School governors have an important role in helping the school run effectively, and have three core functions:

  • Planning the strategic direction of the school
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school
  • Holding school leadership to account

The governor role is strategic rather than operational. Governors do not get involved with the day to day running of the school, instead supporting and challenging the school’s leadership to drive development and improvement. The term of office for a governor is 4 years.

Meet our School Governors in their own words:

Lucie Mitchel, Head Teacher

I am on the governing body as Headteacher and have been on Miserden Governors for 2 and half years. I am also the Safeguarding Lead Governor. Before that I was on Bisley Blue Coat governors for 5 years and Chosen Hill Governors for 8 years.

I have been a teacher since qualifying in 19...All I will say is that it was before any national curriculum and OFSTED! Since 1999 - after having had my children- I worked in a small village school in Cumbria. In 2003 I moved to Gloucestershire and was appointed to Bisley Blue Coat where I taught Y4,Y5 and Y6 as well as being Senior Teacher. In 2017 I became acting Head at Miserden and love being here hence I took the permanent Headship last summer.

Claire Holder, Chair of Governors

I am a Foundation Governor and Chair of Governors. I have been a Governor of Miserden School for 7 years now and chair for the last 2 and a half. In that time, I have focused on many areas of the school. I am currently the governor responsible for monitoring pupil progress as well as all the other chair duties, which I enjoy and find rewarding.

Both our children have been to Miserden school and it is much loved. I had no experience of governance when I started but had a keen interest in what was happening in my child’s school. I have a Building Services Engineering background. I have worked for large and small companies as well as running my own BS Engineering business. This specifically helps the school with premises, but also at management level looking at the schools strategic planning.

Paul Cotsworth, Vice Chair of Governors

I am a Local Education Authority Governor and currently I act as both Chair of Finance and Deputy Chair of Governors. I have been a Governor at Miserden since April 2017. Professionally, I was a project manager in financial services which enabled me to gain experience both in managing budgets and chairing meetings.

Prior to my involvement with Miserden I was a Governor for four years at St Michaels Church of England Voluntary Aided Middle School in Cole Hill, Wimborne, Dorset; and for the final two years I was Chair of Finance at the school.

Clare Musgrave, Foundation Governor

I am a Foundation Governor. I am the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) and Pupil Premium Gov. I am also the Chair of the Curriculum and Ethos Committee. My son was at Miserden and I have been a Governor for over 20 year, 3 years as Chair. I also have 2 daughters and now have 4 grandchildren who are coming up for school age. I have been on the main Committee for Pony Club Polo and a local committee member of the NSPCC.

Val Thorne, Ex Officio Foundation Governor

I'm an ex officio foundation governor and a Safeguarding governor. I have a background in Banking, have a BA in Visual Arts, and used this in the mental health sector and was once an accredited therapeutic counsellor before training for ministry in the Church of England.

Matt Stinchcombe, Staff Governor

I am the staff governor who also sits on the Curriculum and Ethos committee. I have been a staff governor for 18 months and full-time key stage 2 teacher at Miserden for four years, I also have subject lead responsibility for English in the school.

Nicholas Wills, Foundation Governor

I am a Foundation Governor, I sit on the Finance School Management and Premises committee and I also assist Lucia Landino with marketing the school. I work with Hollie Bartlett to oversee the delivery of maths and monitor progress against the targets set in Class 1 to ensure the Board of Governors is aware of teaching standards in this particular area. Finally, I assist Caroline Priestley wherever possible with the Forest School to facilitate outdoor learning opportunities for the children.

Before returning to Miserden I was in the Army for ten years, with overseas exercises to the Falkland Islands, Kenya, Afghanistan and Corsica with the French Foreign Legion, which was a particular highlight. Miserden Primary School forms a vital part in our rural community and the estate provides a unique opportunity to enhance learning through so many varied experiences and I am keen that this should continue.

Carla Aerts, Foundation Governor

I am a Foundation Governor and sit on the Curriculum and Ethos committee. My eclectic digital focused background has enabled me to work with international experts, educators, EdTech companies and policy makers focusing on how to best use technology in learning and learning science. I also mentor company start-ups. My background has been helpful in organising STEM projects, SIAMS inspection and working with the governors on the recruitment and appointment of the head teacher.

Bridget Mangan, Parent Governor

I have been a parent governor of Miserden School since November 2017, when my youngest child, Ruby, was in Year 6. I was coming to the end of a 14-year chapter as a parent at the school - my two older children having attended also - and was glad of the opportunity to continue my involvement and support of the school through my new role as a governor. I sit on the Curriculum and Ethos Committee. I worked for a theatre company for eighteen years, then moved into a teaching and counselling role within a local supported housing and education charity. I have recently completed postgraduate training in child and adolescent mental health.

Lucia Landino, Parent Governor

I am a Parent Governor and sit on the Finance School Management and Premises committee. I am also the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) governor. My son, Jack, attends Miserden. I have a background in IT Training and Events Management. I also use my marketing skills to help promote the school.

Dawn Lane, School Business Manager

I work at both Miserden and Bisley schools in the capacity of School Business Manager. The main aspect of this role is to manage the finances and business side of the school. I have been working in schools for 18 years. Prior to this I had a career in Human Resources within Investment Banking.

Governor quotes:

“We ensure the school provides the best possible education for all its pupils”

“We act with integrity, objectivity and honesty and in the best interest of the school.”

"Being a school governor is a responsibility but offers you the chance to see first-hand the impact you can make in improving the education of our children."