The Governing Body

The Role of the Governing Body

Governance Arrangements



Mr Scaife

I am Vincent Scaife, I became a governor in 2004 when my eldest daughter started at the school, between 2007 and 2016 I had the privilege of being Chair of Governors and with an excellent team of management, staff, parents, governors and of course the children.  We have seen the school go from strength to strength, it has grown in size but the ethos of the school has always been that of a community school where mine and your children are known by name.  I have been an active part of the Brierley community for many years helping in raising funds for the clock at St Paul’s, being a town Councillor and assisting in the running and organisation of several community groups.

I have had many roles in my career giving me different skills and experiences which have assisted me in being a governor. For the past 10 years I have worked for a charity supporting people with disabilities, enabling them to become more independent in their everyday lives. I have held several positions within the company but currently my role involves assessing the people we support for the use of Personalised Technology and how the impact of Technology can impact of their everyday lives.  


DSC09717Fr Ian McCormack (Chair)

I joined the governing body in 2013, when I became Vicar of the Parish of Grimethorpe with Brierley. As Brierley School is a Church School, the Vicar of the Parish in which St Paul’s Church is situated is an ex officio member of the governing body. I regularly conduct Collective Worship, both in school and in church, and play a full part in the life of the school, including (but not limited to) maintaining and developing the ethos of the School as a Christian foundation. I am also available to pupils, parents and staff for any matters of pastoral need. I became vice-chair of governors in 2015.







DSC09716Lisamarie Robinson

My name is Lisamarie Robinson and I’m a new parent governor at Brierley C of E school. I am a mother of three Leona, Kyle and Bradley. Leona attends the Brierley, and we all attend the local church, which has strong links to the school. I wanted to become a parent governor to give something back to the school and local community. I’ve also been a volunteer helper at the school and I found it very rewarding and have now gone on to do my teaching assistant training. For me, being a governor is a very rewarding  learning experience. Having attended governorship courses I now have a greater understanding of how much time and effort goes into running the school and making it as successful as it is. It’s a fantastic school where all children learn and play in a safe and happy environment, helping them to reach their full potential.





DSC09715Sue Burns

My first connection with Brierley CE school was when my daughter began reception class. I soon discovered it was an excellent choice of school and I joined the Governing body as a Foundation Governor in April 2015, with a view to giving something back to the community and to the school.

I am a specialist infection control nurse at BHNFT where I have been employed for over 25 years working in critical care and then specialising in Infection Control.

I am also a parishioner at St Paul’s and feel that the links between the school and church are a vital aspect of community life.

I hope to give my time and commitment to support the school and wider community.


DSC09713Beth Harding  (Vice-Chair)

I taught science in a secondary school until I had my family, I have three children, two of whom attend Brierley C of E School. Whist currently on a career break bringing up my family I feel I have the time to bring my experience and enthusiasm to the role of Community Governor at school. 

I have a long standing interest in education and in the local communities. I want every child at school to reach their full potential in a continuously improving high quality environment, and for the school to play its full part in the wider local community.







DSC09712Alison Lock

When the opportunity to become a parent governor arose in 2013 I was keen to apply for the position. In my job as a project manager for a large pharmaceutical company I am responsible for the delivery of projects to time, budget and high quality standards. The education of our children is a ‘project’ for staff and parents alike and this is where I feel that I can bring value to the governing body of this school in helping to ensure that we achieve the best for all our pupils.

As a parent governor it is important that I am aware of all aspects of the day to day management of the school and not just focus on what is happening in the class of my own child. It has been a steep learning curve for me and now I feel confident to be able to challenge and make suggestions for improvement where appropriate

In my spare time I am a keen runner.  I also enjoy cooking and socialising with friends and family which is why I feel the need to spend time at the gym too!

DSC09933Suzanne Hopkinson

My name is Suzanne Hopkinson and I am the Staff Governor.

I enjoy reading, walking and shopping, but most of my spare time is spent running around after my daughter and her dancing commitments.

I have been teaching for 21 years, most of which have been at Brierley CE Primary School.  I am coordinator for History, Geography, assessment and staff development and believe that as a teacher who knows the school very well, I can bring specialist knowledge and skills to the Governing Body. I will respond positively, constructively and honestly to questions from other governors.

I am a useful link between staff and the governing body and can put forward the viewpoints of staff and report back to them any relevant information.

As staff governor my first responsibility is to the school and governing body and I will always have the interests of the pupils at heart, socially, emotionally as well as academically.

DSC09731Ingrid Nippers

I have been a governor at this school since my eldest son was seven years old. He’s now 27 and a governor at his children’s school.  I have previously been a parent and foundation governor, although my current role is serving as a representative of our community. I have held the office of chairman and vice chair during this time. I am a member of the parochial church council of St. Luke the Evangelist Grimethrope with St. Paul the Apostle Brierley the local church and am also a lay magistrate on the Barnsley Bench. For my proper job I work  full time nights as a nurse on a busy surgical unit. I am a proud Nannan to three grand-daughters now.





IMG_1521Mike Reed (Headteacher)

The duties of the Governing Body are many and varied, ensuring that our lovely school operates effectively for the benefit of pupils and staff. I feel secure in the knowledge that the school is well led with a strong team of parents and friends, bringing together a wide range of strengths and experiences to help make the right choices for everyone. They monitor, evaluate and challenge many aspects of the life of the school, including the quality of teaching and learning, health and safety and best value. In doing so they are a ‘critical friend’ to Brierley, seeking to ensure that we are successful in everything that we do. During the last Ofsted inspection the lead inspector noted that “leaders and managers know the school extremely well, ……they plan in meticulous detail to ensure that pupils receive the highest quality of education”.

I have been involved with education in Barnsley for many years and enjoy the challenges and diverse responsibilities that headship brings. Through the Barnsley Local Authority  and Wakefield Diocese, I support other schools on their developmental journeys and became a qualified Ofsted inspector in the 90s. Whilst I enjoy visiting different schools and meeting with other colleagues, I like to return to my ‘home’ in Brierley where I am proud to manage such a wonderful school community.