Our Governing Body

  • Mrs Alison Cooke, Head teacher
  • Mrs Patricia Carrington, LA Governor, Co-Chair
  • Mr Adrian Peatman, Co-opted Governor
  • Dr Laura Price, Parent Governor, 
  • Mrs Lucy Holder, Parent Governor
  • Ms Rhi Randall, Staff Governor
  • Mrs Sarah Kiddle, Parent Governor Vice Chair
  • Mrs Emily Farnsworth, Parent Governor
  • Mr Steve Williamson, Co-opted Governor Co-Chair

Dr Helen Tilly sits on the Finance and Premises Committee as an Associate Member (for 1 year, from April 2017)

Mrs Nikki Elliott, clerk

You can contact the chair directly via chair@slimbridge.gloucs.sch.uk or via Mrs Elliott in the school office



Governors’ Profiles

  • Laura Price

      Governor type: Parent Governor A bit about me: My eldest son joined the school in 2004, and I’ve had children at the school ever since, with my youngest child due to finish in July 2017. I work as a freelance medical editor and also as Research and Information Office for the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death charity Sands. I have a first degree in cell biology and a PhD in biochemistry, and I also have a law qualification. I passed the Chair’s Leadership and Development course in 2014. Why I’m a Governor: To be honest, when we first became part of the school community, there were some (smallish) things happening that I wasn’t very happy about. Becoming a Governor was a way of better understanding how the school runs and influencing its direction. I’m now in my 8th year, and this will be my last as a Governor. I’ve been fortunate to ‘work’ alongside some fantastic people – staff and volunteers – who put in so much effort to run the school and make it a place where children feel safe and valued, while also receiving a good all-round education. Having the opportunity to help support that process has been very rewarding. My areas of responsibility:
      • Chair of Governing Body
      • Member of Finance and Premises Committee
      • Science and Technology (with Steve Williamson)
      • Numeracy
      • Head Teacher’s Performance Review
    • Lucy Holder

      Parent Governor
        A bit about me: My background is in primary teaching. I qualified as a Primary school teacher in 2007, so I have been teaching for nearly ten years.  I have taught in many of the local schools in Cam and Dursley.  I left my position as a class teacher in December 2015 and went on to fulfil a role as an Intervention teacher part time.  This has enabled me to spend some much-needed time with my two daughters.  I am returning to work in September this year as a part time supply teacher. Why I am a governor: My eldest daughter is currently in class 2 and my youngest will be joining the school in September 2018.  I was interested in becoming a governor as I know how important it is for parents to be actively involved and support schools in every way they can.  I also appreciate just how much hard work is involved as a class teacher, so I hope as a parent and a teacher I have a good perspective and background, to help and support the school in any way I can.
      • Sarah Kiddle

        Vice Chair
          Governor Type: Parent Governor A bit about me My background is in the retail banking/finance industry, as a PA to a member of the executive team for a large bank.   I have one child who is currently in Year 2 and when I’m not working I, like most parents, run a free taxi service for my daughter and spend most of my time acting as her PA but we do like spending time as a family, with our friends, walking our dogs and I, on occasion go out running. Why I am a Governor I wanted to become a governor because I recognised the importance that education and the environment in which that education takes place has on the successful development of children.  I am finding being a governor is a very rewarding experience and being part of a group of people who are passionate about giving the children at the school an excellent education. My areas of responsibility Finance & Premises Committee Teaching & Learning Committee Member of the Pay Panel
        • Emily Farnsworth

            Governor type: Parent Governor A bit about me My background is in primary teaching. I was a class teacher for over 10 years before specialising as a Reading Recovery teacher in Bristol for five years. I am currently on a break from teaching while I enjoy being a full-time mum. Why I am a governor My eldest daughter started in Reception this year. Slimbridge school is going to be a big part of our family life for the next 10 years, so I feel it is important for me to be able to support the school in any way I can. I have been a teacher governor during my career and found it to be a very interesting and rewarding experience.
          • Adrian Peatman

              Governor type: Co-opted

              A bit about me: Although I am retired now, I worked for many years as a School Business Manager in the local area. I have an interest in canals and, until Nov 2014, was a Council member of the Cotswold Canals Trust.

              Why I’m a Governor: On retirement, I was keen to use my skills and experience for the benefit of a local school. Slimbridge had a vacancy at the time and welcomed me to its Governing Body.

              My areas of responsibility:
              • Finance and Premises Committee, chair
              • Pay Panel, chair
              • Liaising with the Gloucester Governors Association (GGA)
            • Steve Williamson

              Co-Chair of Governors
                Governor type: Co-opted A bit about me: I have lived in the village for ten years. I studied Engineering at university and have subsequently worked in the engineering, manufacturing and telecommunication industries. More recently I moved into publishing, working as a freelance editor, typesetter and proofreader, which means I get to read lots of interesting books! Why I’m a Governor: Before becoming a governor, I was unaware how important it is for a school to have keen group of governors to help support the head teacher and staff. I have really enjoyed learning how the school works and how hard all the staff work to develop all the children under their care. I’m proud to be a governor at Slimbridge and do what I can to help the school achieve its goals. My areas of responsibility:
                • Finance and Premises Committee
                • Teaching and Learning Committee
                • Science and Technology (with Laura Price)
                • Staff Development /CPD
                • Head Teacher’s Performance Review
              • Patricia Carrington

                Co-Chair of Governors
                  Governor type: LA A bit about me: I’ve been resident in the village for 25 years and I was actively involved in Slimbridge school life when my son attended there.  My background was in Management and I am now a Director of a family owned Health & Safety Consultancy.  I am actively involved in the village church and the District Scout movement. Why I’m a Governor: I believe we have a responsibility to ensure all young people have access to the best possible start in life through good education and social activities where each child is encouraged to fulfil their potential.  I want to see the school continue to develop within its ethos of a caring community where every child matters and is valued for their individuality. My areas of responsibility:
                  • Chair of Safeguarding, Health, Welfare & Personnel Committee
                  • Member of Finance & Premises Committee
                  • Member of Pay Panel
                  • Governor responsibility for monitoring Safeguarding, PSHE, RE & Modern Languages
                • Rhi Randall

                    Governor type: Staff Governor

                    A bit about me: I have been a teacher here at Slimbridge for 2 years and currently teach children in Years 5 and 6. I have 12 years teaching experience in both state and private education as well as teaching overseas in both Shanghai and Cairo.

                    Why I’m a Governor: I enjoy being a Governor and sharing staff views, ideas and good practice to help ensure that our school continues to grow and be the best it can be.

                    My areas of responsibility:
                    • Teaching and Learning Committee
                    • Safeguarding
                    • Health and Safety
                    • Welfare and Personnel Committee