As a Voluntary Aided School our Governors are responsible for the creation and administration of the School's policy on admissions 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 sex education policy.

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

The Coordinating Committee comprises the Chair of Governors, chairs of each of the Governors’ committees (including the independent Foundation committee), the Headteacher and Deputy Heads together with other School Leadership Team (SLT) members whose presence may be required. This Committee coordinates the work of the other committees and the Full Governing Body.

Members of the Governing Body
This represents the Reconstituted Governing Body (from September 2015). The Chair and Vice-Chair of Governors are also Foundation Governors.

Governor Type   Term of Office ends   Appointed by
Chair of Governors        
Mr Andrew Burton   to 11.03.24   DBE
Vice-Chair of Governors        
Mrs Karen Brown    to 13.11.22   DBE
Mrs Claire Alsop *   to 31.08.22   PCC
Mr Philip Coomber *   to 27.04.24   DBE
Mrs Christina Cunningham   to 21.10.22   DBE
Mrs Denise Nixon    to 14.05.25   DBE
Mr Paul Sylvester *   to 31.08.22   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       PCC
Staff Governors        
Mrs Elisabeth Gilpin   Appointed 01.09.05   Ex-Officio
Mr Anthony Shorter   to 17.12.23    
Parent Governors        
Mrs Joanne Kingston   to 29.03.24    
Mr Biju Saimen   to 29.03.24    
Position Filled   to 15.11.22    
Local Authority Governor        
Co-Opted Governors        
Mrs Kim Cussans   to 01.12.23    
Mr Omar Douglas   to 24.09.23    
Mrs Liz Thackeray   to 12.04.23    
Associate Member        
Mrs Cath Roberts        
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. A blank entry (in grey) indicates that the person is not a member of that committee.


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 K Cussans   Friend of Exams Officer                
Mrs J Kingston                   Staff Governor at Holy Cross RC Primary School
Mrs J E Thackeray                   The Hope (virtual School for Children in Care)
Rev D Tyndall   Vicar of St Mary Redcliffe Church           Responsible for securing SMR PCC Foundation Governors   St Mary Redcliffe Primary School
Mrs G Warr                   Temple Ecclesiastical Charity, South Bristol Deanery Synod, St Mary Redcliffe PCC Trustee


No relevant interests declared: K Brown, A Burton, P Coomber, C Cunningham, O Douglas, E Gilpin, HNe, D Nixon, C Roberts, B Saimen, A Shorter, P Sylvester, A Thomas