Structure and Advisory Board
Bronte is a privately-owned Nursery, registered by Ofsted. The Proprietor is Nicholas Clements, who is also Proprietor of Bronte School, located nearby, also on Pelham Road. In defined responsibilities, the Proprietor is responsible for governance of the Nursery, and thereby for the safety, welfare and overall educational development of the children.
The Director of Bronte Nursery, Emma Wood (who is also headmistress of Bronte School) leads the Nursery and its strategic development and vision, as well as supporting the manager, room leaders and all staff. She also co-ordinates the joint educational and operational areas, where School staff have a Nursery role.
The Nursery Manager, Marie Pike, is responsible for the operational management of the Nursery’s childcare provision, the development of good practice, and for advising on longer term strategy and vision. She is supported in these tasks by the senior team of the leaders of the five children’s rooms.
The Bursar of Bronte School and Nursery, Susan Allison, is responsible for the financial management and overall HR management of the Nursery, for the support staff and for the environment and building maintenance.
The Bronte School and Nursery Advisory Board supports the governance of both School and Nursery. Advisory Board members visit at least twice a year for meeting with staff and to observe School and Nursery activities.
Nicholas Clements has been Proprietor of Bronte School and Nursery since April 2014, and, until April 2017 was also Headmaster of Bronte School. After an early career as an army officer, Nicholas became a senior school mathematics teacher, followed by a deputy headship (Wells Cathedral School) and then headships at Pocklington School, Yorkshire, The King’s School, Canterbury and two overseas headships, in Dubai and Washington DC.
He feels a great sense of privilege to be a part of Bronte Nursery: “it is a most warm and happy place, with a very secure feel. The staff are tremendously caring and professional, with a very special dedication to each child in their care”.
He is married to Fenella. They have a daughter and two sons.
Between 1977 and 2014, Richard Dyson was Headmaster of Wellingborough Junior School, St Faith’s School, Cambridge, and, from 2003 to 2014, of Bronte School. He is also a former Independent Schools’ Inspectorate inspector. He and his wife, Margie, live near Cambridge.
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.
Catherine Mentzel trained at King’s College London and worked as a Trauma and Intensive Care Unit nurse, a career 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 have two daughters at an 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.