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Governing Body


The school has a governing body made up of elected parents and staff and member of the community. Their role is to provide strategic leadership, establish key principles and hold the leadership of the school to account. Their committees set and monitor the budget, monitor health and safety, manage our staff, review pupil performance and special provision, keep the curriculum under review and agree key development priorities.

Click on the names below to find out more information about each governor.

Richard Knightsbridge
Pete Taylor
David Watts
Cate Ross-Waddell
 
Roger Spowage
Ty Yousaf
Peter Whyard
Eileen Atherton
 
Nick Grayling
Calum Bett
Kirsten Rawson
Simon Atkinson
 
Claire Tonks
Michelle Whiley
Katherine Calder
 
 

Richard Knightsbridge - Chair of Governors

Governor Category:      Co-opted
Appointed By:       The Governing Body
Date joined Governing Body:     11/10/1994
Current term of office:      01/01/2015 - 31/12/2018
Register of business and financial interests:  None
Governance Roles in other Schools:  None
Committees:  Strategic Development, Pupils & Personnel, Finance and General Purposes, Pay, Discipline
Link Roles:  Attainment and Progress, OfSTED, RSC
I have been a Governor since 1995 and have been Chair for the past 11 years.  In addition to attending regular in-school meetings I often attend assemblies, school council meetings and help coach the school cricket teams.  I live locally and am now semi-retired.  My wife was a long serving staff member and both my daughters are past pupils.

Cate  Ross-Waddell - Vice Chair of Governing Body

Governor Category: Co-opted
Appointed By: The Governing Body
Date joined Governing Body: 2011
Current term of office: 01/01/2015 - 31/12/2018
Register of business and financial interests:  None
Governance Roles in other Schools:  None
Committees:  Pupils & Personnel, Head Appraisal
Link Roles:  Reading, MFL, Year 1
I am a part-time lecturer in German at Nottingham Trent University and my three children all attended BHPS.  I enjoy contributing to the life of the school and helping to ensure that every child reaches their potential.

Pete Taylor

Governor Category: Head Teacher
Appointed By: The Governing Body
Date joined Governing Body:  01/04/2016
Current term of office:  N/A
Register of business and financial interests:  None
Governance Roles in other Schools:  None
Committees:  Strategic Development, Pupils & Personnel, Finance and General Purposes, Pay, Discipline
Link Roles:  N/A
I joined Bramcote Hills Primary in April 2016 and, in addition to being Head Teacher, I am also a Governor of the school.  I have served on governing bodies for over 20 years at four different schools.  I have been involved in teaching since 1990 when I graduated from Nottingham Trent University (B-Ed Hons).  In total, I have worked in seven schools as a Teacher, Deputy Head and then, since 2004, as a Head Teacher.  I also try to see schooling from a parental perspective, having had two children go through the school system in the local area.  I am passionate about teaching and learning and am excited about what we can achieve at Bramcote Hills.

David Watts

Governor Category:   Co-opted
Appointed By: The Governing Body
Date joined Governing Body: 
Current term of office: 01/01/2015 - 31/12/2018
Register of business and financial interests:  None
Governance Roles in other Schools:  None
Committees:  Strategic Development
Link Roles:  Writing, Complaints
I was originally elected as a parent governor and then co-opted after my term as a parent governor finished. I have a daughter (Molly) at the school and my older daughter also came here before moving on to Bramcote School when she reached year 7. My wife Gill is a past chair of the PTA. I am a solicitor working in Nottingham and was previously a borough councillor on Broxtowe Borough Council.

Ty Yousaf

Governor Category: Co-opted
Appointed By:  The Governing Body
Date joined Governing Body: 
Current term of office: 01/01/2015 - 31/12/2018
Register of business and financial interests:  None
Governance Roles in other Schools:  None
Committees:  Finance and General Purposes
Link Roles:  Child Protection, Pupil Premium
I passionately believe that good education is vital to children’s future prospects and I am supporting BHP to ensure children are being helped to achieve to the best of their abilities. I have a background in child protection work and service improvement work. I am a father of three children.

Peter Whyard

Governor Category:  Co-opted
Appointed By:  The Governing Body
Date joined Governing Body: 
Current term of office:  01/01/2015 - 31/12/2018
Register of business and financial interests:  None
Governance Roles in other Schools:  None
Committees:  Strategic Development, Pupils & Personnel
Link Roles:  Member of staff
I have been a teacher at BHPS since January 2004 and am currently teaching in Year 4. I run the athletics club and occasionally referee home football matches. My in school my responsibilities include Assessment Co-ordinator and taking a lead on Enterprise.

Eileen Atherton

Governor Category: Local Authority
Appointed By: The Governing Body
Date joined Governing Body:  9/8/2005
Current term of office: 09/08/2013 - 08/08/2017
Register of business and financial interests:  None
Governance Roles in other Schools:  Governor at John Clifford
Committees:  Pupils & Personnel, Finance and General Purposes, Discipline
Link Roles:  None
Before I left work to have children I was the Secretary to a Partner in a firm of Solicitors in Nottingham.  After having my eldest daughter I left that employment and for 34 years from 1968 to 2002 I was the Licensee of an Off Licence in Central Avenue Beeston.  I am Secretary of the Beeston & District Civic Society from October 2003 and was elected a Member of Broxtowe Borough Council for the Chilwell West Ward in May 2007, 2011 and 2015.

