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About our Governors....
 
School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Governors appoint the head teacher and are involved in the appointment of other staff. It is governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is governors who work with the head teacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.
Each individual governor is a member of a governing body, which is established in law as a corporate body. Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the governing body. Decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing body.
  
The role of the Governing Body is a strategic one, to help the school provide the best education for the pupils.  It does this by:
  • setting the aims and objectives for the school
  • setting the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • setting the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • monitoring and evaluating the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • being a source of challenge and support to the Head Teacher (a critical friend).
 
The Head Teacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing body.
How much time is involved?
This will vary depending on the number of governing body meetings and the amount of committee work governors choose to do. Governors work as a team and as such the amount of time that each governor can give to the role will vary. In addition to meetings, governors need to get to know their school. This will be done by visiting the school for events, focused visits and attend the more informal activities taking place in school, for example open days, assemblies, school fetes and concerts. Meetings take place after school at 3.45pm.
To see the governing body attendance record for 2016-17, please click here.
Why become a school governor?
By becoming a school governor you will;
  • Help ensure that every child at the school reaches his/her potential
  • Play a vital part in raising standards and achievement
  • Make an important contribution to your community
  • Have an opportunity to gain new skills
  • Work as part of a team
 
 
Name and Role Year Group Link Type of Governor and Appointment Date Statement of Interest

Victoria Burton
Chair of Governors
Health and Safety Governor

 

Victoria Burton

2013 intake 

 

Foundation
27th August 2014

I am a Foundation Governor appointed by the Oxford Diocesan Board of Education in 2014. I currently hold the position of Chair of Governors and also serve on the Finance committee.

Having enjoyed being a governor at a higher education college in Birmingham until leaving the post in 2010 to move back down to the Milton Keynes area, I was keen to offer some of my skills once again in a governor role. Having a primary school near to my home made me think I would like to volunteer my time once again.  I was attracted to the local, small, village school and I was keen to support it.  I am keen to support young children achieve the best of their abilities and this is one way I can help.

Pam McBurnie
Headteacher

Pam McBurnie

 

 

Staff Appointed
1st September 2014

I have been a member of the Governing Body for a number of years, initially representing colleagues as a Staff Governor in my previous role as Assistant Headteacher. Since becoming Headteacher I attend all governor meetings and sit on both the Finance and Curriculum and Personnel Committees.

As Headteacher, my role is to drive the school forward, working in collaboration with governors to develop a vision and strategic view for the school to ensure every child gets the best possible education in a caring and stimulating environment.

Deborah Brownhill
Vice-Chair
Development Governor

 


 

Foundation
12th November 2015

I am a Foundation Governor appointed by the Diocese of Oxford, with my term office ending in November 2019. In my current role of Vice-Chair of Governors, I attend all full Governing Body meetings and am a member of the Finance and Premises Committee, Personnel and Curriculum Committee and also have the role of Development Governor.

I have no relevant business interests but have some knowledge of building and building services which is useful to the Finance and Premises Committee.

I was attracted to becoming a Governor of Bow Brickhill School as I passionately believe that small village schools can deliver an excellent education to their pupils. My own daughter has progressed very much better in the smaller environment of Bow Brickhill than in her previous (much larger) primary school.

I consider the strong link with the Church and the teaching of Christian values to be exactly the ethos I wanted my child to experience.

I am semi –retired at the moment but have worked in the field of sustainable buildings for many years reaching high level management positions. I am happy to bring both my technical and my managerial skills to the table if I can help the school.

Joanne Chaney



2012 intake 

Parent appointed
9th May 2016

I became a parent governor in May 2016 with my term of office running until April 2020. I attend all full governor meetings as well as those for the Curriculum and Personnel Committee.

I have a background in Quality Assurance within the higher education sector and have extensive committee and secretarial skills.

I became a governor in order to support the school in preparing all pupils academically and personally, to make a good transition to senior school and into wider society. I am a Christian and support the values and the school ethos of ‘growing together in knowledge and faith’.

Fiona Hodgkin
Chair of Finance

Fiona Hodgkin

2014 intake

Foundation
30th December 2015


I am a foundation Governor and have been a governor at the school since my eldest daughter was in Reception – she is now at University! I originally became a governor to understand more about the education system my children were going through and to understand how the school they attended operated, but found that I still wanted to contribute to the governance of the school when they left, which is why I am still here.

