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Introducing Our Governors

 

 

Helen Bush, Chair and Community Governor

I have over 10 years governance experience and have been a governor at BJS since 2013 when I was appointed to the Interim Executive Board which was set up to govern the school when it went in to special measures. I am currently chair of the Local Governing Board at BJS, and have chaired the school's governing board since 2015.  I was previously a parent governor at Bedgrove Infant School where I was vice chair and chaired the Curriculum Committee. I am also a parent governor at Aylesbury High School where I am the Safeguarding Governor and chair the School Performance Committee. 

 

I am a full-time mum to a daughter who left BJS in summer 2017 to move on to secondary school.

 

I became a governor first at Bedgrove Infant School and then at BJS because I believe every child, including my own, deserves the very best education we can provide for them and I wanted to play my part in supporting the schools to achieve this for all the children in our community. I hoped my governance experience at Bedgrove Infant School would be of value to the Junior school in supporting it on its journey to outstanding.

 

Before becoming a full time mum I worked in strategic policy development and representation for the voluntary sector. I was seconded from the voluntary sector as an adviser to both the Inland Revenue and the Treasury on voluntary sector policy.

 

 

Lorraine Greco, Headteacher

As Headteacher of Bedgrove Junior School I am a member of the school's Local Governing Board. I attend all meetings to ensure the safe running of the school under the safeguarding umbrella, work closely with the governors to ensure the budget is used efficiently and effectively to promote pupil outcomes and promote high standards in and around the school environment. Each term I write a detailed report to Governors which analyses our current strengths and areas of development against the OFSTED criteria, which is presented once a term at a meeting of Local Governing Board. This allows governors to question and challenge any current areas of concern.

 

I work closely with the Governing Board to achieve our mission to inspire and challenge all of our pupils and allow them to succeed to the absolute best of their ability. We developed the school vision as a Governing Board which I think clearly states the direction of the school over the coming year.

 

I feel absolutely privileged to be leading Bedgrove Junior School through the next stage of its journey and am excited to see, already, how much the school has developed and continues to do so. I am lucky to work with a dedicated group of staff and a fantastically talented group of children who make coming to work each day an absolute pleasure.

 

Olga Harte, Co-Opted Governor

I became a parent governor during summer term 2017 and was appointed as a co-opted governor when my term ended. I sit on various committees through work, Career Development and Reward and Recognition, as well as being a board member of the organising committee for the student led conference “Oxford Leaders Forum” at Said Business School, Oxford.

 

I have always been a believer in social responsibility, supporting and fundraising for several charities. Giving something back to society is an integral part of my life. One of the ways of giving back to the community and shaping the future is to improve education activities and make an impact for future generations. Our kids deserve a bright future and, in this role, my aim is to enhance their education and well-being.

 

When I came to BJS as a parent I was immediately taken by the school values inspiring children for learning and individual approach to each child, challenging and supporting them to achieve their full potential. I have a full confidence in the school and teaching staff to bring the best out of our children and allow them to develop intellectually and spiritually.

 

I have over 15 years’ experience working in Information Technology. As a project manager, I have led and worked with different teams worldwide to achieve business results on time and budget. I am very grateful for this opportunity to be a school governor. I hope I can contribute my planning and communication skills to school’s development as well as business analysis, risk assessment and performance evaluation.

 

A little info about me…

I am married and have two girls. One of them just finished BJS Y6 and has gone to secondary school, the other one has joined the school this academic year. I was born in Russia, but now lived in Aylesbury for 15 years. I am bilingual and can understand parent’s perspective from a different cultural background. I love gardening, home design and spending time with my family.

 

Jodie Haynes, Staff Governor

I joined the governing board of Bedgrove Junior School in 2019 when the board needed a new staff governor. I wanted to become a governor at school as I am keen to play a further role in helping the school realising its full potential. I feel that a staff view on the strategic direction of our school is imperative for delivering the best outcomes for the children at Bedgrove. I am also very keen to develop my role as a teacher and further my career as much as possible.

