Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor. The Governing body of the school is drawn from many aspects of the community. The Governors have responsibility for the overall management of the school, acting within the framework set by National legislation and by the policies of the local education authority of Gloucestershire.
At our school there are four types of governor which reflect all those involved in the school community:-
- Foundation Governor - The role of a Foundation Governor is to ensure that the Christian ethos of the school is maintained and creatively developed and they are appointed by the Church;
- Local Authority Governor - These types of Governors are appointed by the governing body;
- Parent Governor - The parent Governors are elected by parents of children attending the school and usually serve for 4 years;
- Staff Governor - The role of these governors is to represent the staff at the school and it includes the Headteacher.
The full Governing body meets once a term. For more information regarding the role of the governing body, please follow the attached link, Gloucestershire Governors Information.
The Governing Body is as follows:
Mrs Sonia Beames Headteacher - B.Ed. (hons), NPQSL, PG Cert NASENCO
Appointed in September 2016, I have over 15 years teaching experience across a range of phases and have held a number of leadership positions during this time, including being a GlosED leader specialising in Maths. I have been lucky enough to have both of my daughters with me whilst they complete their Primary education and feel privileged to lead such a great school.
Mr Peter Webb OBE - Chair of Governors/Local Authority Governor
I previously worked as a Physicist in Aerospace Industry and Civil Service before retirement in 2016. I was awarded an OBE in 2014 for services to British defence and security interests overseas. My main hobbies are gardening and supporting Gloucester Rugby. I have been associated with Withington School since 1982, first as a parent then as a Governor. I have been Chair of Governors since 2004.
Reverend Colin Randall - Foundation Governor
I became a Governor in November 2014 as I am Rector of the Coln River Group of Churches, which is a group of nine churches. I am married to Judith and live in Andoversford. I have previously served as a Vicar in Cumbria, Oxfordshire and Cheshire, but many years ago trained as a teacher here in Cheltenham. I am a great believer in Church schools and the benefits of small schools and it is great that at Withington the school is so close to the church building and that there is a really good relationship between church and school.
Lady Mavis Dunrossil - Foundation Governor
Mrs Jacque Dent - Foundation Governor
I joined the Governing Body at Withington when my two sons were children at the school. I have responsibility for SEND, LAC and Safeguarding and am also chair of the Ethos and Standards committee. Any spare time I have is spent riding, walking my springer spaniel, running a large Brownie pack and delivering training sessions for Girlguiding.
Mrs Emma Hawley - Parent Governor
I joined the Governing Body at Withington in 2019 to help support this wonderful school that my two child attend. Having over 11 years Secondary teaching experience I have a secure knowledge of policies and procedures needed to run a school. In my spare time I run around after three beautiful but busy children and love to go on long walks in the country and play cricket with the family.
Mrs Helen Dyer - Staff Governor
I joined Withington School in 2005 as PreSchool Manager. After completing my teacher training, I became the Reception/Year 1 teacher for Butterflies, as well as a staff Governor. Looking after my horses occupies a lot of my time and any other spare time I may have is spent being a mum as well as crocheting toys for my classroom.
Mrs Kate Lawton - Foundation Governor
As an Associate Chartered Accountant I worked for KPMG for nearly 15 years before moving to Withington where I have lived on the edge of the village since 2003. Looking after a dog and my daughter's horse during the University term fill up any spare time I may have. I am also the Finance Director and Treasurer for Deer Park Archers Ltd.
Mr Mark Loader - Foundation Governor
I’m a parent of two children in the school and also closely involved with the church community in the village. With many years of finance and accounting experience in the financial services sector I have more recently moved into education leadership with a role as finance director of a large British International School in Thailand and now as the School Business Manager of a Cotswolds primary school. A perfect day includes a walk in the countryside, a good game of tennis and a trip to the beach finished off with fish and chips or a hearty stew and a pint of ale.
Mr Peter Moore - Foundation Governor
Work brought both my wife and I to Gloucestershire, from London, in the early 1990’s and we eventually came to live in Withington in 1992. During our time here I have become involved in Village organisations and activities. Throughout our stay I have been involved with the Village Committee, representing the School’s interests, and the Parish Council. It was through my involvement with The Parish Council that I came onto Governors, back in the dim and distant past, representing their interests. During my extended time on Governors, I have been involved primarily in Building related issues and Finance and have considered myself to a critical, but supportive friend to a brilliant Village School. Currently I am also a Trustee of the Osbourne & Rich Charitable Trust. Due to our proximity it has been well-nigh impossible not to be involved with the School, and it activities, and we hope that it continues to thrive and be an integral part of our community.
Mr Adam Winter - Foundation Governor
Originally from London, my family and I relocated to Withington a few years ago. Two of my children attend the school and I became a foundation governor in March 2020. I have over 15 years’ experience in the financial services arena, currently working for a large UK bank in their treasury team. Having attended a Church of England school myself, I am a great supporter of the ethos of faith schools and the interlinking between school, church and the wider community. In my role as governor, I am keen to offer any assistance I can in helping the school continue to grow and flourish. Away from work, my wife and I have very little spare time with three young boys, but any free time I could muster would ideally be spend on cricket related activities, be that playing, watching or just talking about it!
Mrs Nicola Smith - Parent Governor
Mrs Susan Wilkinson - Clerk to Governors
I was appointed Clerk to the Governing Body in 2018 and really enjoy the role. I live down the hill in Charlton Kings and have a son of primary school age. When not watching endless games of rugby, football or cricket, I escape on my road-bike exploring the fabulous countryside we live in. I can also be found in my workshop, designing and making silver jewellery.