Our Governors

The school’s Governing body oversees the school’s management and aims to ensure that all children at the school get the best possible education and are able to make the most of all the opportunities that come their way. 

Each month one of the Governors will make themselves available to the school and will come into the school to find out how things are going, visit at least one class, chat with staff and parents and answer any questions relating to the school.

This page is designed to ensure you can recognise who our Governors are, which sub-committee they are assigned to and also to learn a little more about them. If there is something you would like to bring to the Governors attention, you are welcome to talk to any member or to email clerk@wardenhill.gloucs.sch.uk

If, having read this, you are interested in hearing more about becoming a Governor, please leave a message at the school or contact us on the group email address above. In the meantime we hope you find this page useful and informative.

What do we do?

The Head Teacher and Senior Leadership Team manage the day to day running of the school and the Governors work with them to determine the aims, objectives and policies in accordance with all the relevant legislation.  This involves looking at all the information and making decisions on, for example, the future direction of the school and how the budget should be spent. This is all done with the intention of giving the pupils at Warden Hill Primary School the best education possible: as Governors are volunteers, they need to be passionate about this as they often have to fit meetings in around busy work and/or home lives.

The Governing Body is made up of parents, staff, Local Education Authority representatives, and people who represent the local community and partnership angles. Associate members are also appointed to give advice on specific aspects where appropriate. Governors  work as a team, both as a full Governing Body and in sub-committees, where a lot of the in-depth work is done.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who are our School Governors?
Our Governing body is made up of staff from the school, parents of children at the school and representatives of the local council and community.

What Does the Governing Body Do?
The school’s Governing body oversees the school’s management and aims to ensure that all children at the school get the best possible education and are able to make the most of all the opportunities that come their way.

What Types of Governors Are There?
Types of Governors include Parent, Associate, Partnership, Co-opted, LEA and Staff.

What Are Governors Responsible For?
There are different sub-commitees to which the Governors are assigned.
These are Business and Curriculum and Standards.

Who’s who?


Vice Chair of Governors: Mrs. Lynda Dineen is a Co-opted Governor and was appointed by the Governors of Warden Hill Primary School on 1st January 2015.

  • Her Term of Office is 1st May 2015 – 30th April 2019.
  • She is a member of the Curriculum and Standards committee and has a special interest in SEN.
  • Lynda has no business interests and does not hold any roles within other educational establishments.

2015/16 Attendance: FGB – 40%, Committee – 50%
2016/17 Attendance: FGB – 60%, Committee – 25%
2017/18 Attendance: FGB – 40%, Committee – 60%


Chair of Business Committee: Mr. Anthony Oliver is a Co-opted Governor and was appointed by the Governors of Warden Hill Primary School on 1st May 2015.

  • His Term of Office is 1st May 2015 – 30th April 2019.
  • He is a member of the Business committee.
    Tony has no business interests and does not hold any roles within other educational establishments.
  • He has a non-pecuniary working relationship with Councillor Iain Dobie as an executive member of the Liberal Democrats, Cheltenham.

2015/16 Attendance: FGB – 60%, Committee – 75%
2016/17 Attendance: 
FGB – 60%, Committee – 50%
2017/18 Attendance: FGB – 80%, Committee – 25%


Councillor Iain Dobie is an LA Governor and was appointed by the Governors on 1st September 2013.

  • His Term of Office is 11th September 2017 – 10th October 2021.
  • He is a member of the Business committee and has special interests in LAC and safer recruitment.
  • Iain is also a Governor at Leckhampton C of E Primary School in Cheltenham. He has no business interests.
  • Iain has a non-pecuniary working relationship with Tony Oliver as an executive member of the Liberal Democrats, Cheltenham.

2015/16 Attendance: FGB – 100%, Committee – 100%
2016/17 Attendance: FGB – 80%, Committee – 75%
2017/18 Attendance: FGB – 60%, Committee – 75%


Chair of Curriculum and Standards Committee: Mrs. Sophie Wintle is a Parent Governor and was elected by the parents of Warden Hill Primary School on 30th November 2015.

  • Her Term of Office is 30th November 2015 – 29th November 2019.
  • She is a member of the Curriculum and Standards committee.
  • Sophie is a teacher at a Secondary school.
  • She has no business interests.

