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Burrington Cof E Primary School and Wrington Cof E Primary School are federated. This means that the two schools share one board of governors who oversee the work of both schools, provide strategic direction, and challenge and support the schools to ensure that they meet the needs of all pupils.

The federation governing body has four main responsibilities:
- Implementation of each school development plan.
- To hold the Headteacher to account, and to be a 'critical friend' for the Headteacher.
- To ensure compliance with legislation which relates to the running of the schools.
- To set the admissions policy for the school (applicable to Burrington only).

Importantly, school governors are not directly involved in the day to day running of the schools.  This responsibility lies with the Headteacher and the Senior Leadership Teams.

Along with the Headteacher, the federation governing body is ultimately responsible for ensuring that the teaching and academic staff are delivering the highest standards of education to all pupils, in an inclusive, safe and friendly environment. We are also responsible for the recruitment of staff.

Governors have a wide range of skills.  We have members who work or have worked in education, business the church and other areas of public service, providing a blend of experience and commitment. 

The governing body is also responsible for reviewing everything from educational achievement across the curriculum, the Christian ethos, the school budget, to the management of building programmes.  In the case of Burrington, which is a voluntary aided school, and unlike state-maintained schools, the governors are required to raise funds to contribute 10% of the cost of all building and maintenance work.

The governors are actively involved in working with the school on a range of matters and are regularly involved in the development of religious education, with regular attendance at church services.  All governors have a link subject, and periodically visit the school, including visits to classrooms to observe teaching.

The federation governing body is made up as follows:
- Foundation Governors (appointed by the diocese).
- The Headteacher.
- One Staff Governor (appointed by ballot).
- One Local Authority Governor (appointed by North Somerset Council).
- Two Parent Governors (appointed by ballot, one from Burrington and one from Wrington)
- Co-opted Governors (usually formerly elected governors who bring experience to the governing body).

Details of the federation governing body, together with attendance at committee meetings and areas of responsibility, are shown below.  You can get in touch with any of the governors either through the school office, or through the clerk to the governors, Janet Gent (janet.jent@burringtonprimary.co.uk).   


Governor Profiles

Mr James Bayliss (Parent Governor)

 I am a Parent Governor and have 2 children at Burrington School.  I am the link governor for History and Geography.  I work as a civilian pilot having previously flown in the Royal Navy.  I am interested in a broad curriculum with opportunities to develop the whole person.


Rev’d David Gent (Foundation Governor)

 I arrived as Rector of the two villages in June 2018.  I am involved in school life, not only as a Governor but also taking worship in the two schools and organising church days – an opportunity once a term for the children to go to the church to explore a particular theme.  I have a particular interest in vision and values in the life of the school.  I enjoy walking with my wife Janet and our dog Odie.


Ruth Gillbanks (Chair of Governors, Foundation Governor)

 As a resident in the Parish of Burrington I am a member of Holy Trinity Church and can be found ringing one of the 6 Church Bells there most Sundays.  I also have a child attending Burrington school and my other child left in the summer for secondary school.  Although relatively new in to the Governor role I have been in education for the last 22 years and am currently a Head of Faculty in a large Bristol Secondary School.


Rev’d Andrew Hemming (Foundation Governor)

 Associate Priest to the Benefice that includes Burrington and Wrington. Previously a Governor of Burrington School for 3 years. Very much involved in the life of both villages and regularly active within both schools. A previous career in Engineering has given me extensive experience of Project Management, Employee Management and Commercial Law. 


Mr Jonathan Holley (Co-Opted Governor)

 I am a Co-Opted Governor, GDPR Governor, and I am the Treasurer for the Burrington Voluntary Aided School funds.  Prior to Federation, I was Chair of the Finance & Personnel Committee at Burrington School.  I am a Fellow of the Securities Institute, and I am in business locally.  I live in Burrington, and I have two sons at our fantastic village school.  I play golf and skittles.


Dr Belinda Kumpel (Foundation Governor)

 I am a retired scientist, having worked in Blood Transfusion (latterly NHS Blood and Transplant) for nearly 30 years in Bristol. I worked with many students studying for higher degrees and lectured there and abroad. Our children were at Wrington School which gave them a lovely start to their education. As a new Governor, I hope to be able to support the governing body and the teachers in ensuring the best education for children at Wrington and Burrington primary schools.


Mr David Legge (Co-Opted Governor)

 I am a Co-opted Governor and ICT link Governor, having been a Governor at Wrington School since 2017.  I have 3 children, all at Wrington Primary School.  My professional background is in business sustainability and energy management and I run my own company.  As it is now too painful to play rugby, in my spare time I like to play football, go walking and spend time with the family.


Mrs Amanda Price (Co-Opted Governor)

 I am a Co-opted Governor.  I have 2 children at Burrington CofE Primary school.  My professional background is in teaching and I currently work as a Speech and Language assistant at a Primary School in Weston-Super -Mare.


Mr Darran Williams (Parent Governor)

 I am a Parent Governor, and my son is a pupil at Wrington C of E Primary School and I hope that my daughter will also attend in due course. My professional background is in commercial, project finance and contract management and I want to bring those skills to support the Burrington and Wrington Federation governing body to ensure that all children at the schools have the opportunity to thrive. Away from work and governor commitments in addition to spending time with family I’m an active fell runner, mountain biker, sailor and skier.


Mr Graeme Wilson (Co-Opted Governor)

 I am a Co-opted Governor and Science link Governor, having been a governor at Wrington since 2013.  I have 2 children, one at Wrington Primary School and the other has now moved onto Churchill Academy.  My professional background is in software and work as Project Manager for a software company in Bristol.  In my spare time I like to go running and spend time with the family.


Mrs Deborah Yamanaka (Local Authority Governor)

 I am the Local Education Authority Governor appointed by North Somerset Council.  I chair the Premises sub-committee and I am the Health and Safety Governor.  I recently stood down as a North Somerset Councillor after 24 years, but I am still a member of Wrington Parish Council.  My two children attended Wrington school many years ago, and before federation I was the LEA governor for Wrington school.  I am now retired but during my working life I taught IT.  For relaxation I enjoy music, gardening, walking and travel.


Roles within the governing body

Chair of Governors

Ruth Gillbanks

Vice Chair of Governors



Sarah Joskey

Staff Governor

Corinne Clarke

Ethos Sub-Committee 

David Gent, Ruth Gillbanks, Andrew Hemming, Belinda Kumpel, Amanda Price.

Finance Sub-Committee

Ruth Gillbanks, Jonathan Holley, Darran Williams, Graeme Wilson.

Premises Sub-Committee

David Legge, Deborah Yamanaka.

Marketing Sub-Committee

Jonathan Holley, David Legge, Darran Williams.

Safeguarding Governor

Amanda Price

Health & Safety Governor

Deborah Yamanaka

GDPR Governor

Jonathan Holley

Clark to Governors

Janet Gent



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