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The Governing Body

Within England there are over 300,000 School/Academy Governors who form the largest volunteer force in the country.

The roles of individual Governors, and subsequently members of a Governing Body, work collectively to perform a strategic role and carry out key functions such as:

  • Discuss and set the aims and objectives for the Academy.

  • Set the required policies for achieving those aims and objectives.

  • Set the required targets for achieving those aims and objectives.

  • Monitor and evaluate the progress that the Academy is making towards its set aims and objectives. Finally the role of the Academy Governor is to be a source of challenge and support to the Principal, i.e. a 'critical friend.'

As part of Venturers Trust, the Local Governing Body (LGB) operates under a Scheme of Delegation from the Board of Trustees. Two Governors act as representatives of the parent body, the staff are represented by one elected Staff Governor, with co-opted appointments being made by our sponsors based on skills and experience.

The Governors are committed to ensuring that children at the Academy achieve their potential and are well-equipped for life after school. We believe that every child can be successful, and as staff work hard to make sure this happens, we expect our students to do the same.

The Governors’ primary role is to support the Principal and staff; to work with the Academy Leadership Team to agree the short and long term strategy for the Academy; to assist in ensuring they have the necessary resources and review the progress of the Academy towards achieving its aim.

The Academy is a member of the Venturers Trust, a multi-academy trust. Ultimate responsibility for the Academy rests with the Board of Trustees of the Trust - both governance details and scheme of delegation can be found on the Venturers Trust website - but much of the work of the Trust Board is delegated to the Local Governing Body (the Governors of the Academy). The details of the Governors at Montpelier High School are shown below and their biographical profiles can be viewed here

The Chair of Governors (Tracey Killen), can be contacted in writing via the Academy office in a sealed envelope marked "Chair of Governors - Private and Confidential". 

The Chair of Governors can also be contacted by email (

Updated September 2022


Date of Appointment

Term of Office

Term End

Appointed as/Appointing Body

Relevant Business and Pecuniary Interests

Meetings attended 20/21

Debbie England 31/01/19 4 years 30/01/23 Co-opted Governor & SEND Link

Chair of Trustees of Music Space

Non legal member of the South West Employment Tribunal

Alan Hayes 05/12/19 4 Years 04/12/23 Co-opted Governor Employee of Bath University 11/13
Joseph Gould 25/09/18 4 Years 24/09/22 Staff Governor (elected) Nil 13/13
Kathryn Vaughan 30/01/19 4 Years 29/01/23 Parent Governor Nil 11/11
Mohammed Saddiq


4 Years 13/10/25 Vice Chair        Sponsor Governor (Society of Merchant Venturers)  Nil 11/13
Antonia Lythgoe 08/10/20 4 years 07/10/24 Sponsor Governor (University of Bristol)

Senior Lecturer, University of Bristol, School of Education 

Member Cathedral Schools Trust

Tony Cox 14/12/20 4 years 13/12/24 Parent Governor (elected) Nil 2/2
Reuben Chatterjee 12/05/22 4 years 13/05/26 Co-opted TBA  
Kirsti Kavanagh 14/10/21 4 years 13/10/25 Co-opted TBA 1/1
Tracey Killen 20/09/22 4 years 19/09/26 Co-opted Chair of Governors TBA  
Historic (left within the last 12 months)
Angela Marsden 14/10/21 4 years 02/12/21 Co-opted - -
Jacqueline Cornish 18/05/20 4 years July 22 Sponsor Governor (Society of Merchant Venturers)    
Chris Patterson 06/12/19 4 years Sep 22 Chair of Governors    
Shiva Nokhasteh 05/12/19 4 years Oct 22 Co-opted Governor