Meet the Governors
Welcome to the Governors section of the new Cadbury Heath Primary school website. My name is Mervyn George and I am the current Chair of Governors.
I used to live in the nearby golf course estate on the other side of Tower road. My association with the school began around 1994, when I started teaching Chess at the school; which I still do today.
I became a governor a couple of years later, when Marilyn, the then School Secretary and Clerk to the Governing Body, rang me up and asked if I would join the governing body, which I accepted.
I see this as a progression, teaching the pupils and working with the Head, the Senior Leadership Team and Governors to challenge staff to provide the best education possible for our pupils.
I used to work as an Internal Auditor for Kingswood Borough Council at the Civic Centre in Kingswood, which enabled me to teach chess at lunchtime. In April 1996 Kingswood became part of South Gloucestershire Council, where I continued to work in the Finance department before I retired in 2017.
My name is Julie James and I have been a ‘Co-Opted Governor’ at Cadbury Heath for one year.
My journey as a school governor started 13 years ago when I began working within education in a primary school. I have since moved on to new ventures, working for a local authority, but still within education. After changing jobs, I felt that I would like to support a school within my community as a governor and that is how I became part of your amazing school.
My PWPA & safeguarding governor role involves; monitoring, challenging and strategically planning with the governor team, holding the Head Teacher and SLT accountable for the decisions that are made to improve standards and raise the outcomes to support every child in the school. I also get chance to see the amazing work children produce and love to see progress that is made.
Cadbury Heath Primary is a great school, on its own journey, and I hope that I can support the hard working, dedicated team of staff and governors in the best way I possibly can. I am really looking forward to working with this ‘Amazing CHPS Team’ in the future.
My name is Annie Harris, and as Headteacher I am a member of the Governing Body because of my role.
I joined Cadbury Heath in January 2020, and have really enjoyed working with the governing body on developing our school and planning to make it the best it can be for our community. I have worked in education for many years, and one of the things I appreciate most about being on the governing body is that I get to work with people from a wide range of professions and walks of life. I recognise that my world view is very education focussed and it is really useful to look at our strategy from different perspectives. The role of the governing body is vital in this. The governors act as a critical friend – they keep me accountable for what is happening in school and our progress against our strategic plan, as well as provide brilliant support in our whole school development. Being on the governing body is so rewarding and really does support the community feel we have worked hard to develop at Cadbury Heath.
My name is Lucy Exton and I have been a Parent Governor at the school since April 2019. I moved to Bristol from London in 2015 having worked for over ten years as an Executive Assistant and Administrator in the City of London in the financial services sector. I currently now work from home for a small business as a project and web administrator which gives me the flexibility to carry out my role as the SEND and Pupil Premium Link Governor for the school.
I became a governor at Cadbury Heath as I had one child attending (now two!) and wanted to be involved as much as I could in the school community and to support my daughter at school. One of the main reasons for becoming a parent governor was the issue of communication between parents and school - I believe it is vital for parents to have a stake in the running of the school for the wellbeing of the children and the school community as a whole and I aim to support parents by bringing a parent's perspective and voice to the governing body and challenging where necessary and giving feedback when helpful. The communication around the school has vastly improved in the last twelve months and this is evident in a stronger school community which benefits all of us.
As the Link Governor for SEND and Pupil Premium it is my responsibility to ascertain that the school SEND offer is meeting the needs of the children and to monitor how they are doing so. I liaise with the SENDCo Mrs Slater on a regular basis to do this and also to monitor the Pupil Premium strategy in the school to ensure that disadvantaged pupils have the same opportunities as their peers. I love seeing the progress that the children and the school are making and the initiatives that the staff are implementing to support the children. As a member of the Pupil Wellbeing, Progress and Achievement Committee I aim to challenge and monitor progress being made to improve standards across the school for all children while supporting the brilliant team of staff and governors who are so dedicated in making this school the best it can be.
