Leaders, including governors, use assessment information accurately to identify the school’s strengths and areas for development. Governors are knowledgeable about the work of the school. They hold senior leaders to account for all aspects of the school’s performance, including the use of funding to support disadvantaged pupils.


What is the Governing Body?

Every school has a Governing Body, which is made up of representatives of the local community who give their time and services to the school.  The governors come from a wide variety of backgrounds; and do not have to have experience in education. Governors volunteer their time, and the main requirement for the role is the desire to see the school and its pupils succeed in their education and achieve their individual potential.

The Full governing body meets eight times a year to discuss and review any current issues at the school and to look forward to the year ahead.

What role do the Governors play at Southmead Primary?

The governing body have responsibilities and duties with regard to policy making and management of the school.  They oversee the running of the school by setting aims and objectives for the school, creating policies and agreeing targets. Governors are not involved in the day-to-day management of the school; instead, the governing body acts as a “critical friend” to the head teacher by providing advice and support.  Any questions or issues relating to a particular lesson, subject, pupil or class should be referred to the relevant teacher or the head teacher.

The kinds of issues investigated by governors include:

  • How are children developing academically?

  • Are they making appropriate progress?

  • Are all pupils, regardless of age, background or ability, given the appropriate support and opportunity to succeed?

  • How much money does the school have to spend?

  • How is the money being spent?

  • Is the school getting good value for money?

  • Are the premises safe and fit for purpose?

  • What burden is being placed on teachers?

  • Do they have appropriate time, training and resources to do their job?

Whilst most issues and concerns should be referred to the head teacher, governors can provide further information or advice on their role where appropriate. Governors often attend school events so can be approached there, or they can be contacted via the school Administrator.

How to become a Governor

All Governors are elected for a period of four years. Vacancies arise as individuals’ terms come to an end.  If you are interested in becoming a school governor please contact the Headteacher or Chair of Governors.


Governors Annual Statement

Please click on this link to read about the work that Southmead's Governors have completed during the last school year.

About our Governing Body

Under statutory reconstitution, which happened in Oct 2019, the structure is as follows:
12 governors on the FGB, made up of:        
1 Head (N Plumb)            
1 Staff Member (Annie Da Silva)        
1 LEA representative (Jennefer Whitley)        
2 Parent Governors (A Duthuit + one vacancy )
2 Foundation Governors(Sarah Nicholls + Stuart Hinton)        
5 Co-opted Governors: (Judith Carter, Marguerite Shapland , Brad Bunyard, Margaret Jarvis
+ one vacancy).

NB All Governors have a four year term of office (except for the Headteacher, whose is ongoing)

Committees, Working Parties, Lead Governor Roles and Powers of Delegation.


Teachers Pay & Performance Committee- delegated responsibility for Pay decisions, following recommendations from Headteacher.  

Judith Carter - lead, Nick Plumb, Jennefer Whitley, Allison Drescher (Guest).

Disciplinary & Grievance Committee- delegated responsibility for conduct, grievance and disciplinary hearings & decisions thereof.

Appeals Committee- delegated responsibility for hearing appeals on either of the above 2 committees, or of unresolved complaints or exclusion appeals, & decisions thereof.

Headteacher Appraisal Panel – includes representative from Local Authority & delegated to make decisions on Headteacher’s pay.

Judith Carter, Jennefer Whitley, Alan Betts (DCC).


Working Parties.

These are all time-limited groups of Governors, working towards specific projects.  They have no delegated authority, but may make reports & recommendations for FGB decisions.  As of September 2018, these include:

SEF /SIP/ Pupil Premium Working Party- monitoring the School Improvement Plan and contributing to development of the Self Evaluation Form.  Ensuring that funding is used effectively to support priorities identified in the SIP.  Judith Carter, Nick Plumb (Headteacher)


Lead Governors.

These are Governors who have received specific training & developed an area of expertise within the school.  They visit regularly to liaise with staff, and offer reports & recommendations to the FGB. As of June 2018, these include:

Foundation Stage - Brad Bunyard                  

SEND - Brad Bunyard

Finance (including support for SFVS) (2 governors) - Sarah Nicholls – lead, Ann Duthuit, Allison Drescher (Guest).          

Safeguarding - Anne Duthuit, Nick Plumb (Headteacher), Stuart Hinton

Pupil Premium / Children in Care - Sarah Nicholls, Nick Plumb.                                            

Health & Safety/Security - Margaret Jarvis

Curriculum Lead Governors:

English – Marguerite Shapland

ICT – Stuart Hinton
Maths – Brad Bunyard

Science – Judith Carter
Relationships Education – Anne Duthuit


FGB Information for Governors who have served at any time during the past 12 months

Attendance at FGB Meetings of Governors who have served at any time during the past 12 months


Attendance at Committee Meetings has been 100%



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