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Biggin Hill School, Bromley

Governing Body

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Caralisa Woods

Chair of Governers

I have been on the Governing Body of Biggin Hill Primary School since September 2019 and was honoured to be appointed Chair in September 2020. My governing body colleagues are truly dedicated and I feel proud to be part of the team and to have the opportunity to get a fuller insight to the inner workings of our invaluable public education system.

I believe that one of the most important things we can develop in our children is a life-long love of learning in a safe and fun environment. I am passionate about the availability of inclusive educational experiences for every child, to ensure that they are prepared for all learning experiences as they develop to reach their full potential in today’s society.

As a proud Mum of my son who has attended Biggin Hill Primary School from nursery through to Year 2 currently, I hold the ethos and values of Biggin Hill Primary School in high regard and consider it a real privilege to be able to contribute as a Governor to upholding this positive legacy created by the fabulous school team.

I bring a deep expertise in business, process, technology and finance transformation & change from my professional life as a senior transformation executive and hope I can utilise that experience positively to contribute to the governance of the evolving needs of Biggin Hill Primary School.

As a Governing Body we are keen to ensure that the views of the staff, governors, parents and most importantly, the children are shared and valued. We consider ourselves to be a very open and approachable team and would genuinely love to hear about any concerns, ideas on how we could improve our wonderful school or just a general chat about anything you may like to know more about so please do feel free to reach out!

 

Sara Ace

I am delighted to be taking on the role of community governor at BHPS.  Both of my daughters attended the school and are now happily enjoying secondary school with many fond memories of their time at this great school. 

I am a HR professional who has worked in HR roles across Government for the last 15 years across the full range of HR disciplines (and a 33 year career in the civil service). I have spent the last 7 years working in the Department of Education and my role includes leading the Diversity and Inclusion agenda for the organisation. I have expertise on attracting diverse talent and developing talent pipelines to ensure that teams are representative of the communities they serve. I look forward to bringing my HR experience into my role as governor and will lead on diversity and inclusion and wellbeing. 

As well as being a proud mum - in my spare time I love yoga and walking my dog.

Chris Brocklehurst

I have been on the Governing Body of Biggin Hill Primary School since September 2016. Some of you will know me as a Rugby Coach, a few as a Cycle Captain, but I’m more proudly recognised as a parent of three children at BHPS, with a forth who has recently moved to Charles Darwin.

I bring into the Governor faculty a wealth of Finance and Change expertise, but more significantly, I bring experience as a BHPS parent and sports coach. Creating an environment for all to achieve, without boundaries and in a fun and safe environment will continue to be a key priority of mine. Other areas of focus for me will be around sport and the values that sport naturally encourages (like Teamwork and Respect), and last but by no means least, achieve strong attendance figures, as this is a life skill which every child should leave with.

As a Governing Body we want to hear your thoughts and ideas, to challenge the status quo and help us drive the school forward. I am regarded amongst the parents which know me best, as very approachable and honest, so please feel free to raise anything with me, in confidence and without judgement.

 

Tony Harknett

We moved to Biggin Hill in 2008, and I retired in 2013 having spent the second half of my career as a College lecturer. 

Consequently I have been able to devote some of my time to helping in the local community in various ways. I joined the Governors in Sept/Oct 2019, and have been made to feel very welcome. 

As a grandparent I have always had a keen interest in our grandchildren’s progress through school. I appreciate the vital role of the school in providing the best possible environment and opportunities for every child to achieve their full potential. After many years as a lecturer, I understand and appreciate all the many challenges faced by the teaching staff, and have been impressed by their positive and enthusiastic attitude. 

I am gradually ‘finding my feet’ as a Governor, and hope that I will be able to make a useful contribution to the smooth running of the school.

 

David Jarred

I joined the school's Governing board in July 2021. Having attended BHPS as a student, I have always had an interest in how the school performs. I currently have 2 children enjoying their education at BHPS, and another due to start in September 2023, so I feel that I have a vested interest in the school for the future.

I feel that our childrens' education is of the utmost priority, and if I can help make the learning an enjoyable and rewarding experience then I will strive to do so. I believe that children should want to attend school, and that we can help provide a safe and comfortable environment for them to flourish. 

This is my first experience of a parent Governor role, so I will be learning as I go. Outside of this role I am a keen cyclist. I have been lucky enough to teach Bikeability to students within Bromley Borough schools for the last 5 years, as part of my role at Bromley Council. Part of my portfolio also includes being the lead on the Anti-Idling campaign in the Borough. 

If you have any thoughts or ideas regarding BHPS, I'd love to hear them, so please feel free to catch me at the school gate.

 

Kate Lawrence

Teacher Governor

The privilege of being a Teacher Governor started for me in September 2018.

In my view, it is an additional way to ensure that the generation of young people, who we are nurturing and guiding through the early years of their lives, have the best opportunities available to them. We can develop a generation of children with high aspirations who will grow into cultured and determined young adults, living the greatest life available to them.

My passion is inclusion for all, achieved through educating our children that as people, we are the same but also so very different, and teaching our children to embrace their unique characteristics as well as those of others with open mindedness and compassion. 

Jenny Snelling

Non-Teaching Governor

I joined the School Governor's in September 2016 to represent all the non-teaching staff of Biggin Hill Primary School.
 
I bring to the Governor Board a broad knowledge of all aspects of education and all Biggin Hill Primary School's journey over the past 10 years.  I am fully committed to ensuring BHPS becomes the very best education facility in the area. Offering a high level of education, achieving a safe and fun environment so that every child can achieve their full potential. 
 
While not at school, I am a keen runner and enjoy lots of walking. I also run 1st Tatsfield Beaver Scout Group, which is a voluntary job, giving all 6-8 years old the ability to learn new skills.
 
I am married with a 16 year old son.
Wendy Wolfcarius

Parent Governor

I’ve served as a Parent Governor since 13th November 2015.

I was motivated by the realisation that we only get one, disarmingly brief, opportunity to give our children the best education possible and lay the foundations for their adult lives. I was also frustrated by my perception of a growing national lack of appreciation for the privilege and long-term advantages of free education, shown by parents, students, policy-makers and politicians.

I concluded that I didn’t really know what schools face to function or survive in the current climate and I’m grateful to have the opportunity to get an insight.

If I can help in even a small way, at least I’m doing something positive with my strong opinions.

 

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