Meet the Governing Body

The Governing Body of Banwell Primary School is a group of people drawn from our community who volunteer our time, energy and expertise to support the management of the school and oversee the performance of the Senior Leadership Team. We are collectively accountable to all school stakeholders – pupils, parents, staff, the Local Authority and Ofsted. The Governing Body is responsible for:

  • setting the school's vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

We welcome your feedback and ideas about the school so please don't hesitate to approach us at school or drop a letter into the office addressed to the Chair of the Governors or email via the Clerk to Governors (cathryn.butler@banwellprimary.co.uk).

Governor Vacancies
We currently have a vacancy for a parent governor.  If you'd be interested in finding out more about becoming a governor, either now or in the future, please speak to a current governor, contact the Governors' Clerk (see above) and read the invitation to join us and the documents below.
  • Mr Malcolm Davey

    Co-opted Governor and Chair of Governors

I have been a co-opted Governor at Banwell Primary School since April 2015, and became Chair of Governors on 1 September 2017.

I spent much of my career in the public sector working at a senior level in various government agencies before retiring in 2011.  Since then I have been self-employed in semi-retirement, working as a Human Resources Consultant. 

I am a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and last year I received the CIPD’s Award of Merit for my 14 years of voluntary work for CIPD’s West of England Branch.

How do I make a difference to our school?

As Chair of the Governing Body, I work closely with the headteacher and governors to make sure that we:

  • Set the strategic direction of the school
  • Monitor and evaluate the work of the school to deliver the strategy, and
  • Hold the headteacher to account for the performance of the school and make sure that decisions are made in the best interests of the children.

I am the lead-Governor for mathematics and PE, having taught both subjects before joining the civil service many years ago.

I am totally committed to doing all I can as a governor to support the school and its goals for all of its children.

 

  • Mrs Margaret Pemberton

    Co-opted Governor and Vice-Chair of Governors

I have been a co-opted Governor at Banwell Primary since July 2014.

My background is in the world of public Libraries and I have held a variety of roles.  These have varied from being a children’s librarian to managing a group of five libraries.  My work has been in various local authorities in England and Northern Ireland and I have developed a wide range of skills that I hope are relevant to the school. 

I took redundancy in 2014, after nearly ten years as the librarian to Bristol School Library Service and now undertake part-time consultancy work as well as being a children’s book blogger and reviewer for several journals.

How do I make a difference to our school?

I am Vice-Chair of the governing body, and also the lead-Governor for literacy: something that I am passionate about, having been the chair of judges for the "Carnegie Book Award" in 2010.  In this role, I help to make sure that we hold the headteacher to account for the performance of the school in literacy and that decisions are made in the best interests of the children.

 

  • Mrs Claire Pocock

    Headteacher and Governor

 I was appointed as Headteacher of Banwell Primary School from September 2014. At this time I also became a governor. I have worked in two other North Somerset primary schools since qualifying as a teacher in 1996.

How do I make a difference to our school?

I serve as a member of the governing body’s Teaching and Learning Committee and School Management Committee.

I have experience of being a governor at my previous school where I was part of their Governing Body for six years. I was also a Deputy Headteacher for six years and have also been a SENCo, Maths Subject Leader and Key Stage Leader. I therefore have a breadth of knowledge and experience about how different schools are led and managed.

I am totally committed to ensuring that our young learners achieve the best that they possibly can in all areas. This is reflected in our strapline “Belong Believe Achieve” which every member of the school team is truly invested in.

 

  • Mrs Anne Appleyard

    Co-opted Governor

I am a co-opted governor at Banwell School, since 1 October 2015.  I have a dual role at school as the Assistant SENCo (Special Educational Needs and Disability Co-ordinator) and am part of the Pupil Support Team, whose aim is to support children and their families during their time at school.  I also cover classes, as necessary.

How do I make a difference to our school?

I serve as a member of the governing body’s Teaching and Learning Committee. 

I have experience of being a governor at another local primary school where I have been part of their Governing Body for the last thirteen years.   

