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.

Rev 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 attends Miserden. I have a background in IT Training and Events Management. I also use my marketing skills to help promote the school.

Hannah McCurdy, Foundation Governor

I am a Foundation Governor and sit on the Curriculum and Ethos committee. I am a Secondary Science teacher by training and have a background in Playwork. I have been an adult leader in Girlguiding (Brownie Guider) since 2004, I sit on the Birdlip preschool committee, and I volunteer at a local college too. So safe to say, I have experience with most age groups in one form or another! I have one child in Reception and the other in Preschool, so look forward to a long association with the school.

Venetia Robinson, Foundation Governor

I am a Foundation Governor and I sit on the Curriculum and Ethos Committee. I trained as a teacher in 2017 and since then have been teaching Key Stage 3,4 and 5 Drama and English which I enjoy immensely. I have also been a Teacher Governor, a role I found interesting and rewarding. Prior to teaching, I trained as an actress working predominantly in theatre and as a voiceover artist.

Claire Falkner, Parent Governor

I am a Parent Governor and sit on the Curriculum and Ethos committee. I grew up locally but moved away for university. We have recently relocated back to the area in search of village life, and I have two boys at Miserden. I am a trained primary school teacher. I have worked in schools for almost 20 years both in the classroom and as part of the leadership team where I was responsible for overseeing the creative areas of the curriculum.