Governing Body

Welcome to Rodmarton School from all Governors. We are proud of our village school and its dedicated, caring and professional teaching staff.

The school aims to provide an excellent education for all of its pupils and is ever mindful of its obligations to provide support in order to fulfil the potential of all pupils within its varied curriculum, enabling them to enjoy learning.

The local community has developed strong links with the school over many years and the Friends of Rodmarton School are actively engaged in yearly fundraising projects to help the school with equipment and visits to support topic work.

Parents are represented on our Governing body and we are always keen to hear and consider the views of the parents of all our pupils.

If you would like to find out more about what governors do, or are interested in joining the governing body, please contact our Clerk clerk@rodmarton.gloucs.sch.uk

Rodmarton Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share the same commitment. All staff and volunteers are subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Please refer to the school’s Safeguarding Children Policy for more information.

The governing body’s overall aim is to ensure Rodmarton School excels in the provision of the best possible education for all the pupils. 

We have a strong focus on our 3 core strategic functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

According to our Instrument of Government Rodmarton can have 10 governors, comprised of:

  • 1 headteacher
  • 1 staff governor 
  • 1 LA governor
  • 2 parent governors 
  • 5 co-opted governors

Associate members are not governors but may be appointed by the governing body to sit on committees. They have the right to attend full governing body meetings and receive the agenda and other paperwork, but do not have any voting rights at governing body meetings.

Rodmarton School’s current board of governors are:

View the Governors Attendance Table for 2022/23 (PDF 112 kb)

 

The school also has two panels:

  • Pay panel: Christina White, Linda Baillie
  • Headteacher Appraisal Panel: Michelle Davis, Christina White, plus an external advisor

Michelle Davis joined the Governing Body in May 2022 and took up the role of Chair in October 2022. Michelle has over 13 years’ experience leading communications strategies and teams in an international context, with expertise in partnerships, fundraising and advocacy. Michelle has also spent time building the communications capacity of governments and civil society organisations in Africa, the Middle East, and Central and Southeast Asia. Michelle has held previous governance roles at the International Broadcasting Trust and Conciliation Resources, helping to ensure their long-term growth and sustainability and brings extensive experience in broadcasting, having previously worked as a Producer and Director for the BBC.

I joined Rodmarton Primary School as Headteacher in September 2022, bringing over fifteen years of experience in schools across the Cotswolds and Stroud.

From my first visit, I was captivated by the strong sense of community at Rodmarton, and I feel truly privileged to lead this wonderful school.

Before my career in education, I worked at Blackwell’s in Oxford, where I sold academic library services to university libraries around the world. This role allowed me to pursue my passion for travel.

My wife and I have two sons, Charlie and Noah, who are in primary and secondary school. In my free time, I am an enthusiastic rugby fan and was a season ticket holder at Gloucester Rugby for many years. Though I was once an avid cricket player, I have since traded my bat for golf clubs and have been known to play the occasional round of golf.

Appointed May 2023 as the Local Authority Governor, I am very proud to be a part of the Rodmarton Primary School community as a Board member. Through my trusteeship, I hope to have a positive impact on the work the school does to allow the pupils to thrive and grow, both academically and personally.   I have lived in Tetbury for 6 years with my wife and our two cavapoo dogs.  My roles on the Board include the Finance Committee and the Link Governor for P.E and Geography.  

In my professional life, I work in the charity sector leading a team delivering environmental and historic building conservation projects.  I passionate about ecology, nature recovery and the historic built environment. I chair the LGBTQ+ inclusion network in my organisation and chair a Local Nature Partnership.  I hope my skills and passion will be useful to my fellow Governors and the school

Living in Rodmarton and hearing of the great reputation of the local Primary School, I decided to become a Governor. I have a degree in English and then worked in publishing, going on to have four children’s books of my own published. After our children left home, I worked at Oxford Crown Court, with Witness Service / Victim Support, helping to pioneer the video-link room, by which vulnerable witnesses, particularly children, needn’t enter the court room.

I am particularly interested in the teaching of English and Art (as an Elected Member of the Oxford Art Society – I sculpt). I am currently studying for a Master’s Degree.

Christina has been on the Board of Governors since 2022. She is a qualified lawyer and has worked in a number of countries. She opened a Japanese restaurant in 2009, and a catering business in 2018, and has a passion for food and nutrition. She has a keen interest in education and fundraising.

I moved with my family to Tetbury from the South East in September 2020 and was very grateful for the welcoming support we received from Rodmarton School as my two sons settled in to Reception and Year 4.  I was elected as a parent governor in March 2023 and am thankful for the opportunity to support Rodmarton in continuing to build on its unique and nurturing culture as a small but thriving school.

I currently work as Office & HR Manager for the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum and prior to this I held a leadership role in a children’s day nursery for almost 7 years.  I aim to bring my experience of supporting teaching staff to provide a safe, inclusive and engaging environment for the children, to my role on the Governing Board.  In my spare time I love to explore the wonderful outdoors the South West has to offer with my family; cooking; listening to music and rummaging through antique shops and markets in the local area.

Patricia, a parent at the school, is a neurosurgical doctor and clinical research fellow working at North Bristol NHS Trust. She is currently studying AI healthcare research. She enjoys flying, running half and full marathons, playing polo, listening to opera and travelling the globe.

Patricia is the Safeguarding Governor.

As a dedicated teacher at Rodmarton since 2019 and a fervent advocate for educational excellence, I, proudly serve as a teacher governor. I merge pedagogical insight with governance expertise, striving to nurture a supportive learning atmosphere and prioritise teacher well-being. My aim is to provide invaluable perspective and leadership within our school’s governing body.

Gill Stratford: Clerk to Governors. Please email clerk@rodmarton.gloucs.sch.uk

These governors have served at some point over the past 36 months: 
Matthew Morton, Rachel Morris, Maggie Heaven, Dr Christine Hainsworth, Peter Lucas, Paula Bendle, Bryher Grimes, Sheila Wills, Caroline Musty, Amanda Jessop, Rebecca Makin, Vicky Redding,  Mike Hewitt, Julie Horrell