Who's who

 

   Meet Old Sodbury's Board of Governors

 Bernice Webber-Brown

 Head Teacher 

  

 

 

I have been Headteacher here now for nearly 10 years and it has been an absolute privilege to be a part of the wonderful journey that this school has been on and its continued growth as a result. The governing body work incredibly hard to shape the direction of the school and are a huge part of what makes this school so successful.  

It is an honour to work with such a committed and highly skilled group of people who always when making decisions, put the children at the centre of all that they do.

 Sarah Branton

 

 

I have been teaching at Old Sodbury since September 2013.  Currently I am the year 6 teacher but have taught across KS1 and KS2.  I was first introduced to the school in 2011, through supply teaching, where I taught across many schools in Bath, Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.  I was delighted to become part of such a friendly and hard-working environment where children are so enthusiastic about their learning.

I am responsible for PE and Sport Development, Pupil Premium, Geography and History.  I am passionate about learning and believe every child deserves the opportunity to be successful and have their chance to shine.

 

Bruce Seymour

 

 

I wanted to become a governor of Old Sodbury Primary School, as my daughter is so happy at the school, and I felt I could contribute to its continued development. I attended school in Devon, before going to University and am passionate about every child achieving their very best, with the opportunity for children to grow in confidence being at the centre of ensuring this happens.

I chair the Business Committee as well as being the link governor for Pupil Premium and for Maths.

 Justine Tommey

 

 

 

I became a governor at Old Sodbury Primary School when my daughter started in Reception. I work full time in the private sector and felt my business skills would equip me well to contribute to the strategic direction of the school. As a governor, I have learnt a lot about the work that goes on behind the scenes to help our children become confident and reach their true potential.

I strongly believe that it is by working together that parents and the school will continue to provide the best outcomes for all pupils. I am a governor on the business committee and work with the headteacher on data protection and attendance within the school.

 Trish Gailey

 Governor Chair

 

 

 

 

I am a Foundation Governor and Chair of the Governing Board.  

I was originally from Manchester but have spent most of my early years in Cheltenham. I went to University in Liverpool, then joined the RNSS and worked at GCHQ. I later moved to Cornwall where I worked for English Heritage as a castle custodian, before moving to Bath and re-joining the MOD where I was a Business Manager specialising in Health & Safety and Business Continuity. I retired nearly 5 years ago, and I now am a volunteer Business Administrator for the Sodbury Vale Diocese.

I feel that Old Sodbury Primary School is an absolute gem and I am very proud to serve as a governor and ensure that the school continues in its excellent traditions.

 

 Reverend David Powe

 

 

 

I am pleased to be a foundation governor at Old Sodbury School. I have been a Church of England minister for many years serving in a parish in the Isle of Wight before joining the prison service as a Chaplain when I worked in Lewes in Sussex, Belmarsh in London and Horfield Prisons.  I am now an associate minister in the Chipping Sodbury benefice.

I have always been interested in education as my wife and two sons all work in this field. I am especially interested in supporting an enjoyable and enriching curriculum which engages children and prepares them for their futures. I bring enthusiasm and a firm belief in the Christian faith and its place in our community.

 

 Madeleine Ludlow

 

 

 

My family have been farming in Old Sodbury since 1964.  Although not involved personally with the school its presence has always been important to me as with the church.

I spent my working life in finance with the National Westminster Bank retiring in 2011.  Since my retirement I volunteer at our local library in Chipping Sodbury help at the Church Office also in Chipping Sodbury and drive patients to St Peters Hospice in Brentry.

 

Alex Lynett

 

 

I became a governor at Old Sodbury Primary School two years ago after my son joined the school. The school has given him a great foundation through academic achievement and extra-curricular opportunities. It was for this reason I saw it as a great opportunity to support both my local community and ensure all students at the school have access to the best possible education and develop to their full potential.

I am currently the chair of the Education committee and the Special Educational Needs governor, representing South Gloucestershire Local Authority. I am an Assistant Principal in a local secondary school and have experience in Special Educational Needs, Primary into Secondary transitions, raising attainment and have been a Head of Post 16.

 

Jen Wallace

 

 

I grew up in South Bristol and since leaving University and qualifying as a Psychologist, I have been lucky enough to live and work in several countries around the world. My husband Dave and I put down form roots in Old Sodbury 5 years ago. We have two daughters – the eldest attends Old Sodbury.

I became a parent governor because I have a passion for Education and enjoy being active in the community. The hope is, that in my own way, I can make a positive contribution to the school so that it can continue to remain highly successful and go from strength to strength.

Phil Morgan

 

 

I have been part of Old Sodbury School for the past 6 years, and been an active member of school’s PTA, of which my wife is the Chairperson. I enjoy helping with organised FOSSA events and taking part in the fund-raising activities, which helps enrich the education of the children at our school. I have worked within the NHS for over 16 years in various clinical and non-clinical roles. I intend to use my experience to ensure that all children have a safe working environment.

I am currently the schools Safe Guarding Governor, and part of the school’s educational committee. 

My goal as a School Governor is to support the head teacher and all staff, to strive for excellence and safe well-being amongst the children of the school. 

 

 Naomi Hales

 

 

I have been a governor at the school since January 2018.  I am currently the Health & Wellbeing and Science Governor.  I am also on both the Business and Education Committees.

I am a Podiatrist, with a clinic in central Bristol, and am passionate about the health of individuals. 

My goal is to support the staff to strive for excellence and well-being amongst the children to ensure the best outcomes for all pupils.  I believe, first and foremost, parents and the school working together is required to achieve this.

Amy Simmonds

 

 

I have a daughter attending the school and live in Yate. I am a qualified accountant and have worked in industry for 20 years, supporting businesses in achieving their financial objectives. I help at the school on Thursdays listening to children in Reception & Year 1 reading, which is very rewarding and a lot of fun!

I joined the board of governors in 2019 and sit on the Business Committee. I became a parent governor as I want to support the school in being the best it can be so that it can continue to remain highly successful and go from strength to strength.

 

Jenny Jackman

Business Manager

I grew up in Chipping Sodbury and still live in the local area. I have two sons who attend a nearby similar small primary school. I hold a degree in Mathematics from Cardiff University and a level 5 diploma in School Business Management.

Prior to working in schools, I worked in South Gloucestershire Council for 10 years, first in Education Finance and then in Community Care as a Senior Finance Officer. Whilst still studying for my diploma, I succeeded in securing a role as a School Business Manager at a school in central Bristol where I was for five years, before recently joining Old Sodbury as I wanted to be part of a small local school where I could get to know the children and be part of their amazing journeys. I’m in the fortunate position of being able to see things from both a business and parent perspective, and I am loving the opportunities to be involved with the children, families and communities that a small rural village school can bring.

Clerk to the Governors

Carole Rowland