The Governing Body

Ten Governors sit on the Governing Body of Slimbridge Primary School. We provide the strategic direction to the school and work hard to help the staff provide high-quality education for every child. Of course, when we say education, we don’t just mean numeracy, literacy, science and so forth. We want to offer children so much more and we’re delighted to be part of a school that builds children’s confidence through praise, encouragement and experience.

The Full Governing Body meets six times a year, and we have additional meetings each term for our three committees:

Finance and Premises

The Finance and Premises Committee oversees all the financial aspects of the running of the school, monitoring expenditure, approving the budget and agreeing the final accounts. All aspects of the school premises are also managed, including capital bids for renovation and new building projects.

Safeguarding, Welfare and Personnel

The Safeguarding, Welfare and Personnel Committee is responsible for all aspects related to safeguarding/child protection and safer recruitment, as well as ensuring that that the needs of children with Special Educational Needs are being met. The committee also oversees and reviews the staff structure in consultation with the Head Teacher, as well as the appointment, appraisal and capability procedures.

Teaching and Learning

The Teaching and Learning Committee oversees and monitors all matters relating to the school’s curriculum, monitoring the target-setting, delivery and outcome of teaching across the school by reviewing data and school improvement action plans.

Each Governor also has individual responsibilities, such as ‘Literacy Governor’, as detailed in the Governors’ Profiles below.

Governor business interests

All governors declare in writing any financial and business interests at the start of the first Full Governing Body meeting of the school year.

Governors also have to declare any financial interests verbally at the beginning of every committee meeting.

We have summarised the information about our current governors, including business interests, areas of responsibility and attendance record, in the table below. If you have any questions, please contact either our clerk, Mrs Nikki Elliott (via the school office) or me (either directly or via

Our policy on allowances for Governors is available from the Policies page

Governors' responsibilities, interests and attendance

Abbreviations: F/T, full-time; GB, Governing Body; HTPR, Head Teacher’s Performance Review; NA, not appropriate; P/T, part-time; SEND, special educational needs and disabilities; SHWP, Safeguarding, Welfare, Health and Safety and Personnel; T&L, Teaching and Learning; WWT, Wetlands and Wildfowl Trust
*Parent governors are appointed if no election is held (for example, if only one person is nominated)

Use the scrolling bar under the table to see all the information
NameGovernor categoryAppointed by:Started:Current term runs to:CommitteesResponsibilitiesBusiness interestsAlso a governor at:Relationships with school/staff (incl spouses, partners, relatives)Actual attendance/possible attendance (committees and full GB) 15–16Actual attendance/possible attendance (committees and full GB) 16–17
Alison CookeEx officioNANAAllNoneNoneP/T head24/24To be added
Laura PriceParentGB*20 Sept 2020T&L
Pupil Premium
More able pupils
Science and technology
NoneNoneNone16/18To be added
Patricia CarringtonLocal AuthorityGB30 Nov 2018SHWP
Pay Panel
NoneNoneNone16/18To be added
Sarah KiddleParentElectionT&L
Arts/Social & Cultural/Humanities
Pay Panel
NoneNone1/1To be added
Lucy HolderParentElection10 Oct 2021T&LPE/physical development/outdoorNoneNoneNone1/1To be added
Adrian PeatmanCo-optedGB11 May 2019F&PGGA liaisonNoneRednock SchoolNone12/12To be added
Rhiannon RandallStaffElectionT&L
NoneNoneNoneF/T teacher at school15/18To be added
Emily FarnsworthParent*GB28 March 2021T&L
Early yearsPrivate tutorNoneVoluntary reading provision with possibility of some paid teaching (to be declared)2/2To be added
Steve WilliamsonCo-optedGB11 May 2019T&LHTPR
Staff development
NoneNoneNone16/18To be added
Helen TillyAssociate member appointed by GB28 March 2018F&PMATNoneNoneP/T teacher

Governors’ Profiles Annual Report to Parents 2017

Governors Blog

New Parent Governor

The Governing Body is delighted to welcome Lucy Holder, whose daughter is currently in class 2, as a new Parent Governor (elected unopposed). We have a second vacancy, and strongly encourage anyone interested to talk to a Governor and find out more about the role. As I will no longer have any children at the School from September, I feel I should no longer be a Parent Governor at the School, and therefore I’m stepping down as Governor (and hence Chair) at the end of the summer. The Governing Body has elected Steve Williamson and Tricia Carrington as Co-Chairs from September, with Sarah Kiddle as Vice-Chair. With the new Governors and Co-and Vice Chairs, the Governing Body will be in a strong position to provide effective support and strategic leadership next year. I thank all the Governors with whom I have worked over the last 9 years, and wish the current Governing Body every success in the future. I also take this opportunity to thank all the staff for their support.

