Governors

The School Governors delegate the daily management of the school to the Head Teacher, but they are ultimately responsible for the effective and efficient running of the school. They meet regularly and are involved in decisions about the curriculum, the budget, the recruitment and selection of staff, the maintenance and improvement of the premises and also discipline.

The Governing body has three main responsibilities

  • To ensure there is clarity of vision and strategic direction for the school
  • Holding the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils and the performance management of the staff: and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school making sure its money is well spent

In September 2015, all Governing Bodies were reconstituted under the revised regulations published in 2012. The revised regulations allow for more flexibility in the way Governing Bodies are made up, providing a more skills based approach to the appointment of school Governors as well as promoting smaller and more active Governing Bodies. 

We worked in partnership with the Local Authority, Gloucester Diocese and the Lady Downe Charity who are Trustees to the school to ensure the reconstitution ran smoothly without impacting on the work undertaken by members of the Governing Body. As of 1st March 2015 the number of Parent, Local Authority and Staff Governors will reduce in line with the 2012 regulations. 

  • Local Authority Governors are nominated by the local Authority but appointed by the governing body.
  • Co-Opted Governors are appointed by the governing body, their term of office is 3 years.
  • Parent Governors are elected by other parents at the school.
  • Foundation Governors are appointed by Gloucester Diocesan Board of Education after consultation with the Upton St Leonards Parochial Church Council.
  • The Head Teacher is a member of the governing body by virtue of their office.
  • Staff Governors are elected by the school staff.
  • Associate Members are appointed by the governing body, they are NOT Governors and therefore do not have a vote in governing body decisions, but may be given a vote on decisions made by committees to which they are appointed. 

The Governing Body (reconstituted as of 1st March 2015) is as follows:

  • Mr Neil Eley

    Chair of Governors - Local Authority Governor - Safeguarding Governor - Chair of Buildings and Grounds Committee - Curriculum and Finance Committee Member -Appointed 17/10/2016 - Term of Office 3 Years - Declarations of Interest - NONE

  • Mr Terry Smith

    Vice Chair of Governors - Associate Governor --- Declarations of Interest - NONE

  • Mrs Sarah Denholme-Parker

    Co-opted Governor - Pay and Personnel Committee Member - Appointed 05/12/2017 - Term of Office 4 Years --- Declarations of Interest - NONE

  • Mrs Charlotte Woodland

    Parent Governor - Curriculum Committee Member - Elected/Appointed 12/05/2017 - Term of office 4 Years --- Declarations of Interest - NONE

  • Mr Karl Gwilliam

    Parent Governor - Curriculum and Finance Committee Member - Elected/Appointed 23/06/2017 - Term of office 4 Years --- Declarations of Interest - NONE

  • Mrs Sarah Kent

    Foundation Governor - Appointed by Gloucester Diocesan Board of Education - Pay and Personnel and Curriculum Committee Member - Appointed 04/10/2016 - Term of Office 4 Years --- Declarations of Interest - NONE

  • Mrs Gill Howell

    Foundation Governor - Appointed by Gloucester Diocesan Board of Education - Pay and Personnel Committee Member - Appointed 08/11/2018 - Term of Office 4 Years --- Declarations of Interest - NONE

  • Miss Charlotte Eley

    Co-opted Governor - Appointed 06/02/2018 - Term of Office 3 Years --- Declarations of Interest - NONE

  • Mr Duncan Locke

    Co-opted Governor - Appointed 06/02/2018 - Term of Office 3 Years --- Declarations of Interest - NONE

  • Mr Ellis Thorne

    Co-opted Governor - Appointed 04/12/2018 - Term of Office 3 Years --- Declarations of Interest - NONE

  • Mr Mark Allen

    Head Teacher, Staff Governor - A Member of all committees as Ex Officio --- Declarations of Interest - NONE

  • Mrs Katherine Wood

    Staff Governor - Appointed 21/04/2015 - Term of Office 4 Years --- Declarations of Interest - NONE

  • Mrs Melanie Cordall

    Associate Governor - Finance, Curriculum and Buildings and Grounds Committee with voting rights within committees but not permitted to vote at full meetings of the Governing Body --- Declarations of Interest - NONE

  • Mrs Sara Byrne

    Associate Governor - A Member of all committees as School Business Manager with voting rights within committeess but not permitted to vote at full meetings of the Governing Body. Mrs Byrne was previously a Chair of Governors at St John's C of E Primary School, Cheltenham --- Declarations of Interest - NONE

  • Mrs Magda Reynolds

    Clerk to Governors

  • Mr Ian Podmore

    Co-opted Governor - Chair of Finance Committee - Appointed 09/05/2017 - Term of Office 3 Years --- Declarations of Interest - NONE - Stepped Down 01/03/2019

  • Mrs Jane Bullingham

    Vice Chair of Governors, Co-opted Governor - Chair of Pay and Personnel Committee - Curriculum Committee Member - Appointed 21/04/2015 - Term of Office 3 Years --- Declarations of Interest - NONE - Stepped Down 25/06/2018

  • Mrs Valerie Knight

    Foundation Governor - Appointed by Gloucester Diocesan Board of Education - Pay and Personnel Committee Member - Appointed 01/09/2014 - Term of Office - 4 Years - Stepped Down 25/06/2018

For a record attendance at governing body and committee meetings during the current academic year please see below.
  • Mrs Karen Mountifield

    Co-opted Governor - Buildings and Grounds Committee Member - Re - Appointed 21/04/2018 - Term of Office 3 Years --- Declarations of Interest - NONE - Stepped Down 29/11/2018