Welcome to the Governors page of the Bearwood Primary School Website. Thank you for taking the time to learn a bit more about us.

As Governors, we work in partnership with the school to deliver a clear vision, ethos and strategy that enables all the pupils of Bearwood Primary School to achieve their full potential.

We do not run the school; that is a job that is already being done very well by Mrs Jane Barlow and her Senior Leadership team. As Governors we monitor and review the educational performance of the school, the Head Teacher, pupils and staff. We provide support, challenge and encouragement to achieve high educational standards. One of our key duties is to promote high standards of educational attainment. We also oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure it's money is well spent. We work closely with Mrs Barlow and her Senior Leadership Team, to fulfil the school statutory obligations. Where applicable, we monitor and challenge the leadership team to do even better for your children.
We also have a say in appointing new staff, including the Head Teacher.
The governor types are split into:
• Local Authority Governors
• Staff Governors
• Parent Governors
• Co-opted Governors

Some governors also have special duties such as Special Education Needs, facilities, and safeguarding. We train during the year to keep our skills sharp and to help the school do better with Ofsted inspections and with improving the children’s desire to learn.

We meet regularly and have several sub-committees that feed into our Full Governing Body Meetings. The core committees are:
• Resource
• Pay and performance management
• Pupil Progress 

Outside of all the statutory bits and pieces of our roles, we are also human beings like yourselves and care as much about the school, the children and the community as each of you do also.
We can very often be seen on the playground, and regularly get involved in the education process by carrying out learning walks amongst the children classrooms so as to really get integrated into the daily school activities. On the back of these, we often make recommendations and feedback to the teachers about our findings, which can includes the effective use of our different schooling methods e.g. growth mind-set. It is widely accepted that it is sometimes useful to have an outside eye look at what teachers are doing and challenge them to assure that the most positive outcome is achieved.

Just as importantly, we do also try to make ourselves as available as possible to the rest of the parent and carers of the Bearwood family and to answer any questions you may have, or just to say hello!

If you feel that you would like to help our school and have a rewarding experience by becoming a Governor then please do watch out for the notifications for when we next look to enrol further parent governors.

School Governors

Chair of Governors and Parent Govenor

Nicola Bruce

I am very proud to have been elected as a parent governor in 2016 and pleased to have the opportunity to be involved in creating the future at Bearwood Primary School. I've enjoyed getting to know so many of the parents in the playground, since my children joined Bearwood in 2013 and I look forward to meeting more over the next five years. As well as being a Mum, I also enjoy a challenging career at National Grid and my work life balance is very important to me. I have a degree in electrical engineering and enjoy being able to share my passion for this with the children at school events, such as Science Day. I am the Chair of Governors, a member of the Resource Committee, Pay and Performance Management Committee, Pupil Progress Committee and the link Governor for EYFS and KS1. I am enjoying supporting the school on a continuous journey of improvement.

Vice Chair of Governors and  Local Authority Governor

Christine Smart

I’m very keen to be part of the Bearwood team and take an active and supporting role as a Governor.  I live close to the school, in Finchampstead, with my husband, having moved to the area in 1995.  I’m an Accountant with 25 years’ experience, largely working in the hi tech sector.  I currently work in a specialized global accounting role for a major hi tech company,  writing and reviewing policy, running training courses and generally advising the business on accounting related issues.  Prior to this I was a Financial Controller, managing the accounting function, budgeting, forecasting and preparing management and statutory accounts.  I largely work from home and my company are very supportive of my spending time working within the community.  I have experience of being a Governor in another school in the area, where I was the Chair of Finance and Deputy Chair.  I was also part of the strategy committee, the administration project group and I worked with a small team to help market the school.

Co-Opted Governors 

Rachelle Shepherd DuBey 

I am a Borough and Parish Councillor and I was keen to be a governor at a school in my ward. I wanted to use my MAEd degree in Science Education to help my community. Before becoming a governor at Bearwood I was involved in a parent consultation on school places in Winnersh. This resulted in the new Wheatfield school and the decision not to go forward with the Hatch Farm Dairies School. I have been a governor since March 2014. My professional background is Counselling and Psychotherapy. As a Councillor I mainly cover planning, transport and health. My  interests are computers, politics and my dog, my cats and healthy exercise.

Claire Sanderson

I have two children at Bearwood Primary School and l joined the Governing Body in 2016. I am a qualified Chartered Accountant and work as a Finance Business Partner in the Telecoms industry and I am looking to use my financial and analytical skills to help support the school. I volunteered to be a governor because I wanted to contribute to the further development of the school. I am passionate about achieving the best possible school experience for our children, to give them the best possible foundation for a happy life ahead and to encourage them to enjoy learning.

Nushrat Nowrin

Nushrat is a Chartered Certified Accountant with more than ten years’ experience in the field. She currently works for Grant Thornton UK LLP and is very enthusiastic about making a difference to the society. She envisages a political career in the long term future and wants to share her expertise in finance with Bearwood Primary School. She has an extensive background in education and wants to make a difference in little learners’ lives as a Co-opted Governor.

Rachel Bishop-Firth

I became part of the team of governors in 2017 and have taken on the role of supporting safeguarding for the children at Bearwood Primary.  I have over 25 years’ experience in HR and am the mother of two children who were educated in the Wokingham Borough.  I look forward to using this experience to support the school as it continues to develop to provide the best possible education to our local children.