I am looking forward to the changes and new challenges ahead.  I am hoping to share my knowledge and experience to improve the learning opportunities and outcomes for the children of Banwell Primary School.

 

  • Mrs Jodine Arnold

    Co-opted Governor

I became a co-opted governor in September 2017.

I have been a Parish Councillor in Banwell since 2015 and as part of that role, I am the Chair of the Youth Club committee and the councillor link for the Children's Centre Partnership.

I originally moved to Banwell at the age of ten, and after a short relocation, I returned in 2006.  I work in school as the Learning Mentor, a role I have been doing since 2013.  Before that, I was a Learning Support Assistant.  Both of my children attended Banwell Primary School before moving onto Churchill Academy.

How do I make a difference in school?

My roles within the village create vital links between many organisations supporting children, helping them work together to create a happy and safe environment in which our children can be raised.  I fully believe in the schools ethos and values, and feel privileged to be part of such an amazing community. 

 

  • Mr John Baker

    Co-opted Governor

I have been a governor at Banwell since 2013 and was Chair of Governors from April 2015 to August 2016.  I am a Fellow of the Institute of Consulting, a Fellow of the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs and am the Managing Partner of a small management consultancy practice working across the UK and abroad.  I have an MBA, am a Member of the Institute of Engineering Technology and am a Regional Board Member for the Chartered Management Institute.

How do I make a difference to our school?

My experience with a wide range of businesses means that I am able to provide a strategic focus and make sure we do not stray into trying to manage operational issues (which are the responsibility of the headteacher).  I am also able help develop the skills and processes of the governing body and school leadership team in areas that have an effect on the school’s development (such as managing projects) or the welfare of the people at our school (such as risk management).

 

  • Miss Louise Henry

    Parent Governor

  • Mrs Liz Lester

    Staff Governor

I was appointed as Deputy Head of Banwell Primary School from September 2010. At this time I also became a governor.  I have worked in one other North Somerset primary school since qualifying as a teacher in 1998.

How do I make a difference to our school?

I currently serve as a member of the governing body’s School Management Committee.  My first job was in NatWest International Bank, where I stayed for nearly seven years, before deciding to follow my dream and become a teacher. I have experience of teaching in both key stages.  I was Key Stage Leader and the Investors in People advocate in a large primary school with 450 pupils. I also have experience of being a governor at my previous school where I was part of their Governing body for eight years. I am passionate about learning and continually develop my own practise and skills. In 2015, I took on the role of SENCO and established the Pupil Support Team.

I am also passionate about Banwell. It is a privilege to work in a school that feels like a family and where everyone works closely together to achieve our aims and values. 

 

  • Mrs Kelly Oxley-Reed

    Co-opted Governor

I have been a co-opted governor at Banwell Primary since October 2015.

I previously worked for Banwell Buddies as the Administrator and Finance Officer, and also provided administrative support for Banwell Beavers.  I have lived in Banwell since I was two, attending Banwell Primary myself, and I am now a parent of a child here at the school, as well as working in school in an administrative capacity.

How do I make a difference to our school?

As a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee, and the lead-Governor for e-safety, I am very committed to providing the best possible support I can to assist Banwell Primary to achieve its goals.

 

  • Mrs Dawn Parry

    Co-opted Governor

  • Mr Brian Peat

    Co-opted Governor

My business career was spent working for a major High Street Bank (41 years), which included spells in retail banking, finance, IT and all aspects of projects: analysis, project management and business architecture. I moved to Banwell in 1994 and have always been actively involved with our community, as Treasurer, Trustee and Committee member of many clubs, charities and organisations.
My main sporting interest is rugby: I coached at mini and junior level for Winscombe RFC (14 years), where I was also Treasurer and Trustee for over ten years. My commitment to 1st Banwell Scouts has extended over 20 years covering Committee, Treasurer and Trustee. I was also a ‘founder member’ of the Banwell/Potigny Twinning Group and created a Travel Scholarship Charity at Churchill Community School. In the 1990s, I was a Governor and Deputy Chair at Banwell Primary School where I also chaired the Finance Committee for many years.
Outside work and committee work, I am a committed family man and enjoy the great outdoors. I am still active, playing squash, tennis, cycling and swimming having recently started competing in ‘sprint’ triathlons!
 
