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"Pupils thrive on the positive, aspirational approach"
Ofsted 2017

"The school has achieved an award for extending pupils’ understanding of world religions." SIAMS 2019

"As confident young learners, pupils are ambitious for themselves and supportive of each other." Ofsted 2017

"Worship is invitational allowing pupils of no religious affiliation to contribute with integrity."  SIAMS 2019

"The school has achieved an award for extending pupils’ understanding of world religions." SIAMS 2019

"Pupils are encouraged to think for themselves and to be curious." Ofsted 2017

"Your team are instilling a passion for learning that pupils find infectious." Ofsted 2017

Let Your Light Shine - Matthew 5:16

Meet the Governors

Governors make the key decisions about how the school is run. School Governors have legal duties, powers and responsibilities. They must act together, they cannot act individually. The full governing body meets several times a year; sub-committees meet as necessary.

School Governors are: Parents, Staff at the school, Local council representatives, Community representatives

Parent Governors are elected by the parents and serve, as do all Governors, for four years. They bring the views of parents to the Governing Body, but they speak and act as individuals; they should not be thought of as delegates of the parents. They have equal status in the work of the Governing Body, with full voting rights. 

The Chair of Governors can be contacted via the school office.

Message from the Chair

I am Bob Pace and currently the Chair of Governors at St Barnabas School. Now retired, in my working life I was a Chartered Surveyor and I have lived in North Common for more years than I care to remember. My four daughters all went to St Barnabas (Warmley) School many years ago and have been followed by three of my Grandchildren. I am privileged to be a Co-opted Governor. My aim is to make a positive contribution to the School Community, thereby helping our young people to achieve their personal best in this part of their journey through life.

The Governors at St Barnabas are all volunteers and they bring many diverse skills to the roll.  Our remit is to be a ‘critical friend’ of the leadership team within the school.  We are expected review and question the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, as well as the effective and efficient performance management of staff.  It is also our responsibility to ensure the school is a safe and happy place in which to learn and that funding is well spent.

It gives me and my fellow Governors satisfaction to be able to support the Head and the whole school team in their efforts to make St Barnabas a vibrant and successful school, full of smiling faces.

If you would like more information about being a Governor please email an enquiry to the school office.

Exciting Opportunity at St Barnabas Primary

  • Are you keen to improve the life chances for local children at St Barnabas?
  • Do you enjoy being part of a warm, friendly community?
  • Would you like to know more about the strategic vision for St Barnabas Primary School?
  • Would you like to make a difference or positive contribute to the future planning for St Barnabas Primary School?
  • Do you have a couple of spare evenings a term?

If the answer is “YES” to some or all of these questions then maybe you would like to join the school Governing body as a Co-opted member.

The role of the governor is wide and variety and gives you a fascinating insight into how schools are financed, strategic future plans are decided and a wealth of other areas such as safeguarding, Health and Safety and obviously strong links with St Barnabas church.

There is training and support available for all new governors.

If you would like to find out more then please email the school office –

Miss Sarah Sheppard
Head teacher

Who we are

Jeremy Andrew (ExOfficio Foundation Governor)
My Name is Jeremy Andrew and I am the Vicar in Warmley, Bitton and Syston and Area Dean of Kingswood and South Gloucestershire.  I am a school governor because I am passionate about education that allows everybody to reach their potential in life.  I grew up in Bristol and worked in Engineering before I found a vocation to ordained ministry.  We have lived in Durham and Cornwall before moving back to Bristol 5 years ago. I enjoy reading and writing, running and cycling, playing chess and woodwork.

Jane Allinson (Local Authority Governor)
I have been a governor at St Barnabas since the early eighties and it has been a privilege to work with Staff, Governors and Parents to support our young people on their learning journey. I am a retired Primary Deputy Head teacher. For 12 years I was a South Gloucestershire councillor working on the Education Committee. I served on the Adoption Panel and was one of the 3 members responsible for Children in Care. I am also the Chair of South Glos. committee responsible for RE in Schools. As a Bitton Parish councillor I have strong links with the local community. I manage the various competitions for our residents including Bitton in Bloom and the Creative Arts Competitions for Schools. Working with children really is rewarding and fun!

Shelley Weeks (Co-opted Governor)
I have been a Governor at St Barnabas Primary for 10 years now. I have worked at Bath & North East Somerset Council in Schools Strategic Finance for 21 years and for the last 15 as a Schools’ Finance Officer where I assist Heads, Governors and School Business Managers daily. I am committed to supporting our Senior Leadership Team in driving the best outcomes for the children and help the School manage its Budget to ensure Best Value.

Joanne Cole (Parent Governor)
I became a parent governor at St Barnabas CofE Primary School 5 years ago when my eldest son started in Reception. I have an interest in education and am passionate to see pupils flourish as they start their journey through school. My background as an Early Years Inclusion Specialist and the recent completion of a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Degree has supported me with my role as the SEND Lead within the Governing Body

Philippa Hicks (Parent Governor)
I became a parent governor in December 2020 and have a son and niece who both attend St Barnabas CofE Primary School.

Over the last 15 years I have worked within the Sports Departments in a range of educational environments, this includes local Primary and Secondary Schools as well as Higher Education Universities. I also worked for a sporting National Governing Body (NGB) for over 8 years as a senior manager, in which I lead the Educational and Training department.

I have a passion for learning and the development and nurturing of children’s social well-being and believe every child should have the opportunity to reach their full potential and thrive throughout their time at school.

I am committed to being a critical friend to the Senior Leadership Team, in ensuring strategic plans and decision are made in order to drive the school forward and for it to be a fantastic learning environment for our children.

Nicola Hunt (Parent Governor)
I became a parent governor of the school 2 years ago when my child joined St Barnabas C of E Primary School.

Being a teacher, with a background of Early Years Teaching and Education for over 10 years, I have a natural and invested interest in education. I enjoy being able to support the every improving developments of St Barnabas and will always volunteer to help within my children’s class.

I believe passionately that education is not just based on academic achievement and that young minds should have vast holistic opportunities to support each individual’s development of life skills and overall wellbeing.

Since becoming part of the governing body I have been able to appreciate and value the importance of being a ‘critical friend’ and feeling part of the wider ‘Team St Barnabas’  who all work with such passion and commitment to achieve the best possible educational teaching and provision for every pupil.

Susan Rickerby (Co-opted Governor)
I am a Chartered Accountant and first became a governor at the school in the mid 1980’s as the Bitton Parish Council nominee. My children attended the school in the noughties. I continue to try and work with the school and governors to help ensure that the area can offer, through the Church School setting, the best educational provision that can possibly be achieved. It is always a work in progress! I am also a Parish Councillor, Co-Treasurer of the Methodist Church in Oldland Common and a Trustee of the Oldland Village Club.