Welcome, my name is Helen Pidgeon and I am the Vice Chair of Governors at Holmwood School & Nursery and Ashbrook School - The Bridge Partnership. I also have the role of Safeguarding Governor for both schools.
Governors are all volunteers. We are part of one of the largest volunteer forces in the country. We strive to promote school improvement and support the leaders and the staff of the school in their work.
The role of The Bridge Partnership Local Governing Body is crucial in driving continuous school development and particularly focuses on ensuring the strategic direction, educational progress, safety and community engagement of all within our school community.
It is made up of representatives from Parents, Staff and the Community. We bring our experience and knowledge from outside of education. We attend training provided by the Inspiring Futures through Learning Trust to expand and develop our knowledge of all aspects of education to enable us to fully support Holmwood and Ashbrook Schools. We visit the classrooms to increase our understanding of how children learn. Each Governor holds a particular link role that allows focus in that area.
The Local Governing Body is accountable to the Board of Trustees of IFtL (Inspiring Futures through Learning) for the way our schools are run and as such, are part of a wider governance structure of IFtL. Details of this wider structure are available at IFtL’s governance page.
Whilst Governors form part of the strategic leadership of the school, we are not expected to get involved in the day to day running of the school; our Headteacher and senior school leaders are responsible for the internal organisation and management.
Being a governor is an exciting role that delivers real impact within our community and for all children and of which we are proud.
To contact the Governors directly, kindly use the contact us page.
My name is Helen Blackwell and I am the Vice-chair of Governors. I have been on the Governing Board for Holmwood and Ashbrook for the last eighteen months. I am also the Governor for Inclusion (focusing on Pupil Premium and SEND) and English in both the schools, as well as being the Development Governor for the Board. Outside of my Governorship, I have been a Youth Leader for almost nine years now, teaching children between the ages of five and eighteen years of age. I also work as a lunch and play assistant at a local primary school, with children between the ages of three and ten years old.
My name is Julie Cameron. I have just recently joined the Governing Board for Holmwood School & Nursery and Ashbrook as one of their Staff Governors. I have a little girl aged four in Reception at Holmwood. I work in Holmwood as a one to one SEND Teaching Assistant and I also volunteer for a couple of afternoons each week, doing odd jobs in and around the school setting. My previous job roles include Sales & Marketing and Recruitment.
My name is Andrew Hodgson and I have recently joined the Governing Board for Holmwood and Ashbrook as a Parent Governor, also acting as the Maths focal. I have three children – two at Ashbrook, in Reception and Year Two and one at Two Mile Ash in Year Five. I have worked in the Retail sector for many years, previously in operational roles and more recently in a planning and investment capacity.
My name is Jane Watkins and I joined Ashbrook School in September this year as an Early Years Teacher. I am passionate about ensuring children follow their aspirations and improve their knowledge whilst at school. I enjoy the oversight of school that being a Staff Governor provides and feel that I can contribute in a positive way to key decisions and discussions. I also feel that being a part of the Governing Body is invaluable to my own professional development. At a previous setting, I also held the role of a Staff Governor and held this role for four years.
My name is Nadia Dorville and I am a parent Governor. I am a fairly new Governor and have been on the Governing Board for Holmwood and Ashbrook for a little less than an academic year. I am also the Early Years link Governor. I have two children, one in Year Two and one in Year One, both at Ashbrook. My background is predominantly HR, but I am currently employed by Milton Keynes Council as part of the School Improvement Team.
The Bridge Governors
The Governing Body
Vice Chair of Governors
Mental Health and Well-being, Safeguarding, Curriculum Development
Vice Chair, Inclusion Governor (Pupil Premium & SEND),
Development Governor, English Governor
|Nadia Dorville||Early Years Governor||Parent||13/05/19||12/05/23|
|Andrew Hodgson||Maths Governor||Parent||13/05/19||12/05/23|
|Jane Watkins||Early Years Link||Staff||26/09/19||25/09/23|
|Kelly Cursley||Executive Headteacher|
|Roxanne Jackson||Deputy Headteacher - Ashbrook|
|Hayley Waters||Deputy Headteacher - Holmwood|