Dates for your diary
Event Date
Parent consultation meetings 4.00 - 7.00pm 27/02/2018
Reception & KS1 Lead learner assembly 26/03/2018
KS2 Lead learner assembly 27/03/2018
School closes normal time for Easter break 29/03/2018
Y1 book look 9.05am 24/04/2018

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Visit the website of our Parent & Teachers Association, 'The Friends of Branfil' for more informaiton about fundraising for the school and upcoming events.
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 Welcome to the Governors' pages of the Branfil Primary School website.

The Governing Body is made up of a number of people who have volunteered to use their skills, time and experience for the benefit of the school.

The Governing Body is made up of:

  • Parent Governors - elected by the parents at the school;
  • Staff Governors (teachers & support staff);
  • The Headteacher
  • Co-opted Governors – these governors are appointed by the Governing Body to represent the community that the school serves.

 As Governors, our primary focus is to enable and support the Headteacher in our shared goal of providing the best education possible for the children at Branfil. We do this through meetings of the Governing Body and its committees and the formal and informal visits made to the school when we have an opportunity to talk to the children, staff and Headteacher.

The Governing Body meets on a termly basis to discuss current issues and future plans; it considers the work of the committees and receives recommendations. The sub committees also meet on a termly basis and have the opportunity to discuss and consider ideas, proposals and plans to enhance and improve the school.

If you have any questions for the Governing Body we can be contacted through the school office.

There are currently 2 Parent Governor vacancies - elections are being held - closing date is 27 February 2018


Louise Fisk
As   Deputy Head at Branfil I am fully involved in the life of the school in management, teaching and pastoral roles.
I see my role on the Governing Body as one of supporting and informing the Governors,  helping them to be fully involved in the life of the school and assisting them to be both  challenging and  supportive of the school community. 

Derek Moody
I have been a governor at the school for eight years and have served on both the finance committee and pupil and curriculum committee. I am the current chair of the pupil and curriculum committee and also vice chair of the governing body. Within the school, I was involved with leading a KS1 fit club for 5 years and I come into school three times a week to help with guided reading. I have also helped with some football and quad kids events in the summer. My daughter was educated at the school and was really helped all the way through her time at school as she had mild/medium hearing loss.

Bernie Maul

My connection with Branfil began when my wife and I maintained the school grounds and subsequently I became part of the school site team.  I have been a Governor, Staff and now Co-opted, at both Branfil Junior School and Branfil Primary School for the past 15 years.  My role as a governor is to support the school in ensuring a safe environment in which children and staff can work to achieve their full potential.

Deborah Whittle
I am delighted to be  Chair of Branfil School Governing Body
"I have been a parent governor at Branfil Primary School for three years and have lived in Upminster for nearly 20 years. My professional background is in healthcare and I am currently employed in a governance role in a large NHS Trust. During my time on the governing body I have undertaken the role of maths link governor and have developed a particular interest in ways that girls can be supported to achieve as well in maths as boys. I also have particular interests in health and safety and the use of evidence based teaching interventions. I see my role on the governing body as ensuring the school is supported and held to account to ensure every child is provided with the best opportunity to achieve their potential."      

Lynn Smith
I have lived in Upminster for 30 years and worked at Branfil as a teaching assistant for over 20 years. I have been a governor for eight years, first as a staff governor and currently as a co-opted one.  My three now adult children all attended Branfil and keeping the family tradition going, my grandson is currently in Year1.

I care passionately about this school, the staff and pupils here and want the very best education and pastoral care for every child who walks through our doors.

 Ben Sheridan
I am a parent of two boys, one in year 1 and one due to start in Foundation in September 2017. I work in technical consultancy across various major manufacturing sectors, and previously worked in research & development and in electronics. At university I studied Physics, achieving a first class honours degree, and then received a PhD in Solid State Physics. Whilst I was a postgraduate student I taught undergraduates, and to this day still occasionally work with universities in designing MSc courses as part of my work. I believe we should be ambitious for all our children, and that state schools should offer the same opportunities for academic attainment as those in the private sector. I see my role on the governing body as helping the school best manage resources to make the right decisions that give our children the best opportunities to fulfil their potential.

Guy Robertson
A former parent and member of the governing body since September 2012.  Currently chair of the Resources, Sites and Building committee.

Ben Clayton
Elected as a Local Authority governor, I have a professional background in Financial Risk Management as well as being a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants  in England and Wales.

I am very keen to use my skills to assist the Governing Body in maximising the resources of the school to ensure the best possible outcomes for all of the children who attend Branfil Primary School

Induction for New Governors

Governors private area
Curriculum Committee Terms Of Reference 23 October 2017..docx.pdf
Governor attendance at meetings to October 2017.pdf
Instrument of Government sent Oct 2017.pdf
Register of Pecuniary Interest, October 2017
T.O.R. Resources Committee reviewed 23 October 2017..doc
Table of Governors, October 2017