Notice of Academy Parent Councillor Election

We currently have a vacancy for an Academy Councillor and you are very welcome to put your name forward should you wish to stand for election.  Much like a Governing Body, the Academy Council’s role is to ensure your children learn in a safe environment and to the maximum of their ability.

All parents and carers are eligible to stand for election, except

  • Persons liable to be detained under the Mental Health Act 1983
  • Undischarged bankrupts
  • Persons recently convicted of a serious offence
  • Persons disqualified under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986
  • Persons subject to disqualification as a Charity Trustee
  • Persons whose employment is prohibited or restricted
  • Persons disqualified from being proprietors of independent schools
  • Persons on the DfES List 99 (this is a list of people banned from working with children)

If you would like to put your name forward, please complete online form linked in the letter emailed on Monday 10th September by Friday 21st September.  For more information on the vacancy, please contact the Clerk to Council, Linda Corbidge, email: or Tel: 0117 2446250.

Linda Corbidge

Clerk to the Academy Council


Register of meeting attendance 2017 2018 Final

Much like a Governing Body, the Academy Council’s role is to ensure your children learn in a safe environment and to the maximum of their ability.  Begbrook Primary Academy council typically meet once a term.  There is a standard agenda for each meeting which includes reviewing data on quality of teaching and learning, progress, school budget, attendance, behaviour and safety.  We have also helped to feedback on numerous policies and procedures.

Through ‘Learning walks’ we have been able to see firsthand what happens during the school day and see the children’s learning in action.  Each learning walk is focused on a specific area (eg. Mathematics, reading) and it really helps to bring alive what is actually going on during the day, rather than just reviewing reports and statistics.

We attend Cabot Learning Federation board meetings to keep up to date with the Federation’s overall strategy, achievement and performance and discuss Council roles and responsibilities with council members from other Schools.  The CLF have also provided a training programme which has helped in developing a better understanding of our roles on the academy council, what we should expect to understand and how we should be supporting/challenging the Leadership team.

If you would like to speak to a member of the Academy Council please contact the school who will put you in touch with us, or email us on  (Su Coombes)

Record of attendance at meetings is above and our register of pecuniary interests is completed with no pecuniary interests.


Academy Councillors

Laurie Munro – Principal
Su Coombes – Chair – Contact

– CLF Rep

Graham Wilkie – CLF Rep

Tony Mooney – Parent Rep

Sara Sansom – Support Staff Rep

Shashi McGregor – LA Rep

 – CLF Rep

John Israel – Staff

Emily Mowlem – Student Voice

 – Clerk

Pecuniary Interest of the above – Nothing to declare


I have worked in education for over 20 years with experience and expertise in equality, diversity and inclusion. I have worked with schools, local authorities, government departments and the voluntary sector with a specialist in mainstreaming diversity and inclusive practice, speaking at international, national and regional events.

I am committed to enhancing the achievement and life chances of children and young people through supporting continual professional development and school improvement, with a passion for mainstreaming diversity and inclusive practice.

I am currently a Teaching and Learning Consultant in Trading with Schools in Bristol City Council and the Local Authority lead on Equalities and The Prevent Duty in education settings.

As Chair of Academy Council at Begbrook Primary I have enjoyed developing an effective team that understand their accountability and part they play in the strategic leadership of the school and driving school improvement.


MATT GOULD :  I have worked in the primary and secondary sector for 13 years as a youth worker, English teacher and Teacher trainer. I am now a Learning Mentor at Bristol Metropolitan Academy. As well as working with students, I am responsible for in-year admissions, negotiated transfers and attendance.



I am really pleased to be part of the Academy Council for Begbrook, where my son now attends.  I’m committed to provide the support and challenge to help our children reach their full potential and enjoy their school experience.  I have 17 years’ experience working in the public sector in a variety of finance, policy and project management roles.  I currently manage the policy and partnerships function for children and adults services in Bristol City Council.  I have a good insight into the policy and inspection frameworks that relate to children and I will use this to help the work of the council and the school.






TONY MOONEY:  I have always been actively involved in school life, helping with reading, school trips, PTFA and talks to early year’s children. I want all Begbrook pupils to have the best start in life, to enjoy going to school, make positive friendships and gain the knowledge and skills to help them thrive. I hope to make a positive contribution to the school.  I am supporting the Principal and his team to take the school from being ‘good’ to ‘outstanding’, by drawing on my experience and constructively challenging the senior leadership team. Begbrook is a great school, has a great staff team, fabulous kids and parents and I am doing my part in helping it grow from strength to strength.

SHASHI MCGREGOR: I retired from Bristol Children’s Services five years ago. During my 35 years in Education I have worked across most of the Education Sectors from Infant and Nursery through to Secondary and 10 years in FE at the City of Bristol College. On retirement I was an employed consultant for Bristol Children and Young People Service, advising and supporting the delivery of the Foundation Stage in East Bristol. As a BPA Councillor I have had responsibility to support the Nursery and Reception units. Currently, I am the designated councillor for the Academy Improvement Plan 2017/18 Priority four, Staff Well-being and Workload. I am a member of an Ethnic Minority. My first language is Punjabi and so have worked extensively in Education to support learning and development of black and Asian children. As a a BPA Councillor, my aim is to ensure the best possible teaching and learning for all of our children.


CATHERINE BRENNAN: After several years as a Primary class teacher, I have since worked in London, Bristol and BANES for almost 20 years as a specialist teacher and consultant focussed on Ethnic Minority achievement. I am passionate about ensuring that all Black and Ethnic minority (BME) pupils, including children who learn through English as an Additional Language (EAL), are enabled to optimise their attainment, in collaboration with schools and settings. I am delighted to be responsible for this area of work through my academy councillor role at BPA.



This is now my sixth year working at Begbrook and still thoroughly enjoy  working with all of our pupils and families. Since joining, I have taught in Years 4 and 5 and now lead Year 5 and I am also responsible for leading the foundation subjects across the school.
I have recently joined the governing body as the representative of the support staff at Begbrook. Support staff include classroom assistants, dinner staff, office workers, site controllers and wrap-around care play leaders. I have had four children involved at Begbrook, three of whom are still there. I enjoy learning about the inner workings of the school and contributing to the safe and smooth running.

After training with the CLF I was keen to continue my career within the federation. I have worked at  Begbrook for 3 years now and still love how diverse and interesting each day is. I am responsible for leading Geography and the Pupil Voice Council.

The delegated framework from the executive to the governing body can be seen here: Delegated Authority Framework June 2017