School Governors are people who want to make a positive contribution to children’s education, they are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards.  Governors commit a lot of voluntary time and energy to their role.

The role of the Governing Board is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school. Time and time again Ofsted (the national inspection body for schools) has noted that the most effective schools demonstrate effective leadership and management – including by the Governing Board.

What do our Governors do?

The Governors at Headley Park provide strategic leadership and accountability in the school. Governors appoint the head teacher and deputy headteacher and it is Governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools.

Governors are expected to devolve day to day operational decisions to the Headteacher and School Senior Leadership Team but strategically they will need to work with School staff to make the tough decisions about balancing resources and how to best spend funds to ensure all pupils achieve their best.

Individual Governors at Headley Park are members of the Governing board, which is established in law as a corporate body through an Instrument of Governance. Some Governors are elected by parent/carers or school staff whilst other are appointed to meet specific skills required to perform the three core roles below. However, Governors are not representatives of particular parts of the school community and are bound by the code of conduct to act in the overall best interests of the school.

a. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
b. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the
school and its pupils; and
c. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its
money is well spent”.

Further information on the roles of governors can be found on the Ofsted and National Governors Association websites.

Our Governors

Katie Maule is Chair of Governors and Sue Gill Clerk to the Board.

From 2016/17 the complement of the Governing Body was reduced from 18 to 14. Current membership is:


Category (and appointing body) or associate member

Current Term ends

Position on the governing body

i.e. Chair/Vice-Chair/Named Governor (Local Auth. requirement)

John Allsop Staff appointed by the school

No pecuniary interests

02.03.18  School Site Manager
Vicky Gallet


No pecuniary interests 01.01.21
Dr. Nikki Cotterill


Parent appointed by the school

Headley Park Community Centre Treasurer

Miriam Fredrickson Headteacher Staff appointed by Governors

No pecuniary interests


Karen Trent

 Staff Governor  01.09.20
Pete Headeach Co-opted appointed by Governors

Assistant Head @ Bedminster Down



Katie Maule


Parent appointed by the school

No pecuniary interests

18.12.18 Chair of Governing Body;

Named Governor for SEN/Inclusion



Nick Smith Parent appointed by the school

Works for BCC but not directly in education

Mathew Suchecki


Parent appointed by the school

No pecuniary interests

Neil Todman


Co-opted appointed by Governors

No pecuniary interests

08.03.19 Named Governor for Children in Care/Looked After Children/Child Protection/Safeguarding
Rachel Burnell


 No pecuniary interests  Clerk
Oliver Laken Deputy Head Associate Member appointed by Governors

No pecuniary interests


Our Primary School

Our children are fantastic, our staff are brilliant and we have a strong and active community of parents, friends and colleagues who all pull together to give our children the best possible education and experience of school. It is also great to be part of the Cathedral Schools Trust and to work with their South Bristol schools to the benefit of all our pupils.


All queries relating to the school and curriculum content should be directed to Miriam Fredrickson (Headteacher)


SENDCO, Oliver Laken Please see local offer under policies.


Headley Park falls within the Bristol City Council Local Authority Area


The school complaints policy is shown in the policies tab of this website.



Friday, March 23rd, 2018 at 11:10pm
Dodgeball Comp. in the hall with our enthusiastic Year 1’s...

#sportrelief #sportforall
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Friday, March 23rd, 2018 at 11:07pm
Sprint relays with Nursery being lead by our fantastic Year 6 Leaders...

#sportrelief #sportforall
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Friday, March 23rd, 2018 at 10:58pm
#sportrelief Mile currently going on at Headley Park!

Children taking themselves to new heights in the name of a great cause.

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Friday, March 23rd, 2018 at 2:05am
Another fantastic win in the South Bristol League for our Year 5/6 Boys’ Football Team tonight: 4-2 vs Cheddar Grove.

All of the boys showed terrific application and ability on a tricky pitch.

#sportforall #proud
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