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The Bridge Governors

Holmwood School and Nursery is part of the Inspiring Furtures through Learning Academy Trust. As such, is subject to advice and instruction by the Trust.


Holmwood and Ashbrook schools together make up a hard federation called The Bridge Partnership. Under the terms of this federation the schools have one Executive Head, Mrs Kelly Cursley, and one governing body, The Bridge Governors. The people responsible for the day-to-day running of the schools are the Head and the respective Senior Leadership Teams, and the main role of the governors is to support the schools in their delivery of an effective teaching and learning experience for the children in their care.


The Governing Body has a statutory responsibility to ensure that the schools are carrying out their duties of meeting various requirements laid down by the Trust and the Department for Education. These include aspects of the National Curriculum, financial accountability, and child protection and safeguarding. This is achieved by means of a variety of contacts between the governors and the schools, and the aims of these are to familiarise the governors with how the schools are operating in order that they may ascertain that the expected procedures and processes are in place. Governors are also required to be sufficiently informed to be able to offer challenge and effective support where necessary.


All Bridge Governors are expected to attend two meetings of the Full Governing Body (FGB) each term. At these meetings, matters concerning both schools are considered. In addition, individual governors are expected to make contact with the schools through formal visits and informal attendance at events taking place at the schools. Ideally, governors will provide a variety of skills and experience but, above all, it amounts to a willingness to commit time to providing support and challenge for the schools.


Currently the Bridge Governing Body comprises Staff Governors (including the Head), Parent Governors, MK appointed Governors, and co-opted Community Governors.



Meet the Governors

Together we make up the Bridge Partnership. This means that we are the Governors of both Ashbrook and Holmwood. All of us give our time, free of charge, endeavouring to ensure that your child’s education is the best it can be. We meet six times a year, generally at the start of every half term. During these meetings we discuss a variety of things that are happening in the schools, look at assessment data and discuss the schools finances.


Ashbrook and Holmwood are part of the wider Trust, IFTL and we are therefore supported by a wider team, schools and community.  It increases our ability to continue to provide the wonderful provisions at the schools.


If you would like to discuss anything with the governors, please email our clerk Fiona Vines on fvines@iftl.co.uk

My name is Helen Pidgeon and I am the Chair of Governors. I have been on the Governing Board for Holmwood and Ashbrook for the last four years. I am also the Governor of Safeguarding, Mental Health and Well-being in both the schools and I oversee Curriculum Development. I am a Governor at Two Mile Ash as well, which means that both Governor Boards can work closely together. I have two children, who both attend Two Mile Ash School. Before having my children, I was a primary school teacher.



My name is Helen Blackwell and I am the Vice-chair of Governors. I have been on the Governing Board for Holmwood and Ashbrook for the last eighteen months. I am also the Governor for Inclusion (focusing on Pupil Premium and SEND) and English in both the schools, as well as being the Development Governor for the Board. Outside of my Governorship, I have been a Youth Leader for almost nine years now, teaching children between the ages of five and eighteen years of age. I also work as a lunch and play assistant at a local primary school, with children between the ages of three and ten years old


My name is Julie Cameron. I recently joined the Governing Board for Holmwood School & Nursery and Ashbrook as one of their Staff Governors. I have a little girl in Year One at Holmwood. I work at Ashbrook School as a 1:1 SEND Teaching Assistant and I also volunteer for a couple of afternoons each week, doing odd jobs in and around the school setting. My previous job roles include Sales & Marketing and Recruitment. 


My name is Andrew Hodgson and I have recently joined the Governing Board for Holmwood and Ashbrook as a Parent Governor, also acting as the Maths focal. I have three children – two at Ashbrook, in Reception and Year Two and one at Two Mile Ash in Year Five. I have worked in the Retail sector for many years, previously in operational roles and more recently in a planning and investment capacity.


My name is Jane Watkins and I joined Ashbrook School in September 2019 as an Early Years Teacher. I am passionate about ensuring children follow their aspirations and improve their knowledge whilst at school.  I enjoy the oversight of school that being a Staff Governor provides and feel that I can contribute in a positive way to key decisions and discussions. I also feel that being a part of the Governing Body is invaluable to my own professional development. At a previous setting, I also held the role of a Staff Governor and held this role for four years.


My name is Nadia Dorville and I am a parent Governor. I am a fairly new Governor and have been on the Governing Board for Holmwood and Ashbrook for a little less than an academic year. I am also the Early Years link Governor. I have two children, one in Year Two and one in Year One, both at Ashbrook School. My background is predominantly HR, but I am currently employed by Milton Keynes Council as part of the School Improvement Team.