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Meet our Governors

Members of the Governing Board

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April O'Sullivan Chair of Governors

Co-opted Governor 09.09.14 – 08.09.18

  Having retired from a career in education as a headteacher, local education authority adviser and Ofsted inspector, I was really missing my contact with schools and children, so was absolutely delighted to be invited to join the governing board of this very special rural primary school. It has been fantastic getting to know the children and staff and working alongside other governors to help and challenge the school to be the best it can for everyone concerned. 

Robert Graves Vice-chair of Governors

Co-opted Governor 09.09.14 - 08.09.18

  After my retirement from a full time finance role I moved to Temple Guiting. I felt privileged to be asked to join the school's governing board and thoroughly enjoy working with my fellow governors and the staff whose collective efforts make this such a lovely school for our pupils and a great community asset. I’ve always had a particular interest in the performing arts so it's a delight to be able to support the school's amazing drama and music productions.
Ann Barry - Head Teacher Governor
Mark Ashbridge  Parent Governor 09.10.14 – 08.10.18


I was attracted to the role of governor because it offers a means of giving something back to the next generation. I run my own property finance business in Stow on the Wold, so am interested to both learn from and support staff and fellow governors in the management of a rural primary school. My son is already at Temple Guiting and my two daughters will follow.


Rachel Newsham Staff Governor 01.09.14 – 31.08.18


I’ve taught at Temple Guiting for over ten years and enjoy the challenge of being on the governing body, discussing and making decisions about the school for the benefit of our pupils. I teach class three, preparing children for senior school, but also have experience in early years foundation teaching. My subject responsibilities are numeracy and PE and I’m often found screaming myself hoarse from the touchline at inter-school sports matches.

Tanya Robbins Safeguarding Governor

Foundation Governor 01.02.15 – 31.01.19


I farm in partnership with my husband in the parish of Temple Guiting.  We rear sheep and grow spring barley.  Our parish vicar asked me to become a governor and a link person with our parish church council, which I’m more than happy to do, as both the church and the school are so important to our community. My two daughters are past pupils.


Reverend Canon Katrina Scott Ex-Officio Foundation Governor


I’m loving being a governor at Temple Guiting, since arriving in the area as Rector in January 2015. As well as working in the local churches, I’m mother to two children who attend the school and enjoy the great variety of educational experiences available to them. I’ve served as a governor at four other schools, and especially enjoy the work we do with the curriculum, as well as social and community aspects of school life.

Helen Adebanjo Parent Governor 1.12.16 - 30.11.20
Scott White  Co-opted Governor 11.7.17 - 12.7.21
Moira Anderson Foundation Governor 1.12.17 - 30.11.21
Rupert Wakley Co-opted Governor 20.3.18 - 19.3.22
Abby Stephens Local Authority Governor  24.4.18 - 23.4.22
Jean Bird   Associate Member 01.09.17 – 31.08.18

I live locally and was appointed originally as a governor by the Church. I love being involved with the school, as the children are so enthusiastic about what we teach them. I regularly take school assemblies - answering questions about faith, I lead the “Open the Book” assembly each Thursday, assist in the after school “Messy club” and contribute to the school Church services – from Harvest, Christmas, Christingle, Easter and Leavers.

Wojtek Kokoszka  Associate Member 28.9.16 - 27.9.18

Ruth Walkingshaw   Associate Member of the Resources Committee 27.01.15 – 26.01.18


Michelle Williams   Associate Member of the Resources Committee 08.09.16 - 07.09.18


You can contact the Governing Board through the Clerk, Mrs Gill Stratford:


  • Parent governors are elected by our parents.

  • The staff governor is elected by the school staff.

  • Co-opted governors are appointed by the governing board.

  • Foundation governors are elected by the parochial church council of St. Mary's, Temple Guiting.

  • The local authority governor is nominated by our county councillor. 

  • The headteacher and the vicar of this benefice automatically become governors.

  • Associate members are appointed by the governing board and have no voting rights.


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