Old Sodbury Church Of England Primary

"Let your light shine" Matthew 5:16

  Who's who


  Meet Old Sodbury School's Board of Governors

 Bernice Webber-Brown

 Head Teacher 



I have been Headteacher here now for 12 years and it has been an absolute privilege to be a part of the wonderful journey that this school has been on and its continued growth as a result. The governing body work incredibly hard to shape the direction of the school and are a huge part of what makes this school so successful.  

It is an honour to work with such a committed and highly skilled group of people who always when making decisions, put the children at the centre of all that they do.


Trish Gailey

 Chair of Governors




I am a Foundation Governor and Chair of the Governing Board. I am the lead governor on Maths and Health & Safety. I am also on the Ethos Committee monitoring RE with Reverend Powe.

I was originally from Manchester but have spent most of my early years in Cheltenham. I went to University in Liverpool, then joined the RNSS and worked at GCHQ. I later moved to Cornwall where I worked for English Heritage as a castle custodian, before moving to Bath and re-joining the MOD where I was a Business Manager specialising in Health & Safety and Business Continuity. I retired nearly 7 years ago, and I now am a volunteer Business Administrator for the Sodbury Vale Diocese.

I feel that Old Sodbury Primary School is an absolute gem and I am very proud to serve as a governor and ensure that the school continues in its excellent traditions.

Bruce Seymour Parent Governor



I wanted to become a governor of Old Sodbury Primary School, as my daughter is so happy at the school, and I felt I could contribute to its continued development. I attended school in Devon, before going to University and am passionate about every child achieving their very best, with the opportunity for children to grow in confidence being at the centre of ensuring this happens.

I chair the Business Committee.

Justine Tommey Co-opted Governor

Safeguarding Governor




I became a parent governor at Old Sodbury Primary School when my daughter started in Reception. I work full time in the private sector and felt my business skills would equip me well to contribute to the strategic direction of the school. As a governor, I have learnt a lot about the work that goes on behind the scenes to help our children become confident and reach their true potential.

I strongly believe that it is by working together that parents and the school will continue to provide the best outcomes for all pupils. I am a governor on the business committee and work with the headteacher on safeguarding, data protection and attendance within the school.

Reverend David Powe

Foundation Governor



I am pleased to be a foundation governor at Old Sodbury School. I have been a Church of England minister for many years serving in a parish in the Isle of Wight before joining the prison service as a Chaplain when I worked in Lewes in Sussex, Belmarsh in London and Horfield Prisons.  I am now an associate minister in the Chipping Sodbury benefice.

I have always been interested in education as my wife and two sons all work in this field. I am especially interested in supporting an enjoyable and enriching curriculum which engages children and prepares them for their futures. I bring enthusiasm and a firm belief in the Christian faith and its place in our community.

Alex Lynett

LEA Governor

 I became a governor at Old Sodbury Primary School six years ago after my son joined the school. The school has given him a great foundation through academic achievement and extra-curricular opportunities. It was for this reason I saw it as a great opportunity to support both my local community and ensure all students at the school have access to the best possible education and develop to their full potential.

I am currently the chair of the Education committee and the Special Educational Needs governor, representing South Gloucestershire Local Authority. I am an Assistant Principal in a local secondary school and have experience in Special Educational Needs, Primary into Secondary transitions, raising attainment and have been a Head of Post 16.





Naomi Hales

Parent Governor



I have been a governor at the school since January 2018.  I am currently the Health & Wellbeing and Science Governor.  I am also on both the Business and Education Committees.

I am a Podiatrist, with a clinic in central Bristol, and am passionate about the health of individuals. 

My goal is to support the staff to strive for excellence and well-being amongst the children to ensure the best outcomes for all pupils.  I believe, first and foremost, parents and the school working together is required to achieve this.




Madeleine Ludlow

Associate Member



My family have been farming in Old Sodbury since 1964.  Although not involved personally with the school its presence has always been important to me as with the church. I am the Music and Oracy lead.

I spent my working life in finance with the National Westminster Bank retiring in 2011.  Since my retirement I volunteer at our local library in Chipping Sodbury help at the Church Office also in Chipping Sodbury and drive patients to St Peters Hospice in Brentry.


Charlotte James

Staff Governor


I have been a teacher at Old Sodbury for 5 years and I love being part of such a passionate team who always has the children in mind with everything they do. I am the subject lead for both maths and forest and have a keen interest in both. I am also a keen sports person who knows the importance of physical education for all children and I make sure this is a key area of development at all times for the children in my class. 
I have joined the governors team this year and I am looking forward to being a part of a strong team who want to make a difference to the children at old Sodbury and provide a rich education to all. 




Amy Simmonds

Parent Governor



I have a daughter attending the school and live in Yate. I am a qualified accountant and have worked in industry for 20 years, supporting businesses in achieving their financial objectives. I help at the school on Thursdays listening to children in Reception & Year 1 reading, which is very rewarding and a lot of fun!

I joined the board of governors in 2019 and sit on the Business Committee. I became a parent governor as I want to support the school in being the best it can be so that it can continue to remain highly successful and go from strength to strength.


Jenny Jackman

Staff Associate Member

I grew up in Chipping Sodbury and still live in the local area. I have two sons who attend a nearby similar small primary school. I hold a degree in Mathematics from Cardiff University and a level 5 diploma in School Business Management.

Prior to working in schools, I worked in South Gloucestershire Council for 10 years, first in Education Finance and then in Community Care as a Senior Finance Officer. Whilst still studying for my diploma, I succeeded in securing a role as a School Business Manager at a school in central Bristol where I was for five years, before joining Old Sodbury as I wanted to be part of a small local school where I could get to know the children and be part of their amazing journeys. I’m in the fortunate position of being able to see things from both a business and parent perspective, and I am loving the opportunities to be involved with the children, families and communities that a small rural village school can bring.

Clerk to the Governors

Carole Rowland