Welcome to the section of the website where you can find out more about the school's governors, and the work that we do.
Burrington Cof E Primary School and Wrington Cof E Primary School are federated. This means that the two schools share one board of governors who oversee the work of both schools, provide strategic direction, and challenge and support the schools to ensure that they meet the needs of all pupils.
The federation governing body has four main responsibilities:
- Implementation of each school development plan.
- To hold the Headteacher to account, and to be a 'critical friend' for the Headteacher.
- To ensure compliance with legislation which relates to the running of the schools.
- To set the admissions policy for the school (applicable to Burrington only).
Importantly, school governors are not directly involved in the day to day running of the schools. This responsibility lies with the Headteacher and the Senior Leadership Teams.
Along with the Headteacher, the federation governing body is ultimately responsible for ensuring that the teaching and academic staff are delivering the highest standards of education to all pupils, in an inclusive, safe and friendly environment. We are also responsible for the recruitment of staff.
Governors have a wide range of skills. We have members who work or have worked in education, business the church and other areas of public service, providing a blend of experience and commitment.
The governing body is also responsible for reviewing everything from educational achievement across the curriculum, the Christian ethos, the school budget, to the management of building programmes. In the case of Burrington, which is a voluntary aided school, and unlike state-maintained schools, the governors are required to raise funds to contribute 10% of the cost of all building and maintenance work.
The governors are actively involved in working with the school on a range of matters and are regularly involved in the development of religious education, with regular attendance at church services. All governors have a link subject, and periodically visit the school, including visits to classrooms to observe teaching.
The federation governing body is made up as follows:
- Foundation Governors (appointed by the diocese).
- The Headteacher.
- One Staff Governor (appointed by ballot).
- One Local Authority Governor (appointed by North Somerset Council).
- Two Parent Governors (appointed by ballot, one from Burrington and one from Wrington)
- Co-opted Governors (usually formerly elected governors who bring experience to the governing body).
Details of the federation governing body, together with attendance at committee meetings and areas of responsibility, are shown below. You can get in touch with any of the governors either through the school office, or through the clerk to the governors, Janet Gent (email@example.com).
Follow this link for the Federation governance structure chart: click here.
Roles within the governing body
Chair of Governors
Corinne Clarke, LJ Annandale (associate governor)
David Gent, Ruth Gillbanks, Andrew Hemming, Belinda Kumpel, Amanda Price.
Graeme Wilson (Chair), Ruth Gillbanks, Jonathan Holley, Amanda Price, Darran Williams, Deborah Yamanaka.
Deborah Yamanaka (Chair), Belinda Kumpel, Corinne Clarke, James Bayliss, Tim Ledbury, David Legge.
Amanda Price (Chair), Andrew Hemming, Corinne Clarke, David Gent, LJ Annandale, Ruth Gillbanks
Jonathan Holley, Darran Williams.
Health & Safety Governor
Clerk to Governors
Ms Sarah Joskey - Headteacher
I was born and grew up in the Mendips and I have many associations with this beautiful area. After university, where I studied music, I developed a passion for primary education. I have a Masters degree in Education and I have taught in schools in Berkshire, Outer London and North Somerset. Governing bodies play such an important role in the success of a school and I have been pleased to serve as a governor in four schools. I have been Headteacher at Wrington since 2010 and Headteacher at Burrington since 2018 when the two schools federated. I now live in Somerset with my family which includes three children and a rather timid golden retriever who occasionally visits school. Music remains a great love: I play the harp, piano, I sing in choirs in Bath and SW London and I support musical activities in my local church.
Mr Jonathan Holley (Co-Opted Governor)
I am a Co-Opted Governor, English link governor, GDPR Governor, and I am the Treasurer of the Burrington Voluntary Aided School funds. Prior to Federation, I was Chair of the Finance & Personnel Committee at Burrington School. I am a Fellow of the Securities Institute, and I am in business locally. I live in Burrington, and I have two sons at our fantastic village school. I play golf and skittles.
Mr James Bayliss (Parent Governor)
I am a Parent Governor and have one child at Burrington School. I joined the Governing body in Autumn 2018 and am the link governor for History and Geography. I work as a civilian pilot having previously flown in the Royal Navy. I am interested in a broad curriculum with opportunities to develop the whole person.
Rev'd Andrew Hemming (Foundation Governor)
Associate Priest to the Benefice that includes Burrington and Wrington. Previously a Governor of Burrington School for 3 years. Very much involved in the life of both villages and regularly active within both schools. A previous career in Engineering has given me extensive experience of Project Management, Employee Management and Commercial Law.
