The Governing Body at Redfield Edge Primary School

2022- 2023

All schools have a Governing Body. This is made up of:

  • two parents elected by other parents with children at the school
  • the head teacher;
  • teachers elected by other teachers;
  • one local authority representative chosen by governors from the local community
  • seven co-opted governors appointed by the governing body. This can contain no more than 2 staff There are twelve governors in total.

School governance is the one of the most important volunteering roles in education and an effective governing body is a great source of strength to a school. School governors make important collective decisions and the governing body is answerable to staff, parents and the community. 
The responsibilities of the governing body include:

  • Promoting high standards of education and achievement
  • Making sure that the curriculum is balanced and broadly based
  • Supporting delivery of the school improvement plan (SIP)
  • Planning the school’s long-term future
  • Setting the school’s aims and values
  • Strategic management
  • Appointing senior staff, including the head teacher
  • Managing the school budget
  • Acting as a ‘critical friend’ and ensuring accountability

The day-to-day management of the school is the responsibility of the head teacher.

The Governing Body at Redfield Edge

The list below shows current school governors (updated  July 2021).

Governor Name Governor Category Appointed by Date Appointed Term of Office Expiry/Re-signation Pecuniary Interest
Abi Rapsey Parent Parent Body 11/02/21 4 years 10/02/25 Parent of child in school
Steve Saunders Rawlings Parent Parent Body 04/12/20 4 years 03/12/24 Parent of child in school
Sian Fish Co-opted FGB 01/09/20 2 years 31/08/22 Parent of child in school
Thomas Monks Co-opted FGB 05/07/21 2 years 04/07/23 Staff Member
David Taylor

Co-opted FGB 27/01/22 2 years 26/01/24 Parent of child in school
Tom Sharp


FGB 21/11/20 2 years 20/11/22 Parent of child in school
Vacancy Co-opted FGB        
Lisa Robinson Headteacher N/A 24/04/19 N/A   Staff Member
Vacancy LEA LEA        
Dominique Kelly   Staff Staff Body 04/12/20 4 years 03/12/24 Staff Member
Jessica Griffiths Associate FGB 24/07/21 2 years 23/07/23 Staff Member
Jenny Roberts Associate FGB 01/01/22 10 months 31/12/23 Staff Member
Charlie Walker Associate FGB 24/07/21 2 years 23/07/23

Staff Member

Parent of child in school

Molly Caradine Recruited Clerk FGB 09/07/19 N/A N/A Parent of child in school

Full Governing Board   Local Education Authority.

You don’t need any particular qualifications to be a governor, but you do need commitment and enthusiasm!

As a parent you will have an understanding of other parents’ concerns, as a member of the local community your local knowledge will be valuable as you will have an understanding of what is important to local people. You may have business or other skills that may be helpful to the school.

Some governors have more time than others to commit to the school. Where possible, all attend the regular meetings and are also either on the Financial and Premises Committee or the Curriculum and Staffing Committee. 

 If you are interested in becoming a school governor you need:

  • The ability to work as part of a team
  • A desire to make a difference to children’s lives
  • A desire to help the community
  • An external view
  • A willingness to challenge assumptions
  • The time to get involved

Being a governor is a challenging and rewarding opportunity. It can give you a sense of satisfaction through knowing children will benefit from your efforts, as well as:

  • Improving children’s education and supporting the school’s staff;
  • Giving you the opportunity to develop new skills and to strengthen existing ones;
  • The opportunity to gain understanding in key areas such as finance, personnel and strategic planning;
  • The chance to help other members of the team ;
  • The opportunity to learn about the education system as a whole.

If you are interested in some, or all of these things then you would make a good governor! The Governor Support Unit at South Gloucestershire Council provides extra support by running lots of training courses for new and experienced governors.

Annual Governor Statement Annual Governor Statement 2019-20

Governor Roles Governor Roles April 2022

Governor Meeting Attendance Full Governor Board Attendance Record 2020-21