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Telephone: 0117 903 0077

Email: airballoonhillp@bristol-schools.uk

Headteacher: Tim Browse

Governors

Meet the Governors

Parents are most welcome to attend Governors meetings as observers and copies of previous minutes are available on request from the school office

Contact: clerk@abhps.com

Nikki Jackson

Co-opted Governor and Chair of Governors

Although originally a parent at the school, I have always been elected as a Co-opted Governor. I joined the governing body of the then Infants school over 20 years ago when my eldest daughter was a pupil and went on to hold the role of Chair of Governors there, before the schools amalgamated. I was elected Chair of governors at ABHPS in April 2022 and  serve on the finance and Head teachers performance committees, as well as being the Link governor for Health and Safety.

I have recently retired from one of the local Hospital Trusts as an Associate General Manager in Emergency care, where I lead on governance arrangements and bring a variety of transferable skills from that role. I am proud over the years to have been involved in building the strong reputation Air Balloon Primary School has locally and further afield, and the positive start it offers to children starting out on their journey in formal education.

I am committed to ensuring that, within the resources available, the school provides a safe, happy and positive learning environment for the local community, where both pupils and staff are supported to achieve their optimum potential.

Dan Reed

Local Authority Governor, Co-Vice Chair of Governors and Chair of Finance Committee

I have been a governor since the latter part of 2012, serving as a parent governor, then co-opted governor and now as the local authority nominated governor. Two of my children have been at the school, with one still here and one in secondary school. I am currently Vice-chair of the governing body and chair of the Finance Committee and am a previous chair of Governors. I work as a Financial Controller on a development programme for a large engineering firm, so I am used to dealing with the complex financial issues which can occur in any large organisation. One of my main hopes is to use this experience in supporting and challenging the school’s financial processes to maximise the benefit our children can get from the available funding

 

 

 

Martin Seasman

Co-opted Governor and Co-Vice Chair of Governors

I joined the school as a co-opted governor in June 2018. I have three children: one is in Year 1, and my eldest has now moved on to secondary school. Both have thrived at Air Balloon Hill Primary School, and I want to ensure the school continues to offer the same great education and environment to other children. I felt that joining the governing body was the best way I can contribute to this.

I am currently a consultant, with a long previous career as a civil servant. In both roles I have had plenty of experience in financial management, and I currently sit on the Finance Committee, which makes good use of this experience.

 

 

 

Tim Browse

Headteacher

 

 

Pippa Graham

Parent Governor

I am a parent governor and joined the Governors in November 2020. In addition, I am the safeguarding and anti-bullying link governor. I have two children at the school, currently in Reception and Year 2. My aim as a governor is to support the school and play an active role in ensuring that it continues to have such a positive impact on the local community.

Rene Katiisa

Parent Governor

For the last 20 years, I have dedicated my life to working in local government within Education and Children’s Services to improve the lives of children, young people and their families. This has meant that I have gained a key set of skills and experience which can be useful to advise as a school governor. I am currently working with Bristol City Council’s Hope Virtual School, as an Education Advocate for Children in Care in Bristol between Year 6 – Year 11. I am also a trained actress and with my creative background, I am keen to looking into more creative opportunities for our children so that they can increase their cultural capital through creative outlets.

I have a son who currently attends ABHPS in Year 5 and really enjoys being part of the school. Being a parent governor is a great opportunity to be part of the ABHPS community and make a difference to students, teachers, staff and families. As a black parent governor, I would like to support in build our school approach to the bullying and anti discrimination policies so that children continue to feel safe at ABHPS and we continue to celebrate our diverse student body, so that everyone has a sense of belonging within the school community.

 

Jack Barker

Staff Governor

Teresa Hill

Co-Opted Governor

I became a co-opted governor in November 2019 and have lived locally for over 25 years. I have may years’ experience working in schools starting my career as a Special Needs teacher progressing through to a range of senior leadership roles. I have experience of school inspection from both sides of the coin. My decision to become a school governor was because I believe high quality education is a right, not a luxury, for all young people and I want to help back a difference

Kayley Prior

Co-Opted Governor

​Having joined as a Co-Opted governor in 2021, I am looking forward to supporting the school to further thrive over the coming years. My eldest daughter has just left the school, and with my youngest looking to join in 2024, I have a vested interest in ensuring that ABHPS continues on it’s path to being excellent, inclusive and supportive for all students.

