Our school community is greatly enhanced by a hard-working and dedicated team of governors who freely give their time and diverse talents to contribute to the continued improvement of our school.
Our Local Governing Committee (LGC) has delegated responsibility from the Bath and Wells Multi Academy Trust (BWMAT) Board. The BWMAT Scheme of Delegation sets out what decisions the LGC can take and the governance arrangements for our LGC.
Number of Governors
Appointed by the BWMAT and approved by the Diocese Board of Education
Appointed by the BWMAT
Elected by parents/carers of children at the school
Elected by teaching and support staff at the school
In addition, we can have Associate Members who kindly contribute their skills and expertise to benefit the school’s development. Associate Members do not have voting rights.
Our Full Governing Committee currently meet five times each year. We also have five committees that meet regularly and report back to the Full Governing Committee:
- Teaching and Learning
- Safeguarding and Premises
- Finance and Personnel
To find out more about our Governors please see the information below.
Caroline Ford Co-Chair of Governors, BWMAT-appointed
Chair of Teaching and Learning Committee
Chair of Safeguarding Committee
Chair of Admissions Committee
My interest in education began towards the end of my PhD in Molecular Biology when I had the opportunity to supervise a summer school student. After I finished my PhD I started a PGCE to train to be a teacher of Science and my passion for education has grown ever since. I have taught Science, mainly A-Level and GCSE Biology, at Hardenhuish School in Chippenham since 2009.
I live in Limpley Stoke and have two children who currently attend Freshford Church School. I have really valued the opportunities my children have had to go to both a fantastic preschool and school within our villages. I enjoyed supporting Freshford Preschool as a Chair of the Committee when my youngest child was there and gained a huge appreciation of the value of early years education from this role. Joining the Local Governing Committee for Freshford Church School was an obvious next step and I feel privileged to be able to support the school in my role as Co-Chair of Governors.
Sara Buchanan Co-Chair of Governors, BWMAT-appointed
Chair of Ethos Committee
I have been a governor since 2017 and was elected as Co-Chair in July 2021. When I moved with my family to Freshford in 2015, our two sons were warmly welcomed into Freshford’s very special school community. Coming from a much larger school in London we were immediately impressed by the dedication and creativity of Freshford’s small staff team, as well as the important contribution of the parent community in enhancing the children’s learning and enjoyment of school. I have worked for 25 years in the voluntary sector in programme delivery and funding roles for international human rights’ organisations and domestic charities, most recently for Power to Change, an independent charitable trust supporting community business. My interest in education stems from five years’ working for a learning disability charity in London and seeing the transformation in the lives of young people when supported to overcome personal challenges to gain skills, qualifications and self-belief. I am delighted to be able to work alongside such a fantastic team of governors and staff to ensure that we continue to deliver a high quality of learning and that every child in our school enjoys the unique and holistic education that Freshford offers.
Revd Mike Taylor Foundation Governor
I have been a foundation governor since 2016 when I was inducted as the Rector of Freshford, Limpley Stoke and Hinton Charterhouse. Before that I was Vicar in an urban area of St Helier in Jersey. This area of town had mostly social housing and the local primary school reflected the community in every way. I was actively involved in this school, though never as a governor. There were many occasions where I was asked to address issues arising within the school. Both my children went to this school in Jersey. I am very keen on making sure our children are as safe as they can be, yet also having the chance to grow up as they need. I believe that creating a safe environment for learning is fundamental in their growth to adulthood and I will support the school in this purpose as much as I am able. This is a community school and part of my role is to work with and minister the community as a whole, the school being a fundamental part of this. I am happy to work with the school with the help of my wife Lindy in any way I can.
Trevor Quartermaine Foundation Governor
After an engaging and enlightening presentation from a representative of the then Police Force whilst at school, I was drawn to the public service of policing and spent 32 years serving in the Metropolitan Police, with four years as a uniformed officer on the beat and the remainder of my time as an officer in the CID. Since moving to Bath in 1998 I have engaged myself with voluntary work for the Dorothy House hospice, tour guiding for the Old Theatre Royal and have become Curator of the Bath Masonic Museum.
I am a member of the PPC, with responsibility for health & safety within the Parish churches. In my role as governor, I assist with the health and safety inspections of Freshford Church School and provide building and equipment maintenance recommendations. I believe my commitment to public service and my key practical and systems-oriented skills may be put to good use within the area of school governance.
