At Bellefield we have an experienced and supportive Governing Body that is committed to improvement and make significant personal contributions to the school in terms of time and effort. They work in partnership with the Head Teacher and staff providing support and constructive challenge in order to achieve the best possible education for Bellefield pupils.

The Governing Body has general responsibility for the strategic management of the school but does not take detailed decisions about the day to day running of the school - that is the function of the Head Teacher.

The work of the Governing Body has a direct effect on the education and wellbeing of the pupils and can assist in improving standards throughout the school.

The full Governing Body meet once a term as do the two sub-committees; The Staffing & Curriculum Committee and The Finance & Premises Committee. The Committees report back to the Governing Body after each of their meetings. You can download our Governors' Written Statement of Behaviour principles here.

The Governing Body and staff of all schools are required to guard against any conflict between their business/professional/personal interests and their interaction with the affairs of the school and its best interest. This information will be kept in a 'Register of Interests' which is required to be made available on request to interested parties, e.g. Governors, School Staff and Parents. It is a requirement that governors’ pecuniary interests are published on the school’s website. There are currently no interests listed by the governors.

The school governors can be contacted either in writing or by email at:

If you would like to find out more about the role of a school governor at Bellefield or would be interested in joining the Governing Body please contact the Chair of Governors via the School Office on 01225 753530. 

Parent Governor Vacancies:

If you would be interested in becoming a Parent Governor, please contact or 

Please click here for a copy of the letter from the Chair of Governors about our current Parent Governor vacancy. A further letter explaining the role from the Clerk to Governors can be found here. The document from the Chair of Governors also contains a Nomination Form, please note the closing date is 3pm on Thursday 4th November 2021.

List of Governors:



Pecuniary interests Start date End date

Chair of Governors:

Mrs A Beck

 N/A 30/06/2021 29/06/2022

Foundation/Chair of Curriculum & Standards Committee:

Mr C Hicks

N/A 11/6/2019 10/06/2023

Co-opted/Chair of Staffing, Finance & Premises Committee:

Mr T Bridger

 N/A 08/07/2020 24/11/2024

Non Governor/Clerk to Governors:

Mrs J Finol

 N/A 01/02/2019 Ongoing


Revd. A Coutts

N/A  Foundation ex-officio continuing Foundation ex-officio continuing

Local Authority:

Mr D Ward

 N/A 26/11/2018 26/11/2022

Head Teacher:

Mrs V Withers

N/A 01/09/2021 Ongoing


Mr B Rees

 N/A 01/09/2021 31/08/2025

Associate Member/Deputy Headteacher:

Mrs K Bennett

 N/A 22/06/2016 08/07/2024

Associate Member:

Mrs A Harris

N/A 01/09/2021 31/08/2025


Mrs C Ward

N/A  26/11/2018 26/11/2022


Miss A Beck 

N/A  10/03/2021  09/03/2025


Mrs MJ Joy N/A 19/06/2019 18/06/2023


Mr S Carpenter N/A 07/06/2021 06/06/2025


Mr S Martin N/A 07/06/2021 06/06/2025


Ms P Birkett N/A 30/06/2021 29/06/2025

Served in the last 12 months but no longer serving:



Pecuniary interests Served from/to        


Mr R Lawson

N/A 28/11/2018 to 13/11/2020


Miss A Hooper

N/A 26/11/2018 to 10/03/2021

Mr J Huckle

N/A 08/07/2020 to 30/06/2021

Mrs M Thomas

N/A 14/03/2019 to 23/07/2021



Full Governors Meetings:


11th March 2020:

PRESENT: Ben Rees (Acting Headteacher), Richard Lawson (Acting Chair of Governors), Ali Beck (Associate Member), Kay Bennett (Associate Member), Tim Bridger (Associate Member), Lexy Harris, Mandy Hooper, Chris Hicks, MJ Joy, Claire Latchem, Richard Lawson, Natasha Shadwell, Marilyn Thomas, Carrie Ward, Julie Finol (Clerk to Governors).


8th July 2020:

PRESENT: Ben Rees (Acting Headteacher), Joe Huckle (Chair of Governors), Anne Basson, Ali Beck (Associate Member), Kay Bennett (Associate Member), Tim Bridger (Associate Member), Lexy Harris, Chris Hicks, MJ Joy, Richard Lawson, Marilyn Thomas, Carrie Ward, Dan Ward, Julie Finol (Clerk to Governors).


