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Welcome to our Governors’ section. 

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.


Governors meet at least 6 times a year and dates are available from the school office.


Our Governors

The Governing Body is responsible for the long-term strategic direction of the school. It has statutory responsibilities that include agreeing the school budget and expenditure and ensuring key policies are in place. Governors do not get involved in the day-to-day running of the school. The governor’s role is to ask challenging questions and provide support in those areas in which they have particular expertise. In order to be effective in their role, governors are expected to attend training sessions and read all relevant documentation.


Governors at Brooklands fulfil this role through two separate focuses of Resources and School Improvement monitoring, they are chaired, strategic meetings and these committees currently meet termly together to:


  • look after the termly expenditure, agree major financial outlays, monitor the budget profile and monthly spending; to review all areas of site maintenance and development, including security, health and safety. To sit on interview panels, agree new staff appointments, agree staff changes and amendments, review job descriptions, salaries, performance appraisal.
  • review and agree school policies and school improvement priorities, assessment data, learning and progress of pupils and parental involvement.


Governors meet twice a term for full governing body meetings to support the strategic work of the school.    


The Governing Body of Brookland Junior School is made up of parents, staff, local authority and community representatives. As a rule, Governors serve for terms of four years on the Governing Body. Parent Governors are elected every four years by other parents. They bring the perspective of a parent to the Governing Body, but they speak and act as individuals.


If you wish to contact a Governor, please speak to the Headteacher. A Governor is usually present on school Open Evenings.


For further general information on the role and expectations of school governors visit the National Governors’ Association website


Meet the Governors -

Acting Co-Headteachers

Mrs Aysha Pettit & Mrs Mandeep Barton  - Term of Office: 1.9.2020-31.08.2021


Mrs Pettit:

I have worked in Primary Schools for over 20 years having graduated with a BA ed in Primary Education and Fine Art in 1997 . I began my teaching career in East London in a large multicultural inner city school. In that time, I developed my practice working with a range of children especially those with English as an additional language as well as gifted and talented pupils. I moved to Surrey where I became the Maths Lead and Year Group Leader in a junior school .  In 2004 I was appointed as a part time SENCO and teacher at Brookland Junior. Since my appointment the role has grown and developed as the school continues to grow and change. The school has also been through a considerable expansion in this time too. I became a member of the Senior Leadership Team in 2014 and am proud of the work I have led in SEND and Inclusion.

I am delighted  to now be the Acting Co- Headteacher with Mrs Barton. 


Mrs Barton:

I have worked in primary education for 11 years after successfully completing my Law degree and PGCE. I started working at Brookland Junior School in September 2019. Prior to this, I worked in another local primary school. I started there as an NQT and left 9 years later after leading lower key stage two and achieving the SENDCO Award during my time as Inclusion Leader and a Senior Leader. Since being at Brookland, I have taught year 6 and now teach year 3 as well as being Assistant Headteacher and leading curriculum and assessment. I thoroughly enjoy being a part of the Brookland community and am excited to see the positive direction in which the school is going.


LEA Governor 

Chair of Governors

Mrs Lynda Dobranja- Term of office- 18.09.17-17.09.21

I joined the governing body in 2013 and have been Chair since 2015, prior to this I Chaired the PTFA for 2 years and am also an ex parent. Outside of Brookland I work for Citizenship & Reputation in Barclays bank and have been with them since 2000. Prior to this I spent 10 years at Confederation Life Insurance Co. I have served in the British Army including active service in Northern Ireland. I enjoy needlecraft and reading, time permitting and am currently a single parent with a teenage son.


Co-opted Governors

Vice Chair of Governors

Mrs Sue Cranston - Term of office 11.12.2014 - 10.12.22

Retired Headteacher, 7 years in Bishop 's Stortford and 18 years in Wormley. Trustee of a charity "The Tamarisk Trust" for 12 years, caring for 75 adults with severe learning difficulties in Barnet. Governor at Brookland for 9 years as vice chairman. Member of the Finance, personnel and premises committee. Personal interests include walking, reading and cinema.


Alex Campbell - Term of office 15.05.2019 - 14.05.23

I recently joined the governing body at Brookland in the Autumn of 2019.  Outside of this role, I work as an English Teacher and Director of Professional Development at a Secondary School just outside of Hertford.  I have been a teacher of English for approximately 10 years now and have taught in a range of different contexts: a state school on the outskirts of Bristol; an International School in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; an Independent Day School in Bath; and now Haileybury.  As a result of this career thus far, I feel that I have lots of experience to bring to my role as Governor.  With regards to hobbies, I enjoy reading, art and photography, as well as travelling with my husband and two primary-age children.


Mr James Stephens - Term of office 21.10.2019 - 20.10.23

I am a Chartered Accountant, training and qualifying with KPMG. Before that I worked in the Banking sector and now in the finance department within a large retailer. I believe my background and experience will help the school make effective financial decisions. I am a proud Daddy to little Arthur and in my spare time I enjoy playing football and board games!


Parent Governors

Mrs Lucy Direnzo- Term of office 07.07.15-06.07.21

Role - Chair of Resources and School Improvement Committee

I have been a governor of the school since 2015,
I have four boys, two are currently going through the school, and two have left onto secondary school. I enjoy my role as a governor supporting the school and parents in achieving the very best for our children.


Ms Melanie Farnes- Term of office 18.04.17-17.04.21

I currently have 2 children at Brookland, in years 4 & 6. I am an active member of the PTFA.  I am interested and committed to education and want to make a contribution to the school and community.  I work full time at a secondary school in the finance office. I am a keen runner and am the Event Director for Cheshunt Junior parkrun which has been running for over 2 years.


Staff Governor

Mrs Caroline Abraham - Term of Office 01.10. 20 - 30.09.23



Associate Members

Miss Shelley Murphy - Term office 27.09.17-26.09.21