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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 who make strategic decisions about how the school is run

  • Colston's Primary is a Co-operative Academy Trust

  • The Governors are also the Academy Trust Trustees

Parents and Carers, please complete the following survey by Monday 22nd May as part of the Governors' current School Vision Refresh project. Thank you.

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Current School Governors

Kate Swainson Price, Parent Governor, Chair

Elected 11 May 2015


Steve Purdie, Parent Governor, Vice Chair, Acting Chair of Resources Committee

Elected 13 October 2014



Nick Woodroffe, Co-opted Governor, Acting Chair of Outcomes, SEND Governor (statutory requirement)

Elected 1 June 2015



Katy Dunscombe, Co-opted Governor, Looked After Children and Attendance Governor (statutory requirement)

Elected 7 July 2014



Pauline Allen, Community Governor, Health and Safety Governor (statutory requirement) 

Elected 11 March 2016



Emily Warren-Ballard, Community Governor

Elected 11 March 2016


Emily Young, Staff Governor

Elected 14 October 2016




Alex Bell, Headteacher






[awaiting pic]    Kate Patience, Acting Business Manager, Non-voting attendee 

Leanne Sowersby, Clerk to the 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 parent governor
  • 2 co-opted governors (accountancy and law skills needed)
  • 1 community governor (residing within 1 mile of the school)
  • 1 staff governor.

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

What do Governors do?

  • The governing body sets the overall strategic vision for the school

  • The head manages the school from day to day and is the governing body's principal professional adviser. He assists the Governing Body with the formulation and implementation of the school’s aims, objectives, policies and plans

  • Governors hold the school to account by acting as a "critical friend" to the school, providing support and challenge to ensure the strategic vision for pupils' best outcomes is on track


How are the Governors organised at Colston's?

The Full Governing Body meets at least four times a year, and is responsible for:

  • setting the school vision and objectives
  • governor elections and governing body constitution
  • holding the Headteacher's reports to account
  • reviewing and approving school policies
  • regular self evaluation

Two sub-committees report to the Full Governing Body:

The Outcomes Committee meets four times a year, and is responsible for:

  • monitoring and evaluating attainment and the quality of learning
  • identifying and celebrating pupil achievement
  • monitoring and evaluating curriculum provision
  • ensuring that the requirements for pupils with special educational needs are met
  • setting pupil performance targets

The Resources Committee meets four times a year, and is responsible for:

  • the occupation, use and the upkeep of the school premises
  • ensuring that the school and all occupants are safe, including risk assessments and regular health and safety reviews
  • determining the yearly budget and expenditure
  • staffing issues and relevant policies, including pay, appointments and performance management

Additional working groups are set up as required and report into the relevant Committees and the Full Governing Body.


Governor Monitoring

Governors undertake a programme of monitoring as part of holding the school’s management to account. This is dictated by the priority areas set out in the school development plan for the year.

Link governors are appointed for each area and work with the corresponding lead teachers.

Monitoring can take several forms including talking to children about a particular aspect of their work, classroom visits, attending assemblies, book sampling, or simply meeting with staff for an update.

These activities help governors to appreciate and understand the workings of the school and to get to know staff and children which helps them to provide focused support and challenge, - ie: to perform the role of “critical friend” as effectively as possible.

Contacting Governors

Governors can be reached on or via the school office


All complaints should be addressed to school in the first instance

If unresolved at school, please follow the school’s official complaints procedure

Full complaints policy