A business engagement and communications manager by day, I am naturally drawn to focus on wellbeing, inclusion and development, and look to share these skills and insights as take on my governor role.

Chee Su Goh

Co-Opted Governor

Joining Air Balloon Hill as a co-opted governor in July 2021, I believe that this is a good way I can support the school that my two children go to. I’ve been impressed by how the teachers and school leaders continue to adapt and improve as circumstances and needs change. 

Having been a data scientist and aeronautical engineer, I am keen to learn how governors can help the school to engage and develop children’s interest in science and technology. I hope to bring my technical and team management experience to my role as a governor.

Miss J Liley

Associate Member

 

 

Welcome from the Chair of Governors

Dear Parents, Carers and Friends of Air Balloon Hill Primary School,

Welcome to the Air Balloon governing board! 

I have been a governor at the school since its inception in 2009, on the amalgamation of the previous infants and junior schools. I am a parent of the former infant and junior schools and previous Chair of Governors of Air Balloon Hill Infants school. I was appointed to the role of Chair of Governors at ABHPS in April 2022 on my recent retirement from a long nursing and managerial career in one of the local Acute hospital trusts.  I am supported by two very experienced members of the board Dan Reed and Martin Seasman, who are my vice-chairs.

As Chair, I am responsible for ensuring the board functions effectively.  This means: 

  • ensuring that the board fulfils its statutory responsibilities
  • providing clear leadership and direction to the board, keeping if focused on its core functions
  • ensuring governors work as part of an effective team
  • ensuring all governors are actively contributing and optimising their relevant skills and experience to the benefit of the school; 
  • ensuring every governor knows what is expected of them and undertakes appropriate training.  

The governing board is made up of various groups of people who represent our school and local community, including parents, staff, co-opted and local authority members. I am delighted to be a long serving co-opted governor at ABHPS and to be working with a very talented group of people, who give their time and energy voluntarily to support Mr Browse and the school. 

As a governing board we have 3 core functions:

To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and the strategic direction of the school.  We do this by reviewing the School Development Plan, asking questions as a ‘critical friend’ to make sure that the plan in place will lead to Air Balloon being a place where everyone can achieve, everyone can learn and everyone belongs.  As governors we are not charged with making operational decisions on the running of the school – we work with the school to set the vision and appoint Mr Browse and the Senior Leadership Team to decide how this will be achieved, and have mechanisms in place to question operational decisions if these do not seem to be delivering the desired outcome or align with the school vision.  

Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils.  We do this in part through the Headteacher’s annual performance review, managed by a small committee and led by the Chair.  Additionally, all governors have the chance to ask questions about the Head’s Report which is brought to each Full Governing Board meeting.  The main focus of this is achieved through the governor Education Committee who regularly reviews educational performance across the school, and look at the performance of specific groups of pupils and those who may need additional support, to make sure that time, resources and money are being well-managed to meet the needs of all pupils.  

Overseeing the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent.  The finance committee works in partnership with Mr Browse and Mrs Bowyer – School Business Manager, to set and oversee the school budget and bring critical decisions and outturns to the full board for questions and approval.  

Governors also have a remit to make sure all stakeholders are being involved in the life of the school.  One of this schools’ strengths is the diversity of backgrounds represented in the school population.  Therefore, we are continuing to work closely with the School Leadership Team to further develop the sense that ‘everyone belongs’ by bringing the parent voice into the school’s work on Equalities.  

Please do remember that parents are welcome to join governors’ meetings as observers, or to send questions if you’d like to hear more about our work via our clerk- clerk@abhps.com.

If you think you might be interested in joining the governing board, you can find out more information about becoming a school governor here and please look out for vacancies advertised in the school newsletter, or contact the clerk to express an interest.   

Kindest regards,

Nikki Jackson

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