As a Voluntary Aided School our Governors are responsible for the creation and administration of the School's Admissions Policies and for the maintenance and upkeep of the school's buildings, in addition to those matters set out by the 1986 and 1988 Education acts, e.g. curriculum, charging policy for educational activities, budget, access to information, employment of staff, standards of discipline, and Relationships, Sex and Health Education Policy. The school also benefits from the support of two historical Trusts, overseen by the Executive Trustees of SMR with Temple (Executive Trustees Committee) and the SMR with Temple Educational Charity (Educational Charity Committee). These are governed by their respective Trust Deeds and work independently of, as well as in conjunction with, the FGB. The school’s Foundation Governors act as the Trustees.

School policies can be accessed via the Policies page of this website. All queries should be referred to the Clerk to the Governors, Mrs S Josham, by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone 0117 377 2100 (ext 233). Please send any correspondence for Governors to St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School, Somerset Square, Bristol, BS1 6RT.

Governors' Management System
The Full Governing Body meets four times a year. The majority of the Governors' work is done through Committees as shown below, which meet either three or four times each year. Disciplinary panels are convened as necessary

Governors Management System


* Committees stand outside of main Governance structure but work with and alongside FGB.

The Co-Ordinating Committee comprises the Chair of Governors, Chairs of each of the Governors’ Committees (including the independent Foundation committee), the Headteacher and Deputy Heads (as appropriate) together with other School Leadership Team (SLT) members whose presence may be required. This Committee co-ordinates the work of the other Committees and the Full Governing Body.

Members of the Governing Body
This represents the Reconstituted Governing Body (from April 2015). The Chair and Vice-Chair of Governors are also Foundation Governors/Trustees. Associate Members are non-voting members at both the Committee to which they are appointed and at FGB level.

Governor Type                        Term of Office ends            Appointed by


Chair of Governors        
Mr Stephen Brooke *   to 16/10/26   SMR PCC
Vice-Chair of Governors        
Mr Andy Spens *   to 04/04/27   DBE
Mrs Claire Alsop *   to 31/08/26   SMR PCC
Mrs Denise Nixon    to 23/05/25   DBE
Mr Paul Sylvester *   to 31/08/26   SMR PCC
Miss Aisha Thomas *   to 11/03/24   DBE
Canon Daniel Tyndall   Appointed 20/05/13   Ex-Officio
Mrs Greca Warr   to 21/10/23   Temple Trustees
Vacant       DBE
Vacant       DBE
Staff Governors        
Mr Delroy (Del) Planter   From 01/09/22   Ex-Officio
Mr Jon Pike   to 14/12/26    
Parent Governors        
Mrs Joanne Kingston   to 29/03/24    
Mr Biju Saimen   to 29/03/24    
Local Authority Governor        
Co-Opted Governors        
Mrs Kim Cussans   to 01/12/23    
Mrs Liz Thackeray   to 12/04/27    
Mrs Jeanette Bain-Burnett   to 22/02/27    
Associate Member        
Mrs Cath Roberts (Admissions)        
Clerk to the Governors        
Mrs Sue Josham        


* Also parents/carers of current students


Committee Structure

Details of the various Governing Body committees and their membership can be found in the attachment below. 


Attendance at Governors Meetings for the current academic year is available in the attachment below. This will be updated periodically during the year.


Register of Interests
All Governors have been asked to declare any relevant interests. A summary of relevant business and pecuniary interests where held appears below. All other Governors have no relevant interests declared.


Name    Connection/Interest    Name of Organisation/
  Address    Nature of Organisation   Governance of Other Settings
Mrs N C Alsop   Freelance musician           Peripatetic teacher    
Mrs J Bain-Burnett                   Chair of Trustees, ACTA Theatre Ltd Founder and Non-Executive Director, Dream Camp Ltd
Mrs J Kingston                   Staff Governor at Holy Cross RC Primary School
Mr A Spens                   Governor at Ashley Down Primary Federation
Mrs J E Thackeray                   The Hope (virtual School for Children in Care)
Miss A Thomas   No current contracts with SMRT, but training has been provided to school in past   Representation Matters       Education and Equalities    
Rev D Tyndall   Vicar of St Mary Redcliffe Church          

Responsible for securing SMR PCC Foundation Governors 

Temple Ecclesiastical Charity

  St Mary Redcliffe Primary School
Mrs G Warr                   Temple Ecclesiastical Charity, South Bristol Deanery Synod, St Mary Redcliffe PCC Trustee


No relevant interests declared: S Brooke, K Cussans, D Nixon, J Pike, C Roberts, B Saimen, P Sylvester.

Left Governing Body during 2022/23: A Burton (30/1/23), K Brown (13/11/22), C Cunningham (21/10/22).


School Leadership Pay

Members of our School Leadership Team (apart from the School Business Manager) are paid in accordance with the latest School Teachers Pay and Condition Document (STPCD). The Leadership Team are remunerated on the published scales which range from points 17 to point 41.

Employees with a gross annual salary of £100,000 or more: At St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School, one individual employee has a gross annual salary of £100,000 or more.


School Financial Benchmarking

Key financial information, including financial benchmarking in comparison to other schools is available online.

Please follow the link below for financial benchmarking:

St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School Financial Benchmarking