Bridgnorth Endowed School is guided by a Local Governing Body, which determines the policies that govern the management of the school.

The team is made up of teaching and non-teaching staff, parents and members of the community that provide a wealth of experience and expertise across a range of areas.

To get in touch with the Board of Governors, please contact the School Office on 01746 762103 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Further information on individual members and operational matters can be found below.

Local Board of Governors

Chair of Governors

  • Mark Freathy


  • John Follette
  • Michael Penn
  • Kelly Bradburn
  • Ian Marshall
  • Tanya Mathers

Accounting Officer

  • Michael Penn

Chief Finance Officer

  • Susan Underhill

Link Governors

  • Behaviour/Attitude and Attendance – Kelly Bradburn
  • Finance, Risk Management, Estate Management and Health and Safety – John Follette
  • Leadership and Management – Mark Freathy
  • Quality of Education – Ian Marshall
  • Personal Development – Tanya Mathers
  • Personal Development and Careers – TBC

Meetings of the Full Governing Body in 2023/24

  • Wednesday 20th September 2023
  • Wednesday 29th November 2023
  • Wednesday 6th March 2024
  • Wednesday 12th June 2024

Board Roles and Responsibilities

The purpose of governance is to provide confident and strong strategic leadership, which leads to robust accountability, oversight and assurance for performance. In schools, it is the governing body that is responsible for scrutiny of decisions made in school and for driving improvement, and the processes and policies that allow the school to work effectively and appropriately.

As a school within a multi-academy trust, responsibility for the governance of Bridgnorth Endowed School, ultimately, is with the Board of Trustees of The 3-18 Education Trust. In common with all the Trust schools, Bridgnorth Endowed School has a Local Governing Body (LGB), which is technically defined as a committee of the Trust Board.

The powers defining the legal relationship between Bridgnorth Endowed School and The 3-18 Education Trust, together with the delegation of general powers within the Trust, are set out in a document called the Scheme of Delegation

Governor Pen Portraits

Governor Pen Portrait

Mark Freathy

I have six years previous experience as a governor of a local primary school, including five as chair of governors, and became a parent governor at Bridgnorth Endowed School in 2010. I am one of the initial members of the BES Academy Trust and was elected chair of trustees in 2014. At the request of the local authority in 2017, I became a governor at a primary school in Telford that was experiencing difficulties and have supported the new chair of governors. I have 35 years of experience in human resources, have held senior roles in three local authorities, and have spent most of that time working in education departments. I currently work as a senior member of support staff in a secondary school.

John Follette

I first became a community governor at Bridgnorth Endowed School in early 2019 and now chair the Resources Committee. I'm a qualified AAT accountant and have worked in Local Government finance for over 31 years, covering children and adult social care services together with aspects of education. I spent four years as financial manager at Wolverhampton Civic Hall. I was honorary treasurer at Bridgnorth Rugby Club for over five years, I played for the club and I'm also a qualified mini and junior coach. I attended Bridgnorth Endowed School, and my daughter and son also attended the school. I was educated in Bridgnorth from primary school up to adult education at the former Bridgnorth College of Further Education. Being local to Bridgnorth, I recognise the importance the school has in the local community as I often interact with ex-pupils or parents of current pupils and get this feedback.

Kelly Bradburn

I was elected as parent governor in December 2020. I have two children at Bridgnorth Endowed school, currently in years 7 and 9. I worked in the airline industry for seventeen years, eight of those were in a leadership role. I am a positive people person with strong communication skills. Since leaving the airline industry, I have been working as an administration officer in both private and state education settings. I have a keen interest in children’s mental health and how experiences within school can have a positive/negative impact on our children.

Ian Marshall

I am a Deputy Headteacher in a large Secondary Academy with 23 Years of educational knowledge. I have successfully led my Academy through many OFSTED inspections, with the most recent being only last term. I have the inside knowledge of how schools work and can be improved. I am also a coach for Northgate Swimming Club, where I give my time freely and for the benefit of the children locally, including pupils at the Endowed. I have a vested interest in the community, a desire to see everyone succeed; and will support the school’s drive for excellence and inclusion.

Tanya Mathers

I have been the School Business Manager at Highley Primary School for the last 8 years and currently sit on the school's Governing Board as an Associate Governor. I was also a Parent Governor at St John's School and was the chair of the Finance Committee. I am also a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and the Senior Mental Health Lead for staff. Prior to working in education, I worked in the banking industry as a Project Manager, working on schemes such as Faster Payments and Fraud Detection.

Interested in becoming a governor at Bridgnorth Endowed School? 

Please contact the Chair of Governors, Mr Mark Freathy, by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Alternatively, please contact the school on 01746 762103 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

ofstead good provider"Pupils enjoy an inclusive and aspirational environment at Bridgnorth Endowed School." – Ofsted, 2023


Founded in 1503, Bridgnorth Endowed School has a rich and long history in education.

Today, it is a vibrant non-selective co-educational secondary school that offers great facilities, high quality teaching and an exciting choice of extra-curricular activities.

The school benefits from a thirty-acre campus and its own on-site leisure centre, with all the convenience of a town centre location.

Bridgnorth Endowed School
Northgate, Bridgnorth
Shropshire, WV16 4ER
Sat Nav Postcode: WV16 4ES

01746 762103

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