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




Committee membership

Voting rights

Period of office

Co-opted Members 

Mrs Joyce Jenkins

Chair of Governors
Governor for the Arts
All Yes 1.10.2017 30.9.2021


Mrs Jan Johnston

Vice Chair




1.1.2015 -



Mr Gary Schofield






Local Authority Appointed
Mrs Janice Woods
SEND Governor All Yes 27.9.2016 26.9.2020
Co-opted Associate Governor
Mrs Wendy Pattinson
  All  No  1.2.2018  31.1.2022

Parent Governors

Mrs Abi Wilson







Mr Tim Rogerson






Staff representatives

Mrs Zoë Ryan







Miss Rachel Plunkett






Governor Information
Definition of pecuniary interest as stated in the Local Government Act of 1993 - A pecuniary interest in a matter is one where there is a reasonable likelihood or expectation of appreciable financial loss or gain to the person, or to other persons as defined by section 443 of the Act.
Appointed by
Business or pecuniary interests
Governance roles in other educational institutions                                                     
Any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives)
Joyce Jenkins Governing Body None None None
Pamela Wendy Pattison Governing Body NCC County Councillor None None
Abi Wilson Parents None None None
Janice Johnston Governing Body None None None
Janice Woods Local Authority None None None
Tim Rogerson Parents Occasional grounds maintenance for school None None
Gary Schofield Governing Body None None None
Rachel Plunkett School staff None None None
Zoe Ryan Headteacher None None None
Attendance at full Governing Body meetings 2018-19
(previous years' attendance can be found in the minutes of each meeting)
Autumn Term Meeting
Spring Term Meeting
Summer Term Meeting
Joyce Jenkins Yes    
Jan Johnston Yes    
Gary Schofield N/A    
Abi Wilson Yes    
Tim Rogerson No    
Wendy Pattison Yes    
Janice Woods Yes    
Rachel Plunkett Yes    
Zoe Ryan Yes    
Vacancy -    
Governing Body Meetings 2018-19
Autumn Term - Tuesday 9th October 2018 at 4.30 pm
Spring Term - Tuesday 5th March 2019 at 4.30 pm
Summer Term - Tuesday 11th June 2019 at 4.30 pm
Minutes of Governing Body Meetings
These are only available once they have been agreed by the Governing Body as a true record of the meeting at the following Governors meeting. 
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.

  • Mrs Wendy Pattison

    Co-opted Associate Governor

    Councillor Wendy Pattison is an Associate Governor at Branton. She is the Northumberland County Councillor for the Longhoughton Ward, which includes part of the catchment area for our school.

  • Vacant position

    Co-opted Governors

    Please contact the school if you are interested in supporting our school in the role of school governor.

Headteacher's Reports to Governors

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. 

Miss Gillian Hogg stepped down from her role as Co Chair in June 2018 and Governor from August 2018.  A huge Thank you to Gillian for all she has done in support of our school and the school team. 

Mr Ross Wilson stepped down form his role as Parent Governor at the end of August 2018.  We thank Ross and his extended family for their support for our school over many, many years. 

Mr Tom Oates stepped down form his role as co-opted governor in October 2018.  We thank Tom for all his expertise and support for our school. 

    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
Miss Gillian Hogg  May 2016 Aug 2018
Mr Ross Wilson July 2017 Aug 2018
Mr Tom Oates Oct 2015 Oct 2018