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 18 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 currently work at one of the local Hospital Trusts as an Associate General Manager and bring a variety of transferable skills from that role. I am proud to have been part of building the strong reputation Air Balloon Primary School has locally as well as further afield and the positive start it offers to children starting out on their journey in formal education. I serve on the finance committee and am committed to ensuring the school provides a safe, happy and positive learning environment for the local community, within the resources available, where both pupils and staff are supported to achieve their optimum potential.
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
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 in Year 3 and the other two still too young for school. My eldest has had a great time so far at Air Balloon Hill 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.
I am a parent governor and joined the governors in November 2020. I have one child at the school currently and another will join in September 2022. My son has enjoyed starting school and I have been impressed with how the school welcomed the Reception pupils to the school. I wanted to join the governors because school is such a big part of a child and their family’s life. I hope to be able to support the school and play an active role in ensuring that it continues to have such a positive impact on the local community
I am a co-Opted member of the Air Balloon Hill Primary School board. First, I am a British citizen and my family also live in different parts of this country. I am a father of five. My children went through Church Field schools in Swindon and for their A-levels they went to Wootton Basset college. For their university education they went through Queen Mary University (London) , Imperial College ( London) and UWE, Bristol.
I hold a first degree in Accounting and an MSc in Forensic Accounting from the University of Portsmouth (England) and I am fully CIMA Qualified with a chartered status of ACMA, CGMA.
I served in other school boards abroad and researched into the establishment of the Magnet school curriculum from Baltimore Maryland, US for one of the schools.
My interest besides supporting with the finance committee of the board is motivation of young people to aspire and excel and for these am grateful to serve ABHPS.
My name is Sara and I am a Co-Opted Governor to the Board.
I work for a small Financial Planning Firm in Bristol as the Technical Team Manager. My role involves overseeing the advice given to our clients in regard to lifetime planning (both financial and lifestyle). In my capacity on the Senior Management Team, I assist with the overall running of the business. This involves making decisions about the business strategy, setting areas of focus and ensuring we deliver on these. I also provide the HR support for my team, conducting reviews, providing and arranging training and ensuring their ongoing performance management.
My professional experience lends me to the Finance Committee and I am only too happy to volunteer these skills to the school. I am committed to supporting this wonderful school that I feel very lucky my two children have the opportunity to attend.
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
Joining as a Co opted governor in 2021, I am looking forward to supporting the school to further thrive over the coming years. With a daughter in year 6, and one 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.
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.
Clerk to Governors
Hi, I am the clerk to the governing board, and am also a parent at the school.
My role within the board is to support and provide administration. I ensure the smooth running of meetings, and that the board meet their statutory requirements.
I took on the role as I care greatly about education. I wanted to help the governing board be the best support it can be to the school and school community.
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 joined the board as a parent governor, with two children currently in the school. In June 2021 I was appointed to the role of Chair of Governors, taking over from Joseph Gliddon. I am supported by two very experienced members of the board who are my vice-chairs, Dan Reed and Martin Seasman.
As Chair, I am responsible for ensuring the effective functioning of the board. This means:
A board of governors is in place to ensure clarity of vision, ethos and the strategic direction of the school. We review 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. An important distinction between governors and the School Leadership Team is that the governors are not charged with making operational decisions on the running of the school – we work with the school to set the vision and trust the SLT to decide how this will be achieved, with mechanisms in place to question operational decisions if these do not seem in line with the school vision.
We hold the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils. Means of doing so include the Headteacher’s annual performance review, managed by a small committee and led by the Chair. All governors have the chance to ask questions about the Head’s Report which is brought to each Full Governing Board meeting. The Education Committee (previously named Standards committee) regularly reviews educational performance across the school, and hones in on the performance of specific groups who may need additional support to make sure that time, resources and money are being well-managed to meet the needs of these groups.
Lastly, we oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent. The finance committee works in partnership with Rachel Bowyer, the School Business Manager, to 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, this year, we will work closely with the School Leadership Team to continue to develop the sense that ‘everyone belongs’ by bringing the parent voice into the school’s work on Equalities.
Thank you for taking the time to read about Air Balloon’s governing board, and 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.