Sarah Jones BWMAT-appointed
Chair of Finance Committee
I moved to the area in early 2021 and was keen to get involved and make a positive impact in the community. Thanks to a fortuitous advert I jumped at the opportunity to be on the Local Governing Committee in summer 2021 and offer my skills in support of Freshford Church School.
I have spent the majority of my career as a consultant for the Public Sector, offering pragmatic solutions to complex issues, and delivering projects focussed on successful outcomes specific to client. I’m looking to transfer this experience to the Local Governing Committee, focusing on the mission of the school and the best outcome for the children attending. Whilst I do not have explicit experience in a school environment, I am used to acting as an impartial advisor and “critical friend”, drawing consensus between experts, and working as part of team for a common goal.
Damian Todres BWMAT-appointed
Living in the local area with my wife and two very young children, I am very proud to reside in such a dynamic and supportive community with such an inspiring and well-regarded school on our doorstep. I have a lifelong interest in education and the creative arts, having a PGCE in English and Drama from University of Cambridge and a recent MSc in Learning and Teaching from the University of Oxford. Currently I am Director of Drama, Head of the Creative Arts Faculty and a Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead at Wells Cathedral School; I hope I am able to bring some benefit to the role of governor at Freshford Church School.
Phil Affleck BWMAT-appointed
Born and brough up in rural Wiltshire, I love the country life. I attended Castle Combe primary before going to school in Bath, safe to say I’m not an academic and went on to study Graphic Design in Swindon. During my career, I worked in many design studios leading eventually to managing a studio for a large packaging corp and then going on to set up my own design studio. My wife and I lived for several years in Bath where we had two daughters. Craving a more rural life, we moved to Freshford where the girls were able to go to the wonderful Freshford School. Both my daughters, now grown up, are working successfully in arts. It is my hope to ensure that the arts are encouraged and supported at Freshford.
Talia Kelly Parent Governor
Growing up in an international school environment gave me an early insight into the passion and dedication required to enable children to reach their potential. After some experience in industry, I completed a PGCE in KS2 and 3 English before spending 16 years teaching in a variety of UK and international British Curriculum primary schools. My roles have included leading Music, Science and ICT, Head of Year and Head of Key Stage 2. Since starting a family, I have continued working within the education sector as a tutor, consultant and journalist. I am currently completing an MSc in Digital Education with the University of Edinburgh.
I live locally and have two children who attend Freshford Church School and Freshford Preschool respectively. As a family, we have really benefitted from the care and support of both settings, so I am hoping to reciprocate in kind in my new role as parent governor. As education continues to face significant change, particularly with advances in media and technology, I hope to contribute usefully to the team as we weather the challenges the sector will be grappling with over the next few years. Integral to this will be strengthening the school’s commitment to partnering with parents as co-educators who contribute so significantly to the welfare of our children.
George Tomlinson Parent Governor
Since my two children started their educational journey at Freshford Preschool, followed by Freshford Church School, I have played an active role in the school community, beginning with the Preschool Committee and then joining the school’s PTA. I went straight into the deep end and joined the PTA committee as co-chair in my son’s second year at school and stayed in the role for four years. During this time, I developed a great understanding of what the school needs to continue delivering the diverse learning experience it provides for our children.
As chair of the PTA, I endeavoured to promote good communication between the school and parent body and support the needs of parents, the school and its staff alike. Becoming a parent governor was the next logical step in furthering my support of the school community. I hope that my experience as a parent and with the PTA will benefit the Local Governing Board.
Ruth Poole Staff Governor
Chris Cykowski Associate Governor
- SEN and PP lead governor
I have lived in Freshford for 36 years. My 3 children, who are in their 30s now, all attended Freshford school and were very happy here. I worked at the school myself for many years, latterly as the SEN support teacher. My interest in specialised SEN teaching started when my son was told, age 10, that he was dyslexic, and I subsequently went on to train with Dyslexia Action and obtained a Practising Certificate from them. After I left the school I worked from home as a private tutor, teaching children mostly from within the primary age range. I currently volunteer as a coach with an Adult Literacy charity.
I understand SEN provision from both a professional and parental viewpoint and I hope that I may bring something useful in this new role at Freshford School.
Amy McCullough Associate Governor
We currently have a vacancy for a Foundation Governor. If you are interested in this role, please contact the school office for further information.