Our School Governors

Governors come from all walks of life but share a common interest – Brinkley Grove Primary School.

The governors are responsible for effective strategic management of the school, for the school budget, and for health and safety.  They help to set and monitor the school philosophy and policies, which is accomplished through meeting each half-term.  Governors do not make day-to-day decisions about the running of the school – this is the role of the Headteacher, supported by the staff.

The Governing Body is made up of representatives of the staff, parents, Local Authority and the community.  All are volunteers who give up their time freely to ensure the school is managed effectively and to the benefit of the children.

The Governing Board of Brinkley Grove Primary School does not have committees.

Associate Members do not have voting rights.

All terms of office are 4 years from date of appointment.

Darren Smith
Headteacher
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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.
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Kate Wadling
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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.
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Miles Moseley
Miles Moseley
Chair of Governors, Co-Opted Governor
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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.

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Rev Ken Chalmers
Rev Ken Chalmers
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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.
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Anita Holmes
Anita Holmes
Co-Opted Governor
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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.

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Tayo Agoro
Parent Governor
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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.

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Bronya Patmore
Associate Member
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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.

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Eric Prince
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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.
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Paul Estall
Paul Estall
Co-opted Governor
Peter Meacock
Vice Chair
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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.
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Sean Frisby
Sean Frisby
Louise Whiting
Louise Whiting