Governors’ Welcome

There are various types of Governors drawn from different areas of the community including, parents, staff, Local Authority, community and other groups.

Governors are volunteers who attend meetings and work to further the school’s development.

Our Chair of Governors is James Blockley. He can be contacted by email at

How do Governors help schools and children?

School Governors are people who wish to make a positive contribution to children’s education.

Together with the Headteacher they set the future direction of the school and decide how the school’s budget should be spent.

Governing bodies make decisions collectively on matters such as school policies and the school’s development plan.

The official role of a Governor is to:

  • Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Hold the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and it’s pupils
  • Oversee the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Categories of Governors

  • Parent Governor Elected by parents and carers of children at the school.
  • Staff Governor Selected by election from staff employed by the school.
  • Local Authority Governor Appointed by the Local Authority.
  • Foundation Governor- Appointed by the Diocese.
  • Co-opted Governor Appointed by the Governing Body

If you wish to discover more information about what Governors do or learn how to become one please visit the Gloucestershire County Council’s website.


Our Governing Body


The school’s governing body is made up of 9 governors who meet every half term to support and challenge the school’s leadership with the aim of providing 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.

James Blockley
Chair of Governors
Date of appointment: Autumn Term 2020
School area of strength: Standards & Curriculum
Committees sat on:

Personal Information:

Central to my home and work life is a commitment to creating the best possible environment for young people. I believe access to the outdoors plays a fundamental role in health and educational attainment. My aim is for pupils to have happy, healthy, safe and successful journeys through the school. I have also been the treasurer on the PTFA.

Judith Jones
Clerk to the Governors

Dr. John Holmes
Parent Governor, SEND Governor, PP Governor, OPAL governor, RAP Governor, Vice-chair

Date of appointment:08.01.21
Start Date: 2021
End Date: 07.11. 2025
School area of strength: School improvement planning, leadership, curriculum
Committees sat on: Curriculum and Standards Committee (chair)
I have two children in the school, both of whom are very much enjoying their time there,
and I have always been impressed by the work, and the care, of the staff at the school. My background is in education, and I work on the school improvement team for a large group of academies. I’m keen to use this experience in any way I can to help our school.

Vicki Wagstaffe
Parent Governor, Safeguarding Governor, Responsibility for the website
Date of appointment:04.11.19
Start Date: 2019
End Date: 04.11. 2023
School area of strength: Health and safety, safeguarding.
Committees sat on:

Personal Information:

I am a parent of a child in year 2. Professionally I am First Aid Trainer and Choir Leader ( also working with children). I had a career as a Health and Safety Lawyer. I have a strong interest in all aspects of the school but my main passion is the Arts, primarily music.

Cass Costello
Local Authority Governor
Date of appointment: 13/7/21
School area of strength:
Committees sat on:

Personal Information:

Sasha Davis
Staff Governor 
Date of appointment:
Start Date: October
End Date: October
School area of strength: Curriculum, Assessment, English
Committees sat on:

Personal information:

Tim Blakey
Headteacher Governor 

Date of appointment: 2020
School area of strength: Curriculum and Standards, Finance, Staffing
Committees sat on:

Personal information:

Co-opted Governor

Date of appointment:

Personal information:

The Rev’d Stephen Walker
Foundation Governor
Date of appointment: 2006
School area of strength: Ethos
Committees sat on:

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.

The Rev’d Canon Paul Williams
Foundation Governor
Date of appointment: 2003
School area of strength: Ethos
Committees sat on:

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.



Name of Governor Term of Office


Roles & Responsibilities Governance Roles in Other Schools Relevant Business, Pecuniary and Material Interests
Mr James Blockley Parent

11/10/2018 – 10/10/22

 Chair of Governor None None
Mr Timothy Blakey Head  Headteacher None None
Rev Paul Williams Ex-Officio Foundation


Joint Chair of Visions and Values Committee None Tewkesbury Abbey Ltd

St Johns Ambulance

Rev Stephen Walker Ex-Officio


Joint Chair of Visions and Values Committee None None
Sasha Davis Staff

17/02/2020 – 16/02/2022

 Staff Governor None None
Mrs Vicki Wagstaff Parent

04/11/2019 – 03/11/2023


Safeguarding Governor

Responsibility for Website

None None
Mr John Holmes Parent

8/01/2021 – 7/01/2025

Vice Chair of Governors

Chair of Curriculum & Standards Committee

SEND Governor

PP Governor

OPAL Governor

None None
Courtney Castello Authority

14/09/2021 – 13/09/25

 LA Governor None None
VACANCY Co-opted


Judith Jones – Clerk to the Governors

Governors: 3 Parent, 1 Authority, 1 Staff, 1 Headteacher, 2 Foundation, 1 Co-opted.            Total Governors = 9

Previous Governor:  Fiona Rouse


FGB Attendance 2020-21
Committee Attendance Register 2021-22