Governing Body

Background Information
Welcome from the governors of The Brentwood Ursuline Convent High School (BUCHS). The role of the Governing Body is to maintain high standards by setting targets for school improvement, assist in the development of strategy, and help sustain the school's good standing in the local community. We have a range of powers and responsibilities which we are legally required to carry out.

We are immensely proud to be involved in a learning community that aims to encourage and promote the desire in each individual student to achieve his or her best. We are fortunate to have teachers and support staff who are caring, committed, and extremely hard working as well as highly supportive parents and students that are motivated, friendly and well mannered.

As part of our responsibility for ensuring that BUCHS is a safe, secure environment for its students and staff, the governors take an active interest in all areas of school life. By working closely with the Headteacher and the senior leadership team, and through listening to the views of staff, students, parents and carers we strive to make decisions that result in the best possible education for all of our students.

Governors are appointed from within the school and the local community and Diocese so they have knowledge of the school and the population it serves. Membership consists of the Headteacher, Foundation Governors, Parent Governors, Staff Governors, and Community Governors.
The Governing Body meets on a monthly basis, and a full list of the current members appears below. Some of our work is carried out by working groups, each of which report to the full Board. All governors are required to undergo a DBS check on appointment and are provided with training on induction and throughout their term of office to ensure a full understanding of the role and responsibilities.
In our most recent Ofsted Inspection (May 2014) Governance was described as follows:

'In common with the school as a whole, the governing body has used the last 19 months to identify its strengths and build upon them very effectively by making improvements in some key areas. It has significantly increased and improved its corporate knowledge of the quality of teaching by overseeing rigorous reviews of subject departments. It has also improved the thoroughness with which it analyses performance data and challenges the school to raise standards.
Governors ask searching questions of the school's leadership to check whether targets are being met and are very clear on the link between teacher performance and outcomes for pupils. They have played a key role in ensuring that the performance management of teachers has improved in its rigour and pay rises are awarded only when performance is good or better. This is now a strong driver for improvement across the school.
The Chair and Deputy Chair of Governors work extremely hard for the school and take charge of areas such as child protection and safety. The governors ensure that the school meets all statutory safeguarding requirements.
Governors brought onto the governing body more recently have provided fresh impetus and new skills in, for example, performance management and business processes. There are some particularly strong parent governors who demonstrate a clear understanding of their role in ensuring that the school's trajectory of improvement is maintained. '

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Department/Area Designated Governor
Art & Technology Mr Andrew Binnell
ICT / Business Studies / Computing Mr David Tee
Careers and work related learning Mr Nicholas Holmes
Child Protection including all vulnerable groups Mr Eugene O'Riordan
English / Drama Vacancy
Geography Mrs Lisa Hepher
Health and Safety Mr Trevor Kemp
History / Government & Politics Mr Nicholas Holmes
Learning Support & Pupil Premium Mr Trevor Kemp
Library Vacancy
Maths & Economics Mr Del Sammy
Modern Foreign Languages  Mr Trevor Kemp
Music Mr David Tee
PE / Dance Mr Del Sammy
RE / Psychology / PSHE Fr Gary Dench
Sciences Dr Helen Purdie 
Chaplaincy  Fr Gary Dench
Sixth Form  Mrs Angela Gander
TBC Mr Mark Butcher














Trevor Kemp Foundation 01.10.20

Chair of Governors; MFL inc. Latin

& Classics; Pupil Premium

None None  
Eugene O'Riordan Foundation 13.12.21

Child Protection inc. all vulnerable


None None  
Lisa Hepher Foundation 01.10.20 Geography None None  
Helen Purdie Foundation 02.05.23 English inc. Drama; Library None None  
Gary Dench Foundation 24.09.23

Chaplaincy Committee; RE & Psychology;


None None  
Andrew Binnell Parent 01.10.20

Vice Chair of Governors; Art &




Solutions Ltd

Del Sammy Parent 01.09.23 Maths; PE inc. Dance None None  
David Tee Community 01.10.20 ICT; Business Studies; Music None None  
Stacey Pether Community 11.10.21 Sciences None None  
Richard Wilkin Headteacher n/a   None


Alice Baird Staff 03.03.24   None None  
Nicholas Holmes Foundation 13.11.22

Careers and work related learning;

History/Govt & Politics

None None  
Angela Gander Foundation


Sixth Form

None St Joseph the Worker  
Mark Butcher Foundation 02.11.24   Iceberg Internal Audit Solutions Ltd St Bedes Catholic P&N