The Edith Borthwick School

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Governor Profiles



John Vinter, Chair of Governors

I work as an engineer for British Gas. I now have one childr at Edith  Borthwick,one left last year. I am grateful for all the support we have received as a family and being a governor was a way of giving something back. I am married to Helen who is on the committee of the friends of Edith Borthwick. I am currently the Chair of governors and also have responsibility for health and safety. It is a privilege to serve as a governor of our exceptional school.



Stephanie Taylor – Vice Chair of Governors

After a varied and fulfilling career in international education businesses, I am now working as a non-executive director and community volunteer. I have been a school governor in local schools since 2013 and hope that my leadership and management experience can help provide the strategic support and governance that is expected from us as governors. Motivating and supporting individuals to achieve their highest potential has been a driver for me in my professional life both as a trainer and a leader and being a governor provides a rewarding and fulfilling opportunity to work with like-minded people to deliver excellence at The Edith Borthwick School. Regular contact with staff and young people is a particular joy; seeing it all in action!




Heather Fairhurst, Link Governor

I have worked at the school in various support and teaching roles for over 20 years. My involvement across the curriculum has given me experience of how to develop constructive relationships throughout the school and I have made some very good friends along the way. I am currently working on the implementation and support of ICT/computing activities within the classroom. I became a Governor as I believe it is a good way to support and promote the interests of the children and staff; also to be part of a team that is involved in maintaining and taking the school forward. My focus this year is to help inform our Governors of training opportunities and I have a special interest in SEND and how we provide equal opportunities for all.






Adam Brumby, Staff Governor

I have been a special needs teacher for 5 years and have been at Edith Borthwick since September 2017. I am passionate about special education and have dedicated my working career to it.

I am enthusiastic about real life learning and love learning outside the classroom. I am a keen swimmer and love taking my kayak out on the sea!

I believe that positive relationships are the cornerstone of a great education for our learners.







Heather Hill, Parent Governor

I have 3 children, 2 boys that attend Edith Borthwick. My working background from the age of 18  is managing supported housing schemes and services for homeless or vulnerable people with various needs.  However,  since January this year I am working at Braintree Mencap as Childrens Playscheme Manager and enjoying every minute.  The Edith Borthwick devoted staff team opened my eyes to the potential that both my boys can achieve both in school and beyond.  For this I will be eternally grateful and use my life experiences to help support the school.







Dan Woodman, Headteacher

I started as Headteacher at The Edith Borthwick School in September 2016. I am passionate about improving opportunities and outcomes for young people with learning disabilities and difficulties. I am hugely proud and privileged to lead the school and am committed to working with learners, families, staff, governors and the community to achieve the very best results for each and every one of our learners.  I have a special interest in raising expectations and ambition about what our young people can achieve.






Janet Johnson, Clerk

I have worked for Essex County Council as a Clerk to school governors since 2002 following a 20 year career as a manager with British Telecom. I currently clerk 7 schools (both mainstream and special schools). It has been my great pleasure to work with the governors of The Edith Borthwick School since 2007. Also in 2007 I was extremely proud to be nominated by 3 of my schools for the NGA Award for Outstanding Clerks and was surprised but very happy to be the National winner. There have been many changes over the years but the role of Clerk continues to be both interesting and challenging. It is a privilege to work with this wonderful school with such a caring staff and team of supportive governors.