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Governance and Finance

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On behalf of the Governing Body, welcome to Briarwood School.

My name is Deborah Smith and I have been a governor at Briarwood since 2002 and Chair since 2017.

The governing board at Briarwood is made up of 12 governors, including school staff, parents and carers and members from the local community who all care passionately about the mission of Briarwood to deliver high quality education in a safe, secure and fun environment.

We meet termly in focused committees and as a full board and offer both challenge and support to senior leaders and staff, and work with school leaders to develop the vision and values of the school.

All governors give up their time freely and have volunteered for the role.  We enjoy the part we play in the life of this wonderful school and are proud to be part of its exciting future.

Name Photo Governor type, committee and role Personal Statement
Deborah Smith - Chair of Governors

Community Governor, Operations (Chair), Wellbeing (Chair). Phase Link Governor – Juniors and Secondary

I became a governor at Briarwood because my son was at the school and I wanted to support the school.  Over the years I have been involved in many areas of governance and I hope that I can bring all my experiences to my role as Chair.

Iain Mossman - Vice Chair of Governors Community Governor, Operations committee, Phase Link Governor – Infants  
Adam Bond   Parent Governor, Teaching and Learning, Named governor for Safeguarding  
Helen Sproates-Davis   Community Governor, Wellbeing Committee, Named governor for Safeguarding  
Jayne Turrell Community Governor, Teaching & Learning Committee, Operations Committee. Named governor for Children in Care.   
Lynne Hawkins Community Governor, Teaching & Learning Committee

I have been working in education for 26 years now first at main stream then coming to Briarwood 21 years ago. I really enjoy my job seeing the progress the children in my class make and working with amazing colleagues who help along the way. I am a mum of two grown up children and a nanny to 4 grandchildren, soon to be 5 that keep me busy! I enjoy watching tv, shopping reading and meeting up with friends.

Nicolle Deighton

Staff Governor, Headteacher. Operations Committee I have been working in education for 20 years now, the majority of which have been in the Special Educational Needs sector. I have been the Headteacher and later Executive Headteacher of Briarwood since 2018. Over the course of my career, I have worked with a range of pupils from age 3 right the way through to 19 across many needs. I have supported the school in its growth and development and have opened new sites and buildings in my time at Briarwood, seeing the number of pupils more than double. I am passionate about providing high quality education for all and my expertise is in school improvement and development. I have worked as a specialist leader of education and I also currently work as an Ofsted inspector as I feel that all children and young people deserve, and should receive, a high quality education.
Steve O'Callaghan   Parent Governor, Teaching and Learning Committee, Operations Committee, Link Governor - Sixth Form and Careers  

Kirsty Stitfall

Clerk to Governors I have worked at Briarwood School since 2014 in a variety of support roles and am now on the Response and Interventions team, working as a Trauma and Mental Health Informed Practitioner.  I have acted as Clerk to Governors since 2015 and enjoy the broader insight into the running of the school that this gives me.  I am very proud to work at Briarwood.
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Briarwood School
Whole School Vision, Values and Ethos

The values of Briarwood School are that all pupils should Enjoy their time with us, so that they can Engage and Learn to their full potential.

Contact Us Briarwood Infants 0117 9038727 Briarwood Juniors and Briarwood Sixth Form 0117 3532651 Briarwood Secondary and Nexus Provision 0117 3773042