Who are the Governors?

 Didi Nicholson – Foundation governor – Chair of Governors
DidiNicholson 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
IMG_4998 (1) Responsibility: HT Performance Management, Pre-school link, Website

Link: Literacy and English

Class link: Years R, 1 and 2

I have lived in Brighstone for the past 25 years and have always taken a keen interest in the school, my daughter having been a pupil way back in the 1990s. I have always enjoyed working with children and ran the Guides troupe in the village for six years – in the days before Scouts allowed girls to be members! I feel it is such a privilege to be involved in the process of children learning and growing into the leaders of the future. I was a prison teacher for almost 20 years, both on and off the Island, so although my experience of teaching has been considerably different to that of a primary school teacher, I maintain my passion for education to be central to the lives of all members of society. Now, in retirement, I am actively involved as a trustee in two charities that help to construct classroom blocks at schools in several countries, both in Asia and Africa.

  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
Curriculum Link: Science

I have a Maths degree from Imperial College and have worked in finance for several years. We always planned to move to the West Wight when we had children as we feel it is such a wonderful place to bring them up. Our children love being at Brighstone School, so I feel honoured to be able to bring some of my skills and experience to the governors board.

 Linda Bushell – Ex Officio Foundation Governor

Curriculum Link: Collective Worship

Before being ordained in 2009 and serving in Bembridge, as a Deacon and Associate Priest, I was a Lay Minister in Bradford, West Yorkshire for twenty years. During this time I also enjoyed bringing up my three sons and teaching in an inner city Primary School. On coming to the Island, alongside my Ministry, I was employed by the Local Authority as a Home Tutor for sick children and carried out the teaching at St Mary’s Hospital. I also spent some time teaching in the Pupil Referral Unit. Last year I moved to Shorwell and became Local Minister at St Peter’s Church and Interim Priest for St Mary’s Brighstone and the churches in Mottistone and Brook. I am very happy and excited to be associated with such a happy, lively church school as Brighstone Primary.

 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
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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
Fiona Graham Responsibility: Early Years Foundation Stage

Class link: Years R, 1 and 2

As a parent of one children currently at Brighstone, I have a real vested interest in the school and the local community. In 2013/14, I worked in the school office so I hope to be able to bring differing perspectives from both within the school and as a parent.

Michelle Lincoln – Staff Governor


I have taught in a variety of educational settings during the past 20 years, working in a pre-school, on a college course for young adults with special needs,  and as nursery nurse in a Foundation Stage class, in addition to being a class teacher and SENCo. My current post as SENCo at Brighstone is informed by those experiences and I am enjoying the challenges this role brings.  My interests outside of education are gardening, cooking-especially baking, history and coastal walks.  I have two adult children, a husband and a cat.
Paul Medland – Foundation governor
Paul Medland Responsibility: HT Performance Management, ICT, Finance

My career has been in Local Government, most recently at Southampton City Council from which I retired three years ago. Our three children all attended Brighstone School in the 1990s and I was a governor during some of that period. At the time I found it difficult to juggle a governor’s commitments with a full time job on the mainland and I am now looking forward to having the time to give the role the focus it deserves. I have always had a strong interest in IT and since retiring have taken the opportunity freshen up my skills and re-learn some coding.

Boni Reeks– Foundation Governor

Curriculum link: Numeracy.

Responsibility: Development and Training Governor.

Class link: Years 5 and 6

I have chosen to become a governor as having retired four years ago from a long, varied and successful teaching career in London, I now feel ready to offer my significant experience and skills back to schools.
I especially want to do this for our local community which I love, having now lived in Brighstone for three and a half years.

 Jill Wareham – Clerk to Governors
 Jill  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.

Brighstone Governor’s attendance for 2016-2017

Brighstone governor’s interests 2017-18

Governors roles and responsibilities 2017-18

Brighstone Governors Code of Practice

Brighstone Instrument of Government

Brighstone Full Governing Body and Committee terms of reference 2017-18 

Brighstone Scheme of Delegation 2017-18