The Governing Body is responsible for the long-term strategic direction of the school. It has statutory responsibilities that include agreeing the school budget and expenditure and ensuring key policies are in place. Governors do not get involved in the day-to-day running of the school. The governor’s role is to ask challenging questions and provide support in those areas in which they have particular expertise. In order to be effective in their role, governors are expected to attend training sessions and read all relevant documentation.
Governors meet each term for full governing body meetings. Governors are also required to join one of two separate committees, outlined below:
Resources Committee – to look after the termly expenditure, agree major financial outlays, monitor the budget profile and monthly spending; to review all areas of site maintenance and development, including security, health and safety. To sit on interview panels, agree new staff appointments, agree staff changes and amendments, review job descriptions, salaries, performance appraisal.
School Improvement Committee – to review and agree school policies and school improvement priorities, assessment data, learning and progress of pupils and parental involvement.
These committees once every term. There is a chairing governor for each committee.
The Governing Body of Brookland Junior School is made up of parents, staff, local authority and community representatives. As a rule, Governors serve for terms of four years on the Governing Body. Parent Governors are elected every four years by other parents. They bring the perspective of a parent to the Governing Body, but they speak and act as individuals.
If you wish to contact a Governor please speak to the Headteacher. A Governor is usually present on school Open Evenings.
For further general information on the role and expectations of school governors visit the National Governors’ Association website.
Meet the Governors
Mr Gavin Douglas- Term of Office- 1.9.2016
I have worked in Primary Schools for 10 years having graduated with a BA in History in 2005 and completed my PGCE in Primary Education in 2007. I began my teaching career in London in a large multicultural inner city primary. In that time I developed my practice working with a range of children expecially those with English as an additional language as well as gifted and talented pupils. I moved to Hertfordshire where I became the Deputy Head of a primary school with a large amount of children with SEND. In this role I worked as part of a team to move the school from requires improvement to good. In 2016 I was appointed as the new Headteacher at Brookland Junior. Over the past year I have implemented a rapid improvement programme to improve outcomes for all pupils at the school.
Mr C Preaudat- Term of office 14.5.2014 - 13.5.18
A French national and head chef in London. My family and I have lived in the UK for more than 20 years and in Cheshunt for 12. My eldest son came to Brookland junior school with special needs and was looked after so well.When the previous head teacher recruited me as governor, I was pleased and still am to help insure future pupils would get the same opportunities.Now in my fourth year as governor, I am the chair of finance committee and link governor for health and safety.My son has moved on to secondary school with the best background we could have hoped for. I am staying on to work further with my colleagues, for your children, to make this school the best it can be.
Role- Chair of Resources Committee
Mrs L Direnzo- Term of office 07.07.15-06.07.19
Ms M Farnes- Term of office 18.04.17-17.04.21
I have 2 children at Brookland, in years 1 & 3. I am an active member of the PTFA. I am Interested and committed to education and want to make a contribution to the school and community I work part time for bathstore as a procurement and revenues manager. I am a keen runner and am the Events Director for Cheshunt Junior Parkrun which is starting in September.
Mr R Jones - Term of office 13.09.17-12.09.21
Mrs L Dobranja- Term of office- 18.09.17-17.09.21
I joined the governing body in 2013 and have been Chair since 2015, prior to this I Chaired the PTFA for 2 years and am also an ex parent. Outside of Brookland I work for Citizenship & Reputation in Barclays bank and have been with them since 2000. Prior to this I spent 10 years at Confederation Life Insurance Co. I have served in the British Army including active service in Northern Ireland. I enjoy needlecraft and reading, time permitting and am currently a single parent with a teenage son.
Mrs S Hoyland-Term of office 07.03.17-06.03.21
I have spent more than 30 years in financial services and I’m currently a senior manager for Lloyds Banking Group, with a background in financial services Risk and Compliance. I was also a parent governor during the early 90s when my three children were in primary school and I found it an enjoyable and rewarding experience. I’m delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to this school.
Mrs J Cottenden (CHEXS Children & Young People Support Worker) Term of office 11.12.2014 - 10.12.18
I have been involved with Brookland Juniors School since 2009 through my role as a Children and Young People’s Support Lead for CHEXS charity who provide Children and Young People Enrichment projects, pareneting services and community support. Before joining the charity I worked in secondary schools as an attendance officer and pastoral support which is where I came to realise that many children and young people had experienced unsettled childhoods and that support for children and families is crucial for their development. For this reason I am proud to be the safe guarding Governor for Brrokland Junior School who are committed to the learning and development of all by providing a caring environment for the children and their families.
Mrs S Cranston- Term of office 11.12.2014 - 10.12.18
Retired Headteacher, 7 years in Bishop 's Stortford and 18 years in Wormley. Trustee of a charity "The Tamarisk Trust" for 12 years, caring for 75 adults with severe learning difficulties in Barnet. Governor at Brookland for 9 years as vice chairman. Member of the Finance, personnel and premises committee. Personal interests include walking, reading and cinema.
Mrs A Karameros- Term of office 11.12.2014- 10.12.18
Having worked in the field of economic development for many years, I am really passionate about playing an active part in the local community and helping build a better future. In my day job, I develop and deliver a range of skills, employment and business initiatives which stimulate economic growth and prosperity. I became a Governor at the school in 2014 because of my interest in education and children well-being and to utilise my skills and experience locally. I am presently the Chair of the School Improvement Committee and wish to make a valuable contribution to providing the best possible education in a safe and caring environment.
Mrs P Cawley - Term of office 06.12.16-05.12.20
Mrs S Bridgeman Term office 27.09.17-26.09.21
Mrs F Hill
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