We look to the stars not our feet

Telephone: 0117 903 0077


Headteacher: Mr T Browse BA (Hons)


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


Joseph Gliddon

Elected Parent Goveror and Chair of Governors

I have two children, both have attended Air Balloon School, one is now at secondary school and the other is in Key stage 1.  They both really enjoyed their time at Air Balloon and I became a Parent Governor to help ensure other children do so as well.

I currently work at the University of Bristol where I have been seconded to a project looking at improving all aspects of study and assessment.  My normal job at the University is Learning Technologist (I teach Lecturers how to use technology to improve their teaching) and I am very interested in theories of learning.  I have taught maths to adults and also worked in the corporate sector as an IT trainer.

I attend the standards committee as I feel my skills are best used supporting the quality of education at Air Balloon School


Dan Reed

Co-opted Governor

I have been a Co-opted governor since the latter part of 2012 and have two children at the school. I am currently 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.

of it and that to me speaks volumes about the school.



Claire Poole

Co-opted Governor and Co Vice Chair of Governors

I became a co-opted governor in December 2016 after a request for HR skills. I have worked in HR for nearly 20 years so like to think I bring a fair bit of experience of recruitment, policy & procedure and best practice of people management. I have 2 boys at the school who keep me extremely busy and hugely entertained outside of my employment and governor duties. 



Nikki Jackson

Co-opted Governor and Co Vice 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 15 years ago when my eldest daughter was a pupil and went on to be elected as Chair of Governors there.

I currently work at one of the local Hospital Trusts as an Acute Services Manager and bring many skills from that role. I am proud to have been part of building the strong reputation Air Balloon has locally and further afield and the positive start it offers to so many children starting out on their journey in formal education. Being a governor can be both rewarding and challenging and I have experienced both emotions during my time, particularly through the schools amalgamation and expansion. In this voluntary role you have to be hugely committed if you are to do it well, as it takes considerable time and energy.


Lisa West

Co-opted Governor

I have been a Governor at the school for 8 years and for 4 of those years I was the Chair of Governors.

I have seen many changes to the school over those 8 years but one thing has remained the same my passion for making sure children are receiving the best education that they can.

I guess the skills I bring to the Governing Body are my experience of Governance over the last 8 years and also my experience of being Chair, you have to deal with a lot of challenging issues when you are the Chair and it is not an easy role but one that I enjoyed very much.

My day job is working for a local printers where I have been for the last 13 years doing their accounts and admin, I have to be very organised as a lot of the time I work on my own.

My own daughter went to ABHPS and she loved every minute of it and that to me speaks volumes about the school.





Martin Seasman





Tim Browse




Lisa Rawcliffe

Associate Governor


Peter Fullergreen

Co-opted Governor

I have been a co-opted governor for just over a year, and I am the SEN link governor. I have two children in the school, in years 2 and 4, and I want to support their school in any way I can. I work as a software developer for a financial technology company, and have former experience in finance, insurance and law so I bring experience applying technology to a range of different projects.




Mrs J Szost

Staff Governor


Simone Seymour

Co-opted Governor

I was appointed co opted governor in October 2017 so am relatively new to this role. I attend the standards committee.

I am currently employed by Bristol City Council where I have worked as a casework officer for the last 7 years. In this role I work with disabled and elderly people who are accessing care services and assist in managing their finances.

I have two young children. My eldest is in year one at Air Balloon Hill School. I applied to become a school governor in the hope that I am able be involved in some of the decision making processes which will enable many more local children to enjoy the type of positive experience which my son has been lucky enough to have had at Air Balloon Hill School so far.


Mark Pennington-Field

Co-opted Governor

Hi, My name is Mark and I have been recently appointed as Co-Opted Governor.  I am a Foster Carer with Bristol City Council to two young children that attend the school.  I am currently the Governor Link for Pupil Premium and hold a particular interest in Safe Guarding and Child Protection in Young Children.

I have 8 years experience working in the FE Sector as a Lecturer and Head of Department teaching Health and Social Care and I am familiar with the importance of delivering an education system and environment where our children and young people can thrive. I hold particular skills in child protection and safe guarding issues. Previous to this experience, I possess 20 years working in Social Services and the NHS, which awarded me a multitude of skills in the caring industry.

More than anything, as a parent I am passionate in my desire to help achieve the best possible schooling experience for our children, to give them the best possible start and foundation for a happy and healthy life ahead.


Niotia Ferguson

Co-opted Governor

‘Hi I am Niotia. I am a mum of 3 daughters one of whom currently attends Air Balloon Hill Primary School. I am a Co opted Governor and the Equality and Diversity Link Governor and work with the school to ensure the vibrant, culturally diverse community of ABHPS is celebrated.  I have worked for Bristol City Council for nearly 10 years. I am a Commissioning Officer for Childrens Services which is useful to the Governing Body. Please feel free to approach me in and around school with any concern and I will endeavour to help.



Vicky Chanin

Co-opted Governor

I have lived in Bristol for the past few years, and recently have settled in the area of St George.  I wanted to become part of the community and thought I could be of best use with a local school, supporting all they do as well as being a critical friend.  I come with over 10 years of experience in education, both in support, teaching and leadership roles.  My special interests lie in supporting the vulnerable children in our schools ensuring that they are afforded the same opportunities and that policies and practice rise up to provide this.


Miss J Liley

Associate Governor


Jill Gettrup

Co-opted Governor

I am a qualified secondary school teacher and mother to two pupils, currently in years 4 and 5. I was previously a parent governor of an outstanding nursery school in South London, have worked as an environmental campaigner, in international development and run my own small catering business. I became a parent governor because I am committed to helping the school improve. I want to help foster a community that creates a positive environment for school staff and provides the best education possible for all Air Balloon children. I am chair of the Standards committee.


Sara-Gwen Spice





Robert Farrow


Jennifer Fullergreen
Jennifer Fullergreen








Welcome from the Chair of Governors

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

Thank you for taking the time to visit the governor pages on the ABHPS website.

I have been Chair of Governors since September 2017, taking over from Dan Reed the previous Chair.  Before that I was Vice Chair of Governors.

One of the key roles of the Governing Body is appointing a new Head Teacher. We have just Tim Browse who starts as Head in September 2017.

We want all our children to develop their full academic and social potential.  Becoming responsible caring adults in their later lives. As a board of governors, we feel the school does an admirable job achieving this but no school is perfect.  It is the role of the Board of Governors to work with the Headteacher and staff to act as a ‘critical friend’. We support and challenge the school to achieve even more for our children. 

We are responsible for: 

  • monitoring and evaluating the performance and effectiveness of the school
  • ensuring that the budget is managed prudently 
  • supporting our excellent staff and school leaders.

We offer a broad, balanced curriculum and aim for enjoyment in learning in the classroom and beyond. Our experienced and dedicated staff work in partnership with parents and children.  Providing the children the best education possible.

As a parent I have seen how the teachers and other staff help every child reach their full potential. I will be working with the Headteacher to continue and improve this educational experience.

Best Regards

Joseph Gliddon

Chair of Governors

Special Events
  • Data Collection Sheets
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