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 Tor Manuel (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:  

Vicky Bowery: parent governor
Term of office:
1 November 2019 - 1 November 2023

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

Sarah Church: co-opted governor
Term of office: 1 November 2019 - 1 November 2023

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

Steve Lilley: parent governor
Term of office: 23 May 2018 - resigned: 17 August 2020

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

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

Catherine Phillips: Chair of governors and co-opted governor
Term of office: 1 July 2017* - 30 June 2021 

Annie Smart: staff governor and Headteacher
Term of office: Ex-officio

Damian Vicary: Vice-chair of governors and parent governor
Term of office: 7 February 2018 - resigned: 8 July 2020

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

* denotes date of academisation

Tor Manual: clerk to governors
Appointed: 1 September 2019

More information about our governors

Register of governors' interests

Governing bodies are required to publish their register of interests which sets out the relevant business interests of governors and details of any other educational establishments they govern. The register should also set out any relationships between governors and members of the school staff, including spouses, partners and relatives.

Governor roles

At Chandag Infant School governors have specific roles including: 

  • SEND 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.

AGC newsletters

Minutes of meeting


Our staff

Annie Smart, headteacher
Kerrie Willington, deputy headteacher
Kitty Eve, SENDCo lead.
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
Kerrie Willington, part-time class teacher in Otters

Year 2
Hannah Goebel, class teacher in Kingfishers
Megan Gamon part-time class teacher in Owls

Emma Richardson, part time teacher in Owls

Teaching assistants
Debbie Bridgeman
Natasha Butler, HLTA
Hannah Johnson
Claire Mead
Gill Roach

Terry Sears, HLTA

Nic Stride, HLTA

Anna Groves
Tracey Twiggs


Support teachers
Sarah Stone, PE leader and PPA teacher

Support staff
Ray Randell, school caretaker
Sharon Bond, catering manager
Nicola Garvey, kitchen assistant
Jackie Bridgeman, kitchen assistant
Rhianne Bolton, kitchen assistant

School meals supervisory assistants
Tracey Twiggs
Liz Barker
Claire Tranter
Marion Tucker
Catherine Thomas


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.



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Child protection and safeguarding

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.

Other vacancies

You may also be interested in the career opportunities within the Wellsway Multi Academy Trust.



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)