25th November 2020:

PRESENT: Ben Rees (Acting Headteacher), Joe Huckle (Chair of Governors), Ali Beck, Kay Bennett (Associate Member), Tim Bridger, Allan Coutts, Lexy Harris, Chris Hicks, MJ Joy, Marilyn Thomas, Carrie Ward, Dan Ward, Julie Finol (Clerk to Governors).


10th March 2021:

PRESENT: Ben Rees (Acting Headteacher), Joe Huckle (Chair of Governors), Ali Beck, Kay Bennett (Associate Member), Tim Bridger, Allan Coutts, Lexy Harris, Chris Hicks, MJ Joy, Marilyn Thomas, Carrie Ward, Dan Ward, Julie Finol (Clerk to Governors).


30th June 2021:

PRESENT: Ben Rees (Acting Headteacher), Ali Beck(Appointed Chair of Governors), Petra Birkett, Tim Bridger, Scott Carpenter,  Allan Coutts, MJ Joy, Chris Hicks, MJ Joy, Stephen Martin, Marilyn Thomas, Carrie Ward, Dan Ward, Julie Finol (Clerk to Governors).


28th September 2021:

PRESENT: Victoria Withers (Headteacher), Ali Beck (Chair of Governors), Petra Birkett, Tim Bridger, Scott Carpenter, Chris Hicks, MJ Joy, Stephen Martin, Carrie Ward, Kay Bennett (Associate Member), Lexy Harris (Associate Member), Julie Finol (Clerk to Governors).

Members do not carry voting rights unless agreed by Full Governing Body.

Governors role

What do Bellefield School Governors do? 

  • Together with the Head Teacher they are responsible for making sure our school provides a good quality education for its pupils. 
  • They provide challenge and support to the Head Teacher, drawing on their knowledge and experience. 
  • They make decisions together on matters such as performance, targets, school policies and school development plans.
  • They monitor the impact of policies and oversee school budgets and staffing. 
  • They report on school achievements and respond to inspection recommendations. 
  • They hear appeals from pupils and staff and consider complaints. 
  • They ask searching questions and respect the position of the Head Teacher as the professional leader of the school.  

The Staffing & Curriculum Committee

  • Monitor and review the delivery of the curriculum.
  • Monitor pupil attainment targets.
  • Monitor and review the effectiveness of the Safeguarding Procedure.
  • Formulate and review the School Policy.
  • Assist in the appointment of staff and monitor staff development. 

The Finance & Premises Committee

  • Monitor the school Budget.
  • Monitor and review staff pay and other expenditure.
  • Monitor the maintenance of the school buildings and grounds.
  • Monitor and review the school Health & Safety procedures and policies.

 Instrument of Governors

1. The name of the school is Bellefield Church of England Primary and Nursery School.

2. The school is a voluntary controlled school.

3. The name of the governing body is 'The Governing Body of Bellefield Church of England Primary and Nursery School'.

4. The governing body shall consist of:

           a.) 4 Parent Governors

           b.) 1 Local Authority Governor

           c.) 2 Staff Governors (including the Head Teacher)

           d.) 4 co-opted Governors

           e.) 3 Foundation Governors

5. Total number of governors is 14.

6. The Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education shall appoint the Foundation Governors in consultation with the Parochial Church Council of the parishes or ecclesiastical districts served by the school and the United Church.


a.) The holder of the following office shall be a Foundation Governor ex-officio: The Principal Officiating Minister for the parish in which the school is situated.

b.) The Archdeacon of the Archdeaconry shall appoint a Foundation Governor to act in the place of the ex-officio Foundation Governor whose governorship derives from the office named in a.)  above, in the event that the ex-officio Foundation Governor is unable or unwilling to act as a Foundation Governor or has been removed from office under 23(2) of the Regulations.

8. The Archdeacon of the Archdeaconry in which the school is situated is entitled to request the removal of any ex-officio Foundation Governor and to appoint any substitute governor.

9. The school has a trust.

10. Recognising its historic links with the parish churches of St. Thomas and St. James, and the United Church, the school will develop its Christian character in partnership with these churches and the Diocese of Salisbury.

The school aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers to all its pupils.

11. This instrument of government came into effect on 26th November 2014.

12. This instrument was made by order of the Wiltshire Education Authority on 18th December 2014.