- 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.
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 of the above 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.
Thinking of becoming a governor?
Please see the vacancies page for more information about being a Governor and how to become a Governor.
Dave Farr – School Business Manager
Julie Barlow - Deputy Head
Emma Robinson – Assistant Head
Sarah Hutton - (Clerk to Governors)
There are areas of specific responsibility for which Governors volunteer to be linked; our Link Governors are as follows:
Chair - Ciara Mullan
Vice Chair - James Murphy
Attendance Governor - Lucy Seldon
Curriculum Governor - Helena Sales
Estate Plan - James Murphy
Health and Safety Governor - James Murphy
Safeguarding & Child Protection Governor - Kat Kaal
Wellbeing Governor - Lucy Seldon
SEND Governor – VACANT
Pupil Premium Governor - VACANT
Children in Care Governor - VACANT
Click here for Governors' terms and attendance.
Click here for latest Governing Body minutes.
Meet the Governing Body
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 Head Teacher, setting and meeting school development priority targets, vision and managing change.
I am a mother of 3 children, 2 of which have left school and I work in an international IT company being responsible for delivery of large projects across the world. I have 3 years previous experience of being a governor in a primary school and I decided to return to this as I understand how the first experiences of school provide a strong basis for children to progress.
With over 15 years of professional experience in the field of transport management, and a Level 2 teaching qualification. My career has required me to manage large teams, budgets, and complex operations efficiently. This experience has equipped me with invaluable leadership, decision-making, and problem-solving abilities, which I believe will be assets to the school board, I bring a passionate commitment to the success and growth of our local school.
My experience as a blended family parent has provided me with insights into the diverse needs and dynamics of modern family structures. I understand the importance of creating a school environment that is welcoming, supportive, and sensitive to the varied backgrounds of our students. I am dedicated to working collaboratively to ensure that our school continues to provide a high-quality education that meets the needs of every child, regardless of their family structure.
Local Authority Governor | Chair of Resources Committee
Prior to becoming a governor last academic year, I have been training in accountancy after a successful career as a patisserie chef. Approaching my fourth year of studying accountancy, I am able to share a wealth of financial knowledge as a parent governor. I am passionate about children feeling respected and safe, encouraged to pursue the things they enjoy and for virtues such as kindness to be celebrated alongside their academic achievements. I believe it is important for learning to be fun and to take place in an environment which encourages a growth mindset. In my spare time, I like to learn, sing and continue cooking for pleasure.
Vice Chair of Governors
I am a Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at UWE Bristol where I manage teams delivering English Language, Linguistics and Creative Writing degrees. I have been in Bristol for 6 years after studying for a PhD at the University of Manchester. I benefited from positive state school experiences in Middlesbrough. I’m keen to learn more about the whole education system and share my experiences of working in an educational environment undergoing huge (regulatory) changes, as well as best ways to support pupils with English as an Additional Language. Outside of work, my time is spent keeping pace with a toddler and suffering watching Bristol Rovers.
I am currently the Raising Attainment Lead at Blaise and have been part of the teaching team for 6 years. I have experience teaching across all year groups in Key Stage 2, in particular Year 6, and now work across the school supporting both pupils and staff. This position is challenging but I am extremely passionate about improving outcomes for every one of our pupils.
I have led the maths team for several years and am also a member of the English team. I thoroughly enjoy these roles and I hope to ensure that our pupils leave Blaise not only literate and numerate but with a love of learning and curiosity to continue their educational journey.
I am delighted to be part of Blaise Primary and Nursery School community as a parent governor. I have worked in inclusive state secondary school education since 2005, and in Bristol schools since 2009. I am an Assistant Headteacher, and my unwavering belief in the transformative power of education and the sheer joy of learning drives my commitment to this role. I am originally from Leeds, but fell in love with the South West as a student. I read Economics and Accountancy with Law at the University of Bristol and worked for several years in finance and law before training as a maths teacher. I studied my PGCE in Mathematics at the University of Leeds and have never looked back. Outside of work, I enjoy a busy family life and I am an enthusiastic swimmer. I endeavour to provide the same care and attention to the development and education of all the children and families we serve as I would want for my own two children.