The school’s governing body consists of: three staff governors, seven parent governors, ten governors appointed by the governing body and the Headteacher. All categories of governor are appointed for a term of four years.

The agenda for the most recent meeting and minutes of the previous Board meeting are available here, together with the Funding Agreement which is the basis for the Backwell School Academy Trust.  School accounts are also available below.    Parents interested in the work of the governors or in becoming a governor are welcome to telephone the School Business Manager, who is Clerk to the Governors, for more information, or to discuss the Funding Agreement or accounts.


Board Minutes

Board of Governors' Meetings 2017/18

Wednesday 13 September 2017
Wednesday 13 December 2017
Wednesday 21 February 2018
Wednesday 16 May 2018
Wednesday 11 July 2018

All meetings start at 7.00 pm.

Click on the link below to view our governance arrangements, including details of the structure of the Board and remit of the committees.

Organisation of Board of Governors, including terms of reference 

Register of Interests Schedule

Statement regarding People with Significant Control 

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Academy Documents

Funding Agreement
Funding Agreement Annexes A - D

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Annual Report and Accounts 2015-16

Annual Report and Financial Statements for period ending 30 August 2016

Final Audit Report and Findings -Year Ended 31 Augusrt 2016 


Annual Report and Accounts 2014-15

Annual Report and Financial Statements for period ending 30 August 2015 (including Value for Money Statement)

Final Audit Findings Report - Year Ended 31 August 2015


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Current governors:

Mr Jon Nunes

Mrs Tania Doe
Elected by parents  (Elected 24 October 2014)

Tania lives in Yatton and has three children at Backwell School.  She works as a Purchasing Manager for EE.  She is particularly interested in maintaining high standards and supporting children who find school more of a challenge and ensuring students' learning considers the fast-moving working world.

Mrs Maggie Edwards  
Appointed Governor  (Appointed 4 September 1996)

Maggie Edwards has lived in Yatton for over 30 years and her five children all attended the school.  She has been a governor for over 20 years and served as Chair of the governing body for 11 years until September 2013. She is Chair of the Admissions Committee.

  Mrs N Gumm
Staff Governor (Elected 16 September 2016)


  Mr Charles Hatcher
Appointed Governor  (Appointed 13 September 2010)

Mrs Fiona Harper 
Appointed Governor (Appointed 9 July 2014)

Fiona Harper lives in Long Ashton and her daughter attended the school.  Fiona served as Parent Governor from 2009 to 2013 and is now very pleased to become an Appointed Governor.  She is particularly interested in curriculum issues, Modern Languages and Safeguarding.  She works as a Teaching Assistant at Northleaze School where she is also a Staff Governor. Fiona is Chair of the Curriculum Committee. 


Mrs Amanda Hayden
Appointed governor  (Appointed 11 December 2013)

Amanda Hayden lives in Nailsea and has two children at Backwell School.  She became a governor in December 2013 and is particularly interested in curriculum issues.  She runs her own clothing company.


  Mrs Sarah Henderson
Elected by parents  (Elected 8 July 2015)

Sarah lives in Backwell.  She has two children at the school and another at West Leigh Infants.  She is a qualified solicitor and has worked for the Crown Prosecution Service in Bristol and volunteered as a legal adviser with Comic Relief.  Having recently completed an MA in Writing for Young People, she is a children's writer and is passionate about the importance of maintaining young people's interest in reading through their teenage years and beyond.
Mr Darran Lewis
Elected by staff  (Elected 12 July 2010)

Mr Mark Mayler
Appointed Governor  (Appointed 21 September 2011)

Mark Mayler lives in Nailsea and has a son and a daughter attending the school.  Mark was appointed in September 2011.  He works for BT plc as a Senior Finance Manager and is particularly interested in the school's finance and buildings issues.  He also has a personal interest in science and technology.  Mark is Chair of the Finance and Buildings Committee. 

Mr Maurice Moloney (Vice Chair of Governors)
Appointed Governor  (Appointed July 1998)

Maurice Moloney lives in Yatton and has one daughter who attended the school prior to her gaining her degree at Middlesex University.  He has been a governor at Backwell since July 1998 and is particularly interested in drama and attends the Student Council meetings.  He semi-retired in 2007 and has worked harder since than he did when in full-time employment!

Mr Huw Parker
Appointed Governor  (Appointed 2 October 2012)

Huw Parker lives in Backwell and has two daughters at Backwell School.  A retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Royal Corps of Engineers, he works at the MOD in Abbey Wood, Filton.  He was elected by parents in October 2012 and is keen to use his experience to support both the Behaviour and the Finance and Buildings Committees.


Mr Jonathan Phillips
Appointed Governor  (Appointed March 1999)
Governor responsible for Safeguarding and Child Protection

Jonathan Phillips lives in Claverham and his two daughters both attended the school and have continued into higher education and has been on the Backwell governing body since March 1999.  He sits on both the Finance and Buildings committee and on the Student Discipline commitee.  He works in the public sector.

Mrs Jacci Ramplin  (Chair of Governors)
Appointed Governor  (Appointed June 2001)
  Mr Tim Seal
Elected by parents (Elected January 2018)

Tim Seal lives in Bristol and has two daughters at the school.  He became a governor in January 2018 and is interested in all aspects of school life.  He works as a specialist construction law solicitor.

Mrs Mary Short
Elected by parents (Elected 27 May 2016)

Mary Short lives in Backwell and has one daughter at the school.  She is a Finance Director as Sustain based in Bristol.  She became a parent governor in May 2016 and is keen to support the school in curriculum issues and use her experience to support Finance and Buildings.

  Mr Joe Swanson
Elected by parents (Elected 29 January 2016)

Joe Swanson has two children at school and is heavily involved in rugby as a player and coach at Nailsea and Backwell and helps run the local Touch Rugby club.  He works for Hargreaves Lansdown, meeting many different businesses in a wide range of industries and is keen to bring that experience to Backwell School.  He is also keen to support the school with its sporting and extra-curriculuar programme and is a firm believer in the potential for non-academic activities to raise the self-esteem and well-being of every child.

Dr David Turk
Elected by parents  (Elected 24 October 2014)

David Turk lives in Cleeve with his wife and two children who both attend the school.  He currently holds a Readership position in Psychology at Bristol University, where in addition to his research work he runs the primary school neuroscience outreach programme.  In his spare time he coaches the Backwell junior football team.  He is keen to get involved with the Science Department and to help the school take advantage of a closer relationship with Bristol University.

  Mrs Lorraine Wakeford
Elected by parents (Elected January 2018)

Lorraine Wakeford lives in Yatton and has one daughter at the school.  She became a governor in 2018 and is particularly interested in science, engineering and music.  Lorraine co-owns a Pharmaceutical Consultancy limited business based in Yatton handling safety and efficacy issues for a range of medicinal products.  She is a member of two local choirs and enjoys hiking and making chutney.
  Mr Richard Willcox
Elected by staff  (Elected 5 March 2014)

Richard lives in Yatton and both his daughter and son attended Backwell School prior to university   He works in the IT Department at school  supporting both staff and students.