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Governor Committee Structure

The structure of the Governing Body

Our formal Instrument of Government states that the Governing Body comprises:

  • Two parent governors, elected by parents

  • One Local Authority governor, appointed by Bristol City Council

  • One staff governor, elected by staff

  • Seven co-opted governors, appointed by the Governing Body for their particular skills

  • The Headteacher.


The way we work

The Chair of Governors is currently Graham Symonds (Co-opted Governor, re-appointed as the Chair in September 2020) and the Vice Chair is currently Mark Dillon (Co-opted Governor, appointed as the Vice Chair in September 2020).

The Governing Body agreed in April 2020 a Strategic Plan to steer its work until August 2021.

The full Governing Body meets termly (six times per year).  At its first meeting in the academic year the Full Governing Body reaffirms its Terms of Reference and Code of Conduct. There is an annual meeting schedule for the current school year.  The Governing Body is supported by a Named Governor for Governing Body Development.

Three committees enable more detailed scrutiny of specific areas.  These are:

  • Safeguarding and well-being. Their work is supported by a Named Governor for Child Protection.

  • Learning and the curriculum. Their work is supported by a Named Governor for Children-in-care and Targeted funding.

  • Resources - Finance, staffing, the site, buildings and other operational matters. Their work is supported by Named Governors for Health & Safety, Site Redevelopment and Information Management.

Committees meet five times a year. Other committees, panels and working groups are appointed for single, specific purposes.

There is a governor representative on the Henleaze Campus Collaboration Committee, a joint board to discuss matters of common interest between Claremont School, Henleaze Infant School and Henleaze Junior School.

Further details of committee membership are available here.  Our meeting attendance register for 2020-21 is available here.

Governors’ Business and Pecuniary interests are available here