 

I have been a teacher at Bedgrove for the last 4 years; prior to this I taught Key Stage 2 at two other schools. I graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 2010 with a BA (hons) in Primary Teaching. After my NQT year, I spent the summer volunteering in an orphanage in Mexico and took 8 months out in 2014/15 to travel the world – I was back to teaching within 2 weeks of arriving home!

 

 

Hazel Hutt, Parent Governor

I became a parent governor in March 2018. I work full time within the public sector in a senior position at the local authority. I previously held senior management positions within the private sector. I have over 20 years of managerial and operational experience and hold a qualification in HRM. I sit on various committees through work. My governor roles includes headteacher performance management and child protection and safeguarding.

 

I have always been actively  involved with both the infant and junior school at Bedgrove over the last 10 years through the PTA, holding both chair and vice- chair positions in the past.  During this time I was very keen to see money raised for resources which enrich the everyday school life for children. I am keen to find new ways in which to shape and improve the future of the school through educational activities. My aim during my term in post will be to support the Governing board and the leadership team at Bedgrove Junior school to ensure that every child attending the school is given the maximum opportunity to reach their full potential in a safe and happy environment.

 

I believe in the school values and in the teaching staff, particularly in how they inspire the children to group learn within the classroom. But I also support the individual approach to each child, challenging each of them and pushing the boundaries.  As a parent governor with a child at the school feel I have the ability to see the progression of the school from this prospective.

 

I live in Bedgrove and I am married with 2 daughters. My eldest attended Bedgrove Junior School and went through secondary school and college and is now working whilst my youngest recently left Bedgrove Junior school to move on to secondary school.

 

Robyn Hyde, Community Governor

I became a co-opted Governor at Bedgrove Junior School in January 2020 and was appointed as a community Governor later the same year.  This is my first experience as a Governor.

 

I became a Governor because I wanted to help support one of my local schools and become a more active volunteer within the community. Having recently moved into the education sector for work, I became more aware of the challenges that schools are facing today and wanted to offer my experience to help drive the ongoing success of the school and its pupils.

 

I work in the private sector for a large education technology company and have 8 years of experience in commercial management, product development & strategy across a range of different industries including banking, telecommunications and utilities. I have a passion for science and technology as a result of a degree in Physics and spending every day at work trying to create new products for the future. I am also a keen environmentalist and volunteer for several environmental conservation charities in my spare time.

 

Karen Harper, Community Governor

I became a governor in November 2019 and this is my first governor role. I wanted to become a governor because I feel very passionate about not only safeguarding but ensuring that all children have the best chance to reach their potential.  I am privileged to be able to be a part of such a dedicated team of school staff and governors.

 

I have been a Safeguarding Lead and part of the Senior Leadership Team at a Junior School in High Wycombe for the last 5 years.  Before that I worked supporting military families and children around transition and deployment and worked at both Bedgrove Junior and Infant schools. Previously to that I worked as a Pre-School Assistant in Naphill.  As well as my role as Safeguarding Governor I am very passionate about celebrating diversity and raising awareness around equality. 

 

I am a single Mum to my son who is 15, and live with my partner who is a teacher and my dog Reggie just outside Aylesbury.

 

 

Katy Bisset, Parent Governor

I became a Parent Governor in late 2020 as I wanted to be able to contribute my skills and expertise to Bedgrove Junior School; I joined the governing board not long after my eldest joined BJS. I’ve got three children, and live in Bedgrove, so I have a keen interest in seeing the ongoing progression and improvement of the school from a parental viewpoint.

 

I’ve been a secondary school teacher for over 10 years; I’m now the Deputy Head of Science at my current workplace. I have an in-depth knowledge of the education system and a passion for seeing improvements in standards of education of not just my children but of all children – inclusive of their ability and background.

