Joanna Hopkinson
Joanna Hopkinson

Joanna Hopkinson (Chair of Governors)

I am a retired Deputy Headteacher with 34 years’ experience teaching in primary and special education. Having taught at Golden Valley Primary School for the last 14 years, I wanted to continue to be involved in the local community and am delighted to now be a governor at Nailsea School. I am passionate about all aspects of education but especially how all young people can be best supported to achieve their fullest potential.

I am the link governor for SEND and will be meeting regularly with the SENCo to monitor the school’s performance and provide support in this area. My husband, a pilot in the RAF, is also retired and I have a son and two step sons. I volunteer with schools’ programmes at the Tithe Barn, Tyntesfield and Bristol Cathedral and with the NSPCC, delivering the Speak Out, Stay Safe programme. Any spare time I have, I enjoy pottery and painting.


Melanie Argyles
Melanie Argyles

Melanie Argyles

I am a parent of two children in Nailsea School. I have been impressed at the positive role the school has played in their development and was keen to be involved in helping the school build on its strength and move confidently forward. I have been working in child and adult safeguarding for the last 20 years, starting off working with adult prisoners who had issues with substance misuse and then moving across to children’s safeguarding and child protection.

I am currently working for a Local Authority managing the independent quality assurance functions for children’s social care. My work brings me into regular contact with schools and I am looking forward to using the skills and knowledge gained in my career to make a difference to outcomes for all students at Nailsea School.


Clare Body
Clare Body

Clare Body (Community Governor)

I have been a governor for a number of years, involved with both my son’s infant and junior schools as well as being involved with the PTA. I am currently a Community Governor, even though my son joined Nailsea School in Year 7 in September 2012. I enjoy being a Governor, not only for giving the support to the school and being an active member of the Governing body, but to be involved with the decision making, and to see what school life can be from all points of view and to ensure ‘every child matters’.


Debbi Buss
Debbi Buss

Debbi Buss (Community Governor)

I have a financial background, having worked in Corporate Banking for 19 years. Since then I have worked in education, firstly as Clerk to Governors for a local primary school, and in recent years as an Office Manager at a local primary school. I moved to Nailsea 16 years ago and have one child in Y8 at Nailsea, and my youngest child joined in September 2017. I am passionate about children and education. I believe every child should have equal opportunities to learn and develop their full potential, in a fun, safe and nurturing environment.


Neil Ingram
Neil Ingram

Neil Ingram (Community Governor)

I am a Community Governor and parent of three grown up children who were educated at Nailsea School. I am a former Head of Science at Clifton College. I am currently senior lecturer in Science Education in the University of Bristol, where I train science teachers and researches on the impact of ICT on education in England and in sub-Saharan Africa. I sit on the Education Committee, with a special interest in PSHE, citizenship and ICT.


Sue Renny
Sue Renny

Sue Renny

I have had family in Nailsea for years but moved here from Bristol in 2014 and my daughter joined the school in 2016. It was really important to me to feel connected and involved with both the school and the community. Joining the Governing Body was an important personal commitment for me. For most of my career (so far) I have worked in the insurance industry and have been fortunate to hold a variety of roles which have enabled me to develop a range of skills.

These include running teams and managing people, international projects and programme management, contract law and supply chain management – to name but a few. I value the opportunity to support Nailsea school to continue to provide a meaningful positive impact to the students, personally as we all as academically. I am really proud of the pastoral care demonstrated by the school to the students and very happy to be able to use my professional experience to contribute to the strategic development of the school.


Kevin Royce
Kevin Royce

Kevin Royce

I served in the Royal Air Force for 24 years before leaving in 2003. Since then I have worked predominately in International Business Development in the Aerospace Industry. Over the years I have gained knowledge and experience in many areas of business and felt that I wanted to support the school, which is why I applied to become a Governor. Both my children are at, or have been to, Nailsea School.

My son left in 2015 to Study at Cardiff University and my daughter took her GCSE exams in 2017, going on to study A levels. Nailsea is an excellent school with a caring ethos that nurtures its students. I believe that every student should be given the opportunity to reach their maximum potential and my main aim as a governor is to help create an environment to allow this to happen. I am proud of the school and proud to be a governor and would recommend the role to anyone who believes they have something to offer


Neil Stradling
Neil Stradling

Neil Stradling (Community Governor)

I became a Community Governor in 2014 and am parent of two children at Nailsea School. As a former pupil, I am passionate about maintaining and improving the high standards of education and pastoral care within the school.I grew up in Nailsea only moving away to serve with the armed forces, returning to start a family in 1992.

Outside of the school I serve as a Fire Officer for Avon Fire & Rescue Service where I served the community as an operational firefighter for over twenty years, moving into Education & Training for four years. I am currently seconded to the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) National Resilience Assurance Team managing National pumping capabilities within the UK. As a governor, I sit on the Resources Committee, various working groups and jointly oversee the Sixth Form.


Mike West
Mike West

Mike West (Community Governor)

I have been a Community Governor for about 19 years. I have a particular interest in the progress of students over all abilities. I am a retired professional engineer having worked in project management for the procurement of capital equipment. I have two girls, former pupils at the school who have been through university and are settled with their own families. Until recently I was deeply involved in Neighbourhood Watch. My main hobbies are photography and making things out of wood. I am a member of both Resources and Education committees and review the quality of governance.


Dr Jo Edwards
Dr Jo Edwards

Dr Jo Edwards

I have lived in Nailsea for 20 years and have two children. I work in assessment; writing and testing examinations for a range of national and international qualifications. My subject specialism is in History. I take a keen interest in local history and am also the Chair of Nailsea Tithe Barn Trust. I am a member of the Education Committee and I hope to utilise my experience to help Nailsea School and its students to achieve and succeed.

STAFF REPRESENTATIVES

Sophie Rutty
Sophie Rutty

Sophie Rutty

I am a Staff Representative and I have been a member of the teaching staff at Nailsea School since September 2014. I have been teaching English since 1998 and have experience of working in two other comprehensive schools. Within my previous role, I worked as a mentor, coach and ‘Specialist Leader of Education’ within the North Somerset Teaching Alliance. I am particularly interested in supporting and developing teachers at all stages of their teaching careers. I sit on the Education Committee and act as Link Governor for teaching and support staff


Annette Watts
Annette Watts

Annette Watts

I am the Events Officer at Nailsea School and sit on the Education Committee as a Staff Representative. Both my children went to Nailsea School, so I have experienced the school from a parent’s perspective, staff perspective as well as hearing students’ views. I recently graduated with a degree in Psychology through the Open University, so I feel I am in touch not only with working in education but the pressures of studying.

My interest in psychology naturally leans itself towards exploring behaviour and motivation. Self-esteem and confidence are essential qualities in successful learning and yet the teenage years, when identity is formed, is a time when students are most likely to be uncertain and doubtful of their own ability. My passion is ensuring the school encourages and supports all students so that they can develop and achieve both academically and personally. I sit on the Education Committee as a Staff Governor.


Jeff Morris

Jeff Morris

My name is Jeff Morris and I am a Staff Representative and sit on the Resources committee. I am employed at Nailsea school as a member of the pastoral support team and am currently Assistant Head of House. Though I support students across all year groups my main focus is with Key Stage 4 (year 10 and 11) Prior to coming to the school, I worked in customer service for several large companies and I feel that this experience allows me to support students and prepare them for their next steps whatever that may be. Outside of school I enjoy watching all sport but particularly rugby. I am involved with Nailsea and Backwell rugby club and still referee Junior matches at the club as well as at school.