Laura Price

Summer term

I can’t believe we are starting the final term of the school year. Years 6 and 2 did their SATs last term, and the Governors thank the children and their teaching staff for their approach to these tests, which provide important information for and about the school. We also thank the parents and staff who provided the Year 6s with their special breakfasts, afternoon treats and end of week party.

I also take this chance to say a massive thank you to the fantastic parents, carers and family members who work so hard for FOSS. The children and the school as a whole have benefitted in many, many ways from their generosity, and we really are very lucky to have such a dedicated team.

This is the term in which Governors meet with staff to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the school over the academic year, and plan how we will improve and meet some of the challenges next year. As part of this process, we will be asking for your views and those of your children in a survey. If you’d like to discuss any points in person, you can either take them to the newly formed Parents’ Forum (there are representatives in each class) or to any of the Governors (via Mrs Elliott in the school office). If you’d like to contact me, my email is I’d be very happy to listen to your views and feed them into the review process. We will also have at least one Parent Governor vacancy at the end of this term, so there will be an opportunity for more hands-on involvement if you want to become more closely involved. Again, talk to any of the Governors to find out more about the role.

I should also say that we have revised our Complaints procedure, and you can get a copy from the website or the school office. In a nutshell, though, if you’re not happy about something or you’re just not sure, talk to your child’s teacher in the first instance.

I wish you and your family a fantastic summer term – fingers crossed that the sun shines and the children can enjoy all the outside activities that are planned.

Laura Price

Chair of Governors

Nominations for Parent Governor and our work this term

Helen Tilly’s term as a Parent Governor ends shortly. We received one nomination for a parent governor to fill the vacancy that will be left. As we will not be having an election, the governing body will appoint the nominee, Mrs Emily Farnsworth, at their next meeting. We look forward to welcoming our new governor into her important role at school, and Emily’s biography will be added to the school website once she is formally appointed.

This term we will be looking at how the classes will be arranged in September. First, the Teaching and Learning Committee works with Mrs Cooke to look at different arrangements for classes, and then the Finance and Premises Committee will look at how the school’s budget can support the recommended structure or structures. As we’re a small school, we sometimes have to make difficult choices. Some year groups have to be split. Decisions are made on the basis of each child’s needs – and not just their educational needs. The staff and the governors regularly check on the progress of the children on both sides of the ‘split’ to ensure that no one’s education is suffering.

If you have heard in the news about the proposed new funding scheme for schools and were wondering how our school would be affected, we would be one of the schools that would benefit, with an increase in our funding.

As always, if you have any comments or questions about governance or the school in general, please get in touch:



A thank you and some info

I start out by thanking FOSS, and the parents who support FOSS events, for the amazing support they give to the school. We are incredibly lucky to have such a talented and generous team – thank you for everything you do.
As we have some parent governor vacancies coming up in the next few months, I thought you may be interested to hear more about the role of Governors at Slimbridge…
The Governing Body meets once a term to review the work of its committees and to discuss the strategic direction for the school and issues that need the attention of the whole Body. Our three committees are: Finance and Premises; Safeguarding, Health and Safety, Welfare and Personnel (SHWP); and Teaching and Learning. We have an annual workplan that ensures we carry out our statutory duties, and we prepare minutes and reports that describe our work and decisions.
The Finance and Premises Committee reviews the financial picture for the school on a termly basis. We are also looking at how the proposed new funding scheme will affect the school. Work will soon start on the budget for the next year and the priority areas for spending.
The SHWP Committee reviews and monitors the ‘people-centred’ aspects of school life, such as the school’s safeguarding practices, continuing professional development for staff, and welfare issues for everyone in the school.
The Teaching and Learning Committee is very focused on the children’s progress and attainment – we review anonymised progress data throughout the year, and check that effective support is being given when it’s needed.
In response to feedback from last summer’s parent survey, Sarah Kiddle has been leading the development of a Parents’ Forum, which will provide a two-way channel for communication with the Governing Body. We’re looking forward to this development – it will be very useful to hear views from the Forum. We also encourage you to get in touch with Governors to share your thoughts about the school (email me on or via Nikki Elliott in the Office).