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.
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 www.nga.org.uk
Meet the Governors -
Mr Gavin Douglas - Term of Office- 1.9.2016
I have worked in Primary Schools for over 10 years having graduated with a BA in History in 2005 and completed my PGCE in Primary Education in 2007. I began my teaching career in London in a large multicultural inner city primary. 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 Hertfordshire where I became the Deputy Head of a primary school with a large amount of children with SEND. In this role I worked as part of a team to move the school from requires improvement to good. In 2016 I was appointed as the new Headteacher at Brookland Junior. Since my appointment the school has been graded as requiring improvement by Ofsted, a view that was supported at the time by my own self evaluation. Since then I have worked with my colleagues and the Governing Body to address these issues. I am proud to be the Headteacher of Brookland Junior School
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.
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.
Mr James Vale - Term of office 19.12.2018 - 18.12.22
Working at Barclaycard as a VP for Security Products, I joined to governing body in 2018 to better understand the educational sector, and bring the principles I used in my corporate job over to the school to help benefit the children and support the Head teacher and staff. As a parent of a child due to start primary school next year, this is a subject close to my heart. In my spare time I am a keen Olympic weightlifter and rugby fan (ex-player).
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 Eoghan Kelly - Term of office 19.12.2018 - 18.12.22
Originally from Northern Ireland, I have three degrees in Politics from three countries. Having previously organised education events as a researcher, I now work for Governors for Schools, a national education charity working to encourage good governance in our schools. Travelling around England encouraging people to become governors quickly inspired me to practice what I preach. I am the new English link governor and spend my spare time either reading or playing football.
Mr James Stephens - Term of office 21.10.2019 - 20.10.23
Mrs Lucy Direnzo- Term of office 07.07.15-06.07.19
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.
Miss Shelley Murphy - Term office 27.09.17-26.09.21
Mrs Fiona Hill - Clerk - Term of office 01.04.10