Letter from the Chair of Governors
Thank you for visiting the Bramley Church of England Primary School website and for looking at the governors’ page.
It is a great privilege to be the Chair of Governors in such a thriving school where a caring Christian ethos and high aspirations for every child are at the heart of what we do. School life is based on our core Christian values of Love, Courage and Respect. Bramley is an inclusive school where we seek to support every child to achieve their best and to develop emotional resilience to deal with whatever challenges they may face, now and in the future.
I became a Foundation Governor at Bramley in January 2014 and was elected Chair of Governors in March 2017. I am also an adviser at Citizen’s Advice, having worked for 18 years in the public sector. This included 10 years working for Ofsted, which enables me to bring to the Governing Body a thorough understanding of the inspection regime and processes, as well as strategic thinking and experience of policy development. Before joining Ofsted I worked for Surrey Early Years and Childcare Service, and in a number of Early Years settings.
As you can read elsewhere on this website, the school was judged ‘Good’ in all areas in our most recent Ofsted inspection. Among the many positive observations made in this report, the inspector noted:
Leaders and governors are ambitious. They have high expectation for themselves and pupils and have created a culture in which all are expected to strive to do their best. Their aim, ‘to develop reflective, resilient learners ready to shape their future’ underpins all aspects of the school’s work. (Ofsted, April 2016)
We have a strong Governing Body in which every governor plays a significant part, according to their particular skills and experience. All Governors attend two Full Governing Body meetings each term and are active members of one or both of our committees: Curriculum and Standards, or Finance, Premises and Personnel. We all attend training for our roles and visit the school regularly in order to see how the school is implementing the school improvement plan and how school policies work in practice. Our commitment to the children is always central to everything we do.
Governors hold leaders firmly to account and they provide a good level of professional challenge. They ensure that all monies are spent wisely and that the school provides good value for money. (Ofsted, April 2016)
If you are reading this because you are considering Bramley Church of England Primary School for your child, may I encourage you to come and visit us. You will immediately notice that this is a caring and friendly school where the children have excellent learning behaviour and all staff are enthusiastic and passionate about providing the best possible teaching. Just contact the school office to arrange a visit.
Angela Adams, Chair of Governors