I've lived in Blagdon for 11 years, and feel privileged to live in a rural community with its own school. I volunteered to become a Governor to give something back to the village my family and I live in, and use my work experience in and around buildings for the last 20 years. My work has been in managing corporate offices and workplaces, and then in the Charity sector with Almshouses, and visitor centres. Presently I work for English Heritage keeping safe and accessible to visitors the scheduled monuments in our care. I have a link role to the School in Health and Safety and I currently chair the Finance and Premises committee.
I have been a member of staff here a Blagdon Primary School since 2012 and have taught across KS1 and KS2. I have recently taken on the role as Deputy Head, having spent many years as part of the senior leadership team. I am also the subject leader for Maths.
I am committed to raising standards and ensuring that every child is able to achieve their full potential. My role as staff governor enables me to work closely with the Governing body to identify areas to develop and support with the monitoring of this process. I am also a link between the staff and governors as I am able to bring the staff’s voice to Governor meetings
I work closely on the School Development Plan to ensure that the school is moving forward with its aims for the current year. I also analyse the data alongside the Headteacher in order to ensure that targets are being met and support pupil progress. I am also involved with interviewing and appointing new members of staff.
Patrick lives in Blagdon with his wife Lindsay and two dogs Monty and Junior. Patrick is Head of Government Affairs at Honda Europe, and will be looking to use his planning, organisational and communications skills to support the work of the Governing Body.
I am a retired primary school teacher and taught in South Gloucestershire and Bristol before working in North Somerset where I taught at a large primary school and was the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO). Blagdon Primary School is a vital part of our community to which I aim to make a contribution, working with the staff and fellow governors to help maximise the potential of the school for the benefit of all children. I would like the school to be a safe, happy and healthy environment for stimulating and challenging learning. My specific governor responsibilities are as statutory Link Governor for Safeguarding, Prevent and Special Educational Needs. I am also link governor for Pupil Premium, Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and to Class 1. I serve on the Teaching, Learning and Assessment committee.
Chris Mills, Chair of Governors
I lived in Blagdon for 15 years and I now live in the neighbouring village of Rickford. I joined the Governors following the initiation of discussions to join a Multi-Academy Trust, given my background and experience in Mergers & Acquisitions. I qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte and I have worked both in practice and latterly for a global financial services business responsible for strategy and corporate development. I am a firm believer in joining an academy trust, due to the administrative help and depth of educational support it can provide to a thriving but small village school. I am also Chairman of Bristol Cricket Club and been on the executive committee for over 15 years.
I have 2 children at Blagdon Primary School. I have a background in the Arts and small business. I now chair the Teaching, Learning and Assessment committee and as a Parent Governor I have gathered and fed back parents views. I am passionate about helping Blagdon Primary School be the best it can be. I have a special interest in teaching and learning; creativity and play and have enjoyed working with the school in gaining the ScrapStore Playpod. I am looking forward to being link Governor to class 2 and have begun a new role as English and Art Link Governor. I am employed by Circle, a digital agency who create high functioning web based software mainly focused on processes and HR.
Hannah Seward-Thompson, Clerk