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Who are our Governors?

Information about the School's Governors

The DfE requires schools to publish specific information about its governors, including those who served during the previous school year.  The listing below, therefore, includes our current governors, and those who left the governing body during the 2020/21 school year.  Governors undertake many activities in support of our school's success; the meeting attendance rates below represent only a small part of this.

What is a Governing Body?

Governing bodies are accountable for:

  • The use of public funds,
  • The quality of education provided,
  • The wider contribution to the community.

The school's Governing Body is a Board made up of Church parents, staff and members of the local community.  They are the strategic leaders of the school and have a vital role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education.

We have:

  • One Parent Governor Bishop Sutton
  • One Parent Governor Stanton Drew
  • One Headteacher Governor
  • One Staff Governor
  • Nine Co-Opted Governors

Parent governors are elected by the school's parent and carer community.  Staff governors are elected by school staff. Co-opted governors are appointed by the Lighthouse Schools Partnership, on the Local Governing Body's recommendation.  

Our Chair of Governors is Simon Waller

Our Vice-Chair of Governors is Philip Gladwin

Our Clerk to Governors is Sally Connell

What does the Governing Body do?

The Governing Body has three core responsibilities:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction,
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils,
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

The Governing Body fulfils its responsibilities by:

  • Helping to establish the aims and policies of the school and how standards of education can be constantly improved,
  • Ensuring that a broad and balanced curriculum is delivered and that it meets statutory requirements, while promoting high standards and monitoring progress during the year,
  • Appointing, challenging and supporting the Headteacher,
  • Acting as a link between the local community and the school,
  • Helping to set and manage the school budget,
  • Ensuring the health and safety of pupils and staff.

We meet as a Local Governing Body six times a year but also in working groups, where certain aspects of the school are considered in more detail. All Governance duties are carried out in close collaboration with the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team. It is often said that Governors should aim to act as a “critical friend” to the Headteacher. Every decision made is done so with the best interests of pupils, staff and parents very much in mind.

Our governors take full advantage of the training available to them in all aspects of their responsibilities in order to be as effective as possible. 


The Local Governing Body appoints lead-governors with specific responsibilities for key areas of the school's activities and its development priorities.

  • Finance Committee: Philip Gladwin (Chair), Dieter Cook, Simon Waller, Kit Strickland, Andy Marriott & Sally Phillips (Co-opted member)
  • Health and Safety: Catherine Roe
  • Pupil Premium: Simon Waller
  • Safeguarding, Online Safety & Prevent Duty: Phil Gladwin
  • Special Educational Needs and Disability: Julie Hughes

Our Governors

Mr Simon Waller - Chair of Governors

Simon is married to Alison, and they have two children (George and Charlotte) who attend BSPS. Simon lives in Stanton Drew, loves the area and is very happy here. Simon works as a global consultant for a large American analytics software company called SAS and describes himself as positive, friendly and competent. He is very excited to be a governor for the Federation of Bishop Sutton and Stanton Drew Schools and aims to be able to make a positive contribution to both schools and play an active role in helping them to go from strength to strength. Simon was appointed as Chair of Governors on 11th October 2021

  • Co-Opted Governor: 3 January 2019 - 3 January 2025
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: None
  • 2020/21 Meeting Attendance: 83%

Mrs Diane Dimmock

Diane has been a governor for approximately 21 years and has recently changed from staff governor to co-opted governor. Most of you will know Diane very well as our welcoming ‘front of house’ School Business Manager.

  • Co-Opted Governor: 1 January 1999 - 1 January 2023
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: Quantum Motion, Quantum Computing, Son is Director since 1/9/2019
  • 2020/21 Meeting Attendance: 67%

Mrs Julie Hughes

Julie has been a governor at Bishop Sutton and Stanton Drew Primary Schools for the past nine years. She lives in Chew Stoke with her husband and has three teenage children who were at Bishop Sutton Primary School and are now at Chew Valley School.  Julie’s background is in science having worked at Bristol Dental School. 

  • Co-Opted Governor: 6 November 2017 - 6 November 2023
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: None
  • 2020/21 Meeting Attendance: 100%

Mrs Penny Cross

Penny has been a Governor for Stanton Drew Primary since 2009, having previously been a TA at the school for 12 years and a volunteer before that. Her previous working life was in Financial Services but education was always a passion and remains so. She is also very interested in history, art, theatre and gardening. Penny is very involved in as many school and after school activities as time will allow her and very much enjoys being part of the Federation team.

