Didi Nicholson – Foundation governor – Chair of Governors
|Responsibility: Safeguarding, Inclusion (including SEND)
Class link: Years 3 and 4
I have three children, and have experience of ten very differing schools, both in the UK and abroad. I bring a strong church commitment and I ran a Sunday school for five years. I trained as an editor and worked in the travel guidebook business for many years. My family has been closely connected to this area for a very long time.
Marianne Johnson – LA Governor – Vice Chair
Teresa Fox – Headteacher
|Headteachers are automatically governors on an ex-officio basis; however they can choose to decline the governance role.
A headteacher governor has the same functions as any other member of the governing body; to attend all full governing body meetings and committee meetings.
The headteacher can bring a whole-school perspective and day-to-day context to these meetings and governing body discussions that would otherwise be absent, ensuring that all decisions are informed and relevant.
Peter Boyle – Foundation Governor
Janet Craig – Parent Governor
|Curriculum Link: Music, PE
We have lived in Brighstone for nearly 9 years. When we first moved to the island and started searching for where to settle there was no comparison to Brighstone and I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. Two of my three daughters attend Brighstone Primary and my third will when she’s old enough. I am constantly amazed at the progress they are making! I have no experience in teaching but have worked for a number of years at HMP Isle of Wight as a facilitator delivering cognitive behavioural based treatment programmes. This has given me a good understanding of how children’s beliefs develop about themselves, people and the world, the impact their experiences have on them and what is important in developing good emotional management, problem solving skills and positive interpersonal relationships. I hope to be able to use some of this knowledge in this role. When not at work I can generally be found attempting to instil these skills into my brood!
Rory Fitzgerald – Foundation Governor
|Curriculum Link: Humanities, RE
Responsibility: Health & Safety,
Brighstone Primary School was one of the principle reasons that our family chose to to settle in beautiful West Wight. With our three children now thriving at the school and preschool, I was happy to be asked to join the board of governors to help support such a great school. Having worked as a lawyer and journalist in places as varied as Dublin, Brussels, Cork, Melbourne and London, I now continue do so on the Isle of Wight. I believe that Brighstone Primary is a very special place for children.
Fiona Graham – Parent governor
Lorraine Ireland – Foundation Governor
I am delighted to be joining the team at Brighstone School as a Foundation Governor. I moved into the village 4 years ago and feel very fortunate to have joined this community. Having now retired I have time to contribute to our School. In undertaking this role I will draw upon some of the skills I gained whilst working as a Children’s Nurse and as a University Lecturer in Nursing, providing education for undergraduate and postgraduate students. My roles have required developing, delivering and reviewing the quality of educational programmes. My passion lies in making learning stimulating and promoting the potential of each student. I know from mentoring University students that early educational experiences have been very important in shaping their futures and I want the children at Brighstone School to have the very best start.
Michelle Lincoln – Staff Governor
Boni Reeks– Foundation Governor
Jill Wareham – Clerk to Governors
|I have a long association with the school since moving to Brighstone in 1987. My three children attended the school, I was a member of the BSA, a Local Authority Governor and then clerk to Governors.|