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 Governors, Chair of Standards Committee)|
|Mr. Ian Crawley (Co-opted Governor, Resources Committee, Yr 6 Class Link Governor)|
|Mr. Peter Holmes (LA Governor, Chair of Resources Committee, Yr 5 Class Link Governor)|
|Mr. Vince Southcott (Staff Governor, Head Teacher, Standards Committee, Resources Committee)|
|Ms. Elizabeth Anne Geller (Staff Governor, Deputy Head Teacher, Standards Committee)|
|Ms. Cheryl Parmenter (Parent Governor, Standards Committee, Reception Class Link Governor)|
|Mrs. Donna Christie (Parent Governor, Resources Committee, Yr 4 Class Link Governor)|
|Mrs. Lisa Knowles (Parent Governor, Resources Committee, Yr 3 Class Link Governor)|
|Rev. Mike Smith (Foundation Governor, Standards Committee, Yr 1 Class Link Governor)|
|Mr. Peter Strachan (Foundation Governor, Standards Committee, Yr 2 Class Link Governor)|
|Mrs. Lesley-Anne Kirby (Clerk to the Governors)|
|Previous Governors (in past 12 months):|
|Mrs. Clair Gasan (former Parent Governor, Resources Committee)|
|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.|
|Ian Crawley. I was appointed as a Co-opted Governor in June 2015 and sit on the Resources committee. I have previous experience as a Governor for a new comprehensive school in London. I see my role as a school governor as assisting the school engage effectively in the wider community; use and maintain the buildings to best effect for the education of the pupils; and operate efficiently so that as much of the budget as possible is used to support learning. I have lived in Nailsworth with my wife Gill since 2003. I am retired from 35 years in local government, originally as a town planner. I am active in a wide range of voluntary roles supporting the achievement of community projects, for example the delivery of the floodlit multi-use games area in Forest Green and the development of affordable housing by the Nailsworth Community Land Trust. I am also a member of the FGR Advisory Board.|
|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.|
|Vince Southcott. I am the 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!|
|Liz Geller. I joined the governing body in September 2015 as a staff Governor, having recently been appointed as Deputy Head at Nailsworth school. As a member of the standards committee, 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.|
|Cheryl Parmenter. I am a Parent Governor with my daughter, Grace attending Nailsworth Primary School. I am a familiar face around school as I run the after school drama club for KS1. I was appointed as a Governor in May 2013 and sit on the Standards Committee where I have responsibility for Safeguarding & Child Protection, SEND and Children in Care. The safety and educational progress of every child is of utmost importance to me. I have attended training courses to ensure I have up to date knowledge and understanding to be able to support the staff in providing a safe, nurturing learning environment for our children. Originally from London, I have worked as an actress in theatre and as a producer/director in TV, running a media company and heading a digital TV channel. In 2004, I trained as a secondary school teacher, just before moving to the Cotswolds. I now work freelance for an exam board and run a performing arts company. Until recently, I raised Grace as a single parent and I am also a carer for my elderly mother.|
I am a parent governor with my two boys, Ollie and Owen attending Nailsworth Primary School. I was appointed in March 2016 and sit on the Resources committee. London was our home until two years ago when we moved to the area in search of more space, a calmer lifestyle and heaps of opportunities to explore the great outdoors as a family. We chose Nailsworth for its positive, friendly outlook, brilliant facilities (trees and playing fields won the boys over) and dynamic approach to teaching and learning. As a governor, my aim is to ensure that every child is supported to become the best they can be. I plan to combine my communication and marketing skills from 10 years experience working in the travel industry with my current role as a primary school teacher with a French specialism to support the school’s relentless quest for improvement. Life in our house is always busy, noisy and exciting! My escape is my allotment, where I can tend my veg in peace!
Lisa Knowles photo coming soon
Parent governor (info coming soon).
|Rev. Mike Smith. I am a Foundation Governor (ex-officio) as a result of being the Vicar of Nailsworth – so I don’t get any choice in the matter!! However, one of my joys in all the parishes I have served has been playing a role as Governor in both Church and Community Primary and Infant Schools. Nailsworth (and Gloucestershire) is new to me as I have previously lived in the north of England and, more recently, on Tenerife, where I was the ‘Vicar of North Tenerife’ for four years (using my previously learned language skills!). One of the things I missed over there was going in to local schools and leading Collective Worship. It is great to be back doing that. Prior to becoming a Priest I was a partner in an Advertising and Design Consultancy in Glasgow and have spent half my life working in that world. You could say that communications is still my field – but finally with a ‘product’ I really believe in!|
|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.|