The David Ross Education Trust

David Ross Education Trust schools create a rich and exciting learning environment that inspires students to become their confident, academic best.

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Briar Hill Primary School

Briar Hill is a warm and happy school with well-being at the heart. All children are challenged, nurtured and inspired to achieve highly and make a positive contribution to society.

Governors

Our Governors

Briar Hill Primary School is governed by an Academy Scrutiny Committee.

 

Our governors are:

  • Janey Cooksley
    Headteacher
  • Angela Rock
    Trust Senior Link
  • Damian Panton
    DRET Appointed Governor (Chair)
  • Jolen Grantham
    DRET Appointed Governor
  • Gareth Thomas
    DRET Appointed Governor
  • Shannon Harris
    DRET Appointed Governor
  • Johanna Mothander
    DRET Appointed Governor
  • Joanne Frater
    DRET Appointed Governor
  • Allan Crozier
    Staff Governor
  • Amanda Scott
    Parent Governor
  • Odudu Assam
    Parent Governor (Vice Chair)
  • Teresa Elkin
    Clerk

Current Governors 

Name Governor Type Appointed By Term of Office  Term From Term To Declarations of Interest and other Governance Roles as at 3 April 2024  Governor Assigned Responsibilities  Attendance 22/23   Attendance 23/24
Odudu Assam Parent governor Elected by parents First  27 Feb 2023 26 Feb 2027
  • Nothing to declare 
  • Personal Development and SMSC Link Governor 
2 of a possible 3  4 of a possible 6
Janey Cooksley Principal Ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher/
principal
Not applicable  12 Apr 2016 Ex Officio
  • Nothing to declare 
  6 of a possible 6 4 of a possible 6
Allan Crozier Staff governor Elected by school staff Third 08 Oct 2023 7 Oct 2027
  • Nothing to declare 
  • Data Link Governor 
5 of a possible 6 4 of a possible 6 
Joanne Frater Appointed governor Appointed by foundation/Trust First  27 Feb 2023 26 Feb 2027
  • Nothing to declare 
  • Early Years Link Governor 
1 of a possible 3 5 of a possible 6
Jolen Grantham Appointed governor Appointed by foundation/Trust Second  04 Jun 2022 3 Jun 2026
  • Employee of Creative Education Trust
  • Partner is a Senior Manager of a local Secondary School
  • Director of Accelerated Learning LTD.
  • Governor at Cedar Road Academy
  • Governor at Malcolm Arnold Academy and Malcolm Arnold Prep School
  • Governor at Kings Heath Primary Academy
  • Safeguarding and Attendance Link Governor 
6 of a possible 6 5 of a possible 6
Shannon Harris Appointed governor Appointed by foundation/Trust First  10 Jun 2022 9 Jun 2026
  • Employee and Staff Governor at St James Infant School
  • Maths Link Governor 
5 of a possible 6 2 of a possible 6 
Johanna Mothander Appointed governor Appointed by foundation/Trust First  27 May 2022 26 May 2026
  • Nothing to declare 
  • Enrichment Link Governor 
4 of a possible 6 4 of a possible 6
Damian Panton Appointed governor Appointed by foundation/Trust Second  11 Nov 2020 10 Nov 2024
  • Governor at Cedar Road Primary School
  • Careers (Values/PSHE) and Artsmark Link Governor 
6 of a possible 6 5 of a possible 6
Angela Rock Trust Governor Appointed by foundation/Trust Not applicable  01 Sep 2019 Ex Officio
  • Nothing to declare 
  • SEND Link Governor
  • Inclusion Link Governor  
4 of a possible 6 3 of a possible 6 
Amanda Scott Parent governor Elected by parents First  04 Dec 2020 3 Dec 2024
  • Nothing to declare 
  • English Link Governor 
4 of a possible 6 4 of a possible 6 
Gareth Thomas Appointed governor Appointed by foundation/Trust Second  03 Feb 2024 2 Feb 2028
  • Employee of Wixams Tree Primary
  • Curriculum Link Governor 
4 of a possible 6 5 of a possible 6 

 Former Governors 

 Below is a list of Governors that have served in the past 12 months. 

Name Governor Type Appointed By  Terms Served  First Appointed Leaving Date Declarations of Interest and other Governance Roles  Attendance 22/23   Attendance 23/24
Mandy Hardy Staff governor Elected by school staff 1 8 Oct 2019 7 Oct 2023
  • Nothing to declare 
5 of a possible 6 Not applicable, not in post 

Contacting a Us

The Governance Officer for Briar Hill Primary School is Victoria Linthwaite. Victoria can be reached at governance@dret.co.uk

To contact a governor, please contact the Trust Governance Team by emailing governance@dret.co.uk.

If you are looking to contact a Governor to make a complaint or share a concern, please note that as per our Complaints Policy, governors do not investigate complaints at Stage 1 or Stage 2.  This enables them to be impartial should a complaint be escalated to a Stage 3 governor panel. If you wish to make a complaint, please complete this form and your complaint will be investigated accordingly.

Scheme of Delegation

Information about the David Ross Education Trust’s scheme of delegation is available here.

Minutes of the Academy Scrutiny Committee

Should you wish to view a copy of the minutes of the ASC at this academy, please contact the Trust Governance Team (governance@dret.co.uk), who will be able to provide you with an electronic or paper copy of the minutes.

Are you interested in becoming an academy governor?

We are looking for new governors to support our academies. Our governors work closely with their academies to support the Trust’s goal of broadening the horizons of young people through a world-class education, equipping our students with the skills and experiences to become their confident, academic best, no matter what.

If you have an interest in, and commitment to, improving education and would like to make a difference within your community, please register your interest in becoming a governor by completing our governor application form. If you have any questions about a governor’s role or responsibilities please contact us at governance@dret.co.uk or review our information pack below. 

  

march 2024 governor recruitment booklet.pdf

 

What is it like being a Governor with DRET?

To understand what it is like to be a governor with us, take a look at our testimonial booklet and videos which contain insights from serving governors.

 

governor testimonial booklet .pdf

 

 Emma Bennett 

Angela Watts 

Stephen Platten 

 

Garry Allen 

What training do Governors receive? 

We offer an extensive range of training opportunities. Take a look at what is on offer for the current academic year. 

 

governor and trustee training programme 2023 24.pdf