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The Governing Body
The Role of Governor
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 it’s set aims and objectives. Finally the role of 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 of the Trust and 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 Colstons' Girls' School are shown below and their biographical profiles can be viewed here.
The Chair of Governors (Chris Patterson), can be contacted in writing via the Academy office in a sealed envelope marked "Chair of Governors - Private and Confidential".
Updated October 2021
Date of Appointment
Term of Office
Appointed as/Appointing Body
Relevant Business and Pecuniary Interests
Meetings attended 20/21
Sponsor Governor (Society of Merchant Venturers)
|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|
|Shiva Nokhasteh||05/12/19||4 years||04/12/23||Co-opted Governor||
Director of own Company
Member of the Institution of Civil Engineering
|Chris Patterson||06/12/19||4 Years||05/12/23||
Chair of Governors
Sponsor Governor (Society of Merchant Venturers) & Safeguarding and Health & Safety Link
Owner & Chairman of Pattersons (Holdings) Ltd
Director: BIRA - British Independent Retailers Organisation
|Kathryn Vaughan||30/01/19||4 Years||29/01/23||Parent Governor||Nil||11/11|
|4 Years||13/10/25||Vice Chair Sponsor Governor (Society of Merchant Venturers)||Nil||11/13|
|Angela Marsden||14/10/21||4 years||13/10/25||Co-opted Governor & Looked After Children Link||Nil||8/13|
|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|
|Kirsti Kavanagh||14/10/21||4 years||13/10/25||Co-opted||TBA||1/1|
|Richard Gaunt||End of term 09/04/21||Co-opted|
|Simon Shirley||End of term 31/08/20||Parent (elected)|
Further information about Venturers Trust Governance can be found on the Venturers Trust website.