Welcome to our Governors' section.
Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.
We have also provided a Register of Governor Interests and an Annual Statement of Issues for your information.
The Governing body of the school is drawn from many aspects of the community. The Governors have responsibility for the overall management of the school, acting within the framework set by national legislation and by the policies of the local education authority of Gloucestershire.
At our school there are 5 types of governor which reflect all those involved in the school community:-
Foundation Governor - The role of a Foundation Governor is to ensure that the Christian ethos of the school is maintained and creatively developed and they are appointed by the Church,
Co-Opted Governor – Co-Opted Governors are appointed by the governing body and drawn from the local community.
Local Authority Governor - These types of Governors are appointed by the governing body.
Parent Governor - The parent Governors are elected by parents of children attending the school and usually serve for 4 years,
Staff Governor - The role of these governors is to represent the staff at the school and it includes the Headteacher.
The full Governing body meets once a term. For more information regarding the role of the governing body, please follow attached link, Gloucestershire Governors Information.
The current Governing body is as follows:-
Miss Helen Sowden - Head Teacher B.Ed MEd. NPQH
Appointed in September 2014 having twenty six years teaching experience. During my career I have taught all year groups and have held phase and Deputy Head Leadership positions.I have experience of teaching abroad; working for Service Schools in Germany and an International School in Oman (Middle East). Prior to my role, as Head at Ann Edwards School, I was deputy and then acting Head at Lethbridge Primary School Swindon.I was also acting head at a small school, which I progressed from requires improvement to a standard of good. I am committed to inclusive education and access to education for all pupils. I feel privileged to be Head of Ann Edwards Primary School where we have an excellent team, community and fantastic pupils.
Mrs Claire Broadhurst - Chair of Governors / Parent Governor
I have been a governor for over three years, taking on the role of chair two years ago. I live in South Cerney with my Husband, two children and my dog Harry. I am enjoying working with dedicated and hard working staff and governors at Ann Edwards School.
Mrs Heather Messenger - Vice Chair of Governors / Parent Governor
I have been a parent governor for two years and am taking on the role of vice chair this year. My family and I live in the village and my child attends Ann Edwards. I really enjoy the role of Governor and enjoy working with all the staff at Ann Edwards Primary school.
Reverend Jennifer MacKenzie - Foundation Governor
Miss Emily Harris - Associate Member
I am the Deputy Head Teacher of Ann Edwards C of E Primary School. I have always been on the Governing Body as an Associate Governor and then an Associate Member since joining the school in September 2012. I was the Acting Head for a 6 month interim period. Working at the school I have a great insight into the day-to-day policies and procedures and have a great passion for data and driving the school forwards in becoming better every year
Mrs Annette Vancil - Co-Opted Governor
I have worked at senior management level for many years, primarily in Information Technology and Project Management, and have previous experience as a Trustee for two charities supporting children. I have been a governor for two years and I enjoy supporting the school as they deliver a happy, encouraging and stimulating education for our children – including my two children.
Mrs Lisa Fryer - Local Authority Governor
I am a qualified secondary school teacher who has held a number of middle and senior leadership positions within Gloucestershire. My particular areas of expertise and interest are Pastoral Care, Safeguarding, SEN/Inclusion, Diversity, Raising Attainment and Aspirations, Humanities and CPSHE. My connection with South Cerney is via my husband, who has worked in a locally based company for the last 15 years. Ann Edwards School has much to be proud off and I am delighted to be able to work with the Governing Body and Leadership Team to ensure all children continue to have a quality educational experience.
Mrs Stefanie Rothery - Staff Governor
I am a HLTA at Ann Edwards C of E Primary School since 2006. I became a Staff Governor in September 2017. I started my career as a teaching assistant in 1998 at a forces school in Germany. I have a heartfelt passion for what I do and love supporting our pupils, as well as teachers. I think it is a privilege to further our pupils' development as part of a caring and committed team. I am deeply passionate about Ann Edwards and excited about being involved in shaping its future.
Mrs Hannah Rennie - Parent Governor
I have lived in South Cerney with my husband for 11 years. We have a son in Year One and a son due to start school in September 2020. Currently I am working from home as an Administration Manager for our family business as well as being a full-time parent. I am an experienced Primary School teacher and I have a passion for education. I have taught across Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, managed the Key Stage 1 department, coordinated many different subjects, mentored newly qualified teachers and university students and stepped in as SENDCO for two terms. With my teaching expertise I feel I bring a strong set of skills and educational knowledge to the Governing team. For the last 2 years I have been on the Management Committee for South Cerney Playgroup. This involves making vital decisions about the running of Playgroup, including recruitment, handling complaints, ensuring all documentation is to a high standard for OFSTED as well as fundraising. I have recently completed a safeguarding course and understand the importance of safeguarding and child protection as well as confidentiality.
Ms Chris Astwick - Foundation Governor
Mrs Sarah James - Clerk to the Governors
Co-opted Governor x 2
Foundation Governor x 1
Governing Body Members who have served in the last 12 months.
Type of Governor
Term Of Office
Mr Jonathan Poulton
End of term of office 07.07.19
|Co-opted||09.07.15 - 07.07.19||
Mrs Lorna Buchanan
End of term of office 29.09.2019
|Parent||01.10.15 - 30.09.19||
Maj Robert Martin
End of term of office 31.08.2019
|Foundation||01.09.15 - 31.08.19||
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