How do I make a difference to our school?
I am Chair of the Pay Committee, and take a lead in advising on financial issues generally. My main professional interests were analysing data and delivering optimal business solutions through creative problem solving, innovation and use of technology and I look to apply these to school-related projects.
I am analytical, trustworthy and committed to the local community. My key skill is understanding the complex and translating it into the simple. I am fair, open and honest with others and unafraid to challenge the status quo, allowing me to hold the school leadership team to account for their actions.
  • Ms Patricia Sims Bengtsson

    Parent Governor

I joined the Governing Body as a Parent Governor in September 2017.  My background is in education and I would like to use my experience to support the school in achieving the best possible outcomes for our children.  I qualified as a Secondary English teacher in the ‘90s and have worked in Greece, Sweden and the Middle East, as well as Secondary schools in the UK.  Here I was involved in teacher training and mentoring those new to the profession, which was very rewarding. Since my son came along, my interests have moved towards the earlier stages of education and I’ve been lucky to work with primary-aged youngsters who faced barriers to their learning.
 
Additional experience has included delivering CBT-based training courses in behavioural change and thinking skills (Probation Service), proof-reading for my hometown’s newspaper, and working in the education department of my local authority.  Currently, I work part-time from home as a writer and editor.
 
How I make a difference to our school
I am Lead-Governor for SEND and Vulnerable Learners and assistant Lead-Governor for Literacy.  I believe passionately in empowering children to be the very best that they can be - and feel privileged to be part of a team who will strive to make that happen.  A key part of my teaching remit was being accountable for the children’s accelerated progress and conducting impact studies to demonstrate that I was adding value.  I feel able to hold the leadership team at Banwell similarly to account and look forward to serving the school.
 
  • Mr Richard Tolmie

    Local Authority Governor

I have been a Local Authority Governor since 2007.  My association with the school goes back much further, however, having been a pupil here longer ago than I care to own up to!

During my son's time at Banwell School, I was part of the PTA & had the pleasure of being the Chair during our millennium celebrations.

My village interests extend beyond the school.  Together with many others, I played a key role in the founding of the Children's Centre and still serve as a member of the partnership group.  For over a decade, I chaired Banwell Youth Club and remain a committee member.  I served as a parish councillor for eleven years, and was a member of the Village Hall Committee.

Another group I have been involved with for some twenty years is the Village Cemetery Committee.  As a past chair, I can tell you it is not as macabre as it may sound, being mainly concerned with planning ground maintenance, finance and the like.  In truth though, I must confess to the school being my overriding priority.

How do I make a difference to our school?

I serve on the Teaching and Learning Committee and support this group to monitor performance, and ensure that decisions are made in the best interests of the children.

In 1998, I started hearing children read at school - many parents may have seen the moniker 'Richard T' in their children's reading records.  It has been, and remains, a real privilege to play a very small part in the children's development and one of the most rewarding things I have ever done; I would certainly recommend anyone with a few hours to spare a week to give it a go.

 

  • Ms Helen Williams

    Parent Governor

I am a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and I have been practicing law for over twenty years, specialising in financial disputes.

How do I make a difference for our School?
I have experience in reaching resolutions to problems where this has seemed previously impossible, through a combination of innovative thinking and managing often conflicting expectations.  I aim to utilise these skills, and my financial awareness in my role on the Pay Committee.  Being highly motivated, I am committed to helping Banwell Primary Schools reach its goals and to encourage the children to achieve their full potential in a caring and fulfilling environment.
 
  • Miss Cathryn Butler

    Clerk to the Governors

Governor Committees

The Governing Body committee is

  • Pay Committee
  • Responsible for: monitoring of staff performance and appraisal, and pay
  • Chair: Mr Brian Peat

Information About the Governors

The Department for Education (DfE) requires schools to publish some specific information about all those who have served on its Governing Body over the previous school year.  The details below are for current governors, as well as those who resigned during the 2016/17 school year.

