved the way learning is made fun and how he has been able to enjoy a vast array of new learning opportunities.
I have been a Statistician within Central Government since 2001 and I have had the privilege to work in a number of Government departments in a number of very interesting and demanding roles. Through my time as a statistician, along with undertaking various corporate roles, I have developed a very strong skill set in analysis, staff management, programme and project management, and strategic planning. I hope to use my skills and time as a member of the Governing Body to make The Brent School experience the best it can be for all pupils, staff and parents.
Mrs Kelly Mitchell Co-Opted Governor Date of Appointment 26.05.2017 - 4 year Term of Office ending 26.05.2021 Attendance 2016-2017
I joined the Governing Body in 2017 and have two children at the school, my daughter started in 2014 and my son in 2017. The Brent was my first choice of school because I loved the passion the teachers showed for celebrating all children and for providing a holistic education. I liked that there was before and after school care available at the school with staff that the children would make relationships with whilst being at school. I have been a member of the PSFA committee since 2015; I am committed to supporting the school in giving all children an enjoyable time and the best opportunities. I have worked in the Early Years sector for 18 years and have a passion for ensuring children achieve the best outcomes early in life. I currently work as a Lecturer in Early Years and believe that my experiences and passion will ensure the best outcomes for all children at the Brent Primary School.
Mrs Sue Nicholson Headteacher Date of Appointment 01.09.2004 - Term of Office ending ex officio Attendance 2014-2015 7/7 2015-2016 6/6 2016-2017 3/3
I have been the Headteacher at The Brent since 2004, and Staff Governor throughout this period. It is a privilege to lead such an amazing team of adults and work in partnership with a dedicated, skilled Governing Body to maximise the life chances for our wonderful pupils.
I worked as a life-guard, and briefly in a bank, prior to training as a teacher. I initially taught in a London school, but have now worked in Kent schools for many years – so I know the area well. I have never lost my love of teaching, my passion for learning, or my belief in the importance of ‘making a difference’ through our education system.
Being the daughter of a teacher, and having a husband and a daughter who are both teachers, I live and breathe school ethos and vision!
Miss Debbie Unsworth Staff Elected Governor Date of Appointment 20.11.2014 - 4 year Term of Office ending 19.11.2018 Attendance 2014-2015 7/7 2015-2016 6/6 2016-2017 3/3
In 2009, I joined the staff of The Brent Primary School as the Deputy Headteacher. Having ten years previous teaching experience in two other Kent primary schools, it was the ethos, staff and children which attracted me to my role within the school - and I am proud to be part of such a dedicated staff. Much of my teaching career has been spent teaching in Year 6, so I have a good understanding of the standards expected for children to be Secondary School ready.
Soon after joining the school, I was elected as a staff governor. I enjoy being a member of the Governing Body; ensuring the strategic direction of The Brent enables all pupils to receive the very best education that we can deliver, in order that they reach their full potential within a safe, supportive learning environment and develop into life-long learning citizens.
Mr Daniel Baker Staff Elected Governor Date of Appointment 02.11.2015 - 4 year Term of Office ending 01.11.2019 Attendance 2015-2016 5/5 2016-2017 3/3
I joined The Brent Primary School as School Business Manager in July 2015; becoming a Staff Governor in November of the same year. With over ten years' experience in Finance and Business Management in the private sector, I have a background centred around the conception and application of bespoke accounting and business systems. I relish being fortunate enough to implement my expertise at The Brent to benefit both our staff and most importantly our children.
It is a tremendous privilege to contribute towards the future development of The Brent and participate in the provision of an ever thriving environment for all.
Mrs Anita Andrews Clerk to Governing Body Date of Appointment 20.04.2015 - Term of Office started 20/04/2015