Sheepscombe School Governing Body

What we do
The purpose of governance is to provide confident, strategic leadership and to create robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance. The governing body in our school has a legal responsibility which can be summarised by three core strategic functions:
  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure money is well spent
Our Approach
The governors, in partnership with the co-headteachers, provide effective strategic leadership and strive for excellence across the whole spectrum of school life.  We are committed to an outstanding experience for all our pupils enabling them to learn effectively and achieve high standards across a relevant and rich curriculum. The day-to-day running of the school is the responsibility of the co- headteachers and staff who create a rewarding, enjoyable and safe learning experience.
Our approach is one of commitment, honesty and openness in the performance of our duties. We pride ourselves in the integrity of our members and our balance of rigorous holding to account with positive support.
Governor Meetings
We meet every full term as a Full Governing Body (FGB) and have two committees. These are the Strategic Operations Committee (SOC), responsible for financial aspects of the school and the Teaching and Learning Committee (TLC) whose purpose is to focus on the curriculum itself as well as children’s attainment and progress.
Individually, governors may also have specific responsibility for a subject or priority within the school and will attend meetings for that area as needed. These visits are a valuable opportunity for governors to work closely with staff members to gain a deeper understanding of some of the initiatives used in school to improve and sustain progress.
All governors receive a full induction and further training relevant to their committee membership and specific link area.  Training is provided by Gloucestershire Governor Services.
Who we are
Sheepscombe School’s FGB is made up of representatives from staff, the local authority, parents and members of the community.  Our diverse backgrounds give us a wide range of experience and views, enabling us to make informed decisions about the school collectively.
We welcome and value feedback from parents so please do come and speak to us at school events or we can be contacted via the school office.

Meet The Governors

Below is a list of our dedicated and hardworking Governors. They support and challenge the school in all that they do. Please do not hesitate to contact them should you need to.
Vicky Barron Staff Governor Co-Head teacher
Heather Pilkington Staff Governor Co-Head teacher
Lynsey Willis Co-opted Governor Co-Chair of Governors
Elisabeth Skinner Co-opted Governor Co-Chair of Governors
Tracey Lane Staff Governor
Tessa Lentel LA Governor
Tara Murphy Parent Governor
Debby Thacker Co-opted Governor
Chloe Turner Parent Governor
Seth Johnson Parent Governor
Sandra Hunkin Clerk to Governors


Message from the Co-Chairs of Governors: Elisabeth Skinner and Lynsey Willis

We were so impressed by the benefits of a co-headship that we have matched it by appointing co-chairs.   We enjoy sharing the workload, talking things through together and playing to our strengths.  We are both experienced teachers who live in the village.  Lynsey spent much of her career teaching at Field Court in Quedgeley.  She is an EYFS/KS1 specialist and focuses as a governor on keeping the children safe.  Elisabeth has several lifelong connections with the school including experience as pupil, parent and teacher and has been teaching in higher education since 1989.

In consultation with the staff, the governors have drawn up their strategic priorities for the next three to five years providing the context for the School Development Plan.  There are many exciting projects in the pipeline supporting our vision for creating an inspirational setting where all children flourish. Please do contact either of us if there is anything that you wish to discuss.   and

For Governor Responsibilities, Interests and Biographies click
Governor appointments, responsibilities and interests
Governor Biographies
For details of meeting attendance and past governors see below


Meeting Attendance
Please Click on Governor Attendance records to 201805
Past Governors which we thank for their hard work and support
  • Mark Tallents – Chair of Governors until July 2017, Co-opted Governor until December 2017
  • Zoe Gillan – Parent Governor until Spring 2017
  • Emily Booth – Parent Governor until July 2016.
  • Sara Bennion – Head Teacher until Spring 2016