Branton Community Primary  School and 
Breamish Valley Community Nursery
Governing Body September 2018




Committee membership

Voting rights

Period of office

Co-opted Members 

Mrs Joyce Jenkins

Chair of Governors
Governor for the Arts
Curriculum and Standards
Yes 1.9.2017 30.8.2021


Miss Gillian Hogg

Co-Chair of Governors
Buildings / Resource management Yes 1.5.2016 31.08.2018


Mr Tom Oates

Vice Chair
Health and Safety

Resources Management 





Mrs Jan Johnston


Curriculum and Standards


17.9.14 -


Mr Tim Rogerson
Mrs Janice Woods
SEND Governor Curriculum and Standards
Yes 27.9.2016 26.9.2020
Co-opted Associate Governor
Mrs Wendy Pattinson
  Resources  No    

Parent Governors

Mrs Abi Wilson


Curriculum and Standards / Nursery


1.5.12 - 



Mr Ross Wilson


 Buildings / Resource management




Staff representatives

Mrs Zoë Ryan


Curriculum and Standards


1.1.14 -



Miss Rachel Plunkett


Curriculum and Standards


1.5.17 -


Meet our Governors!
  • Mrs Joyce Jenkins

    Chair of Governors, co-opted governor

    As a retired headteacher, I have been involved in education for almost all my working life, in a range of roles, including careers adviser, training officer, classroom teacher and finally as the head of a Northumberland First School for the past thirteen years.
    Within schools, my particular interests have been in the arts, literacy and creative learning. I have always had a commitment to community involvement and enabling children to be independent, curious and resilient.

  • Miss Gillian Hogg

    Co-opted governor

  • Mr Tom Oates

    Vice Chair of Governors

  • Mrs Jan Johnston

    Co-opted Governor

  • Mrs Abi Wilson

    Parent Governor

  • Mr Ross Wilson

    Parent Governor

    I am a parent governor at Branton. I live and Work in the Breamish Valley and our twins Luca and Tilly attend Branton.
    I have lived in the community all my life and attended Branton Myself from 1984-89!
    I am a firm believer in rural schools and the role they play in the community.
    I will work with existing staff and Governors to ensure Branton remains a great little school and continues to be an asset to our community.

  • Mrs Janice Woods


  • Mrs Wendy Pattison

    Co-opted Associate Governor

  • Miss Rachel Plunkett

    Staff Governor

  • Mrs Zoe Ryan

    Headteacher Governor

  • Vacant position

    Co-opted Governor

    Past members of our Governing Body
   Period of office
From To
Mrs Katie Carr-Ellison               Sept 2014
Mr Derek Roughton   Sept 2014
Mr Stuart Nelson   July 2015
Mrs Sybil Telford   April 2016
Mr David Wilson   June 2016
Mrs Laura Capper Dec 1999 Sept 2016
Mrs Helen Cowens Nov  2013 June 2017
Mrs Lynne Romartinez May 2016 June 2018

Thank you!

On 30th September 2014 the Governing Body of Branton First School said goodbye to two longstanding Governors, Mrs Katie Carr-Ellison and Mr Derek Roughton. A huge thank you to them both for their support and enthusiasm over the years.

Mrs Sybil Telford, parent and grandparent of pupils in our school now and in the past, stepped down from her role as Co-opted Governor in April 2016.  We thank her for her past and present support of our school and also her fantastic baking can't go unmentioned!

Mr Stuart Nelson has also been a long standing member of the governing body as a parent and co-opted member, and great supporter of Branton. He stepped down in May 2016 having stepped in to cover for another Governor for a period of time.  Mr David Wilson a long term supporter of our school stepped down from out Governing body in June 2016. 

Mrs Laura Capper, our longstanding Chair of Governors stepped down as Chair and as a Governor on 27th September 2016.  We all say a huge thank you to Mrs Capper for her continued and tenacious support over many, many years! 

Mrs Helen Cowens stepped down from her role as Parent Governor in June 2017 and we thank Helen for her support and commitment during her period of office. 

Mrs Lynne Romartinez stepped down from her role as Co Chair and governor in June 2018.  We say a huge Thank You to Lynne for her time and commitment to our school.