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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:

Miss Sian Tranter -Headteacher - B.Ed. (hons), NPQSL

I joined Withington as Headteacher in September 2023.  I have worked as a senior leader for many years in small and large schools, rural and city, in and around Gloucestershire. I love the village setting of Withington and already feel like part of the family. All individuals get the attention they deserve, I love all things music and play the piano and sing. I enjoy wild swimming and am an avid reader.  I live in Cirencester with my two teenage boys and two cats.

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. 

Mrs Fennie Strange - Foundation Governor

I became a Foundation Governor at the end of 2021, after a career teaching English and RE in Welsh secondary schools. I have been a Christian all my life, and my involvement in the Coln River Group of churches, which includes Withington, is important to me. As a mother and grandmother, I am deeply concerned about maintaining standards in education and believe VA schools offer a valuable opportunity to give children a broad and balanced curriculum, built upon Christian values and the teachings of the Anglican church. 

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 Nicola Smith - Parent Governor

I joined the governing body as a parent governor in September 2020 when my son joined the school, having previously attended the Pre-school.  My family and I have lived in the village since 2011. We believe that the school is an integral part of the community, which we wanted to be able to support.  I have 12 years experience working in the financial services sector and am currently working for a large UK bank in pensions project management. My free time is spent with family - walking and exploring our beautiful local countryside.

 Mrs Catherine Loly - Staff Governor

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 Mrs Carol Dougill - Foundation Governor

I have been passionate about education all my life and want every child to have fun while learning and have as many rich experiences as they can to give them a flavour of "living life to the full".  This passion led to a wonderful career as a teacher, teaching assistant and executive head teacher.  I currently work as a SIAM's inspector for the Church of England.  I have become a Foundation Governor to continue my journey as an active Christian to help Withington School serve the local community and support the staff and pupils in their work.

When away from school and inspecting.  I volunteer at Watershed Riding for the Disabled Association.  I look after Guide Dogs and puppies and help with fundraising.  I also love to read, garden, sing in our church choir and bake for family and friends.


Mrs Kate Lawton - Foundation Governor

I have been a governor at Withington since 2019.  I am a Chartered Accountant and am designated the finance governor.  I pop in to school frequently and work mostly with the Head and the school business manager.  I worked with big corporations for KPMG in Bristol and Brisbane for 15 years, mostly in Audit.  Since I moved with my family to Withington more than 20 years ago, I have kept the accounts for a number of smaller companies and, on a voluntary basis until recently, the local archery club.  Whilst my children were involved, I was an active member of the local pony club committee.  I am the annual internal auditor for the Withington Parish Council on a voluntary basis.  I am very fortunate to be able to work from home in our beautiful village and walk our dog, cycle and ride my daughter's old pony around the area every day.



Governor attendance at FGB meetings 2021/2022Committee Meeting Attendance 2021/2022 

Governors Register 2020/2021

Governors Information