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Somerset Bridge

Primary School

Dedicated to Excellence Through Learning Together

Contact Details

Winner - Malorie Blackman 98.3%, Phillip Reeve 99.2%
Somerset Bridge Primary School, Stockmoor Drive, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA6 6AH
01278 422100
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Somerset Bridge Values
Aspire to be the best we can in our behaviour, our learning and our hopes and dreams.
Brave to challenge ourselves and take risks so that we achieve the best we can.
Care for our school environment, so that we maintain a safe, sustainable and healthy community and set an example for life choices both within and outside of school.
Collaborate with all members of the community – pupils, parents, staff, governors, neighbouring schools and organisations in the local area - ensuring that all contributions are encouraged and valued.

Meet the Governors

What do we do? 

Our school is overseen by a volunteer Governing Body who, alongside the headteacher, set the vision for the school. Together they ensure that the school works effectively and efficiently to achieve its vision by: 

  • Building a thorough knowledge of the school and its community; 
  • Supporting and constructively challenging the school; 
  • Ensuring accountability - judging the school's performance openly; and, 
  • Compliance - ensuring the school meets all its legal obligations, for example safeguarding children and managing finances. 

The Governing Body works in close partnership with the headteacher, staff and the local authority. In practice, the headteacher is responsible for the day to day running of the school. However, the governors are involved with such things as staffing, curriculum, school buildings and finance. They ensure the school functions well and set the direction and policies for the school, to provide ongoing support and advice and to monitor the outcome. 

Each sub-committee and the full governing body meets once per term and their areas of responsibility are: 

Education Committee 

Standards and Curriculum:   to discuss and monitor all aspects of the school’s work around pupil attainment and progress, and ensuring that the school’s curriculum is broad and balanced and meets statutory requirements. 

Pastoral Support:  to discuss and monitor all aspects of the school’s pastoral work which includes areas such as attendance, behaviour, safeguarding, health, and spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) provision. An important role of the committee is to ensure all Child Protection policies are fully understood and correctly implemented by all staff, and to monitor how the government PE grant is being spent to improve provision. 

Business Committee

Finance and Resources:  to ensure that the school spending remains within budget and that all funds are spent wisely to best meet the needs of the pupils. 

Full Governors

The full Governing Body will meet once a term to receive input from the sub-committees and make any necessary decisions.

Who are we? 

Somerset Bridge Primary School’s Governing Body consists of: 

  • the headteacher 
  • one elected staff governor 
  • one appointed local authority governor 
  • five co-opted governors* 
  • two parent governors. 

*  Co-opted governors are people who in the opinion of the Governing board have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school 

 The standard term of office for a governor is four years. The chair and vice-chair are elected annually at the first meeting of the academic year. 

The Governing Body of Somerset Bridge Primary School is currently: 

Name

Category

Appointing Body

Office Term

Committees

Responsibilities

Business Interests

Staff relationships
 

Any other governance

Shane Stevens

Governor

LEA

28/09/2023 to 27/09/2027

All

Safeguarding

None

      
      

No

Susan Ley

Governor

Co-opted

19/01/2023 to 18/01/2027

All

Health and Wellbeing

None

      
      

No

Nathan Murdoch

Governor

Co-opted

19/01/2023 to 18/01/2027

All

Health and Safety

None

      
      

No

Heather Moffatt 

Vice Chair

Elected Parent

28/09/2023 to 

27/09/2024

All

SEND

None

      
      

No

Emma Kilner

Governor

Co-opted

17/03/2022 to 16/03/2026

All

Business 

None

      
      

No

Laura Devenish

Governor

Co-opted

13/05/2021 to 12/05/2025

All

Finance

None

      
      

No

Darren Argrave

Chair

Co-opted

28/09/2023 to 27/09/2024

All

 Data

None

Wife is a teacher

No

Barry Williams

Governor

Elected Parent

28/09/2023 to 27/09/2027

All

 

None

 

No

Kevin Bryant

Governor

Headteacher

 

All

 

None

 

No

 

For further information on the Governing Board at Somerset Bridge please apply through the School Office. 

 

Our Governors' attendance for 2022/2023

 

Governor % Attendance of all meetings
Shane Stevens80% missed two meetings
Susan Ley70% missed three meetings
Anne Moseley70% missed three meetings
Nathan Murdoch30% missed seven meetings
Emma Kilner70% missed three meetings 
Heather Moffatt100%
Laura Devenish70% missed three meetings
Kevin Bryant100%
Darren Argrave80% missed two meetings

 

 

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