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Meet the OPJS Governors

Welcome to the governors’ area of the OPJS website.
The governors at OPJS have an important role in setting the strategic direction of the school. We are not involved in the day to day management of the school but we agree the objectives and aims of the school. This includes formulating development and financial plans, agreeing the budget, updating policies, setting targets, keeping on top of health and safety and reviewing progress against targets.


Who are the school governors?
The governing body is made up of staff, parents, members of the local community and representatives appointed by the Palladian Academy Trust (PAT).


Name of Governor Type and Position Responsibilities Committee Appointed End of Term of Office
Katie Payne Chair and Parent CoG, Safeguarding, Computing, Pupil Premium and Maths All Sept 2015 Sept 2019
Paul Davis Vice Chair and Parent PE, PE and Sports Premium and Performing Arts SIPP July 2014 July 2022
Mark Gunning Co-opted Geography and History SIPP May 2013 May 2022
Tom Boden Co-opted TBC FHSPP Feb 2019 Feb 2023
Clare Hudson Co-opted Curriculum, English, RE and Art SIPP Sept 2013 Sept 2022
Darren McKay Co-opted TBC SIPP Sept 2018 Sept 2022
Jennie Tapscott Staff N/A SIPP Jan 2016 Jan 2020
David Goucher Headteacher All All N/A N/A
Jane Youdan Co-opted Science, H&S and FHSPP Chair  FHSPP Jan 2016 Jan 2020
Julie Butler Deputy Headteacher All All N/A N/A
Lindsey Purser Clerk N/A All N/A N/A


Any governor can be contacted via the School Office.


What do we do?
The work of the governing body is shared by committees, covering ‘School Improvement and Pupil Progress' and ‘Finance, Health and Safety and Premises'. Each committee meets regularly throughout the year to discuss issues that arise, such as the budget, staffing structure and performance, and to review school policies. The committees report back to the full governing body, with recommendations and advice about decisions that need to be made.
The full governing body meets every term (six times a year). We work together to decide the aims of the school, and set priorities for how the school should develop.
In addition to these roles, each governor is linked to a member of the staff with responsibility for a particular area of the curriculum, to provide support.
Becoming a school governor
Vacancies for governors are advertised in newsletters and bulletins in school, and on this site. Currently we have two vacancies, one  for a Co-opted and one Parent Governor.
As a governor you would be expected to attend meetings of the full governing body, to join one of the committees, and to link with a member of the teaching staff. Time is also required to read relevant documents prior to meetings and follow up on actions agreed.
Training for governors is provided by B&NES, for induction and to help with the development of particular roles. We encourage our governors to attend training regularly.


Being a governor is a serious commitment, but it can be rewarding. More information is available on the Directgov website:

OPJS SGB Register of Business Interests 2018-2019

Palladian Academy Trust and Governance

As noted in previous sections, please follow the link to find out more about the Governance/Trustee structure of the PAT.