Anne Tattersall

I am married, retired and have 2 grown up children. I feel privileged to have become part of Bearwood Primary School's governance team in February 2018, with a link to SEND/inclusion. I have a degree in science, a background in nursing, midwifery and oncology and I have been a governor for just over 6 years. Most of the latter was spent within a growing Multi-Academy Trust at local and board level.  I am enthusiastic to use the many skills I have acquired over time, in order to support and challenge our school on its continuing journey of improvement. I am particularly passionate to see all children strive to do the very best they can in order to maximise their life chances having lots of fun and enjoyable memories along the way. In my spare time I enjoy being with my family, reading and supporting my son with hovercraft racing.

 

Parent Governors 

 

Rajan Sharma

I joined the governing body in Dec 17 as an elected parent governor. I am a UKS2 link Governor and also a member of the Pupils Progress Committee.
I am a qualified Chartered Accountant and work as EMEA Financial Controller in a leading multinational company. I believe in leaving a positive legacy for the future generation and giving back to the community. As parent to a year 1 pupil, I joined the governing body to provide appropriate support, guidance, innovative ideas and constructive feedback to ensure the school thrives as a leading primary school in the area.

 

Staff Governor

Jo Garner 

I sit on the Pupil Progress Committee. I have been a governor at Bearwood since July 2016 although I was a Governor in 2009 for 2 years before going off on maternity leave. I have worked at Bearwood since September 2004 and since then I have taught in Key Stage 1, Lower Key stage 2 and Upper Key Stage 2. I currently work part time and teach in Upper Key Stage 2.

 

Head Teacher and Deputy Head

Jane Barlow 

I have been a governor, over the years, in four different schools and in a variety of roles. I have been a governor at Bearwood since September 2002 working with five different Chairs of Governors. I have taught in all Key Stages over the years in Bracknell and Wokingham. I was a Deputy Head Teacher at Warfield Primary and then seconded to be an Acting Head Teacher at Sandy Lane Junior School.

 

Cristina Marinoni 

My teaching career started in Leicester and I then moved to Hampshire and to a school in  Slough. I first became involved at Bearwood as a governor 12 years ago, when I moved back into this area.  I then started teaching part time in various year groups, and then took on the Reading Recovery teacher role.  I have taught and been Team Leader in Key Stage 1 and then in Key Stage 2 and then became the Deputy Head Teacher.  My current role is that of Interim Acting Head Teacher.

Retired Governors 2017-18

Jonathon Robson - Hurst    Parent Governor    23/11/2011 - 03/05/2017
Karen Butroid     Local Authority    01/09/2015-03/07/2017
Sheila Peffers-Moore    Co-Opted  Governor    17/10/2016-21/09/2017
Danny  Chinery    Parent Governor    10/06/2014-08/12/2017
Melissa Smith    Parent Governor    31/10/2016 - 19/12/2017

Nitish Dutta-Gupta Co-Opted Governor   21/11/2017 - 23/03/2018

 

 

Name of Governor Category of Governor/Body that appoints Term of office Committees Position of Responsibility Business Interests Name of school where also a Governor
Nicola Bruce Parent Governor 31/10/16-30/10/20

Pay & Performance, Resource and Pupil Progress

Chair of Governors

EYFS & KS1 Link Governor

National Grid n/a
Jane Barlow Head Teacher 01/09/02 -  All Head Teacher None n/a
Cristina Marinoni Co-Opted Governor 01/09/15 - 31/08/19 Resource and Pupil Progress Acting Interim Head Teacher None n/a
Joanne Garner Staff Governor 01/06/16 - 31/05/20 Pupil Progress Development Governor None n/a
Christine Smart Local Authority 13/06/17 - 12/06/21 Pay & Performance and Resource

Vice Chair of Governors

Chair of Resource

Chair of Pay & Performance

Dell n/a
Rachelle Shepherd Du Bey Co-Opted Governor 01/09/15- 31/08/19 Resource

Science Governor

Health and Safety Governor

Ward and Borough Councillor n/a
Claire Sanderson Co-Opted Governor 17/10/16 - 16/10/20 Pupil Progress and Pay and Performance

Chair of Pupil Progress

PPG Governor

Motorola Solutions  n/a
Anne Tattersall Co-Opted Governor 06/02/18  - 05/02/22 Inclusion Governor St Mark’s C of E Primary Academy, Croydon
Nushrat Nowrin Co-Opted Governor 21/11/17-20/11/21 Pupil Progress

LKS2 Link Governor

Grant Thornton n/a
Rachel Bishop-Firth Co-Opted Governor 21/11/17 - 20/11/21 Resource

Safeguarding Governor

None n/a
Rajan Sharma Parent Governor 08/12/17 - 07/12/21 Pupil Progress

UKS2 Link Governor

Zebra Technology

Johnson and Johnson

n/a
Tony Charters Associate Co-Opted  26/09/17 - 25/09/18 n/a

n/a

Fujitsu

Chartoria Ltd

Emmbrook Infant School

 

Governor Attendance 2016/2017

 

Full Governing Body

Pupil Progress Committee 

Resources Committee

 

Karen Butroid

9/9 

4/4

4/4

 

Jane Barlow

9/10

4/4

4/4

 

Cristina Marinoni

8/10

4/4

4/4

 

Joanne Garner

8/10

4/4

 n/a

Danny Chinery

9/10 

n/a

4/4

 

Jon Robson-Hurst

3/4 

n/a

n/a

 

Rachelle Shepherd Du Bey

7/10

n/a

n/a

 

Claire Sanderson

8/8

4/4

4/4

 

Nicola Bruce

7/8

2/2

2/3

 

Melissa Smith 

7/8

3/4

n/a

 

Sheila Peffers-Moore

8/8

3/4

n/a

 

Christine Smart

1/2

n/a

n/a

 
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