There is an executive head who has overall responsibility for Brindishe Green, Brindishe Lee and Brindishe Manor Schools. Each school also has a headteacher who is responsible for the day-to-day leadership and management, and at Brindishe Green, we have three deputy headteachers, and an assistant headteacher who is also our Inclusion Lead.
There is a full time teacher for every class from nursery to year 6. All teachers have time ‘out of the classroom’. This is used to prepare plans and resources, to assess children’s learning, attend training and to support curriculum and staff development. When one of our class teachers is out of class we ask one of our own or ‘in-house’ teachers to work with the class. This means that the children are taught by someone who knows them and the way things work at Brindishe Green.
We have many teaching assistants in school to support children with their learning. They may be attached to a particular class, year group or key stage, eg EYFS, and work alongside class teachers. They may be supporting individual children or they may work with groups of children or provide general help in classrooms and around the school. Teaching assistants are seen as equal members of staff, receive training and are consulted in all matters of school policy and practice. We have a range of additional specialist teachers, teaching assistants and coaches who offer expertise in specific areas of the curriculum, for example, sport and music.
We have an Inclusion Lead, a Safeguarding and Attendance Officer, and access to a school based therapeutic service. These professionals support children for whom learning or relationships may be difficult and they work with families who need extra help or advice.
Our administrative staff in the school office deal with a broad range of tasks including supporting admissions to the school, managing the wide range of clubs and extra curricular activities we offer children, administering children’s lunchtime arrangements and dealing with all financial matters.
The school has a School Business Manager who administers the school budget and ensures that we follow local and national audit requirements. Our premises officers are responsible for the upkeep, safety and security of the school building, site and grounds, and, of course, its users! Our IT Technician ensures that our computing equipment, software and platforms all run efficiently in order to support staff, families and the children.
A team of lunchtime playleaders are responsible for ensuring the safety and well- being of children at lunchtime in conjunction with the senior leadership team.
Brindishe Green staff work together as a team. We encourage team planning and teaching and shared responsibility. The teaching staff are able to teach and work with children of all ages and share in developing areas of the curriculum and school policy. This means that all staff will get to know, and probably teach, your child at some stage of their primary school career.
Staff at the Brindishe Schools regularly share ideas, expertise and resources. They plan inter-school projects and support each other’s professional development. They are our professional partners.