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 Bristol Free School

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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 RET Scheme of Delegation and 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:

Date stepped down (where applicable)

Karen Foster (Chair)

RET/April 2018



Clive Brazil (Vice Chair)

RET/April 2018



Nathalie Haines

RET/April 2018

FBP / Careers


Dave Hale

RET/April 2018



Andrew McWhan

RET/April 2018



Su KIng

Not applicable

FBP, SCS, S&D (Headteacher)


Karen Lynch

RET/April 2018



Danny Lynch

RET/April 2018

S&D /Safeguarding


Paul Airs

Elected/Sept 2016



John Meech

Elected/Sept 2017


Paul Tunstall

RET/May 2014


Nov 2016

Sarah Rupprecht

Elected/Sept 2016


March 2017

John McDermott

RET/May 2014


July 2017

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.


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