 

Mrs Anne Appleyard

  • Co-opted Governor: 1 October 2015 - 30 September 2019
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: Higher Level Teaching Assistant, Banwell Primary School
  • Other Governance Role:  Community Governor at Heron's Moor Academy
  • 2016/17 Meeting Attendance: 89%
Mrs Jodine Arnold
  • Co-opted Governor:   26 September 2017 - 25 September 2021
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests:  Learning Mentor, Banwell Primary School; Banwell Parish Councillor
  • 2016/17 Meeting Attendance: not applicable

Mr John Baker

  • Parent Governor: 13 May 2013 – 12 May 2017
  • Co-opted Governor: 13 May 2017 - 12 May 2021
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: Managing Partner, Silver Moor Business Consulting; Regional Board Member, Chartered Management Institute; Parent of child attending Banwell Primary School
  • 2016/17 Meeting Attendance: 70%

 Mr Chris Buncher

  • Parent Governor: 1 May 2015 – 31 August 2017
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: Avoidance Adviser, HMRC; Parent of child attending Banwell Primary School
  • 2016/17 Meeting Attendance: 36%
Mr Malcolm Davey
  • Co-opted Governor: 20 April 2015 – 19 April 2019
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: self-employed Human Resources Consultant
  • 2016/17 Meeting Attendance: 91%

 Mrs Vikki Fitzpatrick

  • Parent Governor: 1 May 2015 – 31 August 2017
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: Chair of Management & Trustee, Banwell Buddies Pre-School; Parent of children attending Banwell Primary School
  • 2016/17 Meeting Attendance: 71%
Miss Louise Henry
  • Parent Governor: 1 September 2017 - 31 August 2021
  • 2016/17 Meeting Attendance: not applicable
 Mrs Liz Lester
  • Staff Governor: 16 September 2010 – 15 September 2014
  • Staff Governor: 16 September 2014 – 15 September 2018
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: Deputy Headteacher, Banwell Primary School
  • 2016/17 Meeting Attendance: 100%

Mrs Kelly Oxley-Reed

  • Co-opted Governor: 1 October 2015 - 30 September 2019
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: Administrator, Banwell Primary School; Parent of child attending Banwell Primary School
  • 2016/17 Meeting Attendance: 89%

Mrs Dawn Parry

  • Co-opted Governor:  26 September 2017 - 25 September 2021
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: Banwell Parish Councillor; Screaming Eagle Productions and FuelActive 
  • 2016/17 Meeting Attendance: not applicable

Mr Brian Peat

  • Associate Member: 30 July 2015 – 29 July 2016
  • Associate Member: 30 July 2016 - 6 December 2016
  • Co-opted Governor: 7 December 2016 - 6 December 2020
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: none
  • 2016/17 Meeting Attendance: 67%

 Mrs Margaret Pemberton

  • Community Governor: 30 June 2014 – 31 December 2014
  • Co-opted Governor: 1 January 2015 – 31 December 2018
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: Freelance School Library Adviser
  • 2016/17 Meeting Attendance: 92%

 Mrs Claire Pocock

  • Headteacher Governor: from 1 September 2014
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: Headteacher, Banwell Primary School
  • 2016/17 Meeting Attendance: 100%

Mr Phillip Sheridan 

  • Parent Governor: 26 January 2016 - 13 October 2017
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests:  Parent of child attending Banwell Primary School
  • 2016/17 Meeting Attendance:  50%
Ms Patricia Sims Bengtsson
  • Parent Governor: 1 September 2017 - 31 August 2021
  • 2016/17 Meeting Attendance: not applicable

 Mr Richard Tolmie

  • Local Authority Governor: 3 October 2007 – 2 October 2011
  • Local Authority Governor: 3 October 2011 – 2 October 2015
  • Local Authority Governor: 3 October 2015 – 2 October 2019
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: none
  • 2016/17 Meeting Attendance: 100%
Ms Helen Williams
  • Parent Governor: 1 September 2017 - 31 August 2021
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: Legal Director, TLT
  • 2016/17 Meeting Attendance: not applicable