Primary School

College Square, Bristol BS1 5TS

0117 353 2052



Sara Yarnold  Headteacher & Staff Governor Principal, Accounting Officer
Neil Blundell  Executive Principal  
Stephen Parsons  Sponsor Governor & Member Chair of Governors, Safeguarding, Looked After Children
Ben Knight  Sponsor Governor Vice Chair, Chair of TLS Committee & Assessment
David Hoyle  Sponsor Governor Dean of Bristol Cathedral
Dr Will Shield  Sponsor Governor SEND
Steve Atkinson  Sponsor Governor Health & Safety
Penny Knowles  Parent Governor  
Vacant  Sponsor Governor  
Paula Parker Clerk to Governors  

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About our Governors

Neil Blundell

Neil Blundell MA is the Executive Principal of Cathedral Primary School. He is also Principal of Bristol Cathedral Choir School. 

Before taking up his appointment at BCCS in October 2008, he was Deputy Head at South Wilts Grammar School for Girls, a 960-pupil, Foundation grammar school in Salisbury. Prior to that he was Assistant Head at an inner-city school in Southampton.

As well as an educationalist, Neil is an accomplished musician, playing the trumpet and with particular expertise in choral singing. For seven years he was a Lay Clerk (adult chorister) at the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace.

He is a keen sports fan and Liverpool FC supporter; he has run the London Marathon and also enjoys golf and squash.

Neil is married to Alison, who is also a musician. They have a young son, George, and daughter, Molly. Originally from Lancashire, he trained as a musician at London's Trinity College of Music.

Stephen Parsons MBE, LIB, FRSA, DL


Stephen Parsons
Bristol Cathedral Choir School
College Square

The Chair of the Cathedral Primary School Governing Body, Stephen Parsons, is also Chair of Governors at Bristol Cathedral Choir School.

In fact, the senior school has been an integral part of Stephen's life for over 50 years. He came there as a Chorister in September 1962 when Clifford Harker was Master of Choristers, Cecil Rich was Headmaster, and Douglas Harrison was Dean.

Stephen went on to read Law at Leeds University. He stayed in touch with his alma mater via the ex-Choristers Association and Old Boys and was President of the Old Cathedralians in 1988. Stephen became a Governor of Bristol Cathedral School in 2002 and Chairman of Governors in 2004, when Kevin Riley was Headmaster. He led the school's transition from a fee-charging school (Bristol Cathedral School) to an Academy (Bristol Cathedral Choir School) in 2008.

He has been employed in the Defence and Nuclear Sector with BAJ and Redcliffe Magtronics.

Stephen became a Deputy Lieutenant of the County & City of Bristol in 2010. He is also Chair of Quartet Community Foundation, the LEP Social Enterprise Sector Group, The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals Charitable Trust. He became Chair of the Cathedral Trust in the summer of 2013 and was inducted as a Lay Canon of the Cathedral in October 2013.

In the 2015 New Year's Honours he was appointed MBE for his services to education and the community.

Benjamin Knight

Ben is a Governor at both Cathedral Primary School and Bristol Cathedral Choir School.

Ben is a Senior Lecturer in Education (Primary & Early Years) at the University of the West of England. He was previously a primary school teacher for eleven years.

He is also the director of Project Zulu, a charity which supports Sithobelumthetho Primary School in the township of Madadeni in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. In summer 2013 the school's choir visited the UK and performed with the BCCS gospel choir at the Colston Hall. They will be visiting again in 2015.

Ben is also director of Knight's Players Youth Theatre Company based in the Clifton area of Bristol. Knight's Players has groups for children aged six to 14, who regularly perform at theatres in Bristol.

The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle, Dean of Bristol Cathedral

David is a Governor at both Cathedral Primary School and Bristol Cathedral Choir School.

He has worked as a curate in Cambridge, as Dean of Magdalene College, Cambridge, Vicar of Christ Church, Southgate, in North London and as Director of Ministry in the Diocese of Gloucester and Residentiary Canon of Gloucester Cathedral. He has held a number of extra responsibilities in the wider and national church, including a period as Secretary to the Theological Group of the House of Bishops. He has been active in links with dioceses abroad. He is a published theologian and historian.

In addition to being on the CPS and BCCS Governing Bodies, he has served as a governor in three other schools, as chair of a SACRE (Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education) Group and as a representative on a Borough Education Committee.

David was born in Rossendale, Lancashire and moved to Hertfordshire as a child. He was educated at Watford Boys' Grammar School, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and Ripon College, Cuddesdon. He is married to a Primary Headteacher. They have a son and a daughter.

Dr Will Shield

Will is the SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) Governor for Cathedral Primary School.

Since moving to Bristol in 2005, Will has worked in local Bristol and South Gloucestershire schools in a range of roles, including Behaviour for Learning Assistant, Teaching Assistant, Literacy Tutor and Aim Higher Mentor. Will completed his professional doctorate and training as an Educational Psychologist at Exeter University, following placements in Devon and Stoke-on-Trent. He currently works in North Somerset as an Educational Psychologist for the local authority, with dedicated time for working with young people who have emotional needs and experience school anxiety.

Will is a keen skier and lives locally to Cathedral Primary School.  He is excited about the opportunity to work closely with the team as the School matures and grows over the coming years.

Stephen Atkinson

Stephen is a Governor and a Director at both Bristol Cathedral Choir School and Cathedral Primary School.

He is an Architect and a Director of Aukett Swanke, an international practice of architects and interior designers, specialising in the design and delivery of commercial projects, with office locations through the UK, Europe, the Middle East, Russia and South America. 

He has led a number of high-profile projects in the City of London and more recently in Bristol, including: St Mary le Port, a £150m mixed-use redevelopment of a highly sensitive historic site at the heart of Bristol’s ancient city centre; Lloyds Banking Headquarters, a 2,000 sqm  low-energy building within the Bristol Harbourside Masterplan; Beaufort House, a 177-unit apartment and penthouse development for Crosby Homes in a high-profile site adjacent to Bristol City Hall, the Cathedral and the Central Library; Temple Quay, a 90,000 sqm urban masterplan adjacent to Temple Meads station; and four major office buildings within the Temple Quay masterplan, including the base build and fit-out of the BT Headquarters. He is currently leading a 25,000 sqm sustainable office development at Temple Circus.

Educated at the Welsh School of Architecture, Stephen is a member of the Design Council Sustainable Strategies Initiative Group and a speaker on sustainable construction at the Movement for Innovation.

Penny Knowls

Penny is the Parent Governor at Cathedral Primary School. She trained as a primary school teacher and taught Years 4 and 5 in south London. Having lived abroad for a number of years, she is currently teaching English to Year 11 students in Bristol.

Penny is passionate about education and believes that every child should have the opportunity to reach his or her full potential. She is presently studying towards a Master’s degree in Education at the University of Bristol.

She is the mother of three children, and her youngest son attends Cathedral Primary School.