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Brayton Primary School Governors

School governing bodies are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education. Together with the headteacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management, they set the school's aims and policies.

  • To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • To hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • To oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent 

 They also carry out a number of other important duties, which include:

  • Determining how the school's budget is spent
  • The appointing and dismissing of staff
  • Hearing appeals and grievances
  • Forming policy on the school's curriculum and collective worship
  • Setting standards for pupils' behaviour and discipline
  • Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe
  • Setting and monitoring the school's aims and policies


Meet Our Governing Body


Bob Cochrane



Details for Bob Cochrane (interim Head Teacher) are coming soon ...

Pete Watson

Pete Watson


Hello folks, I’m Pete Watson (a.k.a. ‘Rev Pete’ to the pupils).  I’ve been the vicar at St Wilfrid’s Church in Brayton since Jan 2010. One of the things I love most about my role is getting into local schools to spend time with the pupils, staff and parents.  Being part of the Brayton Primary School community is just great.  It’s such a privilege to be involved in this special school, helping lead worship, having lunch with the children, being a governor, and in various other ways (being “sponged” at Sports Day springs to mind!).  I’m married to Charlotte, and we are very blessed with 3 girls.  I’m passionate about sharing the love of Jesus with those I meet and working towards a just society.  I also love chocolate brownies, the Lord of the Rings movies and rocky coastlines!  If I haven’t already, I hope to meet you soon!

Janet Grant

  I have been involved in the life of our school for more than 25 years; as a parent, a member of staff and as a governor. 
I cover some PPA sessions and deliver a range of interventions including Literacy support. 
I am the staff governor and I serve on the School Development Committee.

 Jane Keel

 Jane Keel


  I am a staff governor at Brayton VC C of E Primary School alongside my role as a class teacher. I also lead Religious Education and Worship across the whole school. 


Cliff Pritchard



Hello, I'm Cliff Pritchard and am a Foundation Governor with two children, one has now left the school and the other is  in Year 5i I sit on both the full governing body and the School Development Committee. I am an experienced Secondary teacher and have been Head of English at a local secondary academy. I am currently Vice Principal in charge of Teaching and Learning. I am fortunate to have a link to school through the church as I am also the organist at St Wilfrid's, Brayton.

Claire Hodgson



Details for Claire are coming soon




Claire Callaghan



I am the Chair of the Governing Body.  I was elected as a parent governor in September 2014 - I have a daughter in Year 4.  As well as serving on both the full governing body and Finance Committee, I am the Chair of the School Development Committee.  I am a qualified accountant and also work for NYCC clerking service, which puts me in a good position to keep abreast of the (ever-changing and increasing) demands on governors! This is a very exciting time to be a governor as we help take the school forward and support the staff and pupils in realising their potential to achieve great things in the coming years.


Joel Albyn



Hi, I'm Joel and a Parent Governor with two children at the school - one in the new 'nursery' and the other in year 1.  I've been a Governor since Sept 2014.  For my day job, I design and implement digital / ecommerce technology platforms, which hopefully puts me in a good place to support the school on all aspects of technology and ICT in the classroom. 


Wendy Thompson 



Hello, I’m Wendy Thompson and am a Local Authority Governor. As well as sitting on the full Governing Body, I am also a member of the School Development Committee and am link governor for literacy. I am an experienced Primary teacher and have taught in and around the local area.  Previously, I have had experience in senior leadership and as a staff governor. Although now semi-retired from full time teaching, I continue to have a great interest in all aspects of education and I am very proud to be a governor at Brayton C of E Primary.


Richard Walker



Hi, I’m Richard Walker a co-opted governor at the school. As well as being Vice-Chair of the Full Governing Body I am a member of the Finance Committee and the Health & Safety link. Prior to my retirement I served as a Firefighter for over thirty years the last seven of which were spent as a full time union official for the Fire Brigades Union. My wife Sue works at Brayton Primary as the Home School Link, together we have five grown up children and two grandchildren.

Catherine RushbyCatherine Rushby

Catherine Rushby


Hello, I’m Catherine and was elected as a Parent Governor in November 2015.  I work in Human Resources, specialising in Learning and Development.  In my role as a governor I will support and challenge the team to make sure each child is able to get their opportunity to shine and reach their full potential.


More details ...

Name                     Category of Governor Appointed By                 Term of Office                              Committee Membership               Positions of Responsibility   Relationship to
member of
school staff        
Member of any
other Governing Body  
Relevant Business 

Claire Callaghan

Parent Parents 4 years (ends 31/8/17) School Development Chair of Governors
- - Treasurer of Phazers Out of School Club



Joel Albyn Parent Parents 4 years (ends 16/10/18)  Finance & Resources

Chair of Finance Committee
STEM Link Governor

- - -



Pete Watson Foundation Diocese   Church School Group Rector Spouse is a teacher Barlow CE VC Primary School -



Cliff Pritchard Foundation Diocese 4 years (ends 20/4/19) School Development


- Federated EAB for England Lane 
and Simpson's Lane Academies (Wakefield LA)



Claire Hodgson Foundation Diocese   School Development - - - -



Wendy Thompson
Local Authority Nominated by LA 4 years (ends 31/8/17) School Development Language & Culture Governor - - -



Jane Keel Staff Governing Body 4 years (ends 31/8/17) School Development None - - -



Janet Grant Staff Governing Body 4 years (ends 31/8/17) School Development None - - -



Richard Walker Co-opted Governing Body 4 years (ends 16/9/19)

Finance & Resources

Vice Chair of Governors

Health & Safety Governor

Partner works as Home School Link - -



Catherine Rushby
Parents 4 years (ends 23/11/19) School Development Leadership Governor