The school is supported by a board of governors who oversee the effectiveness of the school in their role of 'critical friends'. The board is well organised and works with the senior leadership of the school to develop plans for future development. Many of our governors are parents of pupils in the school.

Cathy Daffada (Chair of Governors), Sarah-Jayne Cannings (Vice-chair of Governors and Reverend Colin Lunt (Foundation Governor) at our Harvest Festival in St. Saviours. 

Meet the Governors

Publication of Governor’s Details and the Register of Interests

Governors hold an important public office and their identity should be known to their school and wider communities. In the interests of transparency, a governing body should publish on its website up-to-date details of its governance arrangements.

Would you like to know:

  • What our governors do;

  • What it's like to be a governor;

  • How to become a governor;

  • Our school policies and the reasons behind them?

Would you like to let us know:

  • How we can support the school to become even better;

  • What you really like about the school?

You can contact us in the following ways:​
  • By passing a message through Mrs Aldom in the office.

  • You can also post your views of the school using Parent View:


Click here to read the document on Governance [PDF]

Amanda Flanagan (Headteacher​)

Cathy Daffada (Chair)

I have been a Parent Governor since 2012, with both a son and a daughter at the school.  I'm a manager in the local NHS, juggling being a Mum of 2 fabulous kiddies with part-time work in an ever-changing health care system. 

I became a Governor because I felt that the role of the parent is crucial in helping both the school and the individual child reach their potential.  It gives me the opportunity to ask questions of the school to ensure that all that can be done is being done to make sure every child is supported to learn and achieve their goals.  I am really enjoying my time as a Governor,  the Governor role gives me a great opportunity to observe the day to day school life and also take part in special events and celebrations.​

Sarah-Jane Cannings (Vice-Chair)
I have 2 children at The Manor School and have been a Governor since June 2016, and became Vice Chair in July 2017!  Apart from being a mum and a Governor, I am a School Business Manager at another Primary School in South Gloucestershire, which I feel helps me in my role as Parent Governor as I understand the day to day running of a school.  I have also taken on the role of Health and Safety Governor.  The main reason I applied for the role was to support the development of the school over the next few years and to make sure that all the children have the best education they possibly can and to make them ready for the big, wide world as fully rounded individuals.  It is a challenging but very rewarding role and I have really enjoyed my time spent in school.  It is lovely to observe the children in the school environment and witness their passion for learning. 




Clare Aris (Parent Governor)

I’m fairly new to the role of Governor, but have been involved with the school for over 9 years.  I currently have 2 children in the school, a son in yr 5 and daughter in yr 3, my eldest son left the Manor 3 years ago and is thriving at his secondary school. 

I have taken an active role in FOMS for many years, and feel like the school is part of my extended family, so transitioning to Governor seemed like the next natural step to take. I applied for the role as I want to ensure all of our children become the best we can help them to be through a sound primary school education and to assist the continuing development of our school over the next few years.

Katie Jenkins (Parent Governor)    

I have been involved with The Manor School since 2013 when my eldest child started there; I now have two children attending, one in year 5 and one in year 1.  I became a parent Governor in May 2018 as I wanted to make a positive and constructive contribution to the leadership of the school.


I work at the University of the West of England Bristol as the Director of Marketing and Future Students, which means part of my role is leading the teams who work with schools and colleges locally, nationally and internationally raising aspirations and awareness of opportunities available to all children.  The Recruitment and Outreach team run the South Gloucestershire and Bristol Children’s University of which The Manor School is a member.


I am  the link Governor for Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) where I hope to make an important contribution working with the school SEN Co-ordinator to make sure pupils with SEND get the help they need to access the curriculum and to participate fully in the life of the school.


I feel that I am in a fortunate position in being a member of the Governing body and being able use my personal and professional skills to help guide the continual improvement of The Manor School for all children and look forward to continuing to make a positive contribution.

Colin Lunt

As Vicar of Coalpit Heath I see my role as a school governor as an important part of my involvement in the community. It is wonderful to be able to help in such a positive and caring setting. I am particularly interested in the spiritual awareness, growth and well-being of the children. I also enjoy leading collective worship, organising school services, and contributing to class projects. It is a privilege to be part of this great environment for learning, formation and friendship.​


Mary Stillman

I am a Foundation Governor as a member of St Saviour’s Church.  I work as a civil servant in the Highways Agency and deal with the financial matters concerning the electricity suppliers to all the equipment on the motorway and trunk roads.  I enjoy reading, travelling, motoring, dog training, church bellringing, white knuckle rides and visiting several friends who have young children.

I have always been interested in education. I am specifically interested in literacy and numeracy, probably because I consider myself very good at mathematics and am dyslexic.  I only found out about the dyslexia as an adult.  At school I had difficulty spelling and learning large amounts of written work but was always top in numeracy work.

Jenny Rowan

I am the LEA governor, appointed by South Glos Council.  I am a retired secondary teacher and taught for many years in a local comprehensive.  I live very near to the school and have done so for over 30 years. Now that I have more time, I am looking forward to helping the Manor School achieve its ambitions for the future.  My main curriculum interests are Geography and History. 

I have been involved at different times with  various organisations locally, including the Twinning Association and local councils. 

Lisa Sell

I have been a part-time teacher at The Manor School since 2005 and a governor since for a number of years.  I am a co-opted governor and my current role at the school is teacher and Pupil Premium Leader.  During my 27 years experience as a teacher, I have taught all year groups across Key stage 1 and 2 with a particular interest in Art, creativity and developing the whole child, including spiritually.   In September 2019  I am delighted to join the EYFS team for a new challenge, sharing my responsibilities between Year R and Pupil Premium.  I find that being a governor at school allows me to look at and experience the great responsibility we have to the wonderful children under our care from a new perspective and I am proud to work with a dedicated team to make it happen.

Wendy Scopes (Foundation Governor)

Having been invited to become a Foundation Governor, I am glad to have the opportunity to serve as part of the governing body to support the excellent work already being carried out by the school in valuing each child as unique, and offering a wide and varied curriculum with exciting learning opportunities. As a Foundation Governor, part of my role is to try to ensure the continuation of the character and Christian ethos of the school in decision making, and central to that is my own faith.


I have three children, two of who are currently at The Manor (in years R and 3), and another who is due to join the school in 2021. I have enjoyed being a part of the school community, and look forward to continuing to be involved for a number of years. My professional background is in nursing, and I am currently at home full time.     

John Israel (Staff Governor)

I joined The Manor in September in role of Deputy Head teacher and have now joined the Governing body as a staff governor. I currently lead on the curriculum in school and work alongside the governors to raise standards and improve the outcomes for all of our children. 

Register of Attendance 

Governor Essential Information

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