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Meet the Governors

Governor Roles for 2020/21

  • Chair: Helen Durbin

Specific Governor Responsibilities:

  • Safeguarding: Alex Rylance
  • SEND: Helen Durbin
  • Pupil Premium Grant: Rachel Evans
  • Development: Liz Lord
  • Health & Safety: James Turner
  • GDPR Monitoring: John Bragg
  • EYFS Monitoring: Helen Durbin
  • In addition to these, our Deputy Heads are all Associate Members and any member of the Senior Leadership Team may attend meetings to bring reports for Governors to review.

Helen Durbin

Helen Profile Photo

I became a governor in 2017, firstly at the Junior School as a co-opted governor, and now at the Primary School as a parent governor. During this time I have been able to acquire considerable experience - taking a lead on monitoring safeguarding, participating in the Headteacher recruitment process in collaboration with the Local Authority, and working with both Infant and Junior governors on the amalgamation in 2019. All of this was in addition to the usual business of being a school governor – it was a busy couple of years!

Both my children attend Holly Spring, one in Key Stage 1 and the other in Key Stage 2. Having previously worked at the Junior School as a Family Support Advisor, and living locally, I was keen to invest in the school and lend my time and skills if they could be of use.

I’m currently serving my second year as Chair of the Primary board and have specific responsibility for monitoring safeguarding. This means working closely with the senior leadership in school to review safeguarding practices and holding the school to account for putting in place the correct measures to keep all Holly Spring children safe.

John Bragg

John Bragg(2)

I have been a School Governor at Holly Spring schools since 2011 when I was co-opted onto the Governing Body for my range of commercial experience, which includes Brand Strategy, Marketing and Technology. I have also directed Site and Operations, as well as running Design studios including my own. These transferable skills have underpinned my time on the Full Governing Body, supporting previous roles such as chair of the Finance and Resource committees, more recently as a member of the Working Party for the Amalgamation, and current responsibilities including GDPR Monitoring.

My focus is on supporting both the short and long-term requirements of the school, and most importantly our children, to the best of my ability.

During my time on the governing body I have also had one child go all the way through school, with another currently enjoying the benefits of being in a Primary school.

Nathalie Davy

I became a parent governor during the 2020 pandemic.  I only moved to the area just before my daughter joined Key stage 1 last year and we live locally to the school.

I have a previous background in Early Years Education, in a leadership role. Due to this am used to education frameworks, policies and OFSTED inspections. I also was the designated inclusion representative and completed required training to be a safeguarding deputy for our setting.

I am now working for the Crown prosecution service, and throughout the pandemic I have been in a health & safety, security and facilities role, which has been rather challenging.

All these experiences have shown me how transferable all my skills can be and I want to use them to the best of my ability to help the school, and our children to have the best educational experiences possible.


Rachel Evans

Rachel Evans(2)

I became a Co-Opted Governor in 2018, and my daughter attends Holly Spring in Year 5. I am a qualified school business manager at a local school which helps me to understand the financial pressures that the school is under. In turn I am able to challenge that the school spends their delegated funds strategically and in a way that achieves the best outcomes for our children at Holly Spring Primary. 

In addition to the main governing board, I currently sit on the on the pay committee and the area that I monitor is the Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) 

Liz Lord

Liz Lord

I joined Holly Spring Primary in September 2019 as a Year Leader and I am also a mentor and part of the maths team. Although new to the school, I am an experienced teacher, who is passionate about working with children of all abilities and needs and ensuring all pupils are provided with the teaching and support needed (both educationally and personally) in order to achieve their very best. 

Upon joining Holly Spring, I instantly felt part of the inclusive community that surrounds it and it was this that made me want to stand for staff governor and give something more to the school. Through being a staff governor I hope to support the school as it continues its journey to excellence. 

Alex Rylance

Alex Rylance

Why you chose to stand as a governor?

I was looking to get involved with a local school in a governor capacity as I felt I wanted to support a school through COVID and beyond using my knowledge and experience of external business.  

What your background/current role is?

My current role is working within Human Resources for a large retail business. I have a history of working within large businesses that have gone through growth and change. I have a Masters from the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development

What subject you are in charge of monitoring?

I have specific responsibility for monitoring safeguarding.

What is your area of interest?

As a new governor, I will be looking at how I can use my experience to support the school achieve the yearly plan

James Turner

James Turner

I am the Local Authority Governor, and have been at Holly Spring Primary school for over 5 years previously within the Infant school.  I live locally and have two children, both of which have or do currently attend the school.  My eldest is now at secondary school and my youngest is in Year 5. I have previously sat on the School Finance committee and have a keen interest in ensuring the facilities within and around the school are the best they can be to aid learning.  I am also the Health and Safety Governor. I am a qualified Civil Engineer and currently work for Bracknell Forest Council within the Highways and Transport section but before you ask, no all the road works aren't down to me! In my spare time I help run an U14's football team and I like to play tennis. You may see me around the school either in my capacity as a governor or as a parent so if you want to have a chat or have any questions you want to raise with the Governing body I would be happy to speak to you.

What do governors do?

Do you wonder what governors do for our school and what are the responsibilities they hold? Please see the document below, which shows how we contribute to the success of Holly Spring Primary School. There are many areas of responsibility for the Head Teacher, but she will bring reports and updates to the governing body, and we will visit the school to see evidence for ourselves.


Objectives for this academic year

Each year, the governors agree their strategic objectives for the coming year. This year they are:

  • Support the school and Senior Leadership Team in its first year as an amalgamated Primary School.
  • Monitor the progress in the key focus areas for school development.
  • Engage with all stakeholders across the school community.

Governor Vacancy

More Information

If you are interested in becoming a school governor please contact the clerk to the governing body at clerk@hsprimary.uk, or chair@hsprimary.uk to register your interest or gain more information. Alternatively, you can email governor.services@bracknell-forest.gov.uk for other governor roles within the borough.

Governing Body Information

This section contains statutory information for our governors. Please click on the links below for:

Instrument of Government

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