Governing body

Governors are volunteers and they support and challenge the school's leadership to ensure that every child gets the best education possible and that all children make progress to be the best that they can be. 

Here at Chandag Infant School, we are striving to become an outstanding school and the governors meet regularly throughout the year to review what is happening within the school. The governors attend the AGC (Academy Governance Committee, previously called Full Governing Body or FGB) to consider what has been discussed at committee level and to review and agree any decisions that may be required. The AGC meetings allow all governors to have a fair view of the school and its standards and what is working well, and what areas need to be a focus to ensure that we are even better. 

Governors look closely at all areas of the school. These are financial, personnel, building maintenance, health, safety and wellbeing of all, as well as looking at the standards of progress and attainment for the children, and the curriculum. Each area is reviewed regularly and reported back at the AGCs, where as a collective we make decisions to shape the school. 

Clerk to governors is Tasha Mitella (the Clerk is the official notetaker and doesn't take part in any of the discussions or decisions made by the governing body).

If you would like more information about governance, please do not hesitate to contact the school office, or our clerk to governors, at

Chandag Infant governors' details 

Governors hold an important public office. In the interests of transparency, details of the governors at Chandag Infant School are as follows:  

Dr Kate Reynolds: Interim Chair of Governors and co-opted governor 

Catherine Phillips: vice chair and co-opted governor
Term of office: 1 July 2017* to 30 June 2021 

 Stuart McManus: co-opted governor
Term of office: 1 July 2017* to 30 June 2021 

Andrew Muncer: parent governor
Term of office: 1 July 2017* to 30 June 2021

Annie Smart: staff governor and Headteacher
Term of office: from 1 January 2014

Damian Vicary: parent governor
Term of office: 7 February 2018 to 6 February 2022 

Kerrie Willington: staff governor and deputy head
Term of office: 26 September 2018 to 25 September 2022

Claire Gurnsey: staff governor
Term of office: 26 September 2018 to 25 September 2022 

Carol Morris: co-opted governor
Term of office:  23 May 2018 to 22 May 2022 

Steve Lilley: parent governor
Term of office: 23 May 2018 to 22 May 2022 

Simon Butler: co-opted governor
Term of office: 1 July 2017* to 30 June 2021 

* denotes date of academisation

Register of governors' interests

All governors at Chandag Infant School serve a term of office of four years.

Declarations of interest are raised at each meeting and governors are expected to declare any new interests at and between meetings should they arise. 

No conflicts of interest are recorded for governors of the school at this time.

Named governor details

At Chandag Infant School we also have specific named governors and these are: 

  • SEN governor: Catherine Phillips
  • Pupil premium: Governor Catherine Phillips
  • Safeguarding governor: Damian Vicary
  • Looked after children: Catherine Phillips

Wellsway Multi Academy Trust

Wellsway Multi Academy Trust is a partnership of schools which span the Bristol - Keynsham - Bath area that are now working together to provide a high quality educational experience for all students in their care. 

Further information

Governors' roles and responsibilities

School governors represent the largest volunteer workforce in the country - there are around 350,000 of them!

The governing body of Chandag Infant School has 14 governor positions, including four for parent governors. Parent governors are elected by parents at the school. They are vital to the governing body because they can raise the issues that concern our parents.

For more information on becoming a governor at our school, please contact our school office.

Read about the governors' roles for 2016-2017 (Pdf, 18kb) and the governors' roles 2017-2018 (Pdf, 18kb).

What did the governors of Chandag Infant School do over the last year?

  • We made a number of visits to the school, to meet with staff and children including the annual Governor Event, where we come in with a focus to look for impact of new strategies put in place for the targeted areas set out in the School Improvement Plan. 
  • We took part in interview panels, including interviewing for a new deputy headteacher. 
  • We conducted our health and safety walks to review what is happening within the school grounds, and discuss what needs improvement, feeding back these findings to full governors meeting. 
  • We completed and implemented the decision to become an academy with the Wellsway Multi Academy Trust. 
  • We looked at the school's results and other test/assessment information, and compared them with previous years – and other schools. 
  • We helped develop and approved the School Improvement Plan for the year. 
  • We looked at writing and maths progress throughout the school, and identified where it was good and where further development was necessary. 
  • We reviewed a number of the school’s policies - eg special needs, teaching and learning, the more able and anti-bullying. 
  • Visited the school to conduct a pupil voice exercise to measure impact of new strategies. 
  • The chair of governors conducts regular catch up sessions with the headteacher. 
  • Several governors have attended training sessions to keep up to date with good practice, including training on safeguarding and the single central record. 
  • We met with our staff partners to conduct link governor meeting to discuss priorities in each subject.

