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.


Our Governors

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

At DRET, the Academy Scrutiny Committee provides support and challenge to the Principal in ensuring every child makes good or better progress and that the Academy is achieving targets and continually improving. To maximise the ability of the local governors to focus on this key area the Academy Scrutiny Committee is not required to set strategy or policy, manage financial resources, staff performance and pay, Health and Safety or many of the other areas traditionally associated with a maintained school governing body as these issues are dealt with at Trust level. This means that governors are able to concentrate on the things that really matter – pupil progress, school outcomes and aspirations.

The Academy Scrutiny Committee consists of a group of people who could be parents, community nominees, academy staff and Trust staff.  Each Academy Scrutiny Committee normally consists of a number of governors to create a balanced group of experience, skills and connections to support the academy in achieving exceptional performance.

Our governors are:

  • Janey Cooksley
  • 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 (Vice Chair)
  • Odudu Assam
    Parent Governor
  • Teresa Elkin


Governor Assigned Responsibilities

Curriculum - Gareth Thomas

Safeguarding and Attendance - Jolen Grantham

SEND - Angela Rock

Careers (Values/PSHE) and Artsmark - Damian Panton

Personal Development and SMSC - Odudu Assam

Data - Allan Crozier

Enrichment - Johanna Mothander

English - Amanda Scott

Inclusion - Angela Rock

Maths - Shannon Harris

Early Years - Joanne Frater

Contacting a Governor

To contact a governor, please contact the Trust Governance Team by emailing

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, 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 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 

Annual Reports, Articles of Association, Trustees and Members 

annual report -

annual audited accounts -

articles of association -

names of charity trustees and members - and

funding agreement -

the structure and remit of the members, board of trustees, its committees and local governing bodies (the trust’s scheme of delegation for governance functions), and the full names of the chair of each (where applicable) -

for each member who has served at any point over the past 12 months, their full names, date of appointment, date they stepped down (where applicable), and relevant business and pecuniary interests including governance roles in other educational institutions -

for each trustee and local governor who has served at any point over the past 12 months, their full names, date of appointment, term of office, date they stepped down (where applicable), who appointed them (in accordance with the trust’s articles), and relevant business and pecuniary interests including governance roles in other educational institutions. If the trust’s accounting officer is not a trustee their relevant business and pecuniary interests must still be published. -

for each trustee their attendance records at board and committee meetings over the last academic year -

for each local governor their attendance records at local governing body meetings over the last academic year  -

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


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