Our Governing body is responsible for the strategic direction of our school. We're a group of volunteers that meet approximately once a month to ensure that Glenfrome is delivering a good quality education and is effectively using the schools budget. Along with our Head Teacher and senior leadership team we agree the School Development Plan and review and monitor the progress of that plan throughout the school year with regular reviewed and visits to the school.
The Governing body is made up from a mix of parents, staff and community members all with different skills and experience enabling them to make a valued contribution to the school. We also have 6 specific Governor roles linked to priority areas for the school; Safeguarding & Child Protection, Equalities, Health & Safety, Children in Care, Pupil Premium and Special Educational Needs.
Recently, amongst other things we've agreed our School Development Plan for the current academic year, appointed staff, secured funding for our new building, approved our school budget, and reviewed various school policies.
Take a look below to see who's who on the Governing body - you'll probably recognise a few faces!
Inger O'Callaghan, Headteacher
Inger has been Head Teacher at Glenfrome since September 2012, having previously been a teacher and Local Authority consultant all over Bristol, raising children’s attainment in Maths and English.
“I absolutely love being Headteacher at Glenfrome, because all the staff, families and especially children are so fantastic!”
David Ingerslev, Chair of Governors
David Ingerslev is an experienced manager in housing and homelessness services, and a city leader within Bristol. He is the manager of the Bristol Rough Sleeper Service for St Mungo's, a board member of Bristol Homes Board, chairperson of its homelessness subgroup, co-chairperson of the Bristol Rough Sleeping Partnership, chairperson of North Somerset Single and Street Homelessness Partnership, chairperson of Bristol Supported Housing Forum and part of the Mayor's City Office initiative.He has a daughter who started Reception year at Glenfrome Primary School in 2017, runs a baby and toddler swimming business with his wife---Turtle Tots Bristol---and supports his parents with running an Ofsted-inspected nursery school.It's not all work. David also enjoys Canoe Polo, dog walking, running, dinghy sailing, kite flying, canoeing/kayaking, surfing, cycling, home brewing and geeky computer or DIY projects.
Kevin Molloy, Co-opted Governor, Vice Chair of Governors
I joined the Governing Body as a co-opted governor on 1 February 2017. Whilst I am new to Glenfrome Primary, I was formerly the SEN link governor with special interest in Inclusion and Equality at another primary school in Bristol.I am the proud grandfather of eight grandchildren. Three of these are currently in primary education and three more will be starting school in the next few years. Because of this, I have a strong commitment to helping to ensure that all children receive the very best primary education. Although I am new to Glenfrome Primary, I have already witnessed the enthusiasm and professionalism of staff and governors and I look forward to contributing my own skills to the dedication to the children that makes this school a great place to teach and learn.
Helene Titus-Glover, Co-opted Governor
I have always had a passion to help young people and children. I specialised in Family Law for two years until I took a career change where I am now working as a Civil Litigation Paralegal, advocating in court on behalf of DPDGROUP.
I have 16 years experience working with children and vulnerable adults from volunteering in Special Needs School, Church, University, Nursing Homes and helping my parents with the foster children until they retired in 2016.
Leah Tomlin, Co-opted Governor
Leah Tomlin worked as a neuroscientist before pursuing a career in teaching. She has spent many years as a teacher and school leader in Bristol, where she completed her qualifications for headship. Leah is currently kept busy being the mother of three young children.
Matthew Colley, Co-opted Governor
Matt is a Co-Opted Governor. He is the proud father of two boys, one who attends Glenfrome and a pre-schooler. Matt has worked in Financial Services for 20 years and is Managing Director and Principal Consultant for Moving Experience, a Mortgage and Insurance advice business that he established in 2007. As an outspoken advocate of businesses using their resource and skills to support the community, Matt has established relationships with both Jessie May Trust and Southmead Hospital Charity. Outside the office he’s a drummer, music lover, and enjoys travelling to new places as an enthusiastic (but not too talented) skier, caravan fan, and ‘motorsport tourist’.
Robert Davenport, Co-opted Governor
I am a solicitor with 20 years’ experience. I specialise in commercial work and I am currently working for Barcan+Kirby LLP in Bristol where I have been since October 2017. Prior to this current role, I was a lawyer/civil servant at the Department for Education where I was responsible for significant school rebuilding, land and PFI projects. I held this role for a little over 10 years. Prior to that, I worked for a big firm in Bristol after the first stage of my career at a very large firm in London. I have been a Governor at Glenfrome since 1997.
Victoria Powell, Co-opted Governor
I have been a governor at Glenfrome since early 2019. My youngest son joined Glenfrome in 2017. I've worked in higher education for over ten years, teaching art and design history. More recently I've moved into horticultural, and I can be found most days pruning roses and sowing seeds at Thornbury Castle where I'm part of the garden team. I am proud to contribute to Glenfrome's thriving community, and I'm committed to supporting the important work of this school in providing excellent education for its children.
Rebecca Nelson, Associate Governor
I am an Associate Governor at Glenfrome Primary School. I am also an Associate Governor at Cabot Primary School and Chair of Governors at St Werburgh's Park Nursery School, which two of my grandsons attended.
Much of my career has been in education, as a teacher and working for a local education authority. I now work part time as a Research Associate at UCL Institute of Eudcation.
Rahima Fitzwilliam, Staff Governor
Rahima is a Teaching Assistant and the Forest School Lead at Glenfrome.
Jo Paul, Parent Governor
I'm a parent governor, and I joined Glenfrome's governing body in spring 2019. My eldest daughter started in reception at Glenfrome in 2017. I've worked in higher education for over 15 years, and since 2011 I've been at the Open University, where I'm a Senior Lecturer in Classical Studies. Through my work, I've developed a deep commitment to making sure that educational opportunities are open to everyone, and that all students can be supported to fulfil their potential, and I'm excited to be able to contribute to the wonderful Glenfrome community. The arts are a particular passion of mine: I love reading and I'm an enthusiastic member of the Bristol Community Big Band.
Simone Lemon, Associate Governor
Simone Lemon has two children who attend Glenfrome primary school. A daughter in KS1 and son in KS2. Simone has worked with in the public sector for over 20 years, with the last 10 years in education. Simone is currently working with in secondary education with Anna Freud as a Mental health trainer for students and a role in Restorative Justice for Resolve West (formerly Bristol Mediation). Outside of working with in schools, Simone is currently launching her own business with in the creative industry, as an Image Consultant. With her spare time Simone enjoys activities that help with switching off, reading great fiction, gardening or attempting to, cooking and sampling dishes, yoga, meditation and experiences within the arts .
Jil Gettrup, Clerk to the Governors
Yasar Iqbal, Associate Member
I became an Associate Governor at Glenfrome Primary School in 2019. I have a daughter who currently attends year two at Glenfrome. I previously worked as a Parent Governor at St Werburgh’s nursery when my daughter was there.
My background has been in IT ever since I graduated from the University of The West of England with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. I’ve worked in various industries and sectors where IT was at the heart of the company. I currently work for Avon and Somerset Police looking after their IT systems.