Minutes of meeting


Our staff

Annie Smart - Headteacher
Kerrie Willington - Deputy Headteacher
Helen Bancroft - SENDco, Inclusion Leader and Thrive practitioner
Claire Weeks - Administrator

Reception classes
Cat Hayes - EYFS Leader and part time class teacher in Badgers
Jane Lewis - part time class teacher in Badgers
Claire Gurnsey - class teacher in Hedgehogs

Year 1
Julie Williams - class teacher in Squirrels
Anna Seal - part time class teacher in Otters
Karen Evans- Part time class teacher in Otters

Year 2
Kerrie Willington - class teacher in Kingfishers
Hannah Goebel - class teacher in Owls

Teaching assistants
Debbie Bridgeman
Natasha Butler - HLTA
Hannah Johnson
Julie May
Claire Mead
Gill Roach
Terry Sears
Nic Stride
Mark Trenchard

Support Teachers
Sarah Stone - PE Leader and PPA teacher
Emma Richardson - Science Leader and PPA teacher

Support Staff
Ray Randell - School caretaker
Louise Loxton - School cook
Jackie Bridgeman - Kitchen Assistant
Rhianne Bolton - Kitchen Assistant

School meals supervisory assistants
Tracey Twiggs - senior SMSA
Liz Barker
Alex Holloway
Mark Trenchard
Marion Tucker
Donna Brown
Catherine Thomas
Claire Mead


Latest Ofsted report

In our last inspection we were rated as 'good' across all areas. This is a summary of the report.

  • Reception children make good progress and achieve well. The activities planned are based on children's interests so that they want to learn.
  • The good start from which children benefit in the Reception class is built upon well in Key Stage 1. By the end of Year 2 pupils’ attainment is above that expected for this age group in reading, writing and mathematics.
  • Teaching is typically good across the school. Teachers plan lessons well for the range of abilities in their class to ensure that all pupils make progress.
  • The headteacher has an accurate view of teaching and has, in the short time she has been in the post, taken effective measures to improve its quality.
  • The governing body checks the school’s work and has been instrumental in enabling the school to strengthen its practice. It has done this by setting the headteacher challenging targets and making sure that they are achieved.
  • The school has successfully implemented a new and stimulating curriculum and improved its systems for checking on pupils’ progress.
  • Leaders have identified the right priorities for the school’s development. They are taking appropriate action to improve pupils’ writing by introducing more topics which interest boys. As a result, the standard of boys’ writing has improved.
  • Pupils are keen to learn and behaviour is good. Attendance has risen because pupils enjoy coming to school and feel safe.

You can read the full Ofsted report (Pdf, 174kb)


Local offer for SEND children

Click here to see Bath and North East Somerset's SEND Local Offer.

Click here to read our School Offer.

Click Here to read our SEND Information Report


Our school day

Our school day starts at 9am but doors open at 8.50am.

Lunch will be 12:00pm until 1:00pm from September 2019.  

The school day will finish at 3:10pm from September 2019.



Unfortunately there are none at present. You may be interested in the career opportunities within the Wellsway Multi Academy Trust.

At Chandag Infant School we are committed to the protection and safety of its pupils.

The school complies with the DBS code of practice in regard to criminal record information; it will not discriminate unfairly against any applicant on the basis of a conviction or other information revealed.



Sport and PE premium funding

The government is currently providing additional funding to further develop physical education (PE) provision in all schools. Each school will receive £8000 plus an extra £5 per pupil per annum. This money can only be spent on sport and PE provision in school, but schools have the freedom to choose how to spend the funding within this.

Chandag Infant School has chosen to spend this sport premium funding on the employment of a PE specialist and also on our participation with the Bath and North East Somerset School Sport Partnership (SSPO). We have provided a synopsis of how our school has benefitted from employing each of these.

PE Specialist

  • Our PE specialist has delivered high quality PE lessons across the school, enhancing sport provision for all pupils.
  • Class teachers have had the opportunity to observe and teach alongside this specialist, enabling them to further develop professionally to ensure a sustained improvement in our delivery of PE.
  • The specialist has been able to provide time and support for teachers to carry out pupil assessments.
  • Our PE specialist has delivered lunch time sport clubs, promoting the importance of physical activity and also providing pupils (particularly those in vulnerable groups and those considered gifted and talented) an opportunity to further develop their physical skills and enjoyment in practical games.

School sport partnership

  • Organisation of cluster meetings for Keynsham primary school PE coordinators: This allows for links to be established between local schools, the discussion of professional dialogue between PE subject leaders whereby ideas and dates can be discussed for PE events.
  • Central CPD opportunities: Our PE coordinator has been able to attend a number of PE courses, subsequently allowing new knowledge and good practice to be shared with other staff members.
  • Support with extending pupil achievement outside of school, including organising free taster sessions with outside sports clubs and also participation in the hugely successful Dance Umbrella.
  • In school curriculum CPD and targeted development.

Each year we are able to choose from a wide selection of support opportunities. This allows us to cater for the best PE provision for our needs as a school. In the academic school year 2014-15 this allowed us to have the following support in school;

  • A set of 12 lessons delivered by a gym specialist with Reception class.
  • A set of 10 lessons delivered by a dance specialist with Year 2.
  • Three weeks cricket curriculum coaching and a morning taster session with Year 1.
  • SSPO’s Daily Physical Activity specialist as part of his Daily Activity Roadshow, delivered Play Leader training with pupils and SMSAs. He was also able to lead a multi-skills session with a group of gifted and talented pupils.
  • A dance specialist delivered an Engaging children with Creative Movement course. This involved 10 hours targeted intervention support with selected children who teachers felt would positively benefit from this opportunity.
  • Inset and twilight CPD package: Chandag Infant School has been provided with whole staff inset training on ‘a multi-skill approach to delivering PE’.
  • Participation in a Year 2 multi-sports festival with other local schools.
  • Support on sports day from Wellsway School sport ambassadors.

Impact reports


Parent teacher association (PTA)

For more information see the parent teacher association (PTA)