The school governing body is made up of 9 governors. They meet every half term supporting and challenging the leadership to provide the best opportunities, standards of attainment, value for money and a safe working environment. A copy of our constitution is held in the school office.

Tewkesbury Church of England Governing Body
Governors Information (PDF)
Governor attendance of meetings from 2016

The Rev’d Canon Paul Williams
Governor type: Foundation
Date of appointment: 2003
School area of strength: Ethos
Committees sat on: Head teacher’s Review, Curriculum, Finance and Ethos

Personal Information:

I am Vicar of Tewkesbury Abbey and have extensive knowledge of and connections in the town and county. Running a large organisation, I am aware of Governance issues, Safeguarding, Finance and Human Resources. I am Council Member of Dean Close School. I am married with two children who went through Chance Street School.

The Rev’d Stephen Walker
Governor type: Foundation
Date of appointment: 2006
School area of strength: Ethos
Committees sat on: Head teacher’s Review, Curriculum + Standards, Finance and Ethos

Personal Information:

I am Vicar of Holy Trinity Church in the centre of Tewkesbury. I value the partnership between church and school and the mutual benefit we each can bring to our community. As a former Army Padre, I have a particular understanding of the pressures and joys of military life which can be of benefit in my conversations with the parents and children of serving families. A good number of the children who worship at Holy Trinity also attend this school, so there is a strong connection. For relaxation and fitness I enjoy (sometimes) jogging and walking (currently doing the 100 miles of the Cotswold Way in stages). I am married with two children both of whom have now left school but benefited from being part of this school.

Jonathan Handley
Governor type: Parent – Chair of governors
Date of appointment: November 2011
School area of strength: Business, Premises,
Committees sat on: Full Governor Board

Personal Information:

I am a parent with two children current at Tewkesbury C. of E. I am a local business man who runs an industrial training company delivering professional accredited training across the UK. My main contributions to the school involve business, financial and health and safety advice but I am interested in property and the provision of extra curricular activities that happen at our school.


Beryl Thomas
Governor type: Community
Date of appointment: 2011
School area of strength: Standards, Assessment and Early years
Committees sat on: Head teacher’s Review, Curriculum and standards, Staffing and Early years

Personal Information:

I joined the governing boding after retiring from a life time in education, teaching across all ages, advisory work and OFSED inspector. My main areas of expertise are Humanities, English and Early Years. Prior to joining Tewkesbury C of E Primary school I was chair of Governors for 5 years at another Church of England school. I have undertaken all governor training in all aspects required.

Tim Rylatt
Governor type: Staff
Date of appointment: 2015
School area of strength: Curriculum, Assessment, English
Committees sat on: curriculum and standards

Personal information:

I have been a teacher for 10 years and I am currently lower phase leader with responsibility for Years 1&2 and Literacy throughout the school. I have two young boys and appreciate the importance of good education from both a parent’s point of view and as a teacher.

Carolyn Scott
Governor type: Headteacher
Date of appointment: 2011
School area of strength: Curriculum and Standards, Finance, staffing
Committees sat on: Premises, curriculum and Standards, Finance, Staffing, Ethos

Personal information:

I have been in education for over 20 years more than half of this time I have held a senior management position and two headships. I have been at Tewkesbury C of E School for 5 years. As a parent and more recently a grandparent I understand the challenges facing families and those in the classroom.


Dr. David Cairns
Governor type: Local Authority
Date of appointment: 17 February 2016
School area of strength: eg SENDA; Curriculum & Standards
Committees sat on: FGB

Personal Information:

I have lived in Tewkesbury since 1998 and attended the Abbey since 2000; I have been a member of the Parochial Church Council (PCC). I am married with six grandchildren of primary-school age – all outside Tewkesbury. I am a Rotarian.
Until 2009 I was an Assistant Director of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. I am now a consultant advising on corporate and academic governance in higher education.

Elizabeth Williams
Governor type: Parent
Date of appointment: 17/03/08
School area of strength: staffing
Committees sat on: FGB

Personal Information:

I have three children all of whom have attended Tewkesbury Church of England Primary School and am a member of Holy Trinity Church Tewkesbury, one of the church partners. I am employed within the pharmaceutical industry and manage a team across the South of England. This, therefore, gives me experience of appraisals, objective setting and competency frameworks. I have also been involved in the hiring of new staff. I am supportive of the Christian ethos of the school and look to see it represented in the every -day environment that the children work and play in.