Structure

A member of the Independent Schools Association (ISA), Bronte is a privately owned independent school. ISA is part of the Independent Schools Council (ISC). As an ISA member, Bronte School is inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI), the inspecting body answerable to OFSTED, which regulates all independent schools.

The Reception Class is additionally inspected directly by OFSTED, being part of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

The Proprietor of Bronte School and Nursery is Nicholas Clements. The Headmistress of Bronte School and Director of Bronte Nursery is Emma Wood, and the Manager of Bronte Nursery is Suki Bains.

In defined responsibilities, the Proprietor is responsible for governance. The Headmistress is responsible for the education and welfare of the children, and is supported in this by a senior team.

Advisory Board
The Bronte School and Nursery Advisory Board supports the governance of School and Nursery.  Advisory Board members visit at least twice a year for meeting with staff and to observe school and nursery activities.

Advisory Board Members are:

Richard Dyson

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Richard is a former I.S.I Inspector and from 1977-2014 he has been Headmaster of Wellingborough Junior School, St Faith’s School Cambridge and most recently, Bronte School. He lives in Gravesend with his wife, Margie, who most recently was the nurse and Receptionist at Bronte School from 2003-14.

Robin Lewis

Educated at Bedford Modern School and the Universities of Nottingham, Loughborough and Cambridge [Wolfson College visiting scholar], Robin spent 20 years teaching Biology and PE at an HMC school in the West Country, 13 of those years as a boarding housemaster. He then enjoyed 9 years leading two independent boarding preparatory schools and becoming an inspector. In 1998 the English Speaking Union awarded him a prestigious Walter Hines Page travelling scholarship to the United States. In 2000, as a result of his wife’s serious illness, he resigned his headship and returned to teaching taking fixed term contracts at a wide variety of schools and increasing his consultative and inspectorial experience. He was made a Reporting [Lead] Inspector with the Independent Schools’ Inspectorate in 2008 and runs his own consultancy. He tells me that in the course of his career he has visited nearly 600 independent schools but has ‘only limited inspectorial experience’ as he has only inspected around 110 schools [!], in this country and overseas.

Catherine Mentzel

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Catherine Mentzel trained at King’s College London and worked as a Trauma and Intensive Care Unit nurse which has proved to be a great grounding for coping in later life with the joys and dramas of being a mother and army wife! She is married to Kevin, an Army chaplain, and they two daughters at independent schools in Oxfordshire.

Catherine enjoys seeing everyday school life and has served as a Foundation Governor, chaired the Curriculum and Standards committee and was involved with the appointment of a new Headteacher at a primary school in Hampshire. Other duties have involved running childrens’ music groups, a school gardening club, and even a spell as a dinner lady. She lives near Oxford and works part time at a local prep school.