Home Page


Welcome to the Governors' section!


What is a School Governor?

School governors are volunteers who help to run the school. Some are elected (staff and parent governors) and others are appointed either by the local authority or from the local community.


What do governors do?

School governors have a wide range of responsibilities, helping to raise standards of pupil achievement and planning the school’s future direction, always in consultation with the Headteacher and other staff. We are also accountable for the performance of the school to parents and the wider community. We are not expected to take detailed decisions about the day-to-day management of the school; that is the job of the Headteacher. At Golden Valley we meet as a Full Governing Body about eight times a year.


Governors’ responsibilities include:

  • Helping to establish the aims and policies of the school and how standards of education can be constantly improved
  • Ensuring that a broad and balanced curriculum is delivered and that it meets statutory requirements, while promoting high standards and monitoring progress during the year
  • Appointing, challenging and supporting the Headteacher (being a ‘critical friend’)
  • Acting as a link between the local community and the school
  • Helping to set and manage the school budget
  • Ensuring the health and safety of pupils and staff


    Individual governors are also linked with a particular area, such as Special Educational Needs, Safeguarding, a curriculum subject or a year group. All governors are encouraged to visit the school during the working day if they can, but we do not interfere in the day-to-day teaching or running of the school: we leave that to the professionals!

    North Somerset provides training in all aspects of governors’ responsibilities and we take full advantage of that, in order to be as effective as possible.


    At Golden Valley we have 15 governor positions, a lively and dedicated team who work hard for the school.


    If you wish to contact Governors, please email the Chair in the first instance: pauline.davis@goldenvalleyschool.co.uk

    Dates of meetings for 2021-22


    Term 1 - 16 September 2021, 23 September 2021, 14 October 2021

    Term 2 - 2 December 2021

    Term 3 - 20 January 2022

    Term 4 - 3 March 2022

    Term 5 - 26 May 2022

    Term 6 - 7 July 2022

    Governor Roles, Terms of Office and Registered Interests



    Type of Governor

    Appointing Body


    Term Start

    Term End

    Registered Interest

    Jan Barber

    Local Authority

    Local Authority




    Nailsea Town Councillor
    Kevin LynchHead teacherAuto


    01/09/06-Member of National Association of Head Teachers. Wife is visiting music teacher who has occasionally led workshops.

    Ella Simms


    Elected by staff




    Treasurer of the North Somerset PE Association

    Katherine Armstrong


    Elected by parents



    04/10/25Employed by a charity providing education visits for schools. Husband works for Ofsted in non-inspection role. 

    Joyce (Lok Sang) Wong


    Elected by parents




    Sarah Le Vaillant


    Elected by parents





    Jacklyn Turner

    Co-opted (Community)






    Julie Bennett

    Co-opted (Staff)






    Vicki Paul

    Co-opted (Staff)






    Heather Extence

    Co-opted (Community)






    Chris Hoare

    Co-opted (Community)


    SEND Lead




    Mary Elford

    Co-opted (Community)






    Pauline Davis

    Co-opted (Community)





    Member of Trendlewood Church congregation (services held at the School)

    Linda Denning

    Co-opted (Community)


    Safeguarding Lead



    Sister of Golden Valley Deputy Headteacher.


    Co-opted (Community)






    Governor attendance at meetings 2020-2021



    16-Sep-21/ 23-Sep-21







    Jan Barber

    Apologies / Apologies


    Kevin Lynch

    Attended / Attended


    Ella Simms

    Attended / Attended


    Jade Lamb

    Attended / Attended


    Katherine Armstrong


    Lorna Parle

    Attended / Attended

    Joyce (Lok Sang) WongN/AN/AAttendedAttendedAttended  

    Vicki Paul

    Attended / Attended

    Julie Bennett

    Attended / Attended

    Chris HoareAttended / ApologiesAttendedAttendedAttendedApologies  
    Mary ElfordAttended / AttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttended  
    Pauline DavisAttended / AttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttended  
    Linda DenningApologies / AttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttended  
    Jacklyn TurnerN/AN/AN/AN/AAttended  
    Heather ExtenceN/AN/AN/AN/AAttended  
    Sarah Le VaillantN/AN/AN/AN/AAttended  



    Golden Valley's School Governors


    Pauline Davis - Co-opted Governor & Chair of Governors for 2021-22

    I have lived in Nailsea since 1977 and used to teach in Clevedon. My children attended Golden Valley in the 80’s and 90’s so in 2011 when I was no longer working full time I became a Governor to give something back to the school. I enjoy coming into Reception to hear children read.



