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Colston's Primary School A Co-operative Academy

Celebrating Diversity, Learning Together

Colston's Primary School Governors

  • The governors of Colston’s Primary School are elected volunteers charged with shaping the overarching vision for school

  • The governors set the school's strategy, make key decisions and monitor school activities in relation to the school's vision and objectives

  •  Colston's Primary is a Co-operative Academy Trust and the governors are also the Academy Trust Trustees

Who are the current school governors?

The governors are made up of parent governors elected by parents, community governors elected by the parents and co-op members, co-opted governors appointed by the governing body, staff governors elected by the staff, the headteacher and the business manager (non-voting attendee)

Governing body membership as at September 2017 

Kate Swainson Price

Kate Swainson Price 

Parent Governor, elected 11 May 2015, Chair

Committees: Outcomes, Premises, Performance Review; Working Groups: School Name, Fundraising, MAT

Link governor roles: NW24 partnership, Catering, Co-op and PTAF

Term of office ends 10 May 2019


Steve Purdie, Parent Governor 

Steven Purdie

Parent Governor, elected 13 October 2014, Vice Chair 

Committees: Outcomes (Chair), Finance and Staffing, Performance Review (Chair)

Working Groups: MAT, Fundraising

Term of office ends 14 October 2018

Emma Gledhill, Co-opted Governor 

Emma Gledhill

Co-opted Governor, elected 13 June 2017

Committees: Finance and Staffing (Chair)

Term of office ends 13 June 2021


Niklas Serning, co-opted Governor 

Niklas Serning

Co-opted Governor, elected 26 May 2017

Committees: Outcomes

Link governor roles: SEND, (Special Educational needs and disabilities) and PP (Pupil Premium) 

Term of office ends 25 May 2021

Nick Woodroffe

Nick Woodroffe 

Co-opted Governor, elected 1 June 2015

Committees: Outcomes

Link governor roles: numeracy, behaviour, EAL 

Term of office ends 1 June 2019

Katy Dunscombe

Katy Dunscombe 

Co-opted Governor, elected 7 July 2014 

Committees: Premises, Outcomes

Link governor roles: Looked After Children, Safeguarding and Attendance

 Term of office ends 8 July 2018


Pauline Allen

Pauline Allen 

Community Governor, elected 11 March 2016 

Committees: Premises (Chair)

Link governor roles: Health and Safety Governor (satutory requirement)

Term of office ends 10 March 2020 

Emily Warren Ballard, Community Governor

Emily Warren-Ballard

Community Governor, elected 11 March 2016

Committees: Outcomes

Link governor roles: Artsmark, Literacy

 Term of office ends 10 March 2020

Sally Reardon, Parent Governor

Sally Reardon

Parent Governor, elected 26 May 2017

Committees: Outcomes

Link governor roles: shadowing Looked After Children, Safeguarding and Attendance (statutory requirements)

Term of office ends 25 May 2021

Jamey WilkinsonJamey Wilkinson

Co-opted Governor, elected 21 September 2017

Committees: Finance and Staffing (Staffing Lead)

Term of office ends 20 September 2021

Emily Young, Staff Governor

Emily Young

Staff Governor, elected 14 October 2016

Committees: Outcomes

Working Groups: MATs

Term of office ends 13 October 2020

Alex Bell Headteacher

Alex Bell

Headteacher and Principal Advisor to the Governors

Appointed January 2016

Committees: Outcomes, Finance and Staffing, Premises

Working Groups: MATs (Multi Academy Trusts), Fundraising, School Name

Kate Patience, Acting School Business Manager

Kate Patience

Acting Business Manager, Non-voting attendee and business advisor to the governors

Appointed September 2016 and re-appointed for 2017/18

Committees: Premises, Finance and Staffing

Working Groups: Fundraising, MAT, School Name


Leanne Sowersby, Clerk

Leanne Sowersby

Clerk to the Governors, Appointed June 2015

Governors first point of contact:


Would you like to be a governor? Do you know anybody with the right skills and time to commit who may be interested?

Current governor vacancies:

  • 1 community governor (residing within 1 mile of the school)
  • 2 staff governors
  • 1 co-opted governor with legal expertise

For further information and expressions of interest please contact the clerk on in the first instance

Full Governing Body Meeting Minutes 2016/17 available below: 

You can see who attended each meeting by downloading the attendance register here.

Full Governing Body Meeting Minutes 2017/18

Dec 2017 FGB Minutes.pdfDownload
Nov 2017 EGB NAME Minutes.pdfDownload
Sept 2017 FGB Minutes.pdfDownload
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Full Governing Body Meeting Minutes 2016/17

FGB Minutes 2016-09-12.pdfDownload
FGB Minutes 2016-10-14.pdfDownload
FGB Minutes 2016-12-05.pdfDownload
FGB Minutes 2017-02-10.pdfDownload
FGB Minutes 2017-05-22.pdfDownload
FGB Minutes 2017-07-10.pdfDownload
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