Local Governance Committee (LGC)
The Local Governance Committee at Bridge Farm Primary School is made up of a range of people from many different backgrounds, including representatives from the local community, parents and staff. All governors are volunteers and they offer their time, skills and experience to help run the school.
Bridge Farm Primary School is part of the Futura Learning Partnership.
For more information please see our governance structure.
What the Local Governance Committee does:
The role of the Local Governance Committee is to work with the headteacher and staff to offer all children at Bridge Farm Primary School the best educational opportunities possible. Our main task is in the area of school improvement – in practice, we continually try to make the school the best it can be.
Running the school on a daily basis is the responsibility of the headteacher and staff – the Local Governance Committee is responsible for:
- Reporting on the standards being achieved
- Developing and maintaining a strategic vision for the school that reflects our distinctive vision and values
- Ensure the school communicated effectively with its stakeholders and community
- Agree the vision, values and ethos of the school.
How the Local Governance Committee works
Governors meet as a Full Governing Body six times in an academic year. Business is conducted through meetings where we make decisions collectively as a team. Our role is strategic, while the Head, with whom we work closely, has responsibility for the day-to-day management of the school. Meetings take place early in the evening and can involve a lot of paperwork so it helps to have read what we can in advance.
As well as meeting together regularly as a Governing Body, Governors like to come and visit the school and be involved in school life. We particularly enjoy celebrating the achievements of the children as well as sharing in significant moments in the life of the school. Above all, we hope to support the staff of the school in creating a safe, happy and pleasant environment in which to learn and play together.
Becoming a Governor:
- Parent Governors are elected by parents for a fixed term of four years. Parents are advised in writing when a vacancy for a Parent Governor arises. This could be because a Governor completes their term of office or because they stand down. Full details of the eligibility criteria and the process for nominations and any election are provided at the time.
- Staff Governors are members of the School staff who are elected by the staffing body (both teaching and non-teaching).
- Community Governors are appointed by the LGC to represent community interests or to bring specific skills to the Governing Body
- Governor vision and values statement
- School improvement governor monitoring schedule
- Governor attendance
- Governors declarations of interest
Futura Learning Partnership
Bridge Farm Primary School is a Futura Learning Partnership school.
- Articles of association
- Annual report and financial statement
- Higher paid staff
- Master funding agreement
- Scheme of delegation
- Terms of reference
To contact the LGC, please email Ms Jess Manuel, Clerk to the LGC, using the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chair of Governors
Mrs Kate Dawe
Vice-Chair and Pupil Premium Governor/Community Governor
Term of office: 26 May 2021 – 25 May 2025
I have two children at Bridge Farm Primary School.
Professionally I am a chartered certified accountant and also a chartered tax adviser. I have worked in finance, specifically tax, for over 20 years both in practice and industry. I currently work full time as a Tax Manager for a Bristol based company.
In addition to my role as co-opted governor, I am also a committee member of Bridge Farm Primary School PTA which is a registered charity. I have been in the role of Treasurer since 2017.
Mrs Joy Mounter
Term of office: 1 September 2023 – Ex officio
I have been a primary school Headteacher since 2017 and am proud to be the Headteacher of Bridge Farm and be part of a community that makes sure the children receive the best education possible. Everyone connected with the school makes sure that the children are at the heart of all we do and that they work towards the common goal of providing the best offer they can for all of our children.
Miss Rachel Drew
Term of office: 1 Oct0ber 2018 – 30 September 2026
I have taught at Bridge Farm since 2014 in Reception and Key Stage 1. I am the co-curriculum leader for English.
Ms Faye Dicker
Term of office: 15 October 2021 – 14 October 2025
I grew up in Whitchurch and attended Bridge Farm Primary School, both my children now attend the school – which has grown a lot since my day.
I’m a broadcaster by trade and have spent years presenting on BBC Radio Bristol and commercial radio stations. I now work as a voiceover artist from my home studio and run a small business, Freelance Mum. Years working in busy newsrooms means I’m instinctively questioning in nature.
I’m passionate about the local community and formed the South Bristol Wrong Road group, I’ve campaigned tirelessly to protect the local greenbelt and believe every child has the right to clean air.
Previously I’ve volunteered to listen to the children read at school, as well as being member of the PTA. I’m keen to support the school and it’s community, as we emerge post pandemic.
Mrs Kirsty Day
Term of office: 15 October 2021 – 14 October 2025
I live within the local community and my son attends Bridge Farm School.
As parent governor, I am committed to supporting the school’s vision and values, and want to ensure that the children are ‘living and learning’ together.
I am an experienced employment lawyer who now works as a specialist HR Consultant. By sharing my knowledge and experience, I hope to make a valued contribution to the school’s strategic development, and help support continued improvement so that the children receive the best education possible.
Mrs Leanne Jones
Term of office: 19 September 2022 – 18 September 2023
I have been a member of staff since 2011, working as a Learning Support Assistant, supporting various year groups.
I have a well-established relationship with the school, from being an ex-pupil myself to my children attending Bridge Farm Primary.
With many thanks:
- Leanne Jones: 19 September 2022 – 18 September 2023
- Robert Farley: 11 September 2018 – 31 August 2023
- Geoff Mason: 1 September 1990 – 31 August 2023
- Lynne Watson: 10 July 2018 – 31 August 2023