Governors

Our Governors are a varied group of interested parents and members of the local community who are passionate about the school and how it works best to benefit our children. They are all volunteers.

The three key roles of the Governing Body are

  • To provide a strategic view
  • To act as a critical friend
  • To ensure accountability

The governing body meets in full three times a year. Each governor sits on either the Standards Committee (with a focus on teaching & learning, behaviour and welfare) or Resources Committee (with a focus on finance, buildings, safety and physical resources). These committees meet six times a year.  Governors are available to speak with at Parents’ Evenings and the Parent Forums; we are always keen to listen to your views. If you would like to contact any member of the Governing Body, please inform reception who can put you in touch. We currently have a full governing body, with no vacancies. If you are interested in standing as a governor at Nailsworth CE Primary School in the future, please contact the school office for more information and to register your interest.

Current Governing Body:

Mrs. Gill Saville (Co-opted Governor, Chair of GovernorsChair of Standards Committee)
Mr. Peter Holmes (LA Governor, Chair of Resources Committee, Yr 6 Class Link Governor)
Mr. Vince Southcott (Staff Governor, Co-Headteacher, all committees)
Ms. Elizabeth Anne Geller (Staff Governor, Deputy & Co-Headteacher, all committees)
Mr. Peter Strachan (Foundation Governor, Standards Committee, Yr 3 Class Link Governor)
Rev. Caroline Bland (Foundation Governor, Standards Committee, Yr 1 Class Link Governor)
Mr. Dane Vince (Co-opted Governor, Resources Committee, Yr 2 Class Link Governor)
Mrs. Lisa Knowles (Parent Governor, Standards Committee, Yr 4 Class Link Governor)
Mr. Mike Wooldridge (Parent Governor, Resources Committee, Yr 5 Class Link Governor)
Dr. Jenna Jamal (Parent Governor, Standards Committee, EYFS Class Link Governor)
Mrs. Lesley-Anne Kirby (Clerk to the Governors)
Mr. Stewart King (Associate Governor, Resources Committee)
Mrs. Sue Reed (Associate Governor, Resources Committee)

Previous Governors (in past 12 months):

Mrs. Cheryl Stapleton (former Parent Governor)
Mr. Ian Crawley (former Associate Governor)
Mrs. Donna Christie (former Parent Governor)
Rev. Mike Smith (former Foundation Governor)

 

IMG_9814 Gill Saville. I am a Co-opted Governor and joined the Governors in March 2014. I am the Chair of Governors and Chair of the Standards Committee. I was previously a Governor of a Primary school in the Midlands. My working career was mostly in Further Education and I was Deputy Principal of a college in Worksop when I retired. I moved to Nailsworth with my husband in January 2014 and love the area. I am on the organising committee of the Nailsworth Festival and alśo serve on  the Gloucestershire County Council Education Appeals panel.
IMG_9871 Peter Holmes. I was appointed as a Local Authority governor in February 2012 and I am the Chair of the Resources Committee. I work for Gloucestershire County Council leading a range of educational services and live nearby in Minchinhampton. I have extensive experience of being a school governor in a range of settings. Having once been a primary school teacher, I am committed to ensuring children receive the best start they can in their educational journey. Much of my time is now spent helping young people gain the skills they need to prepare for adult working life and get jobs which helps round off the view of that journey.
IMG_9892 Vince Southcott. I am the Co-Headteacher Governor. I have been Headteacher since April 2009 and have enjoyed every challenge and opportunity that such a privileged position gives. Teaching is my third career having spent ten years in the computing industry and five years running a charity for emotional education. I always wonder what my next career might be?  I have a daughter in her twenties now training to be a Secondary School teacher and a 7 year old son, who keeps me feeling younger than I look!  I have always loved sport and have recently learnt to sail. I love cycling to work and keeping fit. I have a passion similar to Jamie Oliver about reducing sugar in the lives of children and have not eaten refined sugar since January 2014!
IMG_9928jpg Liz Geller. I joined the governing body in September 2015 as a staff Governor, and became Co-Headteacher at Nailsworth school in September 2018.  I am responsible for working with other governors in ensuring that the school follows the National and School Curriculum; that academic and behaviour standards are met and improved; that target setting, mentoring, monitoring and evaluation takes place; that policies delegated to the Committee by the Governing Body are developed and reviewed and that the special educational needs of children are met.
IMG_9910 Peter Strachan. I am a Foundation Governor and I sit on the Standards Committee. I joined the school just after Vince was appointed and have enjoyed watching the school going from strength to strength in that time. I was a photographer in London before we moved down to Nailsworth and worked in advertising and publishing but, like Mike Smith, don’t overly miss it. I have a wife, Juliet and two grown children, James and Megan. James is in his final PhD year and Megan is trying to establish herself in the performing arts world. Both are very much at the other end of the educational spectrum, but I have seen how important a good Primary school start is.
Rev. Caroline Bland. I am Ex-officio Governor and sit on the standards Committee.  I have been Vicar of the Nailsworth Benefice since the end of January 2019.  Prior to being a priest, with a passion for good education for every child, I worked in education, initially supporting children with special educational needs and then as a primary school teacher.  As vicar, it is a privilege to have an active role in supporting the Christian ethos of the school and developing school and church links.
Dane Vince

 

Lisa KnowlesI am a Parent Governor and my son, Jacob attends Nailsworth Primary School. I was appointed as a Governor in November 2016 and sit on the Standards Committee where I have responsibility for SEND, Pupil Premium and Children in Care. The achievement and educational progress of every child in the school is very important to me, both personally (as a parent) and professionally.  I’ve worked in the charity sector for over 15 years and in organisations that focus specifically on children and education for the last 10 years.  I’m also a member of the PTFA, so life is very school focused!  I moved to the Cotswolds from London seven years ago, following in the footsteps of both my brother and his family, and my parents. 
  Mike Wooldridge. I’ve lived in the area all of my life. I went to primary school in Nympsfield and then secondary school at Marling and I moved to Nailsworth with my wife in 1999. I’ve got two girls at Nailsworth school; Holly and Lauren and they both love it there. We are very happy with the education they’ve currently received but I want to help for the next couple of years with the transition. I studied engineering at university and I’ve been the design engineer at Renishaw for the past 20 years working on product development and now I’m a technical manager for a design team running a group of 10 people.
  Jenna Jamal. I was appointed parent governor in July 2019 and I sit on the Standards committee and have responsibility for Policies. My children Frances and Clement have been attending Nailsworth Primary School since we moved here from London in early 2019. I’m passionate about the culture and ethos of the school and hope to help the school continue to thrive as a parent governor. I am also an active member of the PTFA and I’m often serving at Treat Friday! The majority of my career has been in the civil service, as well as more recently in the tech industry, where I have experience in transformation programmes, performance improvement and financial planning.
  Stewart King. I am an associate governor, joining the Governing Body in October 2019.  I sit on the Resources Committee. I qualified as an accountant in 1983 and spent a career managing public services, including Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. I have had a longstanding involvement in school funding at both local and national level.  I retired in April 2019. I have three grown up children and moved to Nailsworth in 2018.  I love the outdoors and am a keen supporter of Forest Green Rovers.
  Sue Reed