The Brigg Infant School

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School Governors At The Brigg

We value our governors greatly and appreciate the voluntary work that they do.

Governors Annual Statement 2018-19

How do we support the work of the school?

Our mission statement; to understand the strengths and weaknesses of The Brigg Infant School, acting as a critical friend for senior leaders, driving improvement forward for the children of South Normanton.

The Governors of the Brigg Infant School are responsible for ensuring that the school provides a good quality education for the pupils. Along with the Headteacher, they set the school aims and policies and determine how school budget is spent. By acting as critical friends, Governors monitor and evaluate performance and challenge and support the Headteacher to achieve the schools targets.

The Headteacher is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school.

What Are We Proud of in 2019? 

Firstly, the governors are very proud that the school achieved its main challenge and achieved OfSTED ‘Good’ in our most recent inspection (July 2019). In particular, we are pleased that…

    • Pupils love coming to our school and are polite, tolerant and friendly.
    • Parents are very positive about The Brigg and 94% would recommend us to others.
    • The governors know the school well and understand its strengths and weaknesses.
    • Outcomes for pupils at the end of Reception have further improved and continue to be in line with National expectations.
    • Outcomes for pupils at the end of Key Stage 1 continue to be in line with National expectations in all subjects.
    • Most pupils make strong progress in English and Maths.
    • Disadvantaged pupils achieve equally well when compared to other children in all areas.
  • Our effective safeguarding policy and practices ensure that children are safe at our school. They learn how to stay safe and seek help when needed. Parents agree this school is a safe place for their children.
  • Our positive ethos is very strong throughout the school; children and adults show respect toward one another. Everyone is welcomed and we have an open door policy.

What are our Main Challenges for 2019 – 20?

  • Ensuring that our School Improvement Plan addresses the key issues raised by OFSTED.
  • Supporting the headteacher in achieving our vision for improvements within EYFS.
  • Maintaining our standards to be in line with or exceed National expectations across the school.
  • Ensuring that The Brigg Infant School is consistently good in its provision and strives for excellence.

 How will we achieve this?

  • The governors will work alongside the staff more frequently throughout the year. This will enable governors to understand the work of the school.
  • Following a review of our structure and effectiveness, we will be more proactive with less focus on formal committee meetings and more upon governors present within the school day.
  • In response to OFSTED’s findings that governors could challenge senior leaders more effectively, we will report our finding about the school more independently and ask increasingly probing questions.
  • We will monitor anonymized pupil data regularly and challenge leaders to seek continued improvements.

Please note this is not an exhaustive list but outlines our main priorities for 2019 – 20.

For more details do contact our Chair Of Governors. Mr Charles Bagworth

Click here to see how our governing body is made up (Instrument of Governance)

Click here to see our Governors Code Of Conduct



The Full Governing Body meets four times a year. A Committee has been formed to support the Resource Management of the school (RMC). This committee meets four times a year and then feeds back to the Full Governing Body. The Resource Management Committee has the following responsibilities:

