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MEET OUR GOVERNORS

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Gill Plank - Chair of Governors

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Liz Nevey – Vice-Chair

My name is Liz Nevey and I am the vice-chair of Governors at Guestling Bradshaw. I also chair the Ethos Committee.

I have two children at the school and believe strongly that it is a wonderful primary school, led by an outstanding and vivacious senior management team, supported by highly committed teaching and support staff.

By day I am a lawyer specialising in all aspects of private and elderly client work, dealing with the administration of estates; drafting wills and lasting Powers of Attorney; or applying to the Court of Protection for a Deputyship Appointment. I work for Heringtons Solicitors and am based in Rye.

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Monica Betson – Foundation Governor

I have been involved with Guestling School for the past twenty years, both my children having attended there.  I live in Three Oaks and am on the Parochial Church Council at St. Lawrence Church Guestling. I work full time for a firm of solicitors and I am a Justice of the Peace.

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Isabel Hodger – Local Authority Governor

I have been in education all my working life as class teacher, adviser, head teacher and governor. Towards the end of my career, I spent 3 years in Ethiopia for VSO, where I worked on a National Strategy for Continued Professional Development, and learnt all about a different culture. Even though I am retired, I still love watching children learn.  Hopefully I can use my experience to help the school where appropriate.

In my spare time I look after my own grandchildren, I am a member of a singing group that sings in local care homes each week, I enjoy growing my own vegetables, and I run round the park occasionally to keep fit!

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Jan Marsh – Foundation Governor

I am a local resident and a PCC member of St Peter and St Mary’s church.  I became a Foundation governor at Guestling Bradshaw in September 2015  and take a special interest in outdoor learning. I’m known at school as the ‘pond lady’ as I have been involved in clearing and developing this area to enhance outdoor learning opportunities.

My work life stems across many different roles, from an SEN specialist in a multi-disciplinary team, to working in the community, social care, schools and nurseries.

Following a change of career I became a trained horticulturalist, running my own business, and also set up a therapy garden/green school for young adults with difficulties, both socially and in education.

I firmly believe in the school’s ethos, where each child is treated equally, giving them all the same opportunity to reach their full potential.

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John Read – Foundation Governor

I am on the Finance & Premises and Curriculum Committees and also have a liaison role with the Reception class.

My three grandchildren attend the school.

I am a retired Primary school teacher and Headteacher and started my career here at Guestling Bradshaw School in 1971.

Nicola Boulter – Foundation Governor

I have been a governor at Guestling Bradshaw CEP School for 12 years, since my eldest son started there in 2004. Since then two other sons have followed. I currently have one still at the school. I am a business woman and own my own hotel with my family. I also work as an assessor for apprenticeships in Hospitality, Business Administration and Customer Service at Bexhill College.

I wanted to be a governor because I believe in a good education for all children and wanted to offer my help and support to do this. I am currently the Safeguarding Governor at Guestling and I also sit on East Sussex Children’s Service Scrutiny Committee, where I have been involved with review boards concerned with raising the participant age from 16-18 years and raising attainment in early years education.    

Caroline White - Parent Governor

I have been involved with Guestling Bradshaw school for 10 years, having joined the PTA when when my middle child joined Reception class in 2005. In 2014 I moved from PTA to join the Governing Body as a Parent Governor and now also Chair the Finance Committee. My professional life has also changed in recent years, following 24 years in a managerial role for HM Revenue & Customs I took a leap of faith, accepted redundancy and studied for my HR qualification (CIPD). I am currently Head of HR and Education for St Michael’s Hospice in St Leonards.

As a parent I know how important it is for parents to have a voice and be represented in school and I hope to use my skills and knowledge to help the school develop in a positive way for future generations of children. I believe with staff, parent and community support, Guestling Bradshaw School can become an ‘outstanding’ school, where pupils eagerly learn, develop and leave with fun memories.

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Hannah Banfield – Parent Governor

As a parent of three Guestling Bradshaw pupils, I naturally have a long-term interest in the school and would like to give back to the school. Through my experiences as both a parent and primary teacher, I am  confident I am able to approach parent/teacher discussions with an open mind and honest dialogue.

I am acutely aware of the changing climate in education and that increased financial pressures require creative solutions to encourage positive teaching and learning experiences for all within the school community. I enjoy teamwork and would welcome the opportunity to support school leaders, parents and pupils alike.