 

I’ve got a particular interest in two areas – STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) progression for all and inclusion of children with additional needs as my middle child has learning disabilities, and hope to use my skills in these and other areas in education to further the great work that BJS does for our children and our community.

 

Laura Gregory, Co-Opted Governor

I joined the Governing Body of Bedgrove Junior School in 2020.  I recognise the valuable role governors have in offering a strategic view to support the school in the development of all children and wanted to use my experience in education to offer an outside perspective whilst having a full understanding of the primary education system.

 

I have been a primary school teacher for 18 years. I have previous Leadership experience, including the roles of Deputy Head Teacher, SENCO, Core Curriculum Leadership and previous Governor experience.  I am currently teaching in primary schools in Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

 

I am passionate about ensuring children leave school with a life-long love of learning and fully support the school and their vision. I have particular interests in curriculum and whole school well-being.

 

I live in Bedgrove with my husband and 2 children. My daughter attends Bedgrove Junior School and my son is at Bedgrove Infant School. I am pleased to be able to contribute to the continuous development of the school and offer my skills and experience within the local school community at Bedgrove Junior School.  

 

Sophie Wiffin, Co-Opted Governor

I became a co-opted Governor at Bedgrove Junior School in December 2020. This is my first experience as a Governor.

 

The eldest of my three sons joined the Junior School in September 2020 and I wanted to take a more active role in the strategic progression of our local school and also do more to support children and their education in the wider community. I believe every child deserves the very best start in education and I am passionate about playing a part in the school's progression towards achieving its goals and being the best it can be.

 

I currently work as a Business Analyst for a Mortgage Company and have experience in Team Management, Risk Mitigation and Change Management. This has given me a wide breath of experience in many different types of work from strategic change to regulated work and policy reviews.  I hope I can bring my experience across these types of areas to enhance the Local Governing Board and be an effective member of the Governing Body.

 

 James Holmes, Co-Opted Governor

I joined the governing board at Bedgrove Junior School in December 2020 as Co-opted Governor.

 

I became a governor as I wanted to take an active interest in the shape of my children’s education, with my daughter in year 4 and my son joining in 2021, this is a perfect opportunity. I am committed to supporting the school and children to be the best they can be.

 

My experience as a leader in a civil engineering company has given me the skills needed to become a proactive and effective member of the governing body. I am able to support in the areas of operations, finance, HR and health and safety.

 

Salome Williams, Co-Opted Governor

I became a co-opted governor at Bedgrove Junior School in 2020. With a background in operational management and wellbeing in the private education sector, I wanted to apply my skills and experience within a school setting and have an opportunity to help shape the strategy of the school.

 

My daughter is currently a Bedgrove pupil so I already have a parent's eye view of the school. As a governor I hope to contribute to driving an already high performing school, which is at the heart of the local community, towards achieving its ambitious vision for the next five years.

 

Professionally, I have experience in a broad range of areas including health and safety compliance, safeguarding, premises management, marketing and finance. However, where my passion lies is in Mental Health and Wellbeing. I have been a yoga and meditation teacher for 13 years, am a Youth Mental Health First Aider and a qualified coach, usually to be found reading up on wellbeing and positive psychology. I believe that opening up the conversation around Mental Health and integrating effective support strategies is crucial, in particular ensuring that young people leave school with self awareness and support strategies.  

 

Chantelle Gore, Staff Governor

I became a staff governor at Bedgrove Junior School in March 2021. Having been a Deputy Designated Safeguarding lead at the school for the past 5 years, I felt I wanted to share my staff perspective and have more involvement in the strategic development of the school. I am lucky to be part of an amazing team who are truly dedicated individuals. I feel very passionately that it is our duty to ensure all children who attend BJS should achieve the best possible outcomes.

