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Bradon Forest School

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Governing Body

Our Governing Body leads and supports our school. Governors work closely with the staff at Bradon Forest to improve the school in every way possible.

The Chair of Governors is Mr John Scott who can be contacted via the e-mail and phone number below.

Athelstan Trust Board of Directors 

Mr Richard Boggis-Rolfe (Chair)

Mr Alex Brooks

Mr Glyn Collen
Ms Kath Darby
Mr David Few

Ms Karen Frost
Mr Tim Gilson
Mr Graeme Martin
Mrs Fiona Orwin
Mr William Webster (Vice Chair) 




If you would like to be a Bradon Forest School governor
contact us:  e-mail
or phone 01793 770570.  


To contact the Governing Body about anything please email


Bradon Forest School Local Governing Body 

Local Governors
Mr Robin Hindle 
Mr Nicholas Lindley 
Mrs Claudine Pettman
Mr John Scott (Chair)

Staff Governors
Mrs Julie Dickson
Mrs Sarah-Jayne Wood

Parent Governors
Mrs Ailsa Firth
Mrs Emma McCarthy


Clerk to the Governors
Mrs Helen Wallace

Declaration of Interests and Attendance 2018-19
Download Local Governing Body Structure 2019 - 20
Download Scheme of Delegation
Download Athelstan Trust Scheme of Governance
Download Local Governing Body Constitution and Terms of Reference

Here are short portraits of our Governors:

Ailsa Firth joined the Local Governing Body in March 2018. She is the parent of a student in Year 7. Ailsa has a strong interest in education and how to bring out the best in young people. She is currently the Human Resources Director at a locally based employer - Arval UK, part of the BNP Paribas Group. Last year, as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility focus, Ailsa led the Arval Inspires Programme aimed at partnering and supporting local schools. They have assisted in areas such as CV writing, interview skills, work experience, and volunteering on environmental projects. They have also provided coaching to members of school middle/senior leadership teams. Ailsa has been working most closely with Nova Hreod School having formed a partnership via Business In The Community (BITC). This experience has provided the stimulus for her to become a School Governor.

Robin Hindle works for Nationwide Building Society and has sat on the Bradon Forest Governing Body since March 2006.

Nick Lindley joined the Local Governing Body in July 2017. Now on his second career he currently works for Cranfield University at Shrivenham, having previously been Head of Business Planning for a national construction company.  His first career was in the Royal Marines where he served for a varied and well-travelled thirty years.  Nick's background is in project and change management, leadership, team building, education and strategy development.  He joined the LGB in order to give something back after a privileged military career that included substantial investment through education.  He also wanted to contribute to the community where he now lives.  Nick has specific responsibility on the LGB for Global Citizenship and Modern Foreign Languages.  He is married to Emma, who works as a Student Support Advisor at the School.  They have two grown up children.

Emma McCarthy joined the Local Governing Body in March 2016. She has been a Primary school teacher since September 1994 working across the primary age group at three Swindon Schools and is currently working in Reception at a North Swindon primary. She has two children, one attending Bradon Forest School and the other at a North Swindon primary. Emma’s specialism is Religious Education and she is a member of the North Swindon Baptist church and runs a youth group with her husband.

Claudine Pettman is a mother of four children, all with SEN and medical needs and all attending the Purton Schools. Claudine has been a governor at Bradon Forest for three years and she has been working at St Mary's Primary School for the last four years as a Senior MDSA/Play Leader. She is training to be a Teaching Assistant. Claudine is Vice Chair of the Staffing Committee and is the SEND link governor.

John Scott joined the Local Governing Body in March 2016.  In September 2017 he took on the role of Chair of the Local Governing Body. John is a retired professional with experience in Programme Management, Change Management, HR including recruitment, performance management and staff development, Coaching and Mentoring, Financial Planning and Management, Strategic Planning, Risk Management and Health and Safety. He is also a trained Executive Coach. Prior to moving to Purton in August 2014, John had extensive involvement as a governor at a small rural C of E Primary School. He has held the positions of Vice Chair, Chair of the Headteacher’s Performance Management Committee and was a member of the Pay Committee. He was also the Training Liaison Governor and the certified Safer Recruitment Governor. 

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