Governors 2017-09-25T22:23:57+00:00


The governing body has 12 members, all of whom are actively involved in the life of Hatherop Church of England Primary School. Primarily, we have collective responsibility for three key roles:

  1. To provide a strategic view
  2. To ensure accountability
  3. To act as a critical friend

We have four committees that report to the full governing body:

  1. Strategic Planning
  2. Curriculum and Self-evaluation
  3. Finance and General Purposes
  4. Grounds and Buildings

Mr. Robert Ewens
Parent Governor  – Chair of Governors     term of office 21.10.13 – 20.10.17

Appointing body – Parents

I have been a Governor at Hatherop for the past three years and have been Chair of Governors for the last two of these. During this time I have had the pleasure of working alongside the Staff and Governors who all work tirelessly to make this a truly great little school.   

 As a proud father of two, I am delighted that my daughter is currently attending Hatherop and I hope that my son will follow in her footsteps by starting at the school next year.

Register of interests – none declared.

Mr. Edward Wilson.
Co-opted Governor – Vice Chair of Governing Body  term of office 28.06.16 – 27.06.20

Appointing body – Governing Body

As a Governor who has interacted with educational systems in a wide range of countries on three continents (Europe, North America and Africa), I hope I can bring a global perspective to the challenges faced by the Hatherop CoE Primary School. Throughout my career in conservation and sustainable development I have placed the highest prioity on building the capacity of individuals to live and work in a way that is environmentally responsible and there is no better place than a primary school to begin to develop an understanding of the importance of the natural world.

Register of interests – none declared

Mrs. Jackie Cullum
Foundation Governor – term of office began September 2017

Appointing body – Diocese of Gloucester

Register of interests – none declared.

Mrs. Ginette Chalmers.
Co-opted Governor – term of office 14.9.16 – 13.9.20

Appointing body – Governing Body

I have lived in Coln for eight years And prior to that in Eastleach and Fyfield. For most of that time I have been fortunate enough to be involved with the school as a reader helper and have greatly enjoyed working with the very dedicated teachers and lively, articulate pupils so I am delighted to have been asked to join the Governing Body and look forward to working with a great team. Prior to my retirement I was a director of a leading Literary and theatrical agency in London.

Register of interests – none declared.

Mrs. Penny Ibbotson.
Clerk to the Governors

Mike and I moved to Quenington in 2009, having previously lived in Fairford; we have now been in the area for over 25 years. Our two daughters attended Farmor’s School and both are currently studying at University. I became Clerk to the Governors in 2013 and am also Clerk to Quenington Parish Council. I enjoy working with the Governors in supporting this popular local school.

Mrs. Kate Roberts.
Parent Governor – term of office 01.04.16 – 31.03.20 

Appointing body – Parents

We moved to Quenington in 2012 and our twins started in Reception at Hatherop C of E Primary School in 2015.  We have been so impressed by the teaching and the warmth from all staff and I’m delighted to be part of the Governing Body for such a supportive and nurturing village school.

I enjoy being able to contribute to Governor meetings, using my skills as an in-house solicitor, and look forward to helping the school continue to thrive.

Register of interests – none declared.


Mrs. Caroline Burton.

Head Teacher – term of office began 01.01.17


My teaching career started in London in 1989 and since 1990 I have worked in schools in Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire. I have been the Class 1 teacher, teaching Reception and Year 1 children, since April 2005 and love my work in this friendly and vibrant village school. In January I took on the role of Head Teacher. I moved to Hatherop village in 1993 and all three of my children have attended the school. I have had a long association with the school, both as parent and teacher, and understand it’s key role as part of the local community.

Register of interests – none declared.

Mr. Philip Cook
Parent Governor – term of office 05.02.15 – 04.02.19

Appointing body – Parents

I have three children, two of which are currently at Hatherop and one who left in 2015 for Farmors Secondary School after a fantastic start to his education.  My wife, Nicola, is also a Teaching Assistant at the school.
I have worked in the Orthopaedic Implant Sector for twenty-five years and was part of the senior management team that took Corin Medical from a small, Cirencester based company, to a full London Stock Exchange listing in 2002.
We could not have wished for a better start for our three boys and I am delighted to be part of the Governing Body, able to assist Caroline Burton and her excellent team in ensuring that every child that joins our small but thriving school is ENCOURAGED to excel as individuals, whilst having fun and being safe.

Register of interests – My wife is a Teaching Assistant at this school

Ms. Imogen Flack.
Parent Governor – term of office 21.10.13 – 20.10.17

Appointing body – Parents

Hatherop is a wonderful school and I feel that our two children have been given an extremely privileged educational start in life. As a Governor, I am excited to be part of this inspiring, nurturing team and look forward to using the skills attained as an Hr specialist to drive the success of the school forward.

Register of interests – none declared.

Mrs.Verity Gardiner.
Co-opted Governor – term of office 01.07.15 – 30.06.19

Appointing body – Governing Body

A mother of four and nana to thirteen, eight boys and five girls, I have had many years of witnessing the various issues children have had to deal with during their school lives. Having acted as a governor at two other local schools attended by my own children I am looking forward to putting my experience to good effect at Hatherop.

Register of interests – none declared.

Mrs. Rachel Kluczynski (resigned)
Local Authority Governor – term of office 01.04.15 – 14.09.17

Appointing body – Governing Body

I have been in primary education for over twenty years; from Class Teacher roles to Headteacher posts. I am now an Executive Principal across two schools, run an educational support-to-schools company and am LA governor at another local primary school (Sherborne C of E). My husband and I relocated from near Hampton Court to Aldsworth when our two daughters (now in their mid-twenties) left home. We have recently acquired a Bernese Mountain Dog/puppy and like nothing more than to walk in the beautiful countryside and appreciate the magnificence of this area. We love having our daughters come home to stay and entertaining friends and family. Hatherop is a truly wonderful school and I look forward to fulfilling my term in office as LA governor to ensure we achieve the best possible outcomes for all pupils; fulfilling their potential, nurturing their aspirations and celebrating their individuality!

Register of interests – Local Authority Governor of Sherborne C of E School, Gloucestershire. Executive Principal of two schools in Oxfordshire.

Rev. John Partington
Foundation Governor – term of office began  01.03.15


I moved to the area in March 2015 when I took up the post of Team Vicar of the CHEQS churches (the ‘H’ of which stands for Hatherop). I’ve been a governor of various schools for the last thirty-five years, and am delighted now to be involved in this way at Hatherop Primary School. As the local vicar I come into school regularly, and am very pleased to share in its governance. Married to Liz, and with three grown-up children, my interests include beer-drinking and motorcycle-riding — though not at the same time.

Register of interests – none declared.

Staff Governor – Lauren Nolan

Appointing body – Staff

Register of interests – none


Previous Governors.

Mr. David Hicks Beach – Foundation Governor – retired from post June 2017

Mr. Samuel Bartholomew – Head Teacher – resigned from post August 2016

Mr. Nicholas Ford – Co-opted Governor – retired from Governing Body 28.06.16.

Mrs. Rachel Say – Parent Governor – resigned from Governing Body 31.03.16  

For details of Committees and Governor attendance at meetings, please see the attached documents.

Governor attendance:

Governor attendance 2016/17


Committee details:

 Governor Roles & Responsibilities 2017/18