Gotherington Primary School

The Lawns, Gotherington, Cheltenham, GL52 9QT

Governance  »  Meet the Governors

Name and Role: Jo McWattie, Chair of the Governors

Type of Governor: Co-opted

Term of Office: 4 Years (Office term ends 18/1/20)

Committees: Finance & Personnel

Panels: Head teacher Performance Management

Responsibilities: Chair of Governors

Subject Responsibilities: Chair of Governors

Class Responsibility: Year 5

Pen Portrait: I have spent most of my early career in HR working in a large Tel co and for the past 8 years I have run my own local business, producing craft ale. I have previously been a Community school Governor, for a secondary school in South Gloucestershire. I became Chair in September 2017, and sit on both Finance & Personnel committees. In addition I carry out the Safeguarding governor role and also sit on the Head Teacher performance management panel. My curriculum areas are English, and my link class is Year 5.

 

 

Name and Role: Sandra Parker, Vice Chair of the Governors

Type of Governor: Appointed

Term of Office: 4 years (Appointed March 2014 – Office term ends 2/3/18)

Committees: Standards Committee

Panels: Pay Panel, Headteacher Performance Management Panel, SEN Panel, Behaviour Panel

Responsibilities: Equality Duty Policy

Subject Responsibilities: Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural education (SMSC) including British Values; Early Years

Class Responsibility: Year 1

Pen Portrait: I am a trained primary school teacher and currently work for Gloucestershire County Council as an Education Adviser, where my role involves monitoring, supporting and challenging schools to achieve high standards. I live in the village and have two children in the school. I am the Vice Chair and I chair the Standards Committee and two governor panels: the Pay Panel and the Headteacher Performance Management Panel. My curriculum areas are Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural education (SMSC), including British Values; and Early Years. My link class is Y1.


 

Name: Mark Longland

Type of Governor: Parent

Term of Office: 4 years (Elected 01/12/2016 – Office term ends 1/12/20)

Committees: Health and Safety

Panels: Pupil Behaviour

Responsibilities: Health and Safety

Subject Responsibilities: History, Science, Music

Class Responsibility: Year 4

 

Pen Portrait: I am an Aerospace engineer of 26 years’ experience, 22 of which serving in the Royal Air Force. I have two children in the school. My curriculum areas of responsibility are History, Science and Music. I have class responsibility for Year 4 and sit on the Health and Safety committee.



 

Name and Role: Peter Price-Thomas, Safeguarding Governor

Type of Governor: Parent

Term of Office: 4 years (Office term ends 13/7/20)

Committees: None

Panels: Standards

Responsibilities: Safeguarding

Subject Responsibilities: PSHE, Geography, Computing

Class Responsibility: Year 6


Pen Portrait: I was previously the CEO of an international sustainable development charity and now am a part-time stay-at-home Dad and sustainability consultant. I was elected as a Parent Governor in 2016 and my primary role is that of Safeguarding Governor. My curriculum areas are PSHE, Geography and Computing and my link class is Y6.



 

Name and Role: Sally Lawrance

Type of Governor: Parent

Term of Office: 4 years (Office term ends August 2022)

Committees: To be decided

Panels: Pay Panel

Responsibilities: To be decided

Subject Responsibilities: Maths 

Class Responsibility: Year 1

Pen Portrait: I have spent over 20 years in business, working in marketing, customer services, leadership, strategy, change management and people development. I have two children at Gotherington and was elected as a Parent Governor in 2018.


 

Name and Role: Sean Harries, Chair of Finance

Type of Governor: Associate Member

Term of Office: Office term ends 30/10/20

Committees: Chair of Finance Committee

Panels: Pay Appeals; SEN; Pupil Behaviour

Responsibilities: Finance

Subject Responsibilities: None

Class Responsibility: None

Pen Portrait: I was previously a parent governor but have now been co-opted onto the governing body to enable me to continue to lead on finance. I currently have two children at Gotherington with two other children being former pupils of the school.


 

Name: Karen Baynes

Type of Governor: Co-opted

Term of Office: 4 years (Office term ends 18/1/20)

Committees: Health and Safety

Panels: None

Responsibilities: Early Years

Subject Responsibilities: Art & DT

Class Responsibility: Early Years

Pen Portrait: I have also worked closely with the school as part of my role at Garden House. I have built up a wide range of experiences, particularly of children in the early years. I also run the before and after-school club. I am looking forward to supporting the school and school staff in my role as a governor.


 

Name and Role: Kate Letzer, Staff Governor

Type of Governor: Staff Governor

Term of Office: 4 Years (Office term ends 19/9/20)

Committees: N/A

Panels: N/A

Responsibilities: Governor training

Subject Responsibilities: None

Class Responsibility: None (Currently a teaching assistant & midday supervisor in school)

Pen Portrait: I am currently a Teaching Assistant at Gotherington, working in Year 5. I have a wide range of experiences in a number of schools as a teaching assistant and have worked across a range of classes, including Year 6. I value the trust that staff have placed in me to their staff governor and I am looking forward to the challenges that the role brings.


 

Name and role: Sara Napper, Chair of Health and Safety

Type of Governor: Associate Member

Term of Office: Office term ends 18/9/17

Committees: Chair of the Health and Safety Committee

Panels: None

Responsibilities: Health and Safety

Subject Responsibilities: None

Class Responsibility: None (Currently a teaching assistant & midday supervisor in school)

Pen Portrait: I have been at Gotherington for 14 years. My children attended Gotherington and I am a former parent and staff governor. I currently work in key stage 1 as a teaching assistant and I am a midday supervisor. I am fully trained to deliver the ‘In Gloucestershire Children Count’ maths interventions to children in need of support with their maths and lead on health and safety.

 

Name and Role: Duncan Hutchison, Deputy Headteacher

Type of Governor: Associate Member

Term of Office: Office Term ends September 2020

Committees: Standards

Panels: None

Responsibilities: Deputy Headteacher

Subject Responsibilities: English/RE subject leader, Teaching, Learning and Assessment lead & attendance lead

Class Responsibility: Year 6


Pen Portrait: I have worked at Gotherington for two years and I have been the Deputy Headteacher since September 2018. I teach Year 6 and have subject responsibility for English across the school. I am also the lead for teaching, learning and assessment. I support the Headteacher with the day-to-day running of the school. I am also the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead. I sit on the Standards Committee.
 

Name and Role: Tracey Poole, Finance Manager

Type of Governor: Associate Member

Term of Office: Office Term ends 18/9/17

Committees: Finance

Panels: None

Responsibilities: None

Subject Responsibilities: N/A

Class Responsibility: N/A

Pen Portrait: I have worked at the school for the past 16 years. I have been Finance Manager for three years and gained my School Business Management qualification in 2014. I support the Headteacher and governors in the day-to-day maintenance and financial management of the school.