The Governing Body
The Governing Body works with the school’s Senior Leadership team and Staff to ensure all children gain the best educational opportunities possible.  The Governing Body is responsible for:
  • Managing the school’s budget.
  • Ensuring there is a balanced and broad curriculum.
  • Reporting on the standards being achieved.
  • Appointment of senior staff.
  • Developing and maintaining a strategic vision in line with our distinctive Christian, caring environment and school values.
The governing body has a statutory responsibility to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the school and its curriculum.
The role of the governor is a voluntary one and we have parents, staff and members of the community represented on our governing body. Governors visit the school during the year and attend school events to celebrate students’ achievements.
Lee Wakeman – Chair of Governors
Mr Lee Wakeman

Chair of Governors

I have been a Governor at Frenchay since 2011 and both of my children have attended the school but are now in secondary.
I am a Programme Director working in telecommunications for over 20 years.
I am passionate about children enjoying their school life in a safe and caring environment and I am dedicated in my role as Governor to achieve this.

Mr Dave Williams

Vice Chair

I’ve been a parent governor for 5 years and have one child at the school. I am an engineer at Rolls-Royce and so have a keen interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects. I chair the committee which focuses on Maths alongside working with the committee that monitor ESPG and Greater depth and I also have special roles looking after governor training, Health and Safety and Science curriculum. In my spare time I play hockey and attempt to do DIY around my home.

Mrs Shirley Allingham

Vice Chair

I have had a long and happy association with Frenchay School, beginning over thirty years ago when my daughters attended. I enjoyed a long teaching career and retired, as Deputy Head, six years ago. I am busy with three beautiful grandchildren and enjoy singing in Frenchay Church Choir and Frenchay Foxes.
It is a pleasure to work with the dedicated team of staff and governors at Frenchay.

Mrs Katherine Marks


In September 2017 I joined the school as Head Teacher. Prior to this I worked as an Assistant Head Teacher in two schools in North Somerset and Bath and North East Somerset. I have been teaching for over 20 years and have had the benefit of teaching all ages from nursery through to year 6. I am passionate about a holistic education for all children and greatly value working as a member of a Church school, creating the ethos that underpins our distinctive character.
I am married with a son who has just begun in KS2 and a step-daughter who embarked on her university life.

Ms Bethan Witherow

Staff Governor

I joined Frenchay Primary in Febuary 2018 and currently teach year 2 and 3. I have been a teacher since 2001 working in the UK and New Zealand. I have a back ground in secondary and SEN education and an MA in Educational Psychology which gives me a broad range of experience to draw from and use in classroom practise. I have a degree in Art and am passionate about creative education, all areas of the arts and design, ideal for my role as Creative Learning Journey Leader. I have 2 primary aged children. In my spare time I enjoy print making and illustration.

Rev Charles Sugden

Ex officio Governor

As Rector of the Benefice of Frenchay and Stapleton parish churches I am ex officio a Foundation Governor. I head up the Foundation Governors Committee. Its purpose is to gain assurance that the School’s Christian distinctiveness is evidenced, and we meet quarterly to do this, reporting to the Full Governing Body. I enjoy coming in to lead collective worship every term, and to host events and worship at the church regularly each term. The church/school relationship is very important to me, amid all the other demands and duties of being the incumbent of the Benefice.

Mr Ed Hughes

Foundation Governor

I have been a Foundation Governor at Frenchay Primary school for the past three years. As a Foundation Governor I am appointed by the Diocese and act a link between St John the Baptist church and the school, helping to promote its distinctiveness as a Church school. My family and I are part of the church at Frenchay where I occasionally sing with the choir.
I work for the Government's regulator and funder of higher education and am committed to using my professional experience supporting the staff, pupils and fellow governors make the school both a great place to learn and continue to be a central part of the community of Frenchay.

Dr Anglea Greenwood

Foundation Governor

I have been a Foundation Governor of Frenchay Primary School for the past year. My role is to help oversee the distinctive Christian character of the school and act as a link with St John the Baptist church. My husband & I are members of the church & I regularly sing in the choir.
Before retirement I was in education for 35 years, 16 of them as a head teacher of three different schools. I hold a Doctorate in Education Management from Bristol University. I have also been involved in teacher training and as a ‘Visiting Fellow’ at Bristol University where I was the Headteacher researcher on a national education project, reporting to the government.
In retirement I am a trustee of three charities, one of which provides health, wellbeing & drugs education in primary schools. I sing in a number of choirs and also work as a volunteer guide & trainer at Westonbirt Arboretum. On Saturday afternoons I can often be found supporting a local sports team!

Mr Rob Endley

Parent Governor

I am taking a particular interest in the Wider Curriculum areas as a governor at Frenchay, working with colleagues to help our lovely school to be the best place for our children to thrive.
I have been a teacher for 22 years, and am currently seconded to my teaching union the NASUWT, for whom I act as negotiating secretary mainly in areas of policy, health, safety and welfare.
I have two children, Ruby who spent 7 very happy years at Frenchay school, and Dylan who is currently enjoying life in Phoenix Class. I have been a musician all my life and play a number of instruments, I also enjoy supporting our fabulous new rugby club Dings Crusaders when I can.

Mrs Ruth Gribble

Parent Governor

Having had two daughter’s at Frenchay Primary I’m keen to contribute and want to see the school do well, both in it’s current state and when it expands onto the new site.
I work as a civil servant developing environmental policy. My previous professional experience is in business analysis, performance management, project management and strategy development.

Mrs Harriet Bowden

Co-opted Governor

I have been a governor since February 2019. I have two children at Frenchay, a son in year 3 and a daughter just started in year 1.
I’m an English teacher and taught in schools in Kent, before relocating to Bristol and teaching in Cheltenham. I have also worked as a private tutor, particularly focusing on achieving English Language GCSE grades. At the moment I am working on an online education programme where I create language and literature resources to be used by schools.
I am thoroughly enjoying being a governor and hope to help the school when it transfers into its new building.
I love spending time with my family and watching sport, mostly cricket.

Mr Michael Backett

Deputy Head - Co-opted Governor

I joined Frenchay Primary school in September 2018 as Deputy Head Teacher. Prior to this I work at Cyril Jackson Primary School in Tower Hamlets, London. I worked there for 5 years as Phase Leader and Assistant Head Teacher (assessment). Before Cyril Jackson, I worked for 5 year at West Ham Church Primary School. Through my time teaching I have taught in years 1-6. I thoroughly believe that every child should be pushed to achieve to their full potential in every lesson.
I am married with two young children and in my spare time love playing and watching a variety of sports.

Mr Trevor Jones

LA Representative Governor

I have been a Governor at Frenchay Primary since 2006, having first become a School Governor in Bristol in January 1988!
I became a South Gloucestershire Councillor in 2007, taking a Spokeperson role for Children and Young People
I retired from the Transplant Service in September 2009, after 32 years.
My wife and I have two daughters, the elder one, who services the trains in Scotland, recently presented us with our first grandchild.

Mr Matt Lewis

Clerk to Governors

I have been the Clerk to Governors at Frenchay Primary since January 2014 and am the main carer for my three Secondary School Aged children.
I have also been the Clerk at Elm Park Primary since 2014.
Prior to this I worked for an Economic Development Agency and have a degree in Economics and Politics from UWE.
I often help out at my local school, for example Forest School days, and enjoy various sports in an attempt to keep fit and healthy.

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