The Governing Body

The Governing Body for academic year 2018 2019

Governing Body – October 2018

The role of the governing body – October 2018


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.






Mr Pat Doyle


Geoff Beswick


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.






Fr Paul Cartwright

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.





As Headteacher at Brierley I am happy in the knowledge that the school is well led by an excellent team of staff and well informed Governors.

Our parents and members of the community are a great support and we all work hard to make Brierley a successful school.

Governors are involved in all aspects of school life, monitoring, analysing and evaluating our policies, practices and outcomes.

I have been a Governor myself for some years in Doncaster and understand the value of being a ‘critical friend’ who supports and challenges in order to provide children with the best education we can within a safe, efficient environment.