MEET THE BRADING SCHOOL GOVERNORS
Mrs Beverley Gilbert
Welcome to Brading Church of England Controlled Primary school. My name is Beverley Gilbert and I have been Headteacher at Brading for the last eleven years.
Brading CE Primary School is a very small church primary school which lies at the heart of the community.
We work in very close partnership with all parents and guardians to help unlock children’s potential through being a team that trust each other,
At Brading we work extremely hard as we believe we play a vital role in helping children’s ‘lifelong learning journey’.
We aim to ensure by the time the children leave us they are competent, confident and capable individuals who are inspired to be the best they can be.
Mr John Henry
I have spent half my life serving with the Royal Navy, visiting over 50 countries in the process. During my military career I was employed to teach GCSE Mathematics and English to adult students onboard naval ships, and was an instructor to new naval recruits. Currently utilise my naval experience as a uniformed Chief Petty Officer as Admin Officer for Ryde Sea Cadets.
Own and run a business, as Managing Director, specialising in display products and photography. My hobbies include:- Astronomy (since age 8), HiFi, piano playing, computers, supporting Charlton Athletic football team, and photography.
Married to Wendy, I have three sons, a daughter, and six grandchildren. I was previously a school governor for the former Bishop Lovett Middle School until its last day. My ethos is ‘work hard, play hard and am keen that every child is given maximum opportunity to fulfil their life’s opportunities.
Mrs Pat Redfern
I am very happy to be returning to the Governing Body at Brading C of E Primary, I expect many of the Key Stage 2 children and their families will remember me. Our family has lived and worked in Brading for many generations and we have been involved with several community projects.
I am a member of St Mary’s Church and sing in the community choir. I have taught in Primary and High Schools on the mainland and here on the Island. I have taken up the role of governor because I believe in the importance of education in ensuring all the children in our school reach their full potential.
Governors really can make a difference, challenging and supporting the work of the school. We play a strategic and integral part, working alongside the Headteacher and dedicated staff, determining a future vision for our school for the benefit of all the children in Brading. Drawing on my skills I Chair the Leadership and Management Committee, covering many aspects of the school, including finance, premises, health and safety, ensuring we are accountable to the children, parents and community we serve.
Mrs Cathy White
My family and I moved to the Isle of Wight in 2001 and live just outside of Brading. Over the last 20 years I have worked in primary and secondary schools on the mainland and the island; most recently as Science Technician at a Middle School in Ryde.
I have supported various community groups in Brading and have been volunteering at Brading Primary School since 2010. I was delighted to become a Co-opted governor and am a member of the Leadership and Management Committee. I look forward to continuing my support of the school and its pupils and the central part it plays within our community.
Mrs Lesley Wood
I am a specialist dyslexia teacher and assessor currently working at the Isle of Wight College. I previously worked in primary schools for many years and after joining the Governing Board in December 2014, I took on the role of Chairman for the Achievement & Standards Committee in September 2016.
I am very interested in education and hope, as a governor, to play a part in supporting the Brading Primary School leadership team to develop children to achieve their potential.
Mr Dave Piggott
I have been on the Island since 1984, and lived in Brading for the last 25 years. My youngest daughter attended Brading Primary, and I was a governor at the school when she was a pupil there.
For the last 10 years I've been working in Children's Services for the Isle of Wight Council, retiring in June 17.
I've worked closely with Mrs Gilbert and her team for many years in a professional capacity, and I'm very grateful to have the opportunity to continue that association as a governor.
I love living in Brading, and I'm very keen to do anything I can to support the community and the school in particular.
Miss Victoria Savage
I was delighted to join Brading C of E Primary as a member of staff in September 2017, I had always felt Brading Primary School was a small friendly school with a good team that work closely together from my past experiences and relationships I had with the school.
I was pleased to have the opportunity to become a Staff Governor at Brading C of E Primary School, so that I am able to work more closely to support the school and children in achieving the potential they deserve.
I have always lived on the island and from a young age I always wanted to work with children. I undertook most of my earlier studies on the island, but finished my degree and further study in early years part-time through the University of Portsmouth. I have held a number of roles working with and supporting island children and their families, previously I worked for a number of years as a Nursery Manager supporting a number of island nursery and pre-school settings, as well as undertaking more specific roles that gave me experience working within specialist teams such as speech and language therapy and supporting children with a range of learning needs ages.