Brackenbury Governing Board
The Governing Board has an important part to play in raising school standards. We set the strategic direction for the school, ensure financial accountability and monitor and evaluate school performance. While the Headteacher is responsible for the day to day running of the school, our role is often described as acting as “a critical friend”. We provide strategic governance to ensure that all children get the best possible education, constantly challenging the school to attain the best possible performance.
We have responsibility together with leadership team for agreeing the policies for the general running of the school. We fulfil statutory duties to ensure that the school is a safe, healthy and an inclusive environment. We provide support and challenge to the leadership team of the school on all issues that affect the learning and welfare of our pupils. We also have a responsibility to handle complaints, though it is important to note that individual problems should, at the outset, be directed first to your child’s teacher and then to the school’s leadership team.
The governing Board is drawn from the school staff, parents of children at the school, the community that our school serves, and people who have applied through – or been nominated by – the Local Authority. The usual term of office is four years but many governors stand for re-election and serve more than one term.
If you are interested in the work we do, would like to find out more, have any questions – or are interested in becoming a governor, please contact the school. You can also write to the Chair of the Governing Board, Dr Charlotte Vidal-Hall via our school office.
The full Governing Board meets once a term, and there are sub committees dealing with Resources & Finance and Families, Curriculum & Achievement. Once approved, the Minutes of all our meetings are available from the school office.
The current membership of the Governing Board can be viewed online on Get Information About Schools this lists each govennors terms of office and appointing body.
Governoring Board Membership, Terms of Reference, Instrument of Governance & Declarations of Interest
Committee Membership and Terms of ReferenceCommittee Membership, Structure and Terms of Reference
Declarations of Interest
Instrument of Governance
Governors Record of Attendance and Changes to Membership
2020/2021 Academic Year
Autumn term 2021
Spring term 2022
Governor Pen Portraits
Dr. Charlotte Vidal-HallChair of Governors, Co-opted Governor, Health and Safety Link Governor
Dr. Charlotte Vidal-Hall
I have been a governor at Brackenbury for 13 years and Chair of Governors since 2017. As chair, I lead the governing body and work in partnership with the headteacher to drive school improvement. I have lived in Hammersmith and Fulham since 1979 and my children all went to primary school in the borough. I was an early years and primary school teacher in local schools for 15 years before completing a PhD in early years education. I now work at Ofsted as a research lead and have been involved with the research that has informed the new Education Inspection Framework.
Ms Alice CarelessVice-Chair of Governors, Co-opted Governor, Link Governor for Vulnerable Children and SEND
Ms Alice Careless
Born and brought up locally, I was a pupil of Brackenbury in the 1980. Both of my children have attended the school with my youngest moving on in July 2021. I joined the Board just over 6 years ago and am currently vice chair and link governor for SEND and vulnerable children. I also sit on the Families, Curriculum and Achievement committee. I have spent the last 20 years working in a number of local government and charitable organisations providing advice and advocacy for the local community. I am currently working for a national charity providing welfare advice, financial assistance and wellbeing support.
Ms Finola WestChair of Families, Curriculum & Achievement Committee, Local Authority Governor
Ms Finola West
I have lived in Hammersmith for over 20 years and my son attended Brackenbury school from Nursery to Year 6. I have been a member of the Governing Body for five years, initially as a parent, and now as the local authority governor. As chair of the Families, Curriculum and Achievement committee I take an extra interest in the curriculum Brackenbury pupils engage and achieve in, and how we work in partnership with our families and our local community. I have worked in education for over 30 years as a primary school teacher and now as a senior lecturer in primary education at a University in South West London.
Ms Anna FowlerChair of Resources Committee, Co-opted Governor
Ms Anna Fowler
I have lived in Hammersmith for over six years and joined the governing board of Brackenbury in 2017. I hold an EMBA from London Business School and have a background in management consultancy. I work close by in White City in eCommerce.
Dr Jamie CarterCo-opted Governor, Link Governor for Safeguarding
Dr Jamie Carter
I have lived in Hammersmith since 2008 and joined the Governing Body in 2019. I began my teaching career as a university lecturer and author before moving into secondary education, and have since held a number of academic and pastoral roles in schools across London and the South East. I have a particular interest in character education and commitment to pupil well being, and am privileged to support this aspect of school life in my capacity as link governor for safeguarding. I currently work as a senior teacher and Director of Sixth Form at a local independent secondary school, and my family and I live a short walk from Brackenbury.
Mr David CollinsExecutive Head Teacher, Ex-Officio Governor
Mr David Collins
I have been the head teacher at Brackenbury since September 2016. Prior to that I was a Head teacher of a primary school in Hampshire. I started my teaching career in 2001 in Hampshire and have taught and worked in a variety of Primary and Junior Schools. I am a member of all the committees on the board and enjoy working with governors in setting the strategic direction of the school and celebrating the schools achievements.
Mr Andrew FrameCo-opted Governor
Mr Andrew Frame
I am a co-opted Governor, having joined the board in February 2020. I joined with a genuine interest in education and a desire to use my professional skills as a Chartered Accountant to benefit the school community. I sit on the Resources and Pay Committees to support and challenge the leadership of Brackenbury covering finance, staffing and premises.
I live on the same road as the school and have lived in West London for most of my life. I am married with a young daughter.
Mr David FrickerAssistant Head teacher, Staff Governor
Mr David Fricker
I have worked at Brackenbury for thirteen years as a class teacher. I have been a staff governor since autumn 2019: I am a member of the Families, Curriculum and Achievement Committee. I have worked in education for twenty years, including teaching overseas and working at another school in the borough. I believe in providing the best opportunities for all children; I feel Brackenbury provides a nurturing environment to allow all its pupils to succeed.
Mr Stephen McClayParent Governor, Link Governor for Wellbeing
Mr Stephen McClay
My son is currently in Year 2 at Brackenbury so I have a genuine interest in making sure that the school is the best it can be, for the next five years at least! I have worked as a French teacher in London schools for 12 years, and I am currently the head of department at an independent school in Wandsworth. I serve as a member of the Families, Curriculum and Achievement Committee where I am committed to making sure that the pupils keep making progress and continue to be challenged and engaged. A Hammersmith resident for many years, I am originally from Glasgow, moving to London in 2008
Ms Georgina RossHead of School, Staff Governor
Ms Georgina Ross
I have been at Brackenbury for eleven years having started as a classroom teacher and am currently the Head of School. I previously worked in a Primary School in Newham in East London for five years. I am a member of all of the committees on the board. I am passionate about all children having every opportunity possible provided for them to ensure they have the best possible school experience. I truly believe that Brackenbury provides these opportunities for all children.
Ms Kirti Tiwari-MehtaCo-opted Governor
Ms Kirti Tiwari-Mehta
Mr James ThomasParent Governor
Mr James Thomas
Dr Zainab AboudParent Governor
Dr Zainab Aboud