My name is Isabel Geerlings and I’m the Finance Governor and Sports Premium Link Governor at Cadbury Heath Primary School.
I live locally, in Oldland Common, and when I learned about a governor vacancy at the school in April 2019, I jumped at the chance to join the board. Although I currently work as a financial auditor, I’ve always enjoyed working with children and I volunteered for three years as a teaching assistant at a local primary school while I was at University. As an auditor of colleges and universities, I’m used to looking at education finances from the outside; as the Finance Governor, I enjoy being able to help out on the inside, looking regularly at the school budget and discussing future plans with the Headteacher and the School Business Manager.
I'm Andrew Todd, a friendly Lancastrian that moved to Bristol in 2005, a few years after graduating University. I work for a global IT company as a Systems Architect.
My daughter joined Cadbury Heath Primary in September 2019 and I was looking for a way to get involved in the school community and support her education. A colleague has been a Governor and the Chair of Governors at another local school for many years and he highly recommended being a Governor as a way to get involved with the school, that doesn't involve baking cakes, organising parties or any of the other amazing work that the PTA does.
I was invited to join the Governing Body in October 2019 as a Co-Opted Governor where I took on the role of Link Governor for Curriculum as well as joining the Pupil Wellbeing, Progress and Achievement (PWPA) committee.
My aim as a Governor is to bring a non-academic perspective to school governance. There is an inherent requirement that Governors challenge the school's leadership to ensure that decisions are sensible, based on evidence and that impact can and is measured. Working in software development, I'm very familiar with this style of questioning and my hope is that these skills can help the school make the best decisions for all the pupils.
A more personal challenge as a Governor is to eliminate the need for a decoder ring in order to decipher the numerous acronyms that exist and to make it as easy as possible for parents and carers to understand everything that the school publishes.
My name is James Quine and I am currently the governor responsible for the buildings and health and safety.
My association with Cadbury Heath began through an organisation called Governors for Schools; a program that is set up to help recruit new people who are interested in becoming school governors.
I became a governor in 2019 after meeting with the Chair and the Head Teacher. I was Co-Opted onto the board and became the executive member for buildings and health and safety.
As a governor, I see this as an opportunity to develop my support across the whole school, working with the Head Teacher, the Senior Leadership Team and other Governors to challenge staff to provide the best education possible for our pupils.
As part of the Governors, a key part of the role is to ask questions and challenge; I enjoy my specific responsibilities including the buildings and health safety but I am also as a member of the Leadership, Management and Effectiveness Committee.
Hi, we're really pleased that we chose to send our daughter to Cadbury Heath Primary, not because it is the closest, but because we loved the school ethos and sense of community.
I taught across key stage two for almost twenty years and I lead the teacher training for RE in South Glos. I am now Vice Chair of the Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education. I am a strong advocate for reform in the subject and have written for several professional publications.
I now work for a charity supporting people who are affected by Spinal Cord Injury, I help people adjust to a new way of living after trauma and a long stay in hospital. I also volunteer for another charity that provides activities for people with paralysis. This includes quadbiking, landsailing, flying and even indoor skydiving!
I enjoy going for walks, handcycling and landsailing; a sport that I have enjoyed international success in.
I was a teacher governor for a while and I now look forward to working with the team here to support the development of the school.
|Jan Gould||My name is Jan Gould and I am excited to become part of the governing body at Cadbury Heath. I have worked in education for many years and have recently retired as an early years teacher in a nearby school. I am passionate about education and believe that all children are entitled to learn in an environment that is happy, safe and offers the very best learning opportunities and experiences with skilled teachers. I know that Cadbury Heath Primary School is such a place and I am looking forward to the future and contributing towards the schools journey to become the very best.|
I have been a part of the Cadbury Heath family since September 2016. My role involves providing admin support to the Governing Body and its committees, as well as providing advice to the governing body on governance, constitutional and procedure matters.