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Brede Primary School Governing Body

Welcome to the governors section of the school website. We hope the information provided here will help you to understand the role of the governing body and to know about the school governors. As governors we are a committed group of volunteers that work closely with the head teacher and staff to ensure the school functions as effectively as possible. The government sets a number of responsibilities for the governing body which we work hard to fulfill. Together, we oversee;

  • the quality of education the school offers;
  • the progress and achievements of its pupils;
  • the standard of behaviour;
  • the ability of the leadership team to inspire growth and development;
  • the school’s finances;
  • the recruitment and performance management of staff.

How do we achieve the above;

  • by meeting as a whole governing body at least once each school term;
  • through monitoring and evaluating the school’s progress through focused school visits, analysis of pupil data, meeting the children to talk about their learning, meeting with staff to appraise their contribution to the school and by checking the school finances;
  • by ensuring the school meets its statutory responsibilities including the setting of a stimulating and relevant curriculum;
  • by appointing high calibre staff;
  • by attending relevant training;
  • through working with parents, the local authority (East Sussex County Council), the local community and agencies that support the school.

Why do we this? 

Purely because we want to help the children at Brede Primary School to achieve their best as young people who will go on to contribute to, and play a part in, an increasingly technological and multicultural world where core values and wide ranging skills become essential to self development.

Who are our governors?

 Name Category of Governor Body appointing
of Office and commencement
of responsibility
 Links and interests
Governorship at other education establishments
to school staff
 Other information
VacancyCo Opted
The Reverend Martin HarperLocal Authority ESCC 4 years


 Retired Chartered Surveyor;Retired teacher;Chair Fellowship of St Nicholas; Director Diocese of Chichester Academy Trust Rector, Brede with Udimore and Beckley and Peasmarsh; Employer: Church of England  YesNoneActive in the local community and an important link with the parish church.  Considerable educational experience.
Kate Burgess ParentElected by parents4 years

Safeguarding LinkParent of a child at the schoolNoNoneAn active parent governor who brings enthusiasm and literacy skills to the group.
Sarah BulginStaffElected by staff4 years

Inclusion/special educational needsDeputy Head Teacher 
Employer: ESCC
NoColleagueWealth of knowledge in the area of inclusion and works closely with the School Council.
Nicole CumminsSTaffGovernor by right of position 01/04/2009 Head Teacher
NoColleagueHas led a committed staff team to enable the school to become more popular and rated as good by Ofsted.
Emma NewtonCo-opted Governing body 4 years

NoColleague Good knowledge and leadership of early yeas and key stage 1. 
Karen MarrCo-optedGoverning Body4 years
ChairChair of Governors at Robertsbridge Comm College and Chair of Local Governing Board of Jarvis Brook School.NoNone
 Sally WelchCo-opted Governing Body 4 Years
 SEND LinkClerk at Rye College NoNone 

Contacting the school governors

If you wish to contact the school governors then you can either write to the Clerk to the Governors, c/o the school, or 

email the Chair

Brede governing body meet once per term with additional meetings added as necessary.

There are no committees of the governing body. All areas of business are covered by the whole governing body.

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