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 Local 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 Local Governing Board.

The responsibilities of the Headley Park Local Governing Body are determined by the Cathedral Schools Trust Scheme of Delegation. The CST Governance arrangements can be found here.

The Governors at Headley Park work with Cathedral School Trust Trustees to provide strategic leadership and accountability in the school. They devolve day to day operational decisions to the Headteacher and school Senior Leadership Team but strategically they work with school staff to make decisions that ensure all pupils achieve their best.

Individual Governors at Headley Park are members of the Local Governing Board, which has its activities detailed through the Trust Scheme of Delegation. Up to 2 Governors are elected by parent/carers whilst others 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. Governors will:

  1. Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. Hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and
  3. Oversee 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.

Governors roles and responsibilities at Headley Park

Area School Leader Governor
Chair - Nikki Cotterill and Vicky Gallett
Safeguarding Mark Inskip Stacey Weeden and Nikki Cotterill
Health and Safety (including wellbeing) Emma Cave Laura Whiteway
Inclusion (SEND and attendance) Mark Inskip Dan Brown
Finance Emma Cave Ross Hamilton
Curriculum and standards Alex Gingell Jess Roberts
Pupil Premium and Catch Up Jess Lewsley Mia Sanchez

If you wish to contact the Co-Chairs, you can write to them at: 

Headley Park Primary School, Headley Lane, Bristol, BS13 7QB 

or email via the school office at