Branton Community Primary  School and 
Breamish Valley Community Nursery
Governing Body June 2020




Committee membership

Voting rights

Period of office

Co-opted Members 

Mrs Janice Johnston

Vice-Chair - Acting Chair of Governors
All Yes


Mrs Joyce Jenkins

Governor for the Arts



1.10.2017 -



Mr Kevin Thompson







Mr Daniel Leng






Local Authority Appointed
Mrs Janice Woods
SEND Governor All Yes 27.9.2016 26.9.2020

Parent Governors

Mrs Abi Wilson







Mrs Sarah Parsons

 Acting Vice Chair





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
Abi Wilson Parents None None None
Janice Johnston Governing Body None None None
Janice Woods Local Authority None None None
Sarah Parsons Parents None None None
Kevin Thompson Governing Body None None None
Rachel Plunkett School staff None None Employed by school
Zoe Ryan Headteacher None None Employed by school
Attendance at full Governing Body meetings 2019-20
(previous years' attendance can be found in the minutes of each meeting)
Autumn Term Meeting
Spring Term Meeting
Summer Term Meeting
Joyce Jenkins No Yes   Yes
Jan Johnston Yes Yes  Yes 
Kevin Thompson N/A Yes  Yes 
Abi Wilson Yes Yes  No 
Sarah Parsons N/A  Yes Yes 
Janice Woods No  Yes Yes 
Rachel Plunkett Yes  Yes Yes 
Zoe Ryan Yes  Yes Yes 
Governing Body Meetings 2019-20
Autumn Term - Wednesday 4th December 2019 at 4.30 pm
Spring Term - Tuesday 3rd March 2020 at 4.30 pm
Summer Term - Tuesday 9th June and Tuesday 23rd June 2020 at 4.30 pm via Google Meets (video conferencing)
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

    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.

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 from 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. 

Mr Tim Rogerson stepped down from his role as Parent Governor in November 2019.  We thank Tim for his support of our school and his work on our school and school grounds over the last few years. 

Mr Gary Schofield stepped down from his role as co-opted Governor in March 2020.  We thank Gary for his support and expertise for our school during his tenure. 

Cllr Wendy Pattison stepped down from her role as co-opted Governor in June 2020.  We thank Wendy for her support, knowledge, and experience.  Wendy worked tirelessly in support of our school and brought about may beneficial changes during her tenure. She continues to offer support in her role as County Councillor. 

    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
Mr Tim Rogerson July 2018 Nov 2019
Mr Gary Schofield  Nov 2018 Mar 2020
Cllr Wendy Pattison  Jan 2018 June 2020