I grew up in
I became a teacher governor in 1996 and have attended Governing Body meetings ever since!
Each term I write a report for the governing body to keep them informed of school matters as well as providing information at committee meetings. I also work very closely with the Chair of Governors on a more regular basis.
I’ve been the Head at Brent Knoll since January 2006 and it’s been my most interesting and varied job yet! I feel very fortunate to be working at a school with such supportive parents and governors, a dedicated and talented staff and motivated children.
I’m keen that we continue to move forward as a school and that we keep challenging ourselves, governors and staff, to do the very best for our pupils.
As a young girl I moved around due to my father's job. I was born in Oldham, Manchester and at the age of four moved to Toulouse, France. After becoming fluent in the language and attending a French speaking school we moved again, finally settling in Weston-super-Mare in 1991.
I attended Worle Comprehensive Secondary School where I obtained many GCSEs and continued my academic studies at Weston College in 2001. I spent two years at the college studying for a Btec National Diploma in the Early Years. Using this qualification I applied for and gained a place at the University of the West of England (UWE). After four years of hard work, I finally finished in May 2007.
My teaching career began at Brent Knoll Primary school as the Foundation / Key Stage One teacher. After three wonderful years I felt it was time to further my professional development and I took the role of Foundation teacher at Mead Vale Primary School in Weston.
Continuing the role of a Governor enables me to remain in contact with former pupils’ academic progress and support the school in educating the citizens of the future.
I spent my early childhood in Buckinghamshire and Suffolk, but from the age of 7 lived in Solihull, West Midlands where both my parents worked in education.
I completed my teaching degree at Homerton College, Cambridge and Birmingham Polytechnic (as it was then!) and moved down to Somerset to take up my first teaching post in 1979.
My husband and I have two daughters, one working for the NHS and one at the University of Bath. They both recall their days at Brent Knoll School with great fondness.
Since 1996 I have gradually eased my way back into full time employment at Brent Knoll School, having been a 'mum helper', a special needs assistant, a supply teacher and now a full time year 4,5 and 6 class teacher.
This is my second stint on the governing body having been a parent governor during the 1990s.
Although my childhood was spent in various locations, I have
lived in the West Country for many years now and both of my children
Having got my degree in Maths and Computing I started working for
Somerset County Council in their IT department in 1985.
After two years I moved to I now work in IT at
the Hydrographic Office in Taunton as a Test Analyst.
I now work in IT at the Hydrographic Office in Taunton as a Test Analyst.
Born and bred in Bridgwater, I started my working career as an
Electrician at British Cellophane (BCL). Whilst completing my
apprenticeship I also gained a HNC in Electrical and Electronic
Engineering. I progressed through a variety of positions in the
electrical industry, finishing up as a Design Engineer with a pump
company in Yate. I have four daughters, two of them currently at
I grew up in
I have also worked at
I was born in
My husband was a GP in
My interests are natural history, walking, travel, cooking,
pottery and art and I am involved in a number of community
As a Foundation Governor I would like to ensure that a Christian ethic is maintained in the school and would hope to facilitate the liaison between the school and the wider community. I look forward to working with the head teacher, staff and other governors to ensure the continuation of a happy and successful Church of England village school.
I grew up on south
In 1995 I began an eleven year teaching career in secondary education. It was during the last three years of teaching that I trained (part-time) to be a priest.
2006 my family and I went to live on the
I am married to Claire and have three children, all of school age.
I was born and grew up in Oxford before moving to Somerset, with my wife, in 2005.
I work as a Physical Education teacher at Whitstone Secondary School in Shepton Mallet. Before qualifying as a teacher, I worked as a resident social worker at a school for children with social and behavioural difficulties.
We have two daughters, Lucy and Georgia. Lucy has just started in Class 1 at Brent Knoll where she is very happy.
I am looking forward to getting involved with Brent Knoll School, supporting the pupils, staff and wider school community
I grew up in Kent and East Sussex, and have lived in West Sussex, Hertfordshire, South Glamorgan and Surrey due to my career, before moving to Burnham on Sea in 1996. I am a chartered civil engineer and worked for eight local authorities over a 29 year period (the latter 10 years as chief officer). Since 1994 I have been self-employed as a technical advisor for out-sourcing, PFI and PPP projects mostly for schools, hospitals and other public services.
My wife taught in various schools from pre-school to sixth form and in adult education. I have two daughters and six grand-children.
I am now mostly involved in voluntary work – East Brent Village Hall Management Committee, the Octopus Children’s Centre Forum/Interim Board and sitting as a Magistrate on the Sedgemoor Bench. I was appointed as a Community Governor in June 2010.
I have lived in
After completing GCSE’s and A Levels at King Alfred school I spent a year living in Bristol, training as a mental health nurse but transferred to Swansea University where I spent 3 years studying for a BA Honours degree in English and Drama. I still have a great passion for the theatre but it has been some time since I made a stage appearance myself-much to Harry’s relief!!
Since graduating some 12 years ago and moving back to Somerset, I have managed a residential home for people with dementia and Alzheimer’s and I now work across Somerset in joint partnership for the NHS/Alzheimer’s Society as a Dementia Adviser within the community mental health team.
I grew up in Westbury-sub-Mendip and was educated at the village school before attending the Wells Blue School to study GCSE's and A-Levels. I completed an Art & Design foundation course at Yeovil College before moving to Kongston to study Architecture.
I later moved to Central London to find fame and fortune - but instead found a career in Sales & Marketing working for various London agencies. I was very fortunate to be able to re-locate back to the West Country with my current employer to manage the South West office in an account director's role.
My wife and I moved to Brent Knoll in the summer of 2005. We felt the village was the perfect place to start a family and have two children who thoroughly enjoy all that the village has to offer.
My son is attending Brent Knoll School in reception class. He loves school, all of the different lessons and activities and has made such a nice group of friends. I believe it is vitally important to give back to the community some of the benefits that I received growing up in a similar village and would like to contribute to my son and daughter's education as well as supporting the community and school wherever support is required.