    Mary Elford - Co-opted Governor & Vice Chair of Governors for 2021-22

    I feel very much at home at Golden Valley, having been a governor since my children were here in the 1980s. It is a privilege and joy to visit school during the working day, to share the exciting and challenging learning opportunities provided for the children by our fantastic staff and to help ensure that high standards are maintained. Over the years I have served in various governor roles, including Chair, and currently have a particular interest in English.



    Jan Barber - LA Governor

    My younger daughter, Fiona, was one of the first entrants to Golden Valley School in 1976, so I have been involved with the school since it was built, starting with helping with sewing and cooking, and the P.T.A.
    I have been a governor since 1984, firstly as a nomination from Nailsea Town Council and later as an L.E.A. Governor from Avon and subsequently from North Somerset Councils. In my professional life I visited many schools countrywide as an Ofsted Inspector. I hope that this helps my role as a governor and vice versa. I very much enjoy being a governor and am delighted that my term of office has been extended until 2022.


    Kevin Lynch - Headteacher 

    I am Headteacher of Golden Valley and I am also a Governor. I have been Headteacher of Golden Valley for 15 years and have attended all Governing Body meetings in that time. I work in partnership with the governing body to lead the strategic work of the school: to ensure that outcomes and standards are high; finance/resources of the school are managed well; policies and practices are adhered to. The day-to-day leadership and management of the school is my responsibility; governors do not get involved in any operational decisions.

    Governors are volunteers who give up their time to support the school. Their support and challenge ensures that your children are given the very best opportunities to thrive within our amazing school.


    Julie Bennett - Co-opted Staff Governor

    I have been a teacher at Golden Valley for 18 years, 10 of those in Year 6 and have recently joined the Governing Body. I am the English subject leader for the school and also moderate KS2 writing for North Somerset. I have joined the Standards and Improvements committee and look forward to working with the other governors to ensure that the children at Golden Valley have the very best, all-round education possible.


    Joyce (Lok Sang) Wong - Parent Governor

    I become a parent governor at the end of 2021 with two daughters studying in Golden Valley. I am a Chartered Engineer with years of experience working in the railway sector and am interested in safety standards and STEM development for young children. It is a privilege to have the opportunity to be part of the Golden Valley governor body and I am looking forward to supporting Golden Valley School and the students to thrive and excel.




     Katherine Armstrong - Parent Governor

    My daughter has recently started in reception and my niece and nephews are also at Golden Valley. I previously worked as a teacher at a secondary school in Bristol, where I also had whole school and faculty leader roles. I’m currently the professional lead for learning at a national charity, which has broadened my understanding of learning across the curriculum and key stages. I’m grateful for this opportunity to contribute what I can and support the school, helping all pupils to have the best educational experiences possible and providing a strong foundation for their future.


        Chris Hoare - Co-opted Governor 

         I am very pleased to be joining the Golden Valley School governing body. I was a Modern Foreign Languages               teacher in secondary schools for 30 years, both in the UK and abroad. My main subject was French. Thanks to             my grandchildren I have recent experience of primary education which has made me keen to become more                 involved in this area. I am looking forward to learning about Golden Valley Primary School and to contributing to           the school in my role as a Co-opted governor.



    Ella Simms - Staff Governor

    I have been associated with Golden Valley for over 16 years; firstly as a parent and member of the GVSA committee, then as a Teaching Assistant working in Year 4 and Year 6 and finally as a KS2 teacher for the last 8 years. Currently, I am KS2 PE Subject Manager and Year 6 Camp Leader.  I am looking forward to supporting the governor team in ensuring that Golden Valley is the best it can be for children, parents and staff.




    Mrs Vicki PaulVicki Paul - Staff Governor

    I am the School Office Manager at Golden Valley and believe that being a Governor will provide support and development to both roles. I have previous experience in working for a private education company and more recently managing a busy restaurant and wine bar whilst bringing up my 2 boys who now attend Backwell. I am hopeful that my skills and experience will enable me to make a valuable contribution to the future of this excellent school.





    Picture of Linda WarrenLinda Denning - Co-opted Governor

    I became a Co-Opted governor at the end of 2020. I have lived in the area for most of my life, and my sister Debra Dean is deputy head teacher of Golden Valley. I am a Chartered Accountant with my own small practice and am also director of a group of elderly care homes, but since my two daughters have left home, I have also wanted to use my skills and experience to give something back to the local community. I have been an active member of Portishead Lions Club for the last three years and am now looking forward to learning more about Golden Valley school and doing what I can to contribute to its future success.  I am the Safeguarding Lead governor.