Bringhurst Primary School is governed by an Academy Scrutiny Committee.
Our governors are:
Radha BadhanActing Principal
James DunseathDRET Appointed Governor (Chair)
James was appointed a DRET Appointed Governor on 3 February 2015 and is currently serving his third term of office as Chair after being re-elected by his fellow governors. He also has the assigned link role for Safeguarding. James is passionate about helping provide the best experience and outcomes for all the children at Bringhurst and supporting the school in achieving that goal. James originally comes from a communication and marketing background in international Capital Markets and is currently working in the Tech industry. He lives in Rutland with is partner and Cockapoo.
Rev Stephen BishopDRET Appointed Governor
Rev Stephen Bishop
Katie SmithDRET Appointed Governor
Katie was appointed an DRET Appointed Governor on 30 November 2017 after being encouraged by an initiative run by her employer to use workplace skills within the community. She has over 20 years' experience in risk consulting and governance and is currently a Global Employee Benefits Consultant at Fidelity. Katie offers the ASC a number of relevant 'day job' skills, including risk assessment, programme governance and compliance and can provide an objective viewpoint from outside of the education sector. In return she has broadened her own skill base and knowledge of the importance of effective school governance. She has a long personal connection with Bringhurst as both of her sons attended the school. When time allows, she enjoys walking and reading and is an avid theatregoer. She spends time pitch side most weekends supporting one or both boys in their footballing endeavours.
Clare HaywoodDRET Appointed Governor
Clare was elected on to the ASC as a Parent Governor on 24 April 2018. She became a parent governor after having an interest in education - particularly Literacy, SEND and Assessment. Clare is passionate about ensuring children at the academy have access to the best educational experience. She is a trained teacher and currently works for a local authority as a Senior School Improvement Partner. Clare enjoys spending time with her family, walking their two dogs, reading and gardening.
Johanna MothanderDRET Appointed Governor
Andy UsherStaff Governor
Andy Usher was appointed a Staff Governor on 18 September 2019. He decided to become a governor to further his profession and gain an insight and experience of other issues present in schools, other than teaching and learning. Andy is a class teacher and also subject leads for PE and Computing. He has 9 years teaching experience, within the state and private sectors, spanning from KS1 to KS4. He enjoys playing, coaching and watching sport particularly cricket, football and volleyball.
Abbie UnderwoodStaff Governor
Abbie was appointed on to the ASC as a Staff Governor on 6 November 2020. She is proud to be part of the Bringhurst School community and became a school governor to become more involved in school life. She feels very lucky to be part of such a dedicated and hardworking team, who strive for the best possible outcomes for all children. Abbie has been employed at the school since January 2018. She is currently the Year 3 class teacher, and also lead on PSHE and RE as well as being a member of the senior leadership team. In September 2021, she became a SENCo, and is returning to university to start her master's degree.Â Abbie has been teaching for nine years. Before working at Bringhurst she worked in another trust school for three years.Â She completed her teacher training at Buckingham University on the PGCE programme. She lives in Kettering with her husband and children, three boys aged from 16 months to 10 years, who keep her very busy. As a family they enjoy going away in their caravan to the seas side and the Lake District. Her interests are craft activities, reading and spending time with her friends.
William KendrickParent Governor
William was appointed a Parent Governor on 7 January 2021. He is an Insurance Broker and has many skills which he brings to the ASC. He enjoys Cycling, Gardening and DIY. Used to play Rugby and is now a Rugby Coach for Stoneygate FC.
Emma Stephens-Dunn has been clerking academies for DRET since 2013. Emma is Clerk to ASCs for all but one of the academies in the DRET Greater Corby Region, as well as anÂ independent Clerk for several other schools in Northamptonshire, and Company Secretary for a Peterborough based Multi-Academy Trust. Emma has also served as a governor for fifteen years, in three different schools. Emma is Chair of Governors at one of the schools. She has a broad insight into school governance across all sizes, types and phases of school. She has an excellent understanding of current issues in education as well as best practice in governance. Emma has four children aged between eight and twenty and is therefore keenly aware of the crucial role played by education in shaping young lives. Emma enjoys supporting governors to fulfil their role within this through providing governance advice and guidance and an efficient governance administration service. Emma's interests and hobbies include gardening, singing, fitness, running and walking with her two dogs.
Governor Assigned Responsibilities
Safeguarding - James Dunseath
SEND - Katie Smith
Contacting a Governor
To contact a governor, please contact the Trust Governance Team by emailing [email protected]
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 [email protected] or review our information pack below.
What is 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.