Our Governing Body

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

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

    Chair Of Governors
      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

          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.
          • Helen Tilly

              Governor type: Parent Governor

              A bit about me: My background is in language teaching. I hold a BA in French and Russian, and an MA and PhD in Russian, all from the University of Bristol. I have taught French and Russian in secondary schools, and Russian at university level. In recent years, I have moved into primary teaching and now teach French at Slimbridge. I have two sons, one in Year 5 here at Slimbridge, and the other at Marling School in Stroud. I am a keen, if not terribly accomplished, pianist, enthusiastic knitter, nervous dinghy sailor and an occasional runner, although you probably wouldn't describe it as running if you saw me!

              Why I’m a Governor: I’m in my second term as Governor, during which time I have chaired the Safeguarding & Welfare and the Premises, Health & Safety committees and have taken on numerous other roles. I have enjoyed working as part of a team that works closely with the Head Teacher to shape the future direction of our school and make it the nurturing and aspirational place that it is today.

              My areas of responsibility:
              • Teaching & Learning committee, chair
              • Literacy and special educational needs and disability (SEND)
            • 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

                  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

                    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