Brenda Brevitt - Chair of Governors, Community Governor
I have been a Governor at the College since 2006, initially as a Parent Governor. After a short break I returned as a Community Governor. I was elected Chair of Governors in 2010. I have a background in librarianship, research, project management, committee and senior leadership support, all of which help me to offer support and challenge to the senior leadership team and coordinate the work of a fantastic team of Governors as we strive to become an outstanding school that serves its community well.
I have a son in Year 11 and became a parent governor in 2009 to help drive up standards. After studying German, Swedish and International Relations at Surrey University, I taught commercial correspondence in Berlin before working in tourism in London and Edinburgh. More recently, I worked in local government, looking after twinning links and international projects. Following redundancy, I have re-trained to teach English as a foreign language to adults and enjoyed working as a volunteer at the 2012 London Olympics. Hobbies include being a keen member of a pub quiz team and travel.
I have worked as a Teacher of Science at Chessington Community College since September 2006. I am very proud working at Chessington Community College and seeing the transformation that has occurred over the years. My background has varied considerably before becoming a science teacher, working as a formulation chemist making cosmetics and healthcare products, being a trainee medic/surgeon, mud sampler, organic synthetic chemist (developing anti-cancer drugs) and working in the petrochemical industry. All these experiences have helped me aspire and bring to life my teaching practice.
I have lived in Chessington most of my life. My children have, in the main, been educated locally. I have seen –and lived through – the changes that have occurred as Chessington has grown into the community we have now. Most of my working life has been in the Customer Service Industry and I use my skills to help work colleagues/friends, students, parents and our partners. I joined the Education Sector in 2001. I am actively involved as a workplace representative for UNISON. I believe in the maxim “think globally, act locally”. I am hoping as a Governor to ensure that the best interests of all – staff, students, parents/carers, our partners and the wider community – are recognised and achieved; thereby continuing to build on the success here at Chessington Community College as a first choice school for our local children and their families and work towards becoming a centre of excellence.
I started teaching history, in Plymouth, in 1994. In 1998, I moved to London to become head of ICT and network manager at a school in Sutton. In 2002, I became an assistant principal in a school on the Isle of Dogs. In 2006, I became the deputy headteacher leading a federation of three schools in Lewisham. In 2009, I became the principal at Chessington Community College. I benefitted from superb teaching at a mixed comprehensive school in the midlands and I am passionately committed to ensuring the children of Chessington also receive an outstanding education.
I have been a Parent Governor since 2009 and presently have 2 of my 3 sons attending CCC in years 8 and 11. My third will start in 2013. After 11 years at home with my children, I returned to work in VIP client management and as a PA for a member of a foreign royal family. I now work as a Business Developer in the Aerospace industry. I have lived in Old Malden since 1996 and became a Governor to reflect my support for a rapidly improving local school and the community that we live in. My personal interests include travel, the arts, cooking and supporting Chelsea FC.
I have been a Parent Governor since October 2009. I am a primary school teacher and currently teach children with special needs at a school in Kingston. I have three children my eldest attended the college from 2000 – 2007 and my youngest son is currently in year 10. As a teacher, I have a passion to ensure all children reach their full potential whatever their ability and enjoy supporting the Governing body and leadership team at CCC to ensure this.
I am a retired qualified local government accountant and have a background in finance, facilities and customer services’ delivery at a senior level. I have been a member of a number of governing bodies within Surrey and Merton. My intention is to contribute to the improvements achieved by the college so far, and assist wherever possible, in the drive to ensure that the students of Chessington Community College have the opportunity to achieve their potential.
I am a parent governor, my daughter is in year 7. My background is in ICT and I have previously worked in a secondary school.
Having held various voluntary roles I have many skills to offer the college in its quest to becoming an outstanding school and supporting the college in ensuring pupils reach their full potential.
I have been clerking school governing bodies for 22 years with experience across community, voluntary aided and academy schools. I was Business Manager and clerk at a large Surrey primary which converted to academy status in August 2011 but left in August 2012 to concentrate on clerking and granny duties in a more part time role. I also assess clerking portfolios for clerks taking the Accredited Clerking qualification with Babcocks Education (linked to Surrey County Council). I became Clerk at Chessington Community College in September 2012 and am enjoying working with such enthusiastic, committed and friendly governors who are working hard to help the College journey towards becoming an outstanding school.