2015/16 Attendance: FGB – 100%, Committee – 75%
2016/17 Attendance: FGB – 100%, Committee – 100%
2017/18 Attendance: FGB – 100%, Committee – 100%


Mr. Matthew Blacker is a Parent Governor and was elected by the parents of Warden Hill Primary School on 26th April 2017.

  • His Term of Office is 26th April 2017 – 25th April 2021.
  • He is a member of the Curriculum and Standards committee.
  • Matthew has no business interests and does not hold any roles within other educational establishments.

2016/17 Attendance: FGB – 100%, Committee – 100%
2017/18 Attendance: FGB – 60%, Committee – 50%


Mrs. Kate Soo is a Parent Governor and was elected by the parents of Warden Hill Primary School on 26th April 2017.

  • Her Term of Office is 26th April 2017 – 25th April 2021.
  • She is a member of the Curriculum and Standards committee.
  • Kate has no business interests and does not hold any roles within other educational establishments.

2016/17 Attendance: FGB – 100%, Committee – 100%
2017/18 Attendance: FGB – 80%, Committee – 75%


Mrs. Donna Stanton is a Parent Governor and was elected by the parents of Warden Hill Primary School on 20th January 2015.

  • Her Term of Office is 21st January 2015 – 20th January 2019.
  • She is a member of the Curriculum and Standards committee.
  • Donna does not hold any roles within other educational establishments and has no business interests.

2015/16 Attendance: FGB – 80%, Committee – 75%
2016/17 Attendance: FGB – 60%, Committee – 100%
2017/18 Attendance: FGB – 80%, Committee – 75%


Mr. Michael Dixon is a Parent Governor and was re-elected by the parents of Warden Hill Primary School on 26th January 2017.

  • His Term of Office is 26th January 2017 – 25th January 2021 (he previously served from 1st November 2011 – 31st October 2016).
  • Mike is a member of the Business committee.
  • He has no business interests and does not hold any roles within other educational establishments.

2015/16 Attendance: FGB – 80%, Committee – 50%
2016/17 Attendance: 
FGB – 60%, Committee – 75%
2017/18 Attendance: FGB – 60%, Committee – 50%


Mrs. Georgina Flooks is our Head Teacher and was appointed by the Governors of Warden Hill Primary School on 31st March 2017 (Acting Head Teacher from 3rd January – 31st March 2017).

  • Her Term of Office is ongoing whilst she is head teacher at the school.
  • Georgina is a member of all the committees (ex officio).
  • She has no business interests and does not hold any roles within other educational establishments.

2016/17 Attendance: FGB – 100%, Business – 100%, C&S – 75%
2017/18 Attendance: FGB – 100%, Business – 100%, C&S – 100%


Mr. James Antonious is a Staff Governor and was elected by the staff of Warden Hill Primary School on 1st November 2016.

  • His Term of Office is 1st November 2016 – 31st October 2020.
  • He is a member of the Curriculum and Standards committee.
  • James has no business interests and does not hold any roles within other educational establishments.

2016/17 Attendance: FGB – 100%, Committee – 100%
2017/18 Attendance: FGB – 100%, Committee – 75%


Chair of Governors: Mr. Timothy Connole is a Partnership Governor and was appointed by the Governors of Warden Hill Primary School on 14th September 2015.

  • His Term of Office is 14th September 2015 – 13th September 2019.
  • Tim is a member of the Business committee and has a special interest in Safeguarding.
  • He is the managing director of Adfecto, a school training organisation, and is employed by Deer Park Secondary school. 

2015/16 Attendance: FGB – 100%, Committee – 40%
2016/17 Attendance: 
FGB – 100%, Committee – 100%
2017/18 Attendance: FGB – 80%, Committee – 75%


Mr. John Ashenhurst is a co-opted governor, Chair of the Finance Committee and was re-appointed by the Governors of Warden Hill Primary School on 9th February 2017.

  • His Term of Office is 20th November 2017 – 19th November 2021.
  • John is a member of the Business committee .
  • He has no business interests and does not hold any roles within other educational establishments.

