Clavell Road, Henbury, Bristol, BS10 7EJ

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Blaise Primary School And Nursery

Creating Success. Laying foundations, thriving on challenge and believing we can.

Blaise Governors


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Our Governing Body is made up as follows:  

Parent Governors – elected by Parents

Co-opted Governors - appointed by the Governing Body

Staff Governors (including the Head Teacher) – elected by teaching and non-teaching staff 

LA Governors – appointed by the Local Authority 

All Governors have full voting rights on the Governing Body and in Committees.

Associate Members – appointed by the Governing Body for particular skills and do not have voting rights.

(The Chair and Vice Chair are elected from and by the Governing Body) 


Who are we? 


Massimo Bonaddio, Headteacher











Before becoming a Headteacher in 2015 I held three senior leadership roles with
overall responsibility for Safeguarding and Inclusion. Consequently I have extensive
direct experience of Child Protection issues, SEND, multi-agency working and learners with English as an additional language, workforce development, curriculum design and budget setting.
My passion for improving outcomes and enjoyment for children and young people
has also helped me serve on three Primary school Governing Bodies, as Parent Governor, Staff Governor and Headteacher, setting and meeting school development priority targets, vision and managing change.


Caitlin Bragg, Co-opted Governor

Chair of Resources Committee






I have been a Governor at Blaise Primary since February 2015. I strongly believe that a good education is vital for children to reach their potential in later life and am proud to be supporting Blaise in their work providing this to the children of our community.
Outside of this role, I am a Project Manager who has worked across a variety of industries during my career.


Lisa Garbelotto, Co-opted Governor

Chair of Resources Committee





I have been a Governor at Blaise Primary since February 2015. I strongly believe that a good education is vital for children to reach their potential in later life and am proud to be supporting Blaise in their work providing this to the children of our community.
Outside of this role, I am a Project Manager who has worked across a variety of industries during my career.


Joanna Malcolm, Parent Governor














My 3 children attend Blaise Primary and Nursery School and I became a Parent Governor in July 2016. I became a governor because I believe that education empowers people by providing them with the skills they need to succeed in life and
that every child deserves quality educational opportunities in a safe and nurturing environment. I hope that by becoming a governor I will be able to help facilitate an
outstanding education for all pupils. On a personal level I enjoy learning and developing new skills and I am fully committed to the role. Prior to becoming a parent I worked as a care assistant which inspired me to qualify as a nurse. After moving to the local area in 2008 I became involved in the community through volunteer work. In addition to raising a family I contributed time and energy to supporting a parent and toddler group facing closure.


Rosa Mitchell, Staff Governor














I am an RQT and joined Blaise for my NQT year last year, with 3 years of teacher training prior to that. I have taught Year 3 for 2 years before, but have experience in all year groups. I specialised in health and wellbeing in my teacher training course. With first-hand experience with SEN in my close family, I started teaching
already with an interest in behaviour and SEN, which has now developed further into the wellbeing of vulnerable and disadvantaged children and inclusion of all children within a mainstream setting. I am currently music and storytelling lead within the school and hope to ensure that all children have access to and experience music lessons and performances as a part of their English learning. I have loved my first year of teaching and am hugely interested in the improvements being made across the school, which I love being a part of. I am keen to research different areas and trial new ideas to support the development of the school.


Sarah Murray, Co-opted Governor

I am a Secondary English Teacher at a local Bristol Secondary School with a particular interest in how excellent teaching and learning can improve outcomes for all pupils. I joined the Board of Governors at Blaise in October 2018 and sit on the Outcomes committee. I believe that all children have the right to be challenged at every stage of their schooling, hence my decision to become a Primary School governor. As the link governor for English and Literacy, I am looking forward to working with staff and pupils and the community to develop this provision in line with our school vision. Outside of work, I enjoy playing netball, reading and travelling.


Vishal Puri, Co-opted Governor

Having worked in the financial industry for 20 years (in India and in the UK) and being a parent to 2 children I was keen to offer my financial and managerial experience to the school. I hold a postgraduate diploma in business management with a specialisation in finance and I am a Fellow member for Insurance Institute of India.
I am a PRINCE2 certified project manager and have managed various strategic projects at a national level. I joined the Governing body in 2018 as co-opted Governor and I am committed to ensuring that Blaise Primary School continues to go from strength to strength. 
I am committed to ensuring that our school offers all pupils the very best start in life, to achieve the best outcomes in the wider curriculum, whilst at the same time maintain a secure, safe, nurturing and happy environment. 


