The Governors at Binstead Community Primary School are seeking to recruit new Governors who have the skills, experience and expertise to support and challenge the leadership of the school.

What is a governor?

  • The Board of Governors has overall responsibility for running a school, in terms of legal requirements, the curriculum and how the budget is spent
  • They work closely with both the Headteacher and the staff
  • They play an active role in the strategic planning and development of the School Development Plan (SDP)
  • They participate in school self-evaluation through monitoring standards, progress implementation of the SDP and ensure compliance with policies

What input is required?

  • The governors aim to meet each half term, with the Finance Committee also meeting on a regular basis
  • They carry out monitoring visits twice a year where we each meet with a nominated subject lead
  • Visits to the school throughout the year help to support events and celebrations whenever we possibly can
  • There are training courses held both internally and externally

What do we need?

  • New governors to support the running of our school, either from parents or other members of the community

If you, or someone you know, would be interested in becoming a school Governor, and feel you have the skills and expertise to support the school in these areas, please contact the Clerk to Governors on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Information on Governors

The Governors have the overall responsibility for the running of the school.  They are responsible for seeing that the school fulfils its legal requirements (for example with regards to the curriculum), they decide how to allocate the school budget and they appoint the head and teaching staff.  In all these areas the Governors work closely with the Headteacher and school staff.

The Governors play an active role in strategic planning and in developing the School Development Plan (SDP). They participate in school self evaluation through monitoring standards, progress of implementation of the SDP and compliance with policies.

Governors are always pleased to hear the views of parents and carers. We have two parent governors who you may see in and around the school. We also often have Governors attending school events and celebrations as well regularly visiting the school in their monitoring role. If you would like to speak with a Governor, please contact the Clerk to Governors through the School Office.

The full governing body aims to meet each half term. In addition, the Finance Committee meets on a regular basis to review the income and expenditure, staffing arrangements and premises/health and safety matters.

The governors visit the school throughout the year and support the school in events and celebrations whenever possible.  Governors attend relevant training courses within the school and externally.  They are involved in interviewing candidates for staff vacancies when they arise. 

For more information about the Governing body, please click the links below. 


Meet the Governors

Rebecca Chessell – Head Teacher (Appointed 01/09/2017)

I was appointed as Head Teacher at Binstead on the 1st September 2017. I have been a Head Teacher in both smaller and larger Primary Schools on the Island since 2014, and I have been teaching for over 17 years. I have a passion for ensuring all children access the best education, having high standards for Teaching and Learning across the school, and working with the Governing Body and all stakeholders to continue the improvement journey of the school. I have a particular interest in Special Education Needs and I am a qualified SENDCo.

I will strive to lead the school on its journey from Good towards Outstanding, enabling a balance of Quality First Teaching and an enriched curriculum to excite and motivate the children.

Gemma Cook - Chair of Governors, Term of Office (18/09/2018 - 17/09/2022) 

I became a parent governor at Binstead Primary School in September 2018. I have two boys at Binstead. My two brothers, my sister and I all attended Binstead many years ago and I was pleased to be able to send my children to the school and to become a governor. I want to give something back after receiving such a high standard of education myself. My Grandad used to be a governor at Binstead so it is nice to follow in his footsteps and I aim to do as good a job as he did for the school and the children.
I am a Solicitor and Partner in a local law firm and hope that my experiences in dealing with management of a business and people will make me a useful addition to the governing body.

Margaret Armstrong- Co-opted Governor, Term of Office (19/09/2018 - 18/09/2022)

I was a teacher of French and Spanish in secondary schools for 41 years. I taught for 6 years in a grammar school, for 23 years in comprehensives and for 12 years in an independent school and, during my teaching career, I was a Head of Department and a Head of Year. Although I am now retired, I continue to be interested in all aspects of education and I am keen to support my local primary school, which is providing the vital building blocks for a child’s education.

Kate Redrup - Vice-Chair of Governors - Parent Governor, Term of Office (07/12/2017 - 06/12/2021)

I became a parent governor in December 2017, shortly after our oldest son started as a pupil at Binstead Primary School. Our youngest child now also attends the school. Following the completion of a 4-year term as a parent governor, I am now the Vice Chair and have just started a term as co-opted governor.

I was lucky enough to grow up on the Isle of Wight, with a very happy and fulfilling childhood and education. In being a governor at Binstead Primary School, I hope to be able to play a small part in making the same a possibility for the next generation of youngsters.

As well as being a mum to two young children, I also work full time as a Portfolio Delivery Manager at Liz Earle. This role requires me to be both organised and pragmatic, whilst maintaining relationships with a wide range of stakeholders. These are skills that come in handy in my role as a governor in order to benefit the wider school community. Both during my PhD and my working life to date, I have also spent a significant amount of time volunteering as a STEM Ambassador and promoting the sciences to children. This is something that I am passionate about, both in my working and home lives.

Heidi Bruin - Staff Governor, Term of Office (01/07/2019 - 30/06/2023)

I am employed by the school as a teaching assistant and have worked at the school for 12 years with experience in most year groups. My daughter also attended Binstead so I have always had an interest in the school. Prior to working in schools, I spent 14 years working in London as a Sales Customer Service Manager for an incoming tour operator. I previously served as a parent governor and am glad to be back on the board.

Charlotte Bowerman - Parent Governor, Term of Office (25/01/2022 - 24/01/2026)

Having attended Binstead Primary school myself when growing up on the Island I was so pleased to be elected as Parent Governor in December 2021. With my eldest son currently in year 6, another son in year 3 and my twin girls set to join reception in September it felt like the right time to invest in supporting the school.

Working full time as a Head of Portfolio for No7 Beauty Company there are many transferable skills I bring to the role of Governor, including strategic planning, developing continuous improvement plans and holding stakeholders to account.

I am looking forward to working with the Governing body to ensure the best possible educational experience for all the pupils.

Pat Anderson - Co-opted Governor, Term of Office

I moved from West Sussex to the Island with my husband in 2017 when we came to join a friend leading a local church. I have a varied financial background including 9 years as a Bursar in a large first and middle school of 800 pupils, and then 6 years as Business Manager of a High school. I currently manage the finances of a number of small charities on a self employed basis.

I am so pleased to be able to support the school, they are such special places and it’s great to feel that I can be of use in some way.

We have 2 daughters and 3 lovely grandsons with another due later this year, all of whom live on the mainland.  I love gardening and knitting when time permits, and of course travelling to see our family.


If you would like to contact the Governing Body, please direct any correspondence or enquiries to the Clerk, Claudine Russell, by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Important Public Documents

Constitution BinsteadPrimary

Declarations BinsteadPrimary

Governor Responsibilities 2021

Governors meeting dates 2020-21

Governors Attendance 2020-21


Instrument of Government - February 2015