We have a wide range of governors on our board and from a range of areas including parents, staff and members of the local community interested in supporting and challenging the school.
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Our governing body membership is shown below and here is a brief introduction from each governor:
I am one of the staff governors and have been at the school since 2000. I am a Higher Level Teaching Assistant and work throughout the school assisting with cover for classes and supporting children in small group work. I am also the After Schools Clubs Co-ordinator. Both my children have been through Brinkley Grove School and thoroughly enjoyed their time here.
I have been the headteacher at Brinkley Grove since January 2015, having previous worked in 2 other schools in Colchester. After completing my studies at Liverpool university, I began my teaching career in Spain in 1998 where I developed a passion for seeing children develop and to become a part of their community. Being a governor allows us to give something back to the community and although it can be a demanding role, it is hugely rewarding.
Isobel is now retired after working in school finance for 20 years and was the Bursar when Brinkley first opened. Isobel loved her time working at the school and was very excited about being able to come back as a Governor. Children in school now know Isobel as the forest school lady as she has helped with this project each year. She has two sons who are both grown up. Isobel is heavily involved with Mile End WI and can often be found preparing lunch for 50 people. Her hobbies are her large garden, reading – a real passion, needlework and bookbinding.
Miles is the chair of governors as well as a co-opted governor with two girls in the school. He has 25 years in the financial service industry and currently owns and operates two businesses in Colchester. Miles brings finance and business management skills to the board of governors.
In my day job I’m the minister at The Ark Methodist Church, just across the road from Brinkley Grove Primary School and have been involved with the life of Brinkley Grove for the past three years, providing support to the RE curriculum and other areas of school life.Two of my great passions have inspired me to volunteer as a Brinkley Grove School Governor, these are: - That every person should be enabled to be the best that they can be; - That the church should be good neighbour supporting the community around it.
When I’m not working in the church or the community I like to cycle, drink tea while I daydream about my bikes, go to the gym and play the bass guitar.
I have one son at Brinkley Grove, who started in Reception in 2015. I work as a Project Manager in the Engineering sector and bring Project Management and Risk Management skills to the role of Governor. I am keen to learn how the school operates, its strengths and approach to continuous improvement. I hope I can use my experience to contribute usefully in the role of Governor and to support the school. In spare time I enjoy spending time with family and friends, walking, travelling, pilates and playing the piano.
My name is Tayo Agoro, I am a father of 3 children, all of whom attend the school. We recently moved to Colchester following a career move and I am the owner and Managing Director of a Care Company. We specialise in Adult care and having worked in the industry for over 16 years, I bring with me a wealth of experience in management and safeguarding the vulnerable. I am keen to learn how the school operates with the hope of contributing alongside my fellow Governors to guide and shape it to excellence.
I joined Brinkley as the deputy headteacher in 2013. This is the fourth school that I have a taught at,
having previously taught every year group in other parts of Essex. Although I am not in a class, I am
lucky enough to cover teachers across the school so I know all of the children! Being the school’s
English subject leader means that I ensure that reading and writing is taught using the Talk for
Writing approach which our children enjoy very much! When I’m not at school I try to persuade my
sons, Jude and Theo, to leave their Xbox and venture outside! In my spare time I enjoy reading, running
and drinking coffee.
I'm Eric Prince and a Co-opted Governor from 2018. I have volunteered for many years at the school helping year 2 with their reading and mathematics. I started this when my grandchildren were at the School and both are now at the Gilberd. I fully retired in 2016 after a long career in local government working mainly for Suffolk County Council. My professional qualification is accountancy and I was an Assistant Director for strategic finance so hopefully I have some residual skills to assist the school achieve its objectives in this period of continuing financial constraints. My passion is to try and ensure that all pupils, whatever their skill base, develop and progress as far as they can in a caring and supportive school environment.
I have been a governor at Brinkley Grove since 2014 and have a long connection with the school. My two daughters attended the school from 1998 until 2003 and I currently have three grandsons at the school, in years 6, 3 and Reception. I also have an additional connection with education as my wife is the head teacher at Millfields Primary School in Wivenhoe.
For the past two years I have worked as a Health & Safety Manager for a company called OCS, working on a contract which provides facilities management services to a number of government departments. Previous to this I spent over 35 years working in the retail betting industry.
I became a governor as the school has been important to the education of two generations of my family and have found the role extremely rewarding.
I have worked at Brinkley Grove since 2008 starting as a parent helper when my daughter joined Brinkley in year 1. I have worked as a Teaching Assistant, Higher Level Teaching Assistant and now work as the Attendance & Admin Officer in the school office. Having been at Brinkley for so long, I have an in depth knowledge of the school and how it operates. I am fully committed to ensuring Brinkley continues to make progress and the children achieve everything they have the potential to do.