Rich Evans – Chair of Governors (Quality of Education and finance governor) – VAT Appointed
I am delighted to be the board appointed chair of governors for Millbrook school.
I have lived in Oxfordshire for 25 years having grown up in the West Midlands. After 17 years in banking and finance, I have been teaching business and economics for 12 years. As an experienced teacher and Assistant Headteacher responsible for the quality of teaching, I am passionate about high quality learning and the impact this can have on student progress. I was the first member of my family to go to University and the confidence and challenge inspired by my teachers was a key part of this. I am keen all students, regardless of background, reach their potential enabling them to pursue their passions and make ambitious choices for their future.
Tim Benbow – Vice Chair (Staff development and Health and safety Governor) – VAT Appointed
I have lived in Wantage since 2005. My two daughters both attend primary schools within the Vale, Academy Trust, one in Reception and the other in Year 3. I am a university lecturer, working for King’s College London in the department that teaches at the Staff College at Shrivenham. I teach history and international politics, and joined the College in 2004. Before that I taught at Oxford and Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth. With a background of more than 25 years of teaching in universities, I am passionate about the value of education in transforming lives and developing potential. I have particularly fond memories of my time at my own primary school (Bucklebury C. of E., a few miles down the road in Berkshire), and would hope that every child could have the same happy experience and strong start in education that I had.
My association with Millbrook began in January 2018 when I joined the Local Governing Body as a trust-appointed governor. I have recently been elected as Vice-Chair.
Sarah Martin – (Safeguarding & SEND Governor) – VAT Appointed
Having lived in the Wantage area for the last 19 years, I have seen many changes within the community. My son attended both primary and secondary school in Wantage and is now in his final year at Liverpool University studying Mathematics with Finance. Before joining the teaching profession, I worked for ten years in the civil service as a Personal Assistant to the Garrison Commander, whilst my husband served with the British Armed Forces in Germany. For the last 13 years I have worked in education within the local community.
I am passionate about the safeguarding and wellbeing of children and young people, and strive to ensure that they are at the centre of everything I do. For me, school needs to be a place of inspiration and awe, where children and young people are nurtured to be the very best they can be, regardless of any adversity or challenge which they may encounter.
Steve Rose – Executive Headteacher
I am delighted to introduce myself as the Executive Headteacher at Millbrook Primary School. Having joined the school in September 2019 to take up the position, I have been lucky enough to work with the previous Acting Head Teacher (Mrs Hazel Pittard) which gave me a fantastic insight into leading such a wonderful school. I intend to ensure that Millbrook continues to grow through the same ethos, care and values that it has built up over a long period of time, whilst also striving to improve the children’s learning experiences.
The role of Executive Headteacher gives me the opportunity to channel into Millbrook experiences, roles and leadership positions I’ve held in the past. As the Executive Headteacher, my role is to oversee the strategic leadership of both Millbrook Primary and Charlton Primary (another two form primary school within the Vale Academy Trust). Having children of school-age myself, I really value the opinions and concerns of parents. I hope that together, we can continue to take the school forward and make Millbrook Primary School the best it can be.
Rosie Donnellan (Pupil voice governor) – Staff Governor
I am delighted to have been appointed as the staff governor for Millbrook School. I am going into my tenth year of teaching, and my fourth year in the Vale Academy Trust. I have also spent four years at Manor Primary School in Didcot and two years in London schools (Hackney and Croydon). I have lived in Oxfordshire most of my life and I have recently moved to Kennington, so I am doing a fair amount of house renovation at the moment, alongside dog-walking, playing hockey, watching the World Cup and wedding planning! I am passionate about making Millbrook School the best it can be, with a specific interest in providing opportunities and an inclusive curriculum for all students stemming from my initial teacher training with Teach First. Furthermore, I am keen to progress my career by finding out more about the financial and strategic running of the school. I am looking forward to meeting the governors and contributing to the future of Millbrook.