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Aiming High, Respecting Others, Having Fun

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Our Governors

Tamsin Karim (Chair of Governors / Parent Governor) – Giving back to our wonderful school that both my children attend / have attended is the reason I am a parent governor. I bring twenty years of teaching experience in different schools to the governing body and I have a particular interest in the education of children with SEND.


The Chair of Governors can be contacted via the School Office:

Tel: 01275 464468

Flax Bourton Primary School

Station Road

Flax Bourton

BS48 1UA


Andrew Jordan (Trust Governor)

Andrew has two children in the School.  A chartered accountant and partner at a regional firm of accountants, Andrew brings his finance and commercial experience to assist the Board of Governors. Andrew is passionate about ensuring the school is a vibrant, special and engaging school, retaining its Christian ethos and remaining an intrinsic part of the local community.


Carole Phillips (Foundation Governor / Safeguarding Governor) – Carole describes herself as ‘one of the more mature governors.’ She is a retired teacher and has been into a lot of schools in and around the local area. When she finished teaching she felt that she still had more to give to education and found herself helping at Flax Bourton. Carole loves spending time at Flax as a volunteer working with children and supporting staff.


Victoria Gough (Trust Governor) – Vicki has been a governor at Flax since 2014 and has two children at the school. Vicki is an employment law solicitor and loves using that expertise to support the school. Vicki is passionate about the school, its fabulous facilities and staff and is delighted that the school is growing so that more local children can experience the very special educational experience that is on offer here. When she isn’t ‘lawyering’ or governing, Vicki enjoys being with her busy family, (intermittent) exercise, reading, watching films, listening to music and entertaining.


Sally James (Foundation Governor)  – Sally became a Governor in January 2016. Sally is also Secretary of the FBSA (Flax Bourton School Association). She has worked in Bristol for a large financial services organisation for over 23 years, in a variety of roles including branch manager, Rewards & Incentives and HR Change Management. Sally is married with one daughter in the school. She enjoys playing netball, practicing yoga and travelling.


Matt McFeat (Parent Governor) – Matt has three children at Flax Bourton Primary. He has been a parent governor at the school since 2015.  As a transport planning professional, working in the construction industry, Matt has also supported the leadership team throughout the schools expansion.


Paul Markham (Parent Governor) – Paul was appointed as a parent governor in March 2018. Professionally he is a Fellow of the ICAEW working with a range of organisations (including the education sector) during periods of change (mostly in relation to mergers and acquisition). He has two children at the school and when not running around after them, enjoys running himself and cycling.


Giles Giffin (Trust Governor)

Ann Parkinson (Trust Governor)

Kenji Batchelor (Parent Governor)


John Purcell (Clerk to Governors) – I am also Clerk at 4 other Schools within North Somerset. I have 12 years experience as a Governor, in West Yorkshire and Buckinghamshire, before relocating to North Somerset. My interest started as a parent, wanting to be able to support my own children through their education, whilst at the same time supporting and challenging the schools to be the best they could.


Jane Bennett  (Head Teacher) 


Leanne Gregory (Staff Governor)