2015/16 Attendance: FGB – NA, Committee – 100%
2016/17 Attendance: FGB – 40%, Committee – 50%
2017/18 Attendance: FGB – 100%, Committee – 100%


Mrs. Kate Shepherd is the Clerk to the Governors.

The following are past governors of the school

Mr. Michael Richardson was a Co-opted Governor, appointed by the Governors of Warden Hill Primary School on 18th December 2015.

  • His Term of Office started 18th December 2015.
  • He was a member of the Business committee.
  • Mike has no business interests and does not hold any roles within other educational establishments.

2015/16 Attendance: FGB – 67%, Committee – 100%
2016/17 Attendance: FGB – 60%, Committee – 100%


Mr. Andrew Jones was a Partnership Governor and was appointed by the Governors of Warden Hill Primary School on 14th September 2015.

  • His Term of Office started 14th September 2015.
  • Andrew was a member of the Curriculum and Standards committee.
  • He is Deputy Head of Pate’s Grammar School the lead school in the Odyssey Teaching School Alliance (non-pecuniary) and has no business interests.

2015/16 Attendance: FGB – 60%, Committee – 25%
2016/17 Attendance: FGB – 80%, Committee – 25%


Dr. Philip Miles was an Associate Member having been re-appointed by the Governors of Warden Hill Primary School on 12th September 2016.

  • His Term of Office was 12th September 2016 – 11th September 2017 (he previously served from 14th September 2015 – 13th September 2016).
  • Philip was a member of the Curriculum and Standards committee.
  • He has no business interests and does not hold any roles within other educational establishments.

2015/16 Attendance: FGB – NA, Committee – 75%
2016/17 Attendance: FGB – 20%, Committee – 25%


Mrs. Jacqueline Tucker served as an Associate Member until 2017.

  • Her Term of Office was 12th September 2016 – 11th September 2017 (she previously served from 14th September 2015 – 13th September 2016).
  • Jackie was a member of the Curriculum and Standards committee.
  • She has no business interests and does not hold any roles within other educational establishments.
  • Jackie is a member of the teaching staff at Warden Hill – pecuniary.

2015/16 Attendance: FGB – 80%, Committee – 25%
2016/17 Attendance: FGB – 80%, Committee – 25%

Mrs. Julie Allen served as a Parent Governor (elected by the parents of Warden Hill Primary School) from 20th March 2013 until 19th March 2017.

  • She was a member of the Business committee and had a special interest in Safeguarding.

2015/16 Attendance: FGB – 100%, Committee – 100%
2016/17 Attendance: FGB – 100%, Committee – 100%

Mrs. Tracey Perry served as a Parent Governor (elected by the parents of Warden Hill Primary School) from 20th March 2013 to 19th March 2017.

  • She was a member of, and Chair of, the Curriculum and Standards committee with a special interest in SEN.

2015/16 Attendance: FGB – 60%, Committee – 100%
2016/17 Attendance: FGB – 66%, Committee – 50%

Mr. Thomas P. Hiatt resigned as Head Teacher on 2nd January 2017.

  • He was appointed by the Governors of Warden Hill Primary School on 1st September 2011 and served as an ex-officio member on the Governing Body.

2015/16 Attendance: FGB – 100%, Business – 100%, C&S – 50%
2016/17 Attendance: FGB – 100%, Business – 100%, C&S – 100%

Mrs. Patricia Courtman retired as a Year 2 teacher on 31st August 2016.

  • She was elected as a Staff Governor in September 2012 and served as a member of the Curriculum and Standards Committee on the Governing Body until her retirement.

2015/16 Attendance: FGB – 80%, Committee – NA

Mrs. Claire Haynes served as a Partnership Governor and was a member of the Curriculum and Standards committee.

  • Appointed by the Governors of Warden Hill Primary School, she served from 1st December 2012 until 30th November 2016.

2015/16 Attendance: FGB – 40%, Committee – 75%

Councillor Christine Ryder served as a Community Governor and was a member of the Curriculum and Standards committee until her inauguration as Mayor of Cheltenham on 16th May 2016.

  • She was appointed by the Governors of the School.

2015/16 Attendance: FGB – 100%, Committee – 100%