There is an executive head who has overall responsibility for Brindishe Lee, Brindishe Green and Brindishe Manor Schools. Each school also has a headteacher who is responsible for its day-to-day leadership and management. Brindishe Manor also has a deputy headteacher who supports and works alongside the headteacher.
There is the equivalent of a full time teacher for every class and sometimes classes have two teachers who work part of the week each and share responsibility for the class. Teachers are flexible and will sometimes work with different age groups to share their skills and broaden their experience. All teachers have time ‘out of the classroom’. This is known as PPA time (time for planning, preparation and assessment). It is used to prepare plans and resources, to assess children’s learning, attend training and to support curriculum and staff development. Our teachers are all fully qualified and often work with teachers from other schools, especially our partner schools. When one of our class teachers is out of class, we are usually able to ask one of our own ‘in-house’ teachers to work with the class. This means that the children are taught by a member of staff who knows them and the way things work at Brindishe Manor.
We have a number of 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 and 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. Some are training to become fully qualified teachers themselves. We have a range of specialist teachers and coaches who offer expertise in specific areas of the curriculum, for example, sport and music.
We have an inclusion coordinator, safeguarding officer, learning mentor and access to many therapeutic services including ‘Place2Be’ and a team of counsellors. 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 that we offer children, administering children’s lunchtime arrangements and dealing with all financial matters.
The school also has a school business manager who administers the school budget and ensures that all financial matters 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!
A team of lunchtime supervisors/playleaders is responsible for ensuring the safety and well being of children at lunchtime in conjunction with the headteacher and deputy headteacher.
Brindishe Manor 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 share ideas, expertise and resources. They plan inter- school projects and support each other’s professional development. They are professional partners.