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Governors are a group of volunteers who include parents, staff and members of our local community.

Our main role is to promote ongoing improvements in standards throughout the school. We help the headteacher and staff plan the school’s long-term direction and we evaluate progress. We help set the school’s aims and values and are responsible for some staff appointments, including the head. Many of our responsibilities carry a statutory requirement. This means we are obliged by law to do things such as agree the annual budget.

Our role is sometimes described as a ‘critical friend’. This does not mean that we are there to criticise the head or the school. Instead we try to ask useful questions to gain a greater understanding of the school and to foster an ethos of continuous improvement.

Our recent Ofsted report in March 2018 identified the governors as a strength of the school and said:

'Governors know the school well and are proud of the inclusive ethos that school leaders have developed over time.  They share the leaders' high expectations and are highly ambitious for pupils.'

'Governors are knowledgable and provide robust challenge to the headteacher and co-headteacher.  Efficiently led by the chair of the governing body, they know the school's strengths and weaknesses well.  Governors are very well aware of the challenges the school faces with a large number of pupils joining the school at different times of the year.  They are proud of the strong progress pupils make from their different starting points.'

School Governing Body 2022-2023


Jill Harland


Foundation governors:

Debbie Smith (Chair of Governors) - Curriculum and Standards

Katie Haggerty - Early Years


Staff governor

Laura Hart - Equalities


Parent governors

Ashrat Bostan - Attendance lead and parental support

Hannah Harris - Finance Governor 

Hannah Harris is a parent to four boys, two of whom attend Brudenell.  Having only recently moved to Leeds she was delighted to discover such a great Primary school so close to her new home.  With a background in business and finance she is the link Governor for Finance.

Local Authority Governor

Jonathan Pryor - Child Looked After


Co-opted Governors

Naziya O'Reilly - Pastoral provision and well-being

Emma Inman - Curriculum and Standards

Anna Dobos (Vice - Chair of Governors) - Child Protection and pupil welfare


Governor Organisation for 2019-2020

From the new academic year, the governing body has been organised differently in order to maximise attendance and impact.

There will be six full governor meetings, one each half term and no subcommittees.

Each governor will be given an area of responsibility within school that they will develop their expertise of and will be expected to feedback on regularly; presenting relevant updates and findings to the full governing body. 

Subject Areas

Standards governor - Dave Klemm                                              SEND governor and LAC  - Jonathan Pryor

Safeguarding governor - Anna Dobos                                         Attendance and Punctuality and Parental Engagement - Ashrat Bostan

Early Years governor - Fhameeda Bi                                           Equalities governors - Laura Hart

Health and Safety governor - Shames Maskeen                          Finance governor - Debbie Smith

Curriculum governor - Naheed Khurshid                                    Pastoral Curriculum - Naziya O'Reilly


Governing Body meeting dates 2019 - 2020

Brudenell Primary School Full Governing Body Meetings take place four times per academic term. The dates for the Full Governing Body Meetings are as follows:-

Academic Year 2019/2020

  • Monday 23rd September 2019
  • Monday 25th November 2019
  • Monday 3rd February 2020
  • Monday 27th April 2020
  • Monday 13th July 2020
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