  • Personnel and HR policies
  • Budget and Finance
  • Premises and Health and Safety
  • Admissions
  • Benchmarking
  • Performance Management
  • Business Management
  • Home School Agreement
  • Lettings
Register of Business Interests 2018-2019
Name Governor Type Business Interests Governor/Staff Member of Other Educational Establishments Relationship Between Governor and Any Members of Staff
 Ms Melanie Cooke Co-optedChair   None declared  n/a  None declared
Mr Jansen Bunker Co-optedVice-Chair None declared Parent Governor at the Glebe None declared
Mrs Janet Merry LA Governor None declared n/a None declared
Mrs Jane Mackney Co-opted None declared n/a Deputy Headteacher
Mr Martin Denton Co-opted Wife worked for DCC Early Years n/a None declared
Mrs Lesley Watkinson Co-opted None declared n/a None declared
Mr Paul Barnes Co-opted TBC TBC TBC
Mrs Alison Spencer Headteacher Member of NAHT n/a Headteacher
Mr Charles Bagsworth Parent Managing Director of CB IT Consultancy (Alfreton) Ltd n/a None declared
Mr Mark Rose Parent None declared n/a None declared
Mrs Gemma Roberts Parent None declared n/a None declared
Vacancy Parent      
Vacancy Parent      
Mrs Beverley Smith Staff Director of the Ireland Colliery Brass Band n/a Member of staff
Mrs Moira Houston  Clerk to the Governors  None declared SBM & Clerk to the Governors - South Normanton Nursery School None declared
Governor Attendance for the Academic Year 2017-2018Full Governing BodyThere were 5 Full Governing Body meetings during the academic year 2017-2018
 Governor Name Governor Type   Term of Office No of Meetings Eligible to Attend Number of Meetings Attended Percentage Attended
Ms Melanie Cooke ChairCo-Opted 12/01/2015 to 11/01/2019 5 5 100%
Mr Jansen Bunker Vice-Chair Parent 21/06/2016 to 20/06/2020 5 3 60%
Mrs Janet Merry LA 10/05/2017 to 09/05/2021 5 5 100%
Mr Martin Denton Co-Opted 27/09/17 to 26/09/2021 5 5 100%
Mr Paul Barnes Co-Opted 02/05/18 to 01/05/2022 1 1 100%
Mrs Sarah Leivers Co-Opted 12/01/2015 to 11/01/2019Resigned 29.11.17 1 0 0%
Mrs Sarah Forster Co-Opted 12/01/2015 to 11/01/2019Resigned 07.04.18 3 2 67%
Mrs Gemma Lee Co-Opted 23/11/2016 to 22/11/2020Resigned 21.05.18 3 3 100%
Mrs Alison Spencer Headteacher Whilst in post 5 5 100%
Mrs Lesley Watkinson Parent 29/04/2015 to 28/04/2019 5 3 60%
Mr Charles Bagworth Parent 28/11/2016 to 27/11/2020 5 4 80%
Mr Mark Rose Parent 07/06/2017 to 06/06/2021 5 4 80%
Mrs Gemma Roberts Parent 11/05/2018 to 10/05/2022 1 1 100%
Mrs Kelly Hill Parent 29/04/2015 to 28/04/2019Resigned 21.03.18 3 2 67%
Mrs Beverley Smith Staff 29/04/2015 to 28/04/2019 5 5 100%

Governor Attendance for the Academic Year 2017-2018
CommitteesThere were 3 RMC meetings and 3 Teaching and Learning/Development Committee meetings held during the academic year 2017-2018.
 Governor Name  Committee Membership  Term of Office Number of Meetings Eligible to Attend Number of Meetings Attended  Percentage Attended
Ms Melanie Cooke RMC 12/01/2015 to 11/01/2019 3 3 100%
Mr Jansen Bunker RMC 21/06/2016 to 20/06/2020 3 3 100%
Mrs Janet Merry RMC 10/05/2017 to 09/05/2021 3 1 33%
Mr Charles Bagworth RMC 28/11/2016 to 27/11/2020 3 3 100%
Mr Martin Denton RMC 27/09/17 to 26/09/2021 3 2 67%
Mr Mark Rose RMC 07/06/2017 to 06/06/2021 3 2 67%
Mrs Sarah Leivers S & S 12/01/2015 to 11/01/2019Resigned 29.11.17 1 0 0%
Mrs Sarah Forster RMC (Observer); S & S 12/01/2015 to 11/01/2019Resigned 07.04.18 3 3 100%
Mrs Gemma Lee S & S 23/11/2016 to 22/11/2020Resigned 21.05.18 1 1 100%
Mrs Alison Spencer RMC and S & S Whilst in post 6 6 100%
Mrs Lesley Watkinson S & S 29/04/2015 to 28/04/2019 6 3 50%
Mrs Kelly Hill S & S 29/04/2015 to 28/04/2019Resigned 21.03.18 1 1 100%
Mrs Beverley Smith S & S 29/04/2015 to 28/04/2019 3 3 100%
Mr Paul Barnes NA – new governor 02/05/18 to 01/05/2022 0 0 na
Mrs Gemma Roberts NA – new governor 11/05/2018 to 10/05/2022 0 0 na