Lesley Rayment, Co-opted Governor

I have been a Governor since 2016. I have experience of working within Secondary schools and over 20 years’ experience within scouting with all age groups and leader training. For the past 17 years my profession has been within
a health and safety and environmental role within various manufacturing industries. I now bring my experience and skills to my role as School Governor.
In my role as Governor I have been involved with information gathering concerning academisation. I am now Governor with responsibility for health and safety. I am totally independent and have no pre-existing connection with the school
I have 3 grown up children, a very understanding husband and 4 very precious grandchildren who are the light of my life.


Kate Richards, Co-opted Governor

I became a governor at Blaise Primary School in October 2018. I am passionate that irrespective of their background, students should be provided with the best possible opportunities to excel and am proud that I am able to support Blaise Primary in ensuring that this is possible. Outside of my governor role, I’m a Science Teacher and Assistant Head Teacher leading on teaching and learning, continuing professional development (CPD), student leadership and SMSC education at a Bristol Secondary School. I’m a keen sports and fitness fan, particularly enjoying supporting some of our local rugby and football teams.


Nigel Slater, Local Authority Staff Governor

I joined the Board of Governors at Blaise in November 2016. I sit on the Resources Committee and also take a special interest in sports funding and extracurricular
activities. I am a chartered surveyor and have spent over 30 years in private practice,
principally specialising in retail and food store development.  Outside interests include golf, hill walking, classic literature, politics and cooking. I am married and have two grown up children, who both live in London.


Chin Tan, Co-opted Governor

I run Tutor Doctor Bristol, a local in-home tutoring company. Prior to entering the
education sector, I spent 10 years in the aerospace industry as a Quality specialist
and managing systems engineering projects for Rolls-Royce. I have an M.Eng in
Electronics Engineering and an MBA in Entrepreneurship, so I’m no stranger to
education! Today, I am happy to pursue my passion of educating students of all
ages, being present in the community, and helping people to get into their dream
school, university or job.


Martin Underwood Co-opted Governor

Chair of Governors

I've been a governor at Blaise for four years and Chair of Governors for one year.
My background is in higher education; leading on learning, teaching strategy and funding policy, at a range of universities and government agencies. I now work in the Civil Service for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) on international trade policy. I have held a range of trustee roles.
I believe strongly in the importance of education and aspire that every child is empowered to follow their passion. Our new vision brilliantly captures our ethos. I'm keen to build our networks with other schools and connections in the local community.


Sally Yuill, Co-opted Governor

I am a partner in a national law firm and became a governor in 2015. I have 2
children who have now left school. I know how important is it to have a strong
supportive network to provide a well-rounded education to prepare them for the
outside world.
I specifically chose primary education as I believe that is where the foundations are
laid and interests sparked which, in turn, can shape their futures.
My own interests include cycling and generally keeping fit; listening to music and reading.




Associate Members

Dave Farr – School Business Manager

Julie Barlow - Deputy Head

Emma Robinson – Assistant Head/SENCo

Stephanie Hughes - Assistant Head (Assessment)

Leanne Sowersby (Clerk to Governors)


Link Governors


There are areas of specific responsibility for which Governors volunteer to be linked; our Link Governors are as follows:

SEND (Special Educational Needs & Disability) – Lisa Garbelotto

Children in Care – Caitlin Bragg

Child Protection and Safeguarding – Joanna Malcolm

Health & Safety – Lesley Rayment

Literacy - Lesley Rayment

Attendance - Martin Underwood 

Pupil Premium - Lisa Garbelotto


 Governor Responsibilities

To determine the strategic direction of the school
To review and approve the school budget
To decide policy on such things as equal opportunities, behaviour, special needs provision, etc.
To monitor the performance of the school
To oversee the curriculum provision
To appoint, challenge and support the Headteacher
To sit on recruitment panels
To sit on panels that handle staff or pupil discipline issues or complaints against the school


The Governing Body hold full meetings usually once per term.  There are also two committees that meet regularly throughout the year to look at matters in detail;

The Outcomes committee looks at issues around the outcomes for the children at Blaise, such as the curriculum, school data, the well-being of the children etc.

The Resources committee looks at issues around staffing, finance and premises. 

There is also a Performance Management panel and a Pay panel for the Headteacher.