Aspire, Believe - Together Achieve

"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 John Tuffney and I am currently the Chair of Governors.  I have had three son’s attend the school during which time I was a parent Governor.  I am now a co-opted Governor and became the Chair last year.  I live in Oldland Common and am an independent Speech and Language Therapist as well as running a small local business.   I am also the Avon Youth League secretary for Longwell Green Junior FC.  I enjoy being a Governor at St Barnabas as it allows me an insight into how this important part of our community is run.

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 provided with data on the collective progress and attainment of children, which we are expected to review and question as required.  It is also our responsibility to ensure the school is a safe and happy place in which to learn.  It gives me and my fellow Governors satisfaction to be able to support the Head and the rest of the school team in their efforts to make St Barnabas a vibrant and successful school, full of smiling faces.

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.

Bob Pace (Co-opted Governor)
I am a retired Chartered Surveyor living in North Common. My four daughters all went to St Barnabas (Warmley) School many years ago and are now followed by two 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.

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

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.

John Tuffney (Co-Opted Governor)
My three sons attended St Barnabas more years ago than I want to consider and I joined as a Governor when my youngest son was in Year 2.  I felt I wanted to contribute to the school that gave my children a good start to their education.  I am interested in how the school runs and enjoy being one of those helping to oversee its strategic direction.  A year ago I became the Chair of Governors at the school.  I run a local business and am also a registered Speech and Language Therapist.  I live in the area with my partner, my youngest son, a mad dog, and a bearded dragon reptile. 

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.