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The Governing Body of Bramhope Primary School

The governors provide strategic direction and accountability in school. The headteacher is responsible for the day to day management of the school and the governors act as critical friend providing challenge and support. Individual governors do not act independently of the rest of the governing board; decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing board.

The role of the governing body is a strategic one; its key functions are to:

  • set the aims and objectives for the school
  • set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives

The Governing Body consists of:

  • The headteacher
  • One elected staff governor
  • Four parent governors
  • Six co-opted governors (including a Leeds Authority appointed governor)

The standard term of office for a governor is four years. The chair and vice-chair are elected annually at the first meeting of the academic year.

The chair of governors is Mrs Fiona Wrightson, who can be contacted via the school office

The Governing Body of Bramhope Primary School is currently:


Mrs Rachel Colbourn
Trustee of Collaborative Learning Trust


Mrs Fiona Wrightson
Chair of Governors, Parent Governor
Trustee of Collaborative Learning Trust

Cllr Caroline Anderson
Leeds Authority Governor
Governor at Adel St. John P.S.

Mr Christopher Smith
Parent Governor
Member of Collaborative Learning Trust

Mrs Zara Shah
Co-opted Governor
No interest declared

Mr George Petrie
Parent Governor
Trustee of Collaborative Learning Trust

Mrs Kate Fraser
Vice Chair of Governors Co-opted Governor
No interest declared

Dr Lynne Hughes-Guy
Co-opted Governor
Member of Collaborative Learning Trust

Mrs Valerie Flower
Co-opted Governor
No interest declared

Mrs Miranda Reynard
Staff Governor
No interest declared

Mr David Bryant
Co-opted Governor
No interest declared

Mrs Georgina Davy
Parent Governor
No interest declared

The Governing Body meets four times each year. Much of the work of the Governing Body is delegated to the six committees which meet up to five times each.  Not all Governors sit on every committee - see committee roles and attendance in the table below.

At Bramhope Primary School, we have the following committees:

  • Standards and Attainment:  This committee monitors all aspects of the school’s work around pupil attainment and progress, and ensuring that the school’s curriculum is broad and balanced and meets statutory requirements. This committee also monitors the School Improvement Plan. 
  • Personnel / Pay & Salaries: This committee supports the headteacher to recruit and manage staff and ensure robust performance management procedures are in place. It also agrees pay progression, monitors absences and CPD.  It also monitors the implementation of the Teacher’s Pay Policy, approves the Teacher Appraisal Policy and ensures it is effectively implemented.
  • Finance: This committee ensures that the school spending remains within budget and that all funds are spent wisely to best meet the needs of the pupils and ensure value for money. 
  • Estate Management:  This committee oversees the annual inspection of the premises and grounds and ensure priorities for maintenance and development are identified, reports regularly to the governing board on property matters, including the monitoring of contracts for minor works related to improvements or repairs to the buildings or grounds and reviews, approves and implements a Health and Safety policy and ensure that the school meets all relevant health and safety legislation. 
  • Pupil Welfare: This committee is responsible for behaviour, safeguarding, attendance, children’s spiritual moral social and cultural development, children, parent and staff voice. 
  • Headteacher's Performance Management:  This committee assesses the performance of the Headteacher and sets his / her objectives and salary for the coming year.  The committee is advised by an external education expert.
Governor's Committee Roles & Attendance at meetings 2018/19


Name Full Governing Body (3) Estate Management (1) Finance (3) Standards & Attainment (2) Personnel & Salaries (2) Pupil Welfare (1) Headteacher's Performance Management (1)
Rachel Colbourn 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%  
Caroline Anderson


100%       100%  
David Bryant 100% 100%   100%      

Val Flower

100%     100%   100%  

Kate Fraser

100%   100% 100%     100%
Lynne Hughes-Guy 66%       100% 100%  
George Petrie 100% 100% 100%       100%
Miranda Reynard 100%     100%   100%  

Zara Shah

66%     100%      

Chris Smith

100% 0%     50%    
Fiona Wrightson 100%   100%   100% 100% 100%
Gina Davy  100%     50%      

Black box denotes that the Governor does NOT sit on that committee.

% figure is % of meetings attended in the stated period (2018-19) for the total number of meetings ytd (in brackets next to committee name).

Please see table below for Attendance 2017/18.

additional governor roles

At Bramhope every Governor also has a number of additional Roles.  Please see attached document below to view those other roles for 2018-19.