 

I have been working within schools in Aylesbury for the last 13 years and have been a DSL for 7 of those years. I now provide safeguarding training for all schools within the Great Learners Trust and am keen to continue developing my role within the School and the Trust. I am a resident of Bedgrove and live with my partner and our 3 children, all of whom have attended Bedgrove Infant and Junior School

 

 

This section tells you who our Local Governors are, what category of governor each person has been appointed as, the responsibilities they hold, the committees they sit on and the end date of their term of office. It includes any governor who has served in the last 12 months.  More information about each current member of our Local Governing Board is available above.  

 

The LGB appoints Community Governors and Co-opted Governors.  Parents nominate and, where there are more nominations than vacancies, elect Parent Governors.  The same method is used for the Staff Governor positions.   

 

If you wish to contact Helen Bush, the Chair of Governors, please email helen.bush@BJSGLT.co.uk or contact Helen via the school office by calling 01296 487973.  

Bedgrove Junior Local Governing Board grid 2020-21

 

 

Type of Governor

Term started

Term ends

Roles

Admissions

Pupil Discipline

HR Related/ Complaints

Voting Rights

Helen Bush

Community

11.2.16

10.2.20

Chair / SEN / PM/Curriculum/

Finance

X

1

2

Full

Lorraine Greco

Headteacher

1.1.16

  

 

 

  

Full

Olga HarteCo-opted29.4.2128.4.22Pupil Premium / vulnerable pupils / Risk 43None

Hazel Hutt

Parent

30.3.18

29.3.22

PM / Health & Safety/ Personnel

 

3

1

Full

Katy Bisset

Parent

5.11.204.11.24 X  Full
Olga HarteParent 25.4.17Term ended 24.4.21    Full

Tim Pope

Staff

1.12.17

Stood down 19.11.20

    

Full

Jodie Haynes

Staff

17.7.19

16.7.23

Dev/Educational Visits

   

Full

Chantelle GoreStaff23.3.2122.3.25    Full

Karen Harper

Community

7.5.206.5.24

CP/LAC

Equalities

 25Full

Robyn Hyde

Community

9.7.20

8.7.24

Vice Chair

PE/Sports

Data Protection

Equalities

X54Full
VacantCommunity       
VacantCommunity       
VacantCommunity       
VacantParent       
Laura GregoryCo-opted15.10.2014.10.21 

 

 

 

None
Sophie WiffinCo-opted3.12.202.12.21    None
James HolmesCo-opted3.12.202.12.21    None
Salome WilliamsCo-opted3.12.202.12.21    None

Kate Warner

Co-opted

19.9.19

Stood down 15.10.20

Creative Arts

   

None

Eliot LloydParent10.5.16Stood down 10.10.19PE/Sports   Full
Carole GodleyCommunity11.2.16Stood down 4.12.19Vice chair/PM/Finance   Full
Steve TerryCommunity25.4.17Stood down 3.7.20Vice chair/Data Prot   Full
Mark HovellCo-opted19.9.19Stood down 5.12.19H&S/Risk   None 
Steph Mast-HughesCo-opted19.9.19Stood down 31.7.20Equalities   None

 

Abbreviations of offices held: CP = Child Protection, LAC - Children Looked After, Dev = Development, PM = Performance Management Reviewer,  SEN = Special Educational Needs, Data Prot = Data Protection, H&S = Health & Safety

 

Co-opted governors are appointed by the Local Governing Board for up to a year either to work on a particular project, or because they bring a particular skill or area of knowledge to the board, or with a view to appointing them as full local governors within the year.  

 

Numbers indicate an order of contact should a committee prove necessary.  Any Governor with prior knowledge of the situation or people involved would withdraw when contacted. Governors from collaborating schools would be contacted to join the Committee if necessary.

 

The Local Governing Board conducts its business as a board and no longer has a committee structure with the exception of those committees which need to be convened for HR related matters, complaints or pupil discipline matters.  

To find out more about the work of the Governing Body you can read our annual report and newsletter.

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