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, my eldest who has just started at Binstead Primary School and my youngest who is at Casa dei Bambini Montessori. My two brothers, my sister and I all attended Binstead many years ago and I was pleased to be able to send my eldest 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 comprehensive schools 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 which was shortly after our oldest child started as a pupil at the school. We hope that our youngest child will also be able to join the school once old enough.

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

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 this a possibility for the next generation of youngsters.


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

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


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