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Bedgrove Junior School

An Academy of the Great Learners Trust



Introducing Our Governors



Helen Bush, Chair and Community Governor

I have 9 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, Parent Governor

I became a parent governor during summer term 2017. 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 5 years ago 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.


Tim Pope, Staff Governor

I became a Staff Governor in February 2018. I have previous governance experience as I served as a Parent Governor at Broughton Infants for 3 years between 2010-2013, where I sat on Health & Safety, School Maintenance and Discipline sub committees.

I wanted to become the Staff Governor at Bedgrove Junior School as I want to support the school to be the best it can possibly be. I am very passionate about the school and feel that this is a good way to be involved in decision making for the better of our local community.


My background is in middle and senior management in food retail for 15 years. I have served in the HM Prison Service as a Prison Officer where I was able to attain a level 3 in the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM). I am a qualified Auditor, passing a qualification as a Notational Auditor with the prison service. I also worked with the National Probation Service in Offender Management.


I am ‘Dad’ to four children; two of which go to school in Aylesbury. Many know me as just plain ‘Popey’ as my role at Bedgrove Junior School is that of Site Manager. My role includes the health & safety of our school and I help provide and maintain a safe and secure environment for our children to learn and our teachers to teach.


Children like to chat to me with a ‘high five’, but more importantly I have sought to make myself approachable as the children like to tell me about things that need looking at! I hold a ‘School Helper Day’  where the children enjoy working with me one day of the month after being chosen by the class teacher for personal achievement. They get mucky in their mufti, but they never cease to amaze with their willingness to help ‘Popey’!


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 is a pupil in year 5 at Bedgrove Junior school.



Kate Warner, Co-opted Governor

I became an associate member of the governing board in January 2018 and a co-opted governor in April 2019 when the school joined the GLT.  


This my fifth year as specialist Music teacher at BJS and I joined the governing board in order to give something back to the school after all five of my children had such a wonderful time here.


Music has always been my passion from an early age but, after studying at music college and working as a professional musician, I moved career direction and worked as a Quality Manager, before training to be a Legal Executive. I then returned to music as teacher for Aylesbury Music Service before joining this school.


I believe that every child deserves an outstanding education through all aspects of the curriculum and am fully committed to inspiring our pupils to achieve their potential.


  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



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 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



Pupil Discipline

HR Related/ Complaints

Voting Rights

Helen Bush




Chair / SEN / PM/Curriculum





Lorraine Greco





Olga Harte




Pupil Premium / vulnerable pupils /Risk





Hazel Hutt




PM / Health & Safety/ Personnel








Tim Pope






Jodie Haynes







Karen Harper


7.5.20 6.5.24



  2 5 Full

Robyn Hyde






  5 4 Full
Vacant Community              
Vacant Community              
Vacant Community              

Kate Warner




Creative Arts



Eliot Lloyd Parent 10.5.16 Stood down 10.10.19 PE/Sports       Full
Carole Godley Community 11.2.16 Stood down 4.12.19 Vice chair/PM/Finance       Full
Steve Terry Community 25.4.17 Stood down 3.7.20 Vice chair/Data Protection       Full
Mark Hovell Co-opted 19.9.19 Stood down 5.12.19 H&S/Risk       None 
Steph Mast-Hughes Co-opted 19.9.19 Stood down 31.7.20 Equalities       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 becuase 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.