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The Governing Body is responsible for the overall management of all that takes place in school. 

They work closely with the head teacher and staff to develop plans and policies to ensure that the school complies with legal requirements and is continually striving to improve in all areas. 

The Governing Body comprises 15 members, including the head teacher; they meet at least 4 times during each school year. 

There are three committees: Finance, Premises and Staffing ("FPS"); Standards; Pastoral. 

The FPS Committee deals with all financial matters, premises, health and safety and staffing issues.

They meet every term (4 times during each school year). The Standards Committee meets 3 times a year to oversee all issues concerning curriculum, data, target setting and school improvement.

The Pastoral committee take the lead on the health, safety and well-being of pupils and staff, promoting community cohesion and ensuring inclusion for all, regardless of race, gender or disability. They meet 3 times during the school year.

Governors are elected or appointed by different groups within the school community to represent all those involved or who have an interest in the school, depending on the category of governor. All governors serve a four year term of office, although they can apply to be re-elected or re-appointed after this time.


Below are the details of the Governing Body, their responsibilities and committees they attend.

The head teacher and Chair of Governors can choose to attend any of the committee meetings as they feel necessary.

Chair of Governors for Horfield CE Primary is Mrs Karen Dunmall

Co-Vice Chairs are Yvette Kydd and Marc Tite

Parent Governors

Parent governors are elected by parents or guardians of pupils of the school: 

Marc Tite - Chair of Finance Committee

Lucy Foster - Pastoral

Jenni O'Connor - Standards

Anna Godley - Finance & link Governor for Children in Care

Ruth Bartlett - Safeguarding


Foundation Governors

Foundation governors are appointed by the Diocese of Bristol:

Karen Dunmall - Chair of Governors, Finance & Premises, Standards, Child Protection

Joanne Marsh - Chair of Pastoral Committee

Rev Canon David McGladdery - Pastoral


Co-opted Governors

Co-opted governors are appointed by the Governing Body for particular skills and expertise:

Clare Duggan - Deputy Head

Karen White - Finance & Premises, Health and Safety

Isla Johnson - Standards 

Staff Governors 

Staff governors are elected by staff of the school:

Rae Harris - Head Teacher, Finance & Premises, Standards, Pastoral

Sharon Simmonds - Standards, Pastoral      



LEA Governor

Local Authority governors are appointed by the Local Authority:

Yvette Kydd - Chair of Standards, Finance & Premises, Pastoral


Clerk to Governors

Jo Willis


Register of Governors’ Interests

The current members of the governing body have no pecuniary interests to declare, nor any relationships to school staff.


Governor Attendance at meetings


Governors who have resigned within the last 12 months:

Jo Willis - July 2021

Ian Harvey - July 2021


Minutes of Meeting

Most recent:

FGB Minutes 16th September 2021

Minutes of Meeting FGB 11th Feb 21

Minutes of Meeting FGB 21st  May 2020

Minutes  of Meeting FGB 13th February 2020

Minutes of Meeting Full Governing Body -  24 October 2019

Minutes of Meeting FGB - 8 July 2019

Minutes of Meeting FGB - 23 May 2019

Minutes of Meeting FGB - 24 January 2019

Minutes of Meeting FGB -  27 September 2018

Minutes of Meeting FGB - 17 July 2018

Minutes of Meeting FGB - 24 May 18

Past meetings:

Governor Mins Of Mtg Feb 14.doc

Governor Mins of Mtg March 14

Governor Mins of Mtg Sept 2014

Governor Mins of Mtg 5 Feb 2015

Governor Mins of Mtg 21 May 2015

Governor Mins of Mtg 24 Sept 2015

Governor Mins of Mtg 28 Jan 2016

Governor Mins of Mtg 19 May 2016

Governor Mins of Mtg 7 July 2016

Governor Mins of Mtg 22 September 2016 FGB

Governor Mins of Mtg - 25 Jan 18 FGB

Governor Mins of Mtg -  28 Sep17 FGB

Governor Mins of Mtg -  7 Jul 17 FGB

Governor Mins of Mtg  -  25 May 17 FGB

Governor Mins of Mtg - 26 Jan 17 FGB