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Governance

All free schools, like Academies, are governed by not-for-profit charitable trusts, which are closely monitored by the Audit Commission to ensure that they provide good value for the public money with which they are entrusted.

In the case of Bristol Free School the Governing Body is the Board of the Russell Education Trust (RET), a Government-approved academy sponsor. Information about RET's Trustees can be found on the RET website.

In each of its schools, RET formally delegates a range of its responsibilities to a Local Governing Body representing the community.  More information about this structure can be found in the Bristol Free School Governing Body Standing Orders.

A close, consultative relationship exists between RET and the Local Governing Bodies of its schools, and the views of local governors inform all aspects of RET policy.

Bristol Free School Local Governing Body

The Bristol Free School Local Governing Body includes the Headteacher, two elected parent governors and up to ten further governors (many of whom reflect the community and, in particular, the school’s founding group, Bristol Parents’ Voice), appointed by the Trust.

Local Governors are appointed/elected for a 4 year term, and are currently as follows:

Name:

Appointer/Date:

Committees/Responsibilities:

Karen Foster (Chair)

RET/May 2014

FBP, SCS, S&D / SRE

Clive Brazil (Vice Chair)

RET/May 2014

SCS / SEN

Nathalie Haines

RET/May 2014

FBP

Dave Hale

RET/May 2014

FBP / H&S

Andrew McWhan

RET/Sept 2016

S&D

Paul Jones

Not applicable

FBP, SCS, S&D (Headteacher)

Karen Lynch

RET/May 2014

FBP

Danny Lynch

RET/May 2014

S&D

John McDermott

RET/May 2014

SCS / SFG

Paul Tunstall

RET/May 2014

S&D

Paul Airs

Elected/Sept 2016

 

Sarah Rupprecht

Elected/Sept 2016

 

Contact the Governing Body

Contact should normally be through the school administrative office. Further details of how to communicate with the governing body are on our Contact Us page.

Key:

SCS: Students, Curriculum and Standards Committee

FBP: Finance, Building and Premises Committee

S&D: Staffing & Development

SEN: Special Education Needs monitoring

SRE: Sex and Relationships Education monitoring

SFG: Safeguarding monitoring

H&S: Health and Safety

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