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This school has a local governing body (LGB) which is responsible for making day to day decisions on the running of the school. Its power is delegated from trustees of the main multi-academy trust board.

The LGB consists of members of the local community interested in education and no formal qualifications are required as full training is given. The headteacher is automatically a member of the LGB by nature of their position, but cannot be chair. Parents are welcome to join the LGB and when there are vacancies, we particularly welcome applicants with skills in managing budgets, legal work, human resources, running a business or any work connected with young people.

Any governor vacancies will also be advertised here.

The Chair of Governors, Duncan Fraser, can be contacted via the school, by post to Brotherton and Byram Community Primary Academy, Low Street, Brotherton, Knottingley, West Yorkshire WF11 9HQ or by email: admin.bbs@ebor.academy

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Pen Portraits Brotherton and Byram LGB
Mr Duncan Fraser (Chair) (Trust Appointed)Duncan started in governance as a parent governor almost 8 years ago, and he is now a trust appointed governor as well as a member of the Ebor board of trustees. He became chair of governors shortly after the school was placed in special measures in 2013 and he is immensely proud to have been part of the journey that has brought the school to the GOOD academy it is today. He has been a secondary maths teacher for 15 years and currently works as Director of Learning at a large outstanding school in York. In his spare time he supports a local scout group and is becoming an increasingly active part of the local athletics club his children attend. He enjoys nothing more in his holiday time than travelling around the uk with his family, always finding new and interesting places to explore.
Mrs Beverley Fletcher (Headteacher)Bev started at Brotherton and Byram school as an Assistant Head in 2013 as part of a new leadership team, taking the school from an Ofsted judgement of special measures to good. She then became Head of School in 2016, moved to another Academy Trust school in 2017 before returning as Headteacher at Brotherton in March 2019. She worked in other North Yorkshire schools before joining the Brotherton and Byram team and was involved in some LA school improvement projects. Bev is passionate that every child should be at the centre of decisions made in school and children’s positive wellbeing is the bedrock of academic success. Providing wide opportunities and ensuring the curriculum fits the needs of the children at Brotherton is very important to her. Bev enjoys spending time with family, walking the family dogs, travelling and upcycling furniture.
Mr Ben Greene (Staff Governor)Ben joined the Brotherton and Byram team in 2018 as the EYFS teacher and Assistant Head of school. He has worked in academies across three local authorities as an infant teacher with a commitment to enabling young children to get the very best start with their learning in school through a broad and rich curriculum. Ben has been an EYFS SLE, an LA moderator and an experienced mentor passionate about seeing school staff continue to develop their practice. As well as serving as a governor in two schools, Ben is a leader at his local church and runs groups to support fathers and young families at the weekend. He is also kept very busy by his three young boys walking, reading and gardening.
Mrs Karen Lilley (Parent Governor)Karen is a parent governor, who has an active interest in the school and parent voice. She is an experienced Special Needs and Early years teacher. Most of her teaching career spent at the same school Karen has seen 4 outstanding OFSTEDS in her field. She joined Brotherton at the point of academisation and supported the school through its journey to being OFSTED good. Karen coordinates outdoor learning and forest schools for 200 pupils across 2 schools additional to her teaching commitments. Karen is also a trustee and secretary for a local village hall committee and owns somewhat of a zoo at home with an array of animals.
Mrs Diane Baxter (Trust Appointed)Originally from Buckinghamshire, Diane started her professional life in the field of emergency medicine as clinical lead in an ICU. Ater many years, as a committed Christian, she trained for ministry within the Church of England and “moved North” after accepting a position as Associate Minister and Diocesan Evangelist for a C of E initiative, “Church without Walls”. She has led ministries in Uganda, Taiwan, Tanzania......and Holmfirth! Following years of travel, Diane was asked to set up the first Nurture Unit within Kirklees, helping children to reach their full potential. Finally, after a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis, she combined all her various roles and undertook a Bsc in Psychology with Derby University, ultimately going into private practice. She has been married to Paul for 34 years, has two daughters and 6 amazing grandchildren!
Revd Sharon Brown (Trust Appointed)Mother Sharon is the Parish Priest for Brotherton and Byram, and Ferrybridge. She spent 25 years as a peripatetic music teacher for North Yorkshire County Council and the City of York Council, teaching drums, percussion and classroom music. Sharon was Head of the Performing Arts Centres in York for several years before being ordained in the Church of England in 2014. After living in Leeds for most of the last 38 years she took up her current post in 2018. She is also the chaplain to the Company of Servers in the Diocese of Leeds. Sharon is mum of 2, having been a single parent for the last 16 years.
Mrs Maureen Benson (Trust Appointed)Maureen has enjoyed a career in Education spanning 40 years. She has taught in both Primary and Secondary Schools and has been a headteacher in four schools including 20 years in a large school judged to be Outstanding by OFSTED. As a Local Authority School Improvement Adviser Maureen worked closely with staff and governors at Brotherton and supported them on their journey to OFSTED Good. Since retiring she now has the time to share her experience and skills in this happy and successful school.
Maureen loves travelling and visiting new places and spending time with her four young grandsons.
Parent Governor Vacancy

Meet the Governors

Revd Sharon Brown

Trust Appointed Governor

Diane Baxter

Co-opted Governor

Maureen Benson

Safeguarding Governor

Bev Fletcher


Ben Greene

Staff Governor

Duncan Fraser

Chair of Governors & Health & Safety Governor

Karen Lilley

Parent Governor & SEN Governor