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Compass Point Primary School


Governing Body Members 2023-2024

Compass Point Primary School is lucky to have dedicated, conscientious and effective team of governors to help us on our journey. School Governors are volunteers who help run our school and work to:

-Set the strategic direction of the school with the Headteacher,

-Hold the Headteacher to account for performance of the school, and

-Ensure the budget is spent appropriately.

The school leadership and governors meet regularly as a governing body and individual committees.

Committees currently exist for the following aspects of school life:

-Finance and General Purposes

-Student Outcomes and Wellbeing

At Compass Point we encourage our governors to take an active role in the life of the school.  We welcome them in to visit classes, to work with children, and to talk with staff.

The school governors can be contacted by leaving a message at the school office or by clerkgovernor@compasspoint.bristol.sch.uk

Below you will find information regarding our current School Governors and updates from the Local Governing Body.  For statutory information regarding each governor please click here

Governors (ID 1197)

Join our Local Governing Body

Read a short FAQ below to find out more
We are currently recruiting for Co-opted Governors and a Parent Governor position.

Parent Governor Vacancy

Who can be a Parent Governor?

Any adult that looks after, on a day to day basis, a child on roll at the school, who can also pass DBS checks.


What is the role of a parent governor?

The role of the parent governor is not to be a parent's representative, but to be a representative parent.

 This means that parent governors are full members of the Governing Body, helping shape the school's improvement plan and vision with the added perspective of being a parent with a child at the school.

 It does not mean raising complaints from other parents, or that your role on the Governing Body is limited to parental items.

 An individual governor need not have any qualifications or specific expertise. The most important thing is that they have the time and motivation to develop their existing skills potential in order to benefit the school, and that they have a compatible vision for the future of the school.

Co-opted Governor Vacancies

What is a Co-opted Governor?

A Co-opted governor is an individual from the community who has the skills and experience which the governing board requires.


What is the role of a Co-opted Governor?

Being a school governor is a chance to experience leadership at board level at any point in one’s career. Governors balance the school’s budget, hire the headteacher and make strategic decisions. The role provides individuals with the opportunity to develop and hone skills such as negotiation, influencing and teamwork.

Volunteers need to be dedicated people who care about improving education, but they do not need prior board experience. It makes the role perfect for professionals looking to improve their business and leadership skills, give back to society and enhance children’s futures.

Governors are responsible for overseeing the management side of a school: strategy, policy, budgeting and staffing. They enable their school to run as effectively as possible, working alongside senior leaders and supporting teachers to provide excellent education to children.

Being a school governor is a commitment to attending governing body meetings which consider issues such as setting the school vision, mitigating financial risk and scrutinising educational outcomes. They are also involved in the school community, acting as critical friends to the headteacher and senior leaders.

Governors bring a wide range of skills and expertise from their professional lives to the governing board and schools benefit greatly from working with skilled volunteers, for example anyone with experience of finance, law, premises management or human resources. A governor with business know-how can transform the running of a school.


Frequently Asked Questions

Why become a school governor?

The benefits of being a governor are immense and can include:

  • Developing your professional skills and experience such as strategic planning
  • Access to professional training
  • Chairing, financial planning, and team working, all of which are valued by employers and can assist your own career development
  • Building relationships and networks in your locality and
  • Supporting children and young people in your community.

School Governors make a positive contribution to children’s education by offering supportive challenge to the school’s leadership team. School Governors work as a team and come from a wide variety of backgrounds to add value to school life by offering their skills, expertise and time.


Being a governor at Compass Point Primary School is rewarding

Compass Point Primary School is committed to raising educational standards.

We are looking for dedicated individuals who want to make a difference in the lives of children and are willing to share their experience in an educational environment.

We are looking for dedicated individuals who can offer a passion for education with a belief and understanding of the schools holistic approach.

What are the benefits of being a governor?

Governors can hugely impact the direction of the school, improving opportunites for local children.


Governors can freely access a wealth of resources including e-courses and webinars in order to aid their professional development. The skills developed are highly transferable across the workplace and community.


What is the time commitment?

Currently, the LGB meets 6 times per year - that is once each half term - for 2 hours.

There are 2 committees that each meet 3 times per year - that is once per full term - for 2 hours (governors usually sit on 1 committee).

Each meeting will require governors to read some reports in advance in order to be able to ask questions at the meeting.

Governors should also regularly check-in with a linked staff member to find out how things really are in school, and report back their findings at the next LGB meeting.


Recently resigned governors
(previous 12 months)

Natalie Forster - Sep 2021

Jon-Paul Sandford - Jul 2021

Louise Lane - June 2021


2021/2022 Dates of Meetings

Committee meetings continue to be held virtually, Full LGB meetings will be held in person if it is agreed safe to do so

Dates for LGB meetings and Committees:

Term 1
LGB - 6.00-8pm Monday 20th September

Term 2
Student Outcomes and Wellbeing Committee - 6.00-8pm Monday 15th November
Finance and General purposes Committee - 6.00-8pm Monday 22nd November
LGB - 6.00-8pm Monday 6th December

Term 4
Student Outcomes and Wellbeing Committee - 6.00-8pm Monday 28th February
Finance and General Purposes Committee - 6.00-8pm Monday 7th March
LGB - 6.00-8pm Monday 21st March

Term 5
School Improvement Plan - 6.00-8pm Monday 23rd May

Term 6
Student Outcomes and Wellbeing Committee - 6.00-8pm Monday 6th June
Finance and General Purposes Committee - 6.00-8pm Monday 27th June
LGB - 6.00-8pm Monday 4th July


2020/2021 Dates of Meetings

Governors continue to meet virtually into the new academic year

Governors continue to meet virtually throughout the Covid-19 social distancing measures.

Dates for LGB meetings and Committees:

Term 1
LGB - 6.30-8pm Monday 5th October

Term 2
Finance and General purposes committee meeting Monday 23rd November 6-7.30pm
Student Outcomes and Wellbeing committee meeting Monday 30th November 6-7.30pm
LGB - Monday 14th December 6.30-8pm

Term 3
LGB - Monday 8th February 6.30-8pm

Term 4
Finance and General purposes committee meeting Monday 15th March 6-7.30pm
Student Outcomes and Wellbeing committee meeting Monday 22nd March 6-7.30pm
LGB - Monday 29th March 6.30-8pm

Term 5
SIP meeting Monday 24th May 6-7.30pm

Term 6
Finance and General purposes committee meeting Monday 5th July 2021 6-7.30pm
Student Outcomes and Wellbeing committee meeting Monday 28th June 6-7.30pm
LGB - Monday 12th July 2021 6.30-8pm