Governors

I am honoured to be Chair of Governors of Christ Church Primary School. I lead a team of extraordinary governors who are committed to seeing our school strive for excellence and see our children flourish and thrive.

The Governors bring many skills and experiences to their role of supporting, promoting and protecting the interests of the school, its pupils and staff.  We will strive to provide all pupils with the means to achieve their maximum potential in a vibrant and inspirational educational environment where they are nurtured and developed as individuals in a school with a strong Christian ethos and emphasis on core moral values. 

We are extremely proud of our achievements to date in this past year:

  • Academic, sporting, artistic and musical success
  • Great partnerships and events with our local community

  • Grand Opening of our new school building

  • A great variety of cultural, team building and enrichment visits, workshops and focus weeks
  • Visit from the Lord Mayor and planting of our own Bristol Whitebeam

We have a wonderful new school environment including our outside play spaces and play area equipment chosen by our school council and funded, in part, by our hard working PTA.  But first and foremost, we have happy children, and a fantastic and committed staff team.

This website will answer many of the questions you may have but it is no substitute for a visit where you would get a warm welcome from Clare Jones and her team.

Christ Church Primary is a ‘good school with outstanding features’ as deemed by Ofsted however what we are most proud of is the warm, inclusive community and enthusiastic staff team.

  • Joanna Sweetland

    Chair of Governors

  • Chris Duncan

    Vice Chair of Governors

  • Nick Pollock

    Parent Governor, Chair of Finance Commitee

  • Tim Meathrel

    Foundation Governor, Chair of Teaching Learning and Achievement Commitee

  • Paul Langham

    Foundation Trustee

  • John Green

    Community Governor

  • Guy Adams

    Community Governor

  • Axel Walther

    Co-opted Governor

  • Jayne Coller

    Foundation Governor

Objective of the Governing Body:

 The Governing Body has three primary roles:

  • To provide strategic direction for the school

  • To act as a critical friend to the Headteacher and the senior leadership team

  • To ensure accountability

The Governing Body is responsible for both the conduct of the school and for promoting high standards. Together with the Headteacher, who is responsible for day to day management, the governing body carries out its role by setting the vision, aims and policies for the school. The governing body then ensures that the school works efficiently and effectively towards achieving its vision. It does this by building a thorough knowledge of the school and its community, by both supporting and constructively challenging the school, and by ensuring accountability and compliance.

Structure of the Governing Body:

The Governing body of our school is made up of parent, community, staff, local authority and foundation governors. When vacancies arise for Governors, these are advertised within the school and local community.

The Full Governing Body (FGB) meets once each term. The Governors are responsible for setting specific policies, adopting and monitoring the budget, authorising expenditure, evaluating the performance of the school by the use of pupil progress and other measures, and making decisions about the running of the Academy and staff appointments.

The FGB establishes an overall framework for the governance of the Academy and determines membership, terms of reference and procedures of Committees and other groups. It receives reports including policies from its Committees for ratification. It monitors the activities of the Committees through the minutes of their meetings.

Governing Body Minutes

Minutes from the previous 12 months can be read by following the appropriate links.  If you wish to read minutes from any earlier meetings please contact the Clerk using the governors' email address above.

2016-17
2015-16 (note no Term 3 or 4 meeting)
  • Clare Jones

    Headteacher

  • Tamara Jordan

    Company Secretary

  • Clare Worrall

    Clerk to Governors

  • Anneliese Crabb

    Parent Governor

  • Amar Shah

    Parent Governor

  • Jess Baum

    Parent Governor

  • Eiluned Derrington

    Staff Governor

There are 2 sub-committees, meeting once a term, operating as follows:

  • Finance and Resources Committee - responsible for monitoring and reviewing policy and performance in relation to financial management, compliance with reporting and regulatory requirements and reporting, receiving reports from the Responsible Officer and drafting the annual budget including setting staffing levels. It also incorporates the role of an audit committee and is responsible for Health and Safety.
  • Teaching Learning and Achievement Committee - monitors, evaluates and reviews Academy policy, practice and performance in relation to curriculum planning, target setting and assessment.  It particularly focuses on the Raise Online statistics and the trends in our pupils' performance as shown by them.  The committee also considers pastoral issues and the ethos of the school, which include safeguarding/child protection, the provision for pupils with special educational needs, attendance and punctuality, as well as the broader issues of personal development and well-being for all.

The Trustees and FGB have devolved responsibility for day-to-day management of the Academy to the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team (SLT). The SLT comprises the Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher, EYFS, KS1 and KS2 Leaders and the Business Manager. The SLT implement the policies laid down by the Governors and report back to them on performance.   

 

Communication with Governors

The schools Governors are listed adjacent.  Please feel free to approach any of the Governors or email governors.christchurch.p@bristol-schools.uk with concerns or ideas that you would like to raise.  The governors do not get involved in the day-to-day management of the school but please do raise constructive ideas on improvements to the functioning of the school.  Please note that it is not appropriate to raise issues concerning an individual child.  These should be raised with class teachers or the Headteacher and there is a school policy on how to resolve issues.

Three times a year the Governors will issue a newsletter to the school community outlining the current focus of the Governing Body.  Minutes of the FGB meetings will be posted on the school website once they are ratified at the subsequent FGB.