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Meet the Governors

Welcome to our Governors' section. This is a team of committed individuals made up of parents, staff and members of the community. They help lead and manage the school, taking a major role in areas such as recruitment, strategic planning and monitoring.


As the current Chair of Governors I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for your interest in the ‘community’ that is Brentry Primary School. I have chosen the word ‘community’ because the school is more than just the staff and the children but also the parents, carers, volunteers and Governors who are joined together to ensure that the pupils’ education and care is of the highest standard.


The Governing Body are all volunteers who have the ultimate responsibility for the leadership and management of the school in relation to the children’s education, finance, staffing, recruitment and the management of the school’s facilities. This all sounds very grand but the Governors can be best described as ‘critical friends’. They include parents, community representatives and people appointed by the Local Authority. They all bring specific required skills and talents to the Governing Body. Anyone who is interested in becoming a Governor should contact the school and express an interest.


The operational and daily leadership of the school is still firmly vested in the Head Teacher, who together with two members of staff also forms part of the Governing Body. Your feedback and ideas in relation to Brentry Primary School are always welcome and will always be considered and, where appropriate, acted upon. Remember we do not know unless you tell us.


Warm regards 

Mr Chris Pullin

Chair of Governors



Governing Body                                  

Chair of Governors
Mr Christopher Pullin


Vice Chair of Governors
Mr Peter Ellwood


Committee Chairs
Finance & Resources – Mr Peter Ellwood
Strategic Development – Mrs Ruth Owen


Committee Vice Chairs
Finance & Resources – Mr Christopher Pullin
Strategic Development - Mr Peter Ellwood


Community/Co-opted Governors  Term of Office 

Miss Claire Ransom                           09 Oct 2017 to 08 Oct 2021

Mr Andy Smith                                   09 Oct 2017 to 08 Oct 2021

Ms Francess Ripley                            09 Oct 2017 to 08 Oct 2021   

Mrs Cynthia Reynolds                         06 Jan 2015   to   05 Jan 2019                            
Mr Christopher Pullin                           06 Jan 2015   to   05 Jan 2019
Mrs Sarah Swann                               06 Jan 2015   to   05 Jan 2019
Mrs Ruth Owen                                  06 Jan 2015   to   05 Jan 2019


Parent Governors                            Term of Office        

Mrs Nicola Sealey                               02 Oct 2014   to   01 Oct 2018
Mrs Lucy Matthews                             14 May 2014  to  13 May 2018     


Staff Governors                               Term of Office          

Ms Lizzie Evans                                  04 Mar 2014   to 03 Mar 2018


Authority Governor                         Term of Office

Mr Peter Ellwood                                 08 Jul 2014   to   07 Jul 2018


Mr Geraint Clarke is also a governor of the school ex officio


Clerk to the Governors
Mrs Joanne Hyde


Term of Office

An individual will be appointed to the governing body for a maximum of 4 years, at which time they are subject to re-election if they wish to continue.


Governing Committees


Strategic Development
Sarah Swann, Ruth Owen, Christopher Pullin, Peter Ellwood, Lucy Matthews, Cynthia Reynolds, Claire Ransom, Geraint Clarke, Lizzie Evans.



Finance & Resources
Pete Ellwood, Christopher Pullin, Geraint Clarke, Nicola Sealey, Hannah Jack (associate governor).


Safeguarding Team

Christopher Pullin (H&S), Sarah Swann (CP), Andy Smith, Geraint Clarke, Hannah Jack, Claire Ransom


Link Governors

Wellbeing Governor – Nicola Sealey

SEND Governor – Sarah Swann

CIC Governor – Sarah Swann

Pupil Premium Governor – Christopher Pullin

Computing Governor – Peter Ellwood

Numeracy Governor – Peter Ellwood

Literacy Governor – Lucy Matthews

Associate Governor – Hannah Jack

Reception Class Link Governor – Lucy Matthews

Year 1 Link Governor – Ruth Owen

Year 2 Link Governor – Peter Ellwood & Nicola Sealey

Year 3 Link Governor – Sarah Swann

Year 4 Link Governor – Cynthia Reynolds & Chris Pullin

Year 5 Link Governor – Andy Smith

Year 6 Link Governor – Fran Ripley


Additional Links

Pupil Discipline - Chris Pullin

Pupil Discipline Appeals -  Cynthia Reynolds /

Ruth Owen

Head’s Performance Review Committee - Chris Pullin / Pete Ellwood /

Cynthia Reynolds

Head’s Performance Review Appeals Governor - Ruth Owen

Self-Evaluation Panel (SEF Panel) - Cynthia Reynolds / Ruth Owen /

Chris Pullin / Pete Ellwood

Pay/Appraisal Committee - Chris Pullin  / Pete Ellwood/ Cynthia Reynolds

Pay Appeals Committee - Sarah Swann / Ruth Owen/ Nicola Sealey

Children’s Centre Liaison Governor – Chris Pullin

Association of Bristol Governor’s Representative (ABG) - Rotated

PTA Representative – Nicola Sealey


Pecuniary Interest

Christopher Pullin - Chris's son in law owns the local cleaning company called Cosmic Hygene.  .


Instrument of Government

What a handsome bunch!

What a handsome bunch! 1 Chris Pullin - Chair/H&S /Pupil Premium/Yr 4 link
What a handsome bunch! 2 Ruth Owen - Year 1 link Governor
What a handsome bunch! 3 Cynthia Reynolds - Yr 4 link Governor
What a handsome bunch! 4 Lucy Matthews - English/Reception link Governor
What a handsome bunch! 5 Pete Ellwood - Maths/Year 2 link Governor
What a handsome bunch! 6 Lizzie Evans - Year 6 Teacher and Governor
What a handsome bunch! 7 Sarah Swann - CP/LAC/SEN and Year 3 link Governor
What a handsome bunch! 8 Jo Hyde - Clerk to Governors