What are School Governors?

School governors are volunteers with a variety of skills and backgrounds, who wish to make a positive contribution to children’s education.

The Governing Body provides strategic leadership and accountability for the school, and has three key functions:

  • To oversee the financial position of the school, making sure the money is well spent.

  • To hold the Head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils.

  • To Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school.


All Governors are appointed for a term of 4 years and are subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Governors commit to undertaking regular training on many aspects of education and school management in order to be able to perform their duties to the highest standard.

School governance is monitored and assessed by OFSTED as part of the Leadership and Management judgement in their report.


For more information about school governance see the DfE School Governance Handbook.

Please read our Annual Governors report to Parents.


Types of School Governor

There are various types of governors drawn from different areas of the community including, parents, staff, Local Authority, community and other groups. Governors commit to attending 5 annual full governor meetings and 5 sub-committee meetings, as well as making regular visits to the school for the purposes of monitoring or engaging in discussions to further the school’s development.

The following types of governor are applicable to the governing body of our school:

Parent Governor
Elected by parents and carers of children at the school.
Staff Governor
Selected by election from teaching and support staff from the school.
Co-opted Governor  
Appointed by the governing body to represent the wider community or to provide specific skills.
LA Governor
Appointed by the Local Authority.
Foundation Governor       
Appointed by the school’s founding body, church or other organisation named in the school’s Instrument of government.
Ex-Officio Governor
A type of Foundation Governor usually reserved for the Parish Priest.


Our Governors

Mr P Barnard
Holds office: N/A
Type: Head Teacher
Pecuniary Interests:  None
Committee: School Improvement; Resources and Staffing


Mr Dan Clark
Holds office: November 2018 – November 2022
Type: Co-opted Governor appointed by an election of governing body
Pecuniary Interests: Two children at FCCE School who also attends OSCARs (Academic Year 2020/21)
Committee: Chair of Governors; Resources and Staffing

Mrs Hilary Colechin
Holds office: November 2016 – November 2020
Type: Foundation Governor appointed by the Parochial Church Council
Pecuniary Interests: None (Academic Year 2020/21)
Committee: School Improvement


I was encouraged by the Rector (Revd Malcolm Strange) to become a Foundation Governor. I come as a qualified and experienced learning support assistant in primary education and especially working with visually impaired children, which gives me an understanding of education at primary level, alongside of my Christian ethos being a regular attender at St Peter’s church in the village.


Mr Dan Coney
Holds office: June 2018 - June 2022 (2nd term)

Type: Co-opted Governor appointed by an election of governing body
Pecuniary Interests: Wife employed as a Teaching Assistant at FCCE (Academic Year 2020/21)
Committee:  School Improvement
As a governor my role is to help guide our school direction and ethos such that our children leave as well rounded members of society, with the knowledge, skills and tools they need to be successful in their future lives, whatever path they choose to follow.  Being elected has given me the chance to support the school in a tangible and effective way, across all aspects of school life.


Ms Gen Houston
Holds office: September 2018 – September 2022 (2nd term)
Type: Teacher Governor appointed by an election of staff
Pecuniary Interests:  None (Academic Year 2020/21)
Committee: School Improvement
 I am ‘teacher governor’ at FCCE.  I was first appointed in September 2014, and I teach year 4 at the moment.  I wanted to become a governor because I feel that having taught in primary education for many years, I have skills and experience to bring to moving our school towards excellence.  I am looking forward to working with the School Improvement Committee, overseeing elements of our document of the same name!

Mr Geoff Potter
Holds office: September 2018 – September 2022
Foundation Governor appointed by the Parochial Church Council
Pecuniary Interests:  None (Academic Year 2020/21)
Committee: School Improvement


All three of my children attended FCCE (long ago in the 1970's). Most of my professional career has been in education - albeit at tertiary level in the sciences. I have had a long association with St. Peter's church. In today's rapidly changing world it is important to include faith and ethical dimensions in the way we teach our children. I want to encourage church and school to work together to give our children the best foundation for their adult life.

Mrs Rosey Simpkins
Holds office: December 2015 – March 2024 (2nd Term)
Type: Foundation Governor appointed by the Parochial Church Council
Pecuniary Interests:  One child at FCCE School (Academic Year 2020/21)
Committee: Resources and Staffing


Mr Gareth Slater
Holds office: May 2018 – May 2022
Type: Parent Governor appointed by an election of parents
Pecuniary Interests:  2 children at FCCE School (Academic Year 2020/21), wife works for SEN Cluster
Committee: Chair of Resources and Staffing


Having two children at FCCE, the school represents an important part of my family’s life. The school provides excellent learning, nurturing and development opportunities and being elected as a Parent Governor gives me the opportunity to provide the support and challenge to ensure that the school, the staff and the pupils continue to develop.

Holds office: 
Type: Parent Governor appointed by an election of parents
Pecuniary Interests:


Mrs Andrea Thomas
Holds office: September 2018 – September 2022
Type: Co-opted Governor appointed by an election of governing body
Pecuniary Interests:  2 Children at FCCE School (Academic Year 2020/21)
Committee: Resources and Staffing

Holds office: 
Type: Co-opted Governor appointed by an election of governing body
Pecuniary Interests: 


Mrs Vicki Leonard
Holds office: February 2019 - February 2023
Type: LA Governor
Pecuniary Interests:  1 Child at FCCE School (Academic Year 2020/21).  Teacher at St Michaels CE VC Primary School.
Committee: School Improvement


Mr Biagio Arancio

Holds office: October 2019 - October 2023

Type: Parent Governor

Pecuniary Interests:  2 Children at FCCE School (Academic Year 2020/21).  

Committee: School Improvement


I am very excited about this opportunity to support the school and help the community of staff, parents and others, who work so hard to create a positive environment for our children to grow and develop. I hope to bring some of my skills and experience from my career into this role, and am enthusiastic and eager to contribute to the enduring success of this special school.

Mr Andrew Norman

Holds office: November 2019 - November 2023

Type: Co-opted Governor

Pecuniary Interests:  1 Child at FCCE School (Academic Year 2020/21).  

Committee: School Improvement


I have a child at the school and another who will be joining in a few years time. I'm very pleased to be able to support this fantastic school as a Governor, helping support pupils, staff and the wider school community to achieve. I have been so impressed as a parent by the way the school cares for and nurtures the children, giving them the best possible start to their education, it is great to be able to support the school in continuing their great work. 


Mrs Ruth Owen was appointed on 1st January 2017.


Associate Members:

Miss Lucy Gale our School Business Manager is in attendance for the Resources and Staffing committee to inform the Governing Body of the finance situation of the school.
Pecuniary Interests:  Cousins children at  FCCE School (Academic Year 2019/20)

If you wish to contact the Governing Body about any issues please contact the Clerk to the Governing Body on 01454 867205 for more information.

Frampton Cotterell C of E Primary School

Rectory Road, Frampton Cotterell, South Gloucestershire, BS36 2BT.

Telephone: 01454 867205            

Email: office@fcceprimary.co.uk

Headteacher: Mr. Pete Barnard   

Office Manager: Mrs. Nicola Addicott

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