The Governing Body consist of three committees:
Finance, Staffing and Premises;
Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare;
Teaching, Learning and Assessment.

The full Governing Body also meet once a term and chairs of each committee feed back information about their committee work.

If you would like to speak to a member of the Governing Body please ring the school office to make an appointment or ask a Governor to contact you.

Governor Details

Jackie Terry (Chair of Governers)

I have lived in Stroud for 20 years and my daughter had 7, very happy, years at the school. I have been Chair for 18 months and am supported by a group of incredibly knowledgeable and passionate volunteers. I also chair the Teaching, Learning and Achievement committee with a specific link to the maths curriculum. I believe a good, solid education in “the basics” is the best way to help all our children enjoy learning throughout their life.

Christine Minett (Finance, Staffing and Premises Committee-Chair)

I live locally and have been a governor at Stroud Valley Community school for over 25 years. During that time my three children have attended and flourished at the school. I am a co-opted governor serving on the finance and staffing committee and the teaching and learning committee. My lifelong career has been in supporting employment and further education.

Elspeth Murano (Vice Chair) (Teaching, Learning and Assessment) (Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare) 


Julie Howe (Finance, Staffing and Premises)

I am a co-opted governor serving on the Finance, Staffing and Resources Committee and have been a member of the governing body since 2015. I’m a parent of a child in year 4 and have two older children, now at secondary school, who both went through Stroud Valley. I work in the creative industry and am the link governor for Art.

Christine Barrett (Teaching, Learning and Assessment-Chair) (Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare)

As a class teacher and the School Senco my life at Stroud Valley is very busy and I wouldn't have it any other way. I have been on the governing body as the teacher representative for the last couple of years and serve on the behaviour and safety and teaching and learning committees.


Simon Pizzey (Teaching, Learning and Assessment-Chair) (Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare)

I was approached to become a school governor 7 years ago in a community link role. At the time I was a staff press photographer for local press with many contacts in the local community and in education at all levels. The school was always willing to co-operate with the press at short notice and I developed a good relationship with Debbie Sleep the head teacher. In the year of Brunel’s Bicentenary I ran a workshop based on the famous photograph of Brunel in front of the chains of The Great Eastern Steam Ship and later on pinhole camera workshops.

Many of my family members are teachers and I have always been passionate about the value and importance of education particularly at primary level. I have run many photography based workshops from Primary to University. I hold Further and Adult Education Teaching Certificates.

In 2014 I was made redundant and re-trained to become a teaching assistant working one day a week in year 6 for a year at Stroud Valley as part of my qualifications through Stroud College.

Presently, I work as a freelance photographer and an agency Teaching Assistant mainly supporting Special Needs students in a variety of primary level settings. I have a strong interest in SEN and have personal experience of dyslexia in my family. I am at present the Link Governor for Special Needs in the school.

Anne Young (Behaviour and Safety)

anne small I am the Operations Manager of a charity called Infobuzz, we offer therapeutic and practical support for families and young people with complex needs. Prior to this role, I gained considerable experience and knowledge across a wide area of front line support services, working with and part of Social care, Special Education, Early years development and Behaviour. I live locally and have worked in the Stroud and Gloucestershire area throughout my career.  

Seb Bacon (Finance and Resources)
I'm a parent governor. At work I write software around medical science research, and I'm particularly interested in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).

Phil Taylor (Parent Governor)

I’m a parent governor,  currently work as a counsellor & psychotherapist in Bristol & Cheltenham.  I’m also  the founder and director of Bespoked – The UK Handmade Bicycle Show  and make the occasional bicycle to go for a ride on. Previously, I’ve spent 10 years as special educational needs teacher.

John Walton (Health and Safety)

I live locally and have been a co-opted governor for two years and serve on the Finance, Staffing & General Purposes committee with a particular responsibility for Health & Safety and matters to do with the school buildings and grounds. I work locally as a construction surveyor and consultant and it is very rewarding to be able to give something back to the community which has served me so well over the years.

Debbie Sleep

As Headteacher of Stroud Valley I am also a member of the Governing Body and work with them to continually look at the provision we offer our children and families. I am usually outside school most mornings at drop off time, please feel free to come and chat about anything that you may be worried about or thoughts you may have about future developments for your school.

Sarah Heague (Teaching, Learning and Assessment) (Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare)

As Deputy Head Teacher at Stroud Valley no two days are ever the same. I enjoy teaching as much as I ever did; there’s always something new and exciting taking place! As a teacher governor I support the governing body in interpreting and understanding the curriculum, ensuring we’re all up to date with new initiatives.

Nicky Wood (Clerk to School Governors)

I work as HR Director for Medvivo and combine this with my clerking duties at Stroud Valley School. I have acted as Clerk to the School for 8 years and have enjoyed watching the school grow and develop. Outside of work I enjoy riding and spending time with my daughter.

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