LJ Annandale (Associate Governor and staff member)
I was born and raised in South Africa so, not unsurprisingly, I have that Southern Hemisphere passion for team sports (Go Bokke!)... although strictly as a spectator only. I moved to the UK after university and worked initially for a global advertising agency as Brand Manager for a number of multinational companies, including Nestlé and Proctor & Gamble. I changed career paths because I have always had a passion for education; and as a full-time mum, I became heavily invested in my own children’s early learning. I have worked at Burrington Primary School as a Year 5/6 class teacher for 4 years; developing my love of literacy and global dimension pedagogy. Outside of work, I help with Wrington Guides; take art lessons (albeit badly); travel the world, and walk my badly behaved dog in the forest (just not all at the same time).
Rev'd David Gent (Foundation Governor)
I arrived as Rector of the two villages in June 2018. I am involved in school life, not only as a Governor but also taking worship in the two schools and organising church days – an opportunity once a term for the children to go to the church to explore a particular theme. I have a particular interest in vision and values in the life of the school. I enjoy walking with my wife Janet and our dog Odie.
Dr Belinda Kumpel (Foundation Governor)
I am a retired scientist, having worked in Blood Transfusion (latterly NHS Blood and Transplant) for nearly 30 years in Bristol. I worked with many students studying for higher degrees and lectured there and abroad. Our children were at Wrington School which gave them a lovely start to their education. As a new Governor, I hope to be able to support the governing body and the teachers in ensuring the best education for children at Wrington and Burrington primary schools.
Mr David Legge (Co-Opted Governor)
I am a Co-opted Governor and ICT link Governor, having been a Governor at Wrington School since 2017. I have 3 children, all at Wrington Primary School. My professional background is in business sustainability and energy management and I run my own company. As it is now too painful to play rugby, in my spare time I like to play football, go walking and spend time with the family.
Mrs Amanda Price (Co-Opted Governor)
I am a Co-opted Governor, and I have one child at Burrington CofE Primary school. My professional background is in teaching and I currently work as a Speech and Language assistant at a Primary School in Weston-Super -Mare.
Mr Darran Williams (Parent Governor)
I am a Parent Governor, and my son is a pupil at Wrington C of E Primary School and I hope that my daughter will also attend in due course. My professional background is in commercial, project finance and contract management and I want to bring those skills to support the Burrington and Wrington Federation governing body to ensure that all children at the schools have the opportunity to thrive. Away from work and governor commitments in addition to spending time with family I’m an active fell runner, mountain biker, sailor and skier.
Mr Graeme Wilson (Co-Opted Governor)
I am a Co-opted Governor and Science link Governor, having been a governor at Wrington since 2013. I have 2 children, one at Wrington Primary School and the other has now moved onto Churchill Academy. My professional background is in software and work as Project Manager for a software company in Bristol. In my spare time I like to go running and spend time with the family.
Mr Tim Ledbury (Co-opted Governor)
Self employed with two main clients, North Somerset Agricultural Society, organising the North Somerset Show, an annual one day event attracting approximately 20,000 people. The biennial North Somerset Countryside day and educational event that hosts 2,500 primary school children as well as organising numerous other smaller events for the North Somerset Agricultural Society. Responsible for the governance and membership of the Society, sitting on six committees relating to its activities. Current member of the ASAO Council, which represents the agricultural shows throughout the country.
The other main client is FarmLink Education Ltd of which I am its CEO. It is a small but effective charity that educates students in agriculture, environment and conservation, its teaching relates to the national curriculum. It mainly engages with primary school children, but it is becoming more involved with secondary schools. Last academic year we engaged with approximately 40,000 children. My main responsibilities are governance, safeguarding (safeguarding officer), health and safety, fundraising and development of the charity.
Outside work I enjoy sports and outdoor activity, as well as being involved in the local community engaging with every demographic, although not a member I enjoy supporting the PTA with their fundraising events. I currently have two children at Wrington Primary and I also attended Burrington as a pupil.
Mrs Deborah Yamanaka (Local Authority Governor)
I am the Local Education Authority Governor appointed by North Somerset Council. I chair the Premises sub-committee and I am the Health and Safety Governor. I recently stood down as a North Somerset Councillor after 24 years, but I am still a member of Wrington Parish Council. My two children attended Wrington school many years ago, and before federation I was the LEA governor for Wrington school. I am now retired but during my working life I taught IT. For relaxation I enjoy music, gardening, walking and travel.
Ruth Gillbanks (Chair of Governors, Foundation Governor)
As a resident in the Parish of Burrington I am a member of Holy Trinity Church and can be found ringing one of the 6 Church Bells there most Sundays. I also have one child attending Burrington school. I have been in education for the last 23 years and am currently a Head of Faculty in a large Bristol Secondary School.