School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Governors appoint the head teacher and deputy head teacher. It is governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools.

Each individual governor is a member of a governing body, which is established in law as a corporate body; decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing body.

The role of the governing body is a strategic one, its key functions are to:

  • Set the aims and objectives for the school
  • Set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • Set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • Monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • Be a source of challenge and support to the head teacher.

The head teacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing body, as well as the day to day running of the school.

Peter Gardner is the new Chair of Governors. He may be contacted via the following email address pgardner@blps.thlt.academy

Governance Of Bracken Leas

Further detail on how our school is governed may be found on the Governance Page of Hawksmoor Learning Trust Website or by clicking on the buttons below.

 Bracken Leas School Governing Body

Name & CategoryRole & ResponsibilitiesTerm Of Office
Paula Harwood
Headteacher
01.09.17
Sarah Hand
Local Governor01.12.17-30.11.21

Peter Gardner

Chair
Health & Safety
01.04.17-
31.03.21 - Committee
29.09.21- Chair
Maria Parrag Vice Chair
Local Governor
03.12.18-
02.12.22
Deb Payton Local Governor
SEND Link
03.12.18-
02.12.22
Daniel AlderAssociate Governor
Deb ClementsLocal Governor
Safeguarding
21.04.21-
Clare ShannonStaff Governor
Beth UpstoneStaff Governor
Dave Edge
Chair of Governors
Head Teacher Performance Management
Safer Recruitment
01.04.17-
31.03.21
Resigned
Andrea Kent
Staff
Elected by Staff
01.09.17-
31.08.21
Resigned
Christine Allum
Appointed by the board
Vice Chair of Governors
Safeguarding
01.04.17-
31.03.21
Resigned
Claire Fisher
Elected by Staff
Looked After Children
Pupil premium
Sports Premium
01.04.17-
31.03.21
Resigned
Karen Falvey
Trustee from the Trust Board
Appointed 01.04.17
Resigned 13.01.21

Register of Governors’ Interests 2020-21

NameCategoryInterests
Paula HarwoodHeadteacherNone
Clare ShannonStaffNone
Beth UpstoneStaffNone
Peter GardnerParentSpratt Endicote Solicitors
Parent
Karen FalveyTrustee from the BoardTrustee and Governor of Nicholas Hawksmoor Learning Trust
Director IMAT
Sarah HandAppointed by the BoardHead of Milton Keynes Teaching School. Husband self employed local plumber - Hands on Plumbing
Deb ClementsParentParent
Maria ParragAppointed by the Board
Accountant/Financial Controller
Parent
Deb PaytonAppointed by the Board
Parent
Assistant Head at Royal Latin School Attends Governing Body Meetings as an observer
Daniel AlderAppointed by the Board
Deputy Head Teacher at Bracken Leas
Parent
Attends Governing Body Meetings as an observer

Record of Governors’ Attendance 2020-2021

Bracken Leas Primary LAB Meeting Attendance – Please click on the document below for further information.

Bracken Leas Attendance Register 2021-2022