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.

 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
 Tom Collins Co-OptedGoverning body 4  years

  • Chair
  • Link for training
  • Health & Safety
 Trustee of Hastings Christian Trust.
Member of an independent fostering provider.

 NoNone  Retired teacher and head teacher with wide educational experience
Reverend Martin Harper Local AuthorityEast Sussex County Council  4 years

 Vice chair
Works closely with the Diocese of Chichester Education Board. Retired teacher. Rector of Brede, Udimore & Beckley, employer, Church of England. Yes None Active in the local community and an important link with the parish church.
Kate Giles ParentElected by parents 4 years

17/4/12 - 16/4/16
re-appointed 17/4/16
 SENDParent of a child at the school No None An active parent who brings enthusiasm and literacy skills to the group.
Sarah Bulgin StaffElected by staff 4 years

re-appointed 21/9/16
 Deputy Head
Inclusion/special needs
Deputy Head teacher, employer, East Sussex No Colleague Wealth of knowledge in the area of inclusion and works closely with the School Council.
Nicole Cummins StaffGovernor by right of position n/a

 Head teacher  Head teacher, employer, East Sussex No Colleague Has led a committed staff team to enable the school to become more popular and which is rated as good by Ofsted.
Emma Newton Co OptedGoverning body 4 years

 Literacy Leader Teacher, employer, East Sussex. No Colleague Good knowledge and leadership of Literacy.
 Richard Foster Parent Elected by parents     4 years

  Parent of a child at the school No     None A qualified teacher in a local independent school and a former governor at another primary school. 
 Laura Jarvis Co opted Governing body
 4 years

  Manager, Country Buttercups Private Nursery No None Provides current knowledge and practice of pre-school education  and business experience. 
 Helen Mallion Co opted Governing body 4 years

  Manager, Country Buttercups Private Nursery No None Provides current knowledge and practice of pre-school education  and business experience. 


Name Category Attended Absent 
 Nicole Cummins Head teacher 6 0
 Tom Collins Chair 6 0
 Father Martin Harper Local Authority51
Kate Giles Parent60
Clare Gilchrist Parent3
Sarah Bulgin Staff60
Emma Newton Staff51

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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