Governors ensure the success & wellbeing of St Philip's and regularly give up of their time to meet and discuss the best way forward for the school.
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USEFUL INFORMATION FOR GOVERNORS
Governor visits - Feedback sheet 2014.doc - Governors, please use this to feedback following a visit
Meet the Governors
Mr Andy Joy
I've been a governor since 1/9/06 by virtue of being the Headteacher.
I attend all governor committee meetings.
I graduated from teacher training in 1991; I then taught in a junior school in South Wales for 10 years. I then moved to Bristol to become deputy headteacher in a primary school in Keynsham where I worked for 4 years before taking up the headship at St Philip's in 2006. I love this school - it's a pleasure to work with such a dedicated team of staff and volunteers who serve in such a variety of ways to ensure the best provision for the children in our care.
Mr Tom Richmond
Staff governor since 2017
Iím a teacher at the school. This year, Iím teaching Owl Class which has pupils aged between and 9 and 11. Outside the classroom, my duties include ĎHead of Key Stage 2í and ĎEnglish Subject Leadí. This is my fifteenth year working as a primary school teacher. Prior to that, I taught English as a foreign language in the UK and abroad. Iíve worked in five very different primary schools; each of them has provided different experiences, new challenges, great staff to work alongside and brilliant children to teach. In all my roles at St Philipís, I aim to make a positive contribution by raising standards and helping shape its character and vision.
Mrs Aruna Chetty
Foundation governor since September 2016.
Rev. Alan Bain (Ex Officio)
I have been working in St Philip's school since 1981. I'm Vicar of St Philip and St James Church and was Chair of Governors for 21 years until 2002. I have taken weekly assemblies and school church services for almost forty years. My three children were educated in the school in the 1980ís. During the 1990ís I twinned St Philipís school with a school in Uganda and facilitated a visit by teachers from St Philip's to Uganda. I also set up a project to help a Ugandan teacher work in St Philip's for three months. The school continues to benefit from many overseas visitors who are introduced to the school through links with the church.
Mr Tim Conroy
Foundation Governor since 2006
I became a Foundation Governor in 2006 as I wanted to help the school continue to be rooted in its Christian foundation and serve the local community. I work full-time as Church Administrator at St Philip & St James next door to the school so have strong links with the local community, experience in running a community facility on a tight budget and the demands of caring for building and premises. I have been a parent of children at the school since 2001, with my youngest child in year 6.
Rev. Margaret Joyce
Foundation governor since 2010.
I am also the link governor for RE and on the ethos working party. St Philip's school has a strong Christian ethos and as one of the clergy at St Philips church want to see that maintained. My links with families and children have been over a long period of time both pastorally and through the school and I bring that privileged position to being a governor. There is a real sense of staff and governors working together and it is a privilege to serve in a school where all are valued as individuals. I love being a governor of a school which is at the heart of the community.
Mrs Philippa Kindon
LA Governor since April 2014
I was appointed as a governor in April 2014 shortly after our eldest son started in Robin Class in 2013. He is now in year 4 and our youngest son is in Jay Class.
This year I am I the link governor for literacy.Since completing a PhD in 2008, I have enjoyed working in both the public and private sector in business support and project management, and I now work for a health tech company in Bath. I am passionate about education, learning, organisations and people working together to achieve common goals. I have a growing interest in mental health and well being and will do all I can to support the school in this area. I strive to do all I can to serve the school and help St Philips be the best school it can be for all our children and the staff who do so much for them
Mr Alex Higgins (Vice Chair)
Co-opted governor since January 2016
Through my career in banking Iíve developed a sound understand of accounting, business and finance. Having worked in multiple departments of banking I have a fully rounded knowledge of the banking industry and a deep understanding of how it works. In my role as portfolio manager I helped the relationship director I supported transfer some Bristol schools into academies, this included setting up the entity (trust, limited company), registering these with the correct authorities, opening the correct accounts for each entity and assisting with the transfer of assets from the old entity to the new.
Mrs Jo Coppens
Co-opted governor since September 2015
I have worked at St Philipís since 2002; I started as a class teacher; mainly in Key Stage Two. I am now the deputy head teacher and non-class based. I have a variety of roles in school which include the oversight of children in receipt of Pupil Premium Funding and whole school assessment. As a result of having a wide range of roles in school and being part of the schools journey for a number of years I feel that I have a lot to contribute to the governing board as we continue on our journey of self-improvement.
Mr Clive Hall (Chair)
Co-opted governor since November 2017
I have been a governor at St Philip's since September 2013 and was elected Chair in September 2015. I am currently a teacher of Modern Foreign Languages and a Head of House at Beechen Cliff School, having studied European Studies at the University of Bath. I have over 20 years of experience in education and I try to put this to the best possible use in my role. It is a privilege to work with such a committed staff at St Philip's and to endeavour to make the school even better than it already is. As a Governor it is also important to reflect the views of the parents of all pupils and I am always happy to be contacted via the Governor e-mail address. ... email@example.com
Mr Chris Eldridge
Parent Governor since November 2014
I have been a governor at St Philip's since November 2014, I have 2 children at the school and its such a great place that I wanted to offer something back if I could. I did my degree in Engineering at Bath and never really left the city. I now work for a software company in Bath supporting Mental health services in the NHS. I really believe in this school and it plays such an important role in the future of my children Iím happy to help support the staff and leadership in what ever way I can.
Mr Tom Hutchings
Parent Governor since February 2016
I have two children at St Philip's, currently in Years 6 and 4. I
have always admired the school and its approach to education, and
felt that becoming a governor would be a great way to become more
closely involved with the school and help it on the next step of its
Mr Adrian Taylor-Weekes
Parent Governor since November 2017
St Philipís School is great! My family has benefitted greatly from the service of the staff and others there. It would be a privilege to serve the staff, pupils and parents as Governor. I am keen to see the good standards sustained and the Christian ethos maintained. I have taught guitar in schools for the past 12 years and so have some experience of schools from a visitorís perspective. I have three children at St Philips with one on the way. As a local church pastor I am deeply appreciative of the schools Christian ethos.
Mrs Sarah Wilton-Rhead
Parent Governor since November 2017
My daughter has just started the school in Robin class and I hope both of my children will attend the school. As I hope to be involved with the school over the next 10 years I would like to offer my skills and expertise in education to support the school:
Qualified secondary maths teacher
Previously worked as a Local authority AST/SLE supporting Primary and Secondary schools.
I have worked as part of a leadership team leading on Initial Teacher Training, teaching and learning CPD.
Previous responsibility for coaching and mentoring teachers to support improvement in the classroom.
Currently lead a Secondary Maths PGCE.
Mrs Julia Goode
Parent Governor since November 2017
As a mother of 3, I am privileged to be part of St Philip's for the next decade. When challenges face the school I aim to support the leadership and ask the right questions to ensure a well-rounded education and caring Christian ethos remain the schoolís focus. I am part of a local church, help run a toddler group and have the flexibility to commit to attending meetings and getting to know the school well. My background in scientific research will enable me to be analytical and innovative in assessing the schools direction and future policies.
Clerk to the Governing body.
I have worked at St Philipís School as a School Secretary since February 2001 and I have been Clerk to Governors since July 2012. I have two girls now aged 20 and 18 who both attended St Philipís Primary School. I have also been Treasurer for the PTA for many years. I took on the role of Clerk as I felt that I have a good understanding about current and future school procedures and school life generally. I know the parents and children well and feel that I can keep up with taking accurate minutes of discussions and conversations at Governors meetings. AND I GET PAID!