The Governing Body consist of two committees: Finance, Staffing and Premises and Quality Of Education. 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 Governors)

I have lived in Stroud for 20 years and my daughter had 7, very happy, years at the school. I have been Chair for 4 years  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.





Christine Barrett (Quality Of Education) 

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 (Quality Of  Education)


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.



Seb Bacon (Finance, Staffing and Premises)
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).


John Walton (Finance, Staffing and Premises)

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.

John Copley (Finance, Staffing and Premises)

 I am a Parent Governor, elected to the position in October 2019 and I am serving on the Finance, Staffing and Resources Committee.  I’m a parent of twin boys in year 4.  I grew up near Stroud, moved away, then moved back to Stroud in 2013 to bring up a family here. Stroud Valley was the school we wanted our chidren to attend so it is a great honour to serve and give something back.  I work in IT and Business Project Management and me and my husband, Chris, recently founded Stroud Pride which is now an anual event in the town

Clare Hankey

I have lived in Stroud since 1987 and both my children attended Stroud Valley School, where they thrived. I was a parent governor for 4 years and it gives me great pleasure to return to Stroud Valley School 15 years later as the Local Authority Governor with responsibility for Safeguarding. Having worked in secondary schools throughout the last 33 years, I believe that education is the key to the best life chances for children and young adults.

Charlotte Levene 

 I am Charlotte and I am a parent governor, with a son attending SVCS. I have worked with children and families for over 20 years. I am a keen advocate for social justice and specialise in managing projects for  vulnerable children and those who care for them. In my spare time I also write and am a regular contributor to a parenting magazine about gender equality. I grew up in London but moved to Stroud a few years ago as I love the community here and wanted to be surrounded by countryside. 








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) (Behaviour and Safety)

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.

Julie Howe (Associate Governor)

I am an associate governor serving on the Finance, Staffing and Resources Committee. Until summer 2021 I had previously served on the full GB since 2015. At the point of stepping down I was asked to continue using my experience to support the finance commitee of the school and agree to become an associate member. All three of my children went to SVCS in their primary years. I work in the creative industry.


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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