I initially started as a Parent Governor last year when my daughter was 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 a Parent Governor since 2009 and 2 of my 3 sons attend CCC in years 7 and 9. My eldest left year 11 in 2013. I have worked in VIP client management, as a PA for a member of a foreign royal family and as a Business Developer in the Aerospace industry. I have now started my own business. I 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 and supporting Chelsea FC.
Brenda Brevitt, Co-opted 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 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 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 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 am a Community Governor having lived in the Borough since 1982. I run a Social Enterprise Company, Community upon Thames and a sculpture garden and gallery. I have 3 children and 1 grandchild and want to do my best to help young people get a good start in life, especially in terms of future work. I hope I can help with links to the outside world and enrich the school experience. I am delighted to be working with a great team at a great school.
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 11. 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 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 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 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.