Michelle Whiley

Governor Category: Staff Governor
Appointed By: Staff
Date joined Governing Body: 1/9/13
Current term of office: 01/09/2013 - 31/08/2017
Register of business and financial interests:  None
Governance Roles in other Schools:  None
Committees:  Strategic Development, Pupils & Personnel
Link Roles:  Member of staff
I have been working at BHPS for over 17 years and currently work in Year 5 and have various roles within school.  This year I have taken on a new role of teaching PE to years 3-6 covering PPA.  I also organise the cycle training and many sporting events we are fortunate to be involved in.  I also work for the City Council undertaking a Play and Youth Worker role.

Katherine Calder

Governor Category: Parent
Appointed By: Parents
Date joined Governing Body: 30/11/2016
Current term of office: 30/11/2016 - 29/11/2020
Register of business and financial interests:  None
Governance Roles in other Schools:  None
Committees:  Finance and General Purpose, Pupils & Personnel
Link Roles:  Child Protection, SEND, Year 2
I have a daughter who started in Foundation in September 2016 as well as a younger son who goes to nursery part-time.  I currently work 1 day a week as a self-employed accountant.  I am also the PTA Treasurer.  I qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG 10 years ago, and spent 5 years in the Audit department there before moving to work in the Corporate Finance team at the University of Nottingham for nearly 6 years.  As a finance professional, I bring strong monitoring and performance appraisal skills that I apply in my role within the Governing Body.  I am committed to helping BHPS achieve its potential and continue to produce well rounded individuals.

Nick Grayling

Governor Category: Co-opted
Appointed By: The Governing Body
Date joined Governing Body: 05/12/2012
Current term of office: 04/10/2016 - 03/10/2020
Register of business and financial interests:  None
Governance Roles in other Schools:  None
Committees:  Finance and General Purposes
Link Roles:  Governor Training, Health & Safety, Foundation
I am an ex-pupil of the school with a daughter in Year 6.  My professional role has provided me with experiences and skills such as people management, communication, commerical & budget planning.  I have completed my 4 year term, but Mr Taylor and Richard Knightsbridge asked if I could stay on to contribute with my link roles.  I also sit on the Finance and General Purposes committee where I am able to use my commericial skills and back ground to good use.

Calum Bett

Governor Category: Parent
Appointed By: Parents
Date joined Governing Body: 30/11/2016
Current term of office: 30/11/2016 - 29/11/2020
Register of business and financial interests:  None
Governance Roles in other Schools:  None
Committees:  Finance and General Purposes, Strategic Development, Pupils & Personnel
Link Roles:  EYFS, Year 6
I have a daughter in year 2 and a son in Foundation.  I am currently a house husband and have been for the past five years.  Prior to this career change, I worked in senior finance roles both in the UK and Australia.  I am looking forward to contributing in any way I can to make the school the best it can be.

Kirsten Rawson

Governor Category:  Parent
Appointed By:  Parents
Date joined Governing Body: 12/02/2015
Current term of office: 12/02/2015 - 11/02/2019
Register of business and financial interests:  None
Governance Roles in other Schools:  None
Committees:  Pupils & Personnel (Chair), Strategic Development, Pay 
Link Roles:  Attainment and Progress, OfSTED, RSC, Assessment and Reporting, Year 5
I have a daughter in year 6 and another in Foundation.  My current role is as an IT advisor for the Education Funding Agency working on the Priority Schools Building Programme.  Previous professional roles have provided me with experience in managing people and managing buildings, and all the associated tasks this brings such as appraising staff, managing projects (IT, building and change related), ensuring budgets are set and buildings managed safely and efficiently. Until 2015, I had been involved in Scouting for 25 years.

Simon Atkinson

Governor Category:  Parent
Appointed By: Parents
Date joined Governing Body: 12/02/2015
Current term of office:  12/02/2015 - 11/02/2019
Register of business and financial interests:  None
Governance Roles in other Schools:  None
Committees:  Strategic Development (Chair), Pupils & Personnel
Link Roles:  Maths, OfSTED, Attainment and Progress, RSC, Pay, Year 3
I have a son who has now left BHPS and a daughter in year 4. I want to ensure that the school provides the best education possible for our children. I have a background in IT as both a software developer and a business analyst. I also have a keen interest in education and learning and am currently studying for an MA degree in Education.

Roger Spowage

Governor Category: Co-opted
Appointed By: The Governing Body
Date joined Governing Body:   01/01/2015                          
Current term of office:  04/10/2016 - 03/10/2020
Register of business and financial interests:  None
Governance Roles in other Schools:  None
Committees:  Finance and General Purposes (Chair), Pupils and Personnel, Head Appraisal
Link Roles:  Attainment and Progress, OfSTED, RSC, Sports Funding
I have been involved at BHPS for around 18 years I have had four boys go through the school with the last one leaving in 2010. I was treasurer of the PTA for about 13 years and when I decided to step down Mr Pearson asked if I would like to continue my involvement with the school. I am keen to see everyone involved with the school do well and the school to continue to be a valuable part of the local community. I run a small business in the area and like to try and provide some advice and input in connection with the schools finances.

Claire Tonks

Governor Category: Parent                                                             
Appointed By: Parents
Date joined Governing Body: 30/11/2016 
Current term of office: 30/11/2016 - 29/11/2020
Register of business and financial interests:  None
Governance Roles in other Schools:  Governor of Lichfield Cathedral School
Committees: TBC
Link Roles:  Behavour, social and pastoral, British Values, Year 4
I have three boys, two of whom are at BHPS in year 6 and 3 and a son who left BHPS two years ago.  I am delighted to be able to work with the governing body to help ensure that the school provides the best all round education possible for our children, and maintains its thriving and progressive culture.  I am a solicitor and regularly advise schools, academies and colleges on governance and compliance issues and want to work with the expertise that the governing body has by sharing best practice that I have gleaned through working with other schools.

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