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Governing Body

  1. Governance for Braywick Court School

Braywick Court School is overseen by a Local Governing Body (LGB) which has a strong focus on three strategic functions:

  • Ensuring the school is governed following the Trust & school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the headteacher and senior leadership team to account for the educational performance of the school, its pupils and the performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school, ensuring value for money is achieved.

These functions have been delegated to the LGB by the Bellevue Place Education Trust, which is the maintaining authority for the school.  Visit the BPET website for information on BPET’s governance structure and how this links with Braywick Court School.

Free Schools are schools funded by the government with the freedom to govern independently – but all are accountable to the Secretary of State for Education. To share resources and best practice, Braywick Court benefits from the Trust – a network of schools under one legal body.

BPET responsibilities are set out in the two following documents that are contracts between BPET and Secretary of State for Education:

  • Master Funding Agreement – a contract with BPET, as a multi academy sponsor
  • Supplementary Funding Agreement– a sub contract of the above for Braywick Court School

The delegation for Braywick Court School is set out in the BPET Scheme of Delegation.  To support BPET Governors, all are provided with a Governance Handbook that set out the terms of reference, structure along with a code of conduct for BPET governors.

This means that Braywick Court School governors are able to concentrate on the things that really matter – educational strategy, school outcomes and aspiration.

Braywick Court’s LGB is made up with the following appointments:

    • Five community governors appointed by BPET, which usually includes the Chair – these are governors with a local connection or interest who are committed to supporting educational opportunity in the area.
    • Two staff governors – an elected staff member and the Headteacher (as an ex-officio appointment)
    • Two parent governors (elected)

The LGB meets at least four times a year. To support the role of the LGB, Braywick Court School has established a Finance sub-committee.  The committee is made up of two governors and the Headteacher – they meet three times a year to support the overall work of the LGB.

Please enquire via the school office if you are interested in becoming a governor of Braywick Court School.

Current Governors

Simon Baker – Chair of Governors 

Simon is in his second year as Chair of Governors at Braywick Court School and says “it has been a pleasure to be part of this outstanding school. My day job of Head of a full comprehensive secondary school in Surrey supports me in my role at BWC and enables me to support and challenge the leadership of the school to ensure great outcomes for all the children. With my wife also the Head of a Catholic secondary school in Slough and two daughters at BWC, education is a key part of our lives. To keep a balance we love to travel, play sport and socialise”.

Ann Jansen-East – Vice Chair of Governors

Jonathan Williams – Community Governor

Jonathan has been a community governor at Braywick Court School since 2014. Jonathan chairs the Resources Committee. He joined the governing body to help develop an outstanding school that provides children with the best possible start in life and encourages a lifelong interest in learning. My day job is working for a professional services firm in London. During my spare time, I enjoy running, reading and spending time with my family.


Isabella Robinson – Community Governor

Isabella has lived in the parish of Bray since 1994. She started her career as a primary school teacher, later moved into special educational needs specialising in visual impairment and worked in an advisory role for the local borough before working as a lecturer at Berkshire College of Agriculture. She has a grown up son and two grandchildren. She  has always been actively involved with her local community and although she is no longer working, she keeps busy with her family, community and has a wide variety of interests

Claire Beale – Community Governor

Claire has been a Community Governor at Braywick Court School since 2015. Claire sits on the Curriculum and Standards Committee and is Governor for EYFS and Literacy.  Claire says “My working career has mostly been in the FE Sector. I am currently a Course Team Leader at an FE College and I teach English to 16-18 years olds. My main reason for becoming a governor was my interest in education, and I believed that the experience which I have gained during my working life would be a great asset to the school. I am an active member of the Governing Body and a regular visitor to the school”.

Victoria Morris – Parent Governor

As a Parent Governor of the school, Victoria is passionate about the quality of the learning, environment and care our children receive.

Having joined the governing body in October 2015, Victoria has one child at the school currently and a toddler who will follow her big sister to Braywick Court in a few years time.

Victoria says “In my day job I work for a large ‘Business Process Outsourcing’ firm where I manage the procurement of learning for major corporates, central government and public sector organisations”.

Dongdong Xie – Parent Governor

Mark Greatrex – Trust Rep





Gemma Donnelly – Headteacher





Lindsay O’Connell – Staff Governor





Karen Brake – Clerk to the LGB






To view the 2017/18 declarations of interest register for governors, please click here

Governor Appointment and Attendance Record

All schools are required to publish each governors appointment date, type of governor, term of office and attendance record.  Below is a table of the Braywick Court governors and their attendance record this academic year 2016/17

GovernorsTypeDate appointed/resignedMeetings attendedOut of a total of
Ann Jansen-EastCommunity1 Sept 14 - present44
Simon BakerCommunity1 Sept 15 - present4
Jonathan WilliamsCommunity1 Sept 14 - present44
Claire BygraveCommunity1 Sept 15 - present34
Isabella RobinsonCommunity7 Jan 16 - present44
Mark GreatrexCommunity - Trust Rep1 Sept 16 - present24
Gemma DonnellyStaff (ex-officio)1 Sept 14 - present44
Lindsay O’ConnellStaff1 Sept 14 - present44
Victoria MorrisParent26 Oct 15 - present34
Neil WilkinsonParent26 Oct 15 - present44

For the governors details and attendance record for 2015/16, please see the table below.

GovernorsTypeDate appointed/resignedMeetings attendedOut of a total of
Ann Jansen-EastCommunity1 Sept 14 - present33
Simon BakerCommunity1 Sept 15 - present33
Jonathan WilliamsCommunity1 Sept 14 - present33
Claire BygraveCommunity1 Sept 15 - present33
Isabella RobinsonCommunity7 Jan 16 - present22
Simon WardCommunity - Trust Rep1 Sept 14 - present33
Gemma DonnellyStaff (ex-officio)1 Sept 14 - present33
Lindsay O’ConnellStaff1 Sept 14 - present23
Victoria MorrisParent26 Oct 15 - present23
Neil WilkinsonParent26 Oct 15 - present23

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