16th December 2016
Dear Parents and Carers
I write to introduce myself, update you on changes to the governing body over the last few months, and thank you for all your support to the school this year.
I have been a governor of Brighstone School since July 2015 and became vice-chair in October this year following the vacancy left by Sarah Pocock.
Since then, Daphne Brooke-Smith, the Chair of Governors at that time, had to take time off due to ill health and has now taken the decision to stand down as Chair and resign as a governor. We owe Daphne a great deal of gratitude for all her hard work as Chair during a difficult time for the school and she will be greatly missed.
Sarah Pocock has also resigned from the full governing body due to family commitments. Sarah will be very difficult to replace as she had a wealth of experience as a governor and teacher and did an enormous amount of fundraising for the school.
Since the Ofsted visit in April and the appointments of the new Headteacher and class teachers, we are optimistic that the children are working hard, progressing well and the school will move to a Good rating by Ofsted in a short time. This would not happen without your support and we thank you for that.
We have had some difficult decisions to make, as all governing bodies do, but all of these are based on full discussion, external advice, and thoughtful debate before arriving at decisions that we feel are in the best interests of the children and the long term future of the school.
The governing body is now made up of Marianne Johnson (Vice-Chair), Rory Fitzgerald, Teresa Fox, Fiona Graham, Michele Lincoln, Paul Medland, Boni Reeks and we welcome Peter Boyle and Linda Bushell who are newly appointed. We currently have two vacancies for Foundation governors who are appointed by the Diocese. Governors pictures and profiles can be seen on the school website. We are looking forward to making contact with you more regularly in the future, and should you have any concerns in the meantime, please do not hesitate to get in touch with either myself or Teresa.
Wishing you a joyful Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.
Chair of Governors