I am the Chair of the Finance Committee and also the Numeracy Governor to utilise my skills as a Chartered Accountant.

I work with the School Business Manager to approve budgets and monthly financial statements and help the governors understand the financial aspects of running the school. 

Georgy Holden
Child Protection
Safer Recruitment
Health and Safety Governor

Georgy Holden

2011 intake

Local Authority
9th June 2015

I am a Local Authority Governor, appointed by Milton Keynes Council in May 2015 (previously Foundation Governor). I am a member of the Finance Committee and am also a Safeguarding Governor.

I became a governor at Bow Brickhill because my daughters attended the school and had a very positive experience. For several years, as a parent, I chaired the Friends of the School Committee and, when my girls had moved on to their next schools, I moved to be a governor. I am a Christian and support the values and ethos of the school. I have seen the school encourage many children who leave happy, confident and ready to take the next step in their education.

Rev John Waller

 
 

Foundation-
ex  officio
1st January 2016

 

Stuart Leeming
Literacy Governor
Safer Recruitment

Stuart Leeming

2015 intake

Foundation
1st January 2016

I have been a Foundation Governor at Bow Brickhill C of E School since 2008. Foundation Governors are appointed by the Diocese. My present term of office expires in 2020.

I serve on the Personnel and Curriculum Committee and am also the Literacy Governor, the Admissions Appeal Governor and when applicable attend appointment interviews as the Safer Recruitment Governor.

Until this year I was a Church Warden at All Saints Church Bow Brickhill and take a keen interest in helping to maintain the Christian ethos in the school.

I am retired, married, have two grown up children and four grandsons.

Andy Malleson
RE and Collective
Worship Governor

Andy Malleson

2016 intake

Foundation
1st January 2016

I became a governor in 1995 after retiring from being a headteacher of a local primary school.  I live in the village and my children attended the school many years ago.

I am a Diocesan Governor appointed by the Oxford Diocesan Board of Education and my term of office terminates in December 2020.

I am a member of the Personel and Curriculum Sub-committee and have a responsibility for Religious Education. I am also a member of the subcommittee for the Headteacher performance management.
I see my role in supporting the Headteacher and staff to achieve the best possible education for the children.

Richard Edwards


Parent appointed
December 2017

I became a parent governor in December 2017 and I attend all full governor meetings and Finance Committee meetings.

I am a Director of an engineering consulting business which provides advice to businesses on strategy, competence, organisational structure, leadership, culture, assurance, audit, governance and finance.  

I have also recently spent 3 years as the President of an international professional institute which is a voluntary role in which I was responsible chairing the Board and Council of the institute and for governance.  This has given me experience of working in a voluntary capacity and the different dynamics and skills this requires.

I became a governor as my children are beginning school and I would like to put my experience to use in helping the school to achieve its goals.

Phillip Compton
Clerk to the Governors

 

     

Lynn Law 

 
Lynn Law
       
 

Staff Appointed
23rd January 2016

I am a Staff Appointed Governor who has been on the Governing Body since 1999, my current term of office expires in January 2020.

I am employed in school as the Business Manager  which entails setting the school budget and ensuring that the school needs are met within the set annual financial plans as well as taking into account any longer term projects within the School Development Plan.  I serve on the Finance and Premises Committee and the full Governing Body as a staff representative.

I enjoy the variety of my job which involves liaising with school staff, outside agencies, parents and of course the children.  It is very rewarding to see the children join us as rising 5’s and leave in Year 6 as confident young people ready for Secondary school having thrived educationally and socially in what I consider to be a caring and nurturing environment.

Claire Evelyn
Assistant Headteacher

Claire Evelyn
 

Foundation
18th April 2016

Having previously completed my teacher training at the school a number of years ago I returned in the capacity as Assistant Headteacher in 2014.

I currently teach in the Foundation Stage but prior to this worked in key stage one. I am a staff governor and represent my colleagues within the school. I have been on the Personnel and Curriculum Committee since January 2015.

 
 
The governors of Bow Brickhill CE Primary School do not have any business or financial interests in the school.