Academy Governance Committee (AGC)

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 Claire Weeks (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 email the clerk to governors:

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:

Clare Anderson: parent governor
Term of office: 11 November 2020 - 10 November 2024

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

Sarah Church: chair of governors, 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

Mrs Lucy Knowles: parent governor
Term of office: 11 November 2020 - 10 November 2024

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

Hannah White: parent governor
Term of office: 11 November 2020 - 10 November 2024

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

* denotes date of academisation

Claire Weeks: clerk to governors
Appointed: 1 February 2021

Former governors

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

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: Co-opted governor
Term of office: 1 July 2017* - 30 June 2021 

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: Vicky Bowery
  • Pupil premium governor: Vicky Bowery
  • Safeguarding governor: Sarah Church
  • Looked after children: Vicky Bowery

Futura Learning Partnership

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.


Our staff

Annie Smart, headteacher
Kerrie Willington, deputy headteacher
Kitty Eve, SENDCo lead
Claire Weeks, administrator

Reception classes
Louise Hughes part-time class teacher in Badgers
Jane Lewis, EYFS Leader part-time class teacher in Badgers
Claire Gurnsey, EYFS Leader class teacher in Hedgehogs

Year 1
Jenny Pontefract, class teacher in Squirrels
Sian Morris, part-time class teacher in Otters
Kerrie Willington, part-time class teacher in Otters

Year 2
Hollin Butterfield class teacher in Kingfishers
Megan Gamon part-time class teacher in Owls
Emma Richardson, part time teacher in Owls

Teaching assistants
Debbie Bridgeman
Grace Gilbert, 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

Dawn Stephenson, catering manager
Nicola Garvey, kitchen assistant
Jackie Bridgeman, kitchen assistant
Rhianne Bolton, kitchen assistant

School meals supervisory assistants
Tracey Twiggs
Liz Barker
Shannon Gregory
Marion Tucker
Kim Green
Beth Hilliar



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)


Our school day

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

Lunch will be 12:00pm until 1:00pm.

The school day will finish at 3:10pm.




Chandag Infant School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.


Eligibility to work in the UK

You must have, or be able to obtain before you start, permission to work in the UK. Further information is available on the UK Border Agency website.

Criminal convictions

The school will undertake an enhanced DBS check for the successful applicant. If you have a criminal record, you must tell us about all 'spent' and 'unspent' cautions and convictions.

We ask that you also tell us about any police reprimands/cautions/warnings that may be revealed by the request of an enhanced disclosure from the DBS. If you are shortlisted, you will be asked to bring identification to the interview and, if appointed, you will be required to complete a DBS check at an enhanced level.


We will obtain references for the successful applicant. All offers of employment are made subject to the receipt of two references, which we regard as satisfactory.

If any of your previous roles (voluntary or paid) involved working with children, young people or vulnerable adults, we will ask for information about past disciplinary issues relating to these vulnerable groups (including any in which the time penalty is 'time expired') and whether you have been subject to any child/vulnerable adult protection concerns and the outcome of any enquiry or disciplinary procedures.


Our selection process is based on each individual's own merits and abilities. The information provided in your application is evidence and used against the essential and desirable criteria required for the post. 


If you are selected for interview, we will contact you with the details of the interview and explain what you need to bring. Our selection processes normally consist of a full interview programme and involves an opportunity to meet some other staff and students. For some roles you may be asked to take part in a written/practical/skills exercise.

Pre-employment checks

All offers of employment are made subject to pre-employment checks including a medical questionnaire and reference returns.


Robust procedures are in place to ensure that staff who have access to children, young people and vulnerable adults or access to sensitive information about children, young people and vulnerable adults are employed safely.

Further information


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.

Sports Premium reports


Parent teacher association (PTA)

For more information see the parent teacher association (PTA)