  • Co-Opted Governor: 30 November 2009 - 30 November 2023
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: None
  • 2020/21 Meeting Attendance: 67%

Mr Andy Marriott

Andy Marriott is Deputy Headteacher and the elected Staff Governor

  • Staff Governor: 1 September 2014 - 1 September 2022
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: None
  • 2020/21 Meeting Attendance: 100%

Mr Phil Cocks 

Phil is delighted to be a governor for Bishop Sutton and Stanton Drew Primary schools. He moved into Bishop Sutton in October 2015 with his wife Victoria and daughter Florence, His background lies within education and he is currently Deputy Head at a secondary Academy in south Bristol where he is responsible for academic outcomes, teaching and learning and the curriculum. Alongside his wider duties he teaches Maths and PE at both Key Stage 3 and 4. Outside of education he is very keen to fully immerse himself in village life. His family has really enjoyed living in Bishop Sutton and supporting all the local events they can. He is also a proud member of the village cricket club.

  • Co-Opted Governor: 4 September 2018 - 4 September 2022
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: None
  • 2020/21 Meeting Attendance: 100%

Dr Philip Gladwin

Philip has been a primary school Governor since 2017 at two separate schools.  The family moved to Stanton Drew in late 2015 where both children enjoyed the local primary school.  Philip is the safeguarding Governor.  In his free time Philip enjoys bell ringing and keeping fit.

  • Co-Opted Governor: 1 December 2017 - 1 December 2025
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: None
  • 2020/21 Meeting Attendance: 83%

Mrs Kit Strickland

Kit was appointed as a school governor in 2018 and lives in Stanton Drew with her husband and two children, one of whom currently attends Stanton Drew school. By day (and night) she is a General Surgery Registrar (surgeon) specialising in the field of oncoplastic and reconstructive breast surgery. Her PhD funded by the Medical Research Council in optimising the design and conduct of clinical trials in surgery, was awarded in 2019. Kit says 'As surgeons, we all have a responsibility for clinical governance through regular audit of practice, quality improvement projects and research.  Schools, like hospitals, form a vital part of any community. Working with the teachers and other school governors to help maximise the potential and excellence of both our primary schools for the benefit of all children, seems a very worthwhile role, to which I hope I can contribute’.

  • Stanton Drew Parent Governor: 1 January 2018 - 1 January 2026
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: None
  • 2020/21 Meeting Attendance: 83%

Mr Eric Sanders

Eric has been a co-opted governor since 2019. He lives in Bishop Sutton with his wife Lisa and two children, one of whom attends Bishop Sutton Primary School. He is a Director and Company Secretary of a local NHS organisation and has a keen interest in corporate governance, risk management, information governance and regulatory compliance. Having grown up in Newcastle upon Tyne, Eric studied Chemistry at Sheffield University before moving to the South West. In his spare time he enjoys CrossFit, walking, watching Bath Rugby and coaching the local U7’s rugby team at Chew Valley.

  • Co-Opted Governor: 24 September 2019 - 24 September 2023
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: None
  • 2020/21 Meeting Attendance: 67%

Mr Dieter Cook

Dieter Cook has been Headteacher at the Federation of Bishop Sutton and Stanton Drew since 1 September 2015.

  • Headteacher: from 1 September 2015
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: None
  • 2020/21 Meeting Attendance: 100%

Catherine Roe

  • Co-Opted Governor: 24 September 2019 - 24 September 2023
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: None
  • 2020/21 Meeting Attendance: 83%

Stephanie Tucker

  • Co-Opted Governor: 1 September 2014 - 1 September 2023
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: None
  • 2020/21 Meeting Attendance: 100%

Robert Walton

Rob lives in Bishop Sutton and has a child in Cygnets and in September his daughter will start in Ducklings. He is a commercial property solicitor specialising in education and works mainly with Academy Trusts and represents the main trusts in the country. 

  • Bishop Sutton Parent Governor: 21 March 2022 - 20 March 2026
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: Outstanding

Previous Governors 

Bethan Bennett

  • Co-Opted Governor: 1 February 2017 - 1 February 2021
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: None
  • 2020/21 Meeting Attendance: 60%

Jonathan Layzell

Jonathan was the Chair of Governors for Bishop Sutton and Stanton Drew Primary Schools until 11th October 2021. He grew up in north-east Somerset and studied History at Bristol and Exeter Universities before pursuing a career in housing.  Jonathan is now director of a large housing association, responsible for building new affordable homes across England.  Away from work he was a Parish Councillor for around 10 years and has been a school governor for 8 years and Chair since 2016.  Jonathan lives in nearby Hinton Blewett with his wife Kathryn and two children - who attend Bishop Sutton and Chew Valley schools.  In his spare time he enjoys spending time at the beach with the family, as well as cycling and swimming, and annually plodding around the Chew Valley 10k course.

  • Bishop Sutton Parent Governor: 1 September 2014 - 20 October 2021
  • Business & Pecuniary Interests: None
  • 2020/21 Meeting Attendance: 100%