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Governors Attendance Record 2019-20

Governor attendance record (2018/19)

Governing Body


The Governing Body comprises:


Rev'd Canon Katrina Scott (Chair of Governors)

Katrina is the ex-officio Governor appointed by the Archdeacon of the Diocese

Katrina is Area Dean in the Church of England for the North Cotswold area, and as such works closely with our local churches and clergy. Katrina was appointed as an additional Governor in May 2016, due to this role and her experience of Governing Bodies in a variety of settings. In May 2017 Katrina took on the ex-officio Foundation Governor role and the Chair position.


She has been a governor of 6 schools over the past 18 years, in both urban and rural settings, including a range in size, structure and stage of schooling too. Katrina enjoys the opportunity to work with schools to offer the best possible experience of education that engages with the whole child and develops their potential.


Within this Governing Body, Katrina is keen to develop good relationships with our communities, staff, churches and to see the school go from strength to strength. She is a member of both the Standards and Resources Committees.

Areas of Responsibility: Staff & pupil morale; SIAMS; Church school distinctiveness; RE; Community relations, safeguarding.


James Macdonald (Vice-Chair of Governors/Foundation Governor)

Jamie is married with 2 teenage boys at local schools. He and his wife have been deeply involved in the school community in Ebrington ever since their boys attended St James and Ebrington School. Jamie has held senior leadership roles in multinational corporations for many years and brings a deep understanding of areas such as IT, finance and strategic planning to his role as a Governor. His focus is on helping the school achieve an Outstanding OFSTED rating. 


Miss Alexandra Symondson is the Interim Executive Head Teacher, please see a welcome message from her on the Home page. 


Alyson Jessopp (Staff Governor)

I have been involved with the school for over ten years as a paid employee and volunteer. I do playground and dinner hall supervision, produce the leaver’s yearbook, run an afterschool club and help out with other tasks where necessary.


I am a qualified youth worker and was the local authority area worker for a number of years, where I was responsible for the running of youth work sessions, the management of staff and 3 buildings, as well as supporting voluntary clubs in the area. I previously worked in Milton Keynes for the YMCA and the local authority, during this time I was a parent and local authority governor at a first school. Currently I am responsible for the Chipping Campden Youth Project, where we run an after school drop in and a session for Young Carers to come, meet and relax.


I have lived in Chipping Campden for 27 years and I am married and have a grown up son who attended Chipping Campden School.


Cerys Purser (Foundation Governor)

Cerys Purser is a member of the St. Eadburgha’s Church family and works in music and arts education. Cerys has worked as a professional opera singer and also led music and singing workshops for primary aged children and teacher insets with national opera companies across the UK. Cerys works with a charity that supports children and young people with Autism to access music tuition and is passionate about making high quality music and arts education available to all children. Cerys is also committed to strengthening school and community relationships and the invaluable contribution they make to one another.


Hugh Fuller (Parent Governor)

I have worked in education for sixteen years and have spent eleven of those years on senior leadership teams. I intend to focus on our students’ improvement in academic progress during my time as a school governor. I have a particular interest in English, as it was my chosen subject at university.


I have also taught Drama, Media Studies and have taught and been responsible for PSHE. I have worked with challenging students, and have set up a support unit to aid those who could not adapt to mainstream education. I am still asked for advice on behaviour management as I have set up behaviour management support for staff in two schools.


My other interests include travel abroad, writing and the cinema. I enjoy eating and drinking out; my joy knew no bounds when I found you could do this whilst watching a film at certain cinemas. In my younger days I played and coached American football and still train a little to work off the calories I so love to take on. Of course, I am also a family man and looking after the little ones (one of them is not so little any more) is very rewarding. I hope to see all our children achieve the success they deserve.


Jo Bowen-Jones (Parent Governor)  

I am a busy Mum, working full time in Early Years at a local playgroup and bringing up my two children, one attends the school the other has moved on. My husband is an arable farmer and farm life is also very hectic. I have worked in a variety of roles in the past, gaining experience in people management, budgeting, financial planning, print procurement in both the litho and digital sectors and project management for a multi-national company, all prior to having children and my career change into the Early Years arena. I feel very strongly about safeguarding for all children and staff, and for every child to have equal and fair opportunities to develop and progress to the best of their abilities with all of the support that they need to achieve this.


Susie Tombs (Foundation Governor)

I was a teacher (of English) at Chipping Campden School for 28 years until my retirement in 2011, and then took on the role of clerk to the Governors at St James’ and Ebrington. After 6 years as clerk I decided to apply to be a Governor in 2017, and I am now pleased to be working for the school in this new role.


Casandra Satchwell (Foundation Governor/Chair of Standards committee)

I am an active member of St James’ Church family, helping out with Bright Sparks after school club, the holiday club and community events. I have lived in Chipping Campden and the local area my whole life, working in catering and childcare before I married my husband Ben and having our 3 children. Now a busy mother of 3, all attend St James’ and Ebrington School. Ben and I run a successful removals business based in Chipping Campden. Other interests include spending time with friends, swimming, going to the gym (when I get time) and days out with the children. I am a volunteer for the Coventry based charity Carriers of Hope. The charity is dedicated to helping asylum seekers, refugees and Eastern European migrants to the Coventry area. My role involves collecting, sorting and delivering donations to the charity. I feel every child should be offered endless opportunities and a safe place to achieve their potential where they feel happy and supported.


Amanda Tudor  (Local Authority Governor/Chair of Resources committee)

I am a Local Authority Governor and currently a Computer Science Teacher at Chipping Campden School. I have been teaching since 2010 and previously was a Senior Project Manager and IT Consultant in the defence sector managing project portfolios circa £8 Million. While teaching in Birmingham I was an LA Governor to an outstanding primary school prior to it becoming part of a multi-academy trust.


Anne McNally (Additional Governor appointed by the LA)

Anne has been involved with schools within the North Cotswolds Schools Federation since 1999. Whilst she was still working as an HR professional, it was as a volunteer helping out with the numerous tasks that take place in schools. This was on the administration side and the educational side with the children. In 2008 she became a school governor and then Chair of Governors at Cold Aston Church of England Primary School. It was during her time as Chair that they achieved their Outstanding status from Ofsted. In 2016, Cold Aston federated with Longborough and Swell Church of England Primary Schools, forming the North Cotswolds School Federation, where she is still a governor and also serves on their Finance and Resources Committee.


She is very much a team player and pleased to contribute to the Board of St. James’ and Ebrington Church of England Primary School. She enjoys seeing the children develop from their first day in school through to year 6 when they venture off to senior school. Primary school is a vital part of a child’s life, and Anne believes that an excellent education is key to their future success.




Governor name Governor Category Sub-committee Term of Office End Date
Katrina Scott Chair - Foundation NA 31.5.20
James MacDonald Vice-Chair - Foundation Resources 30.09.21
Alexandra Symondson Interin Exec Head - Ex Officio NA NA
Alyson Jessopp Staff Resources 30.09.21
Jo Bowen-jones Parent  Standards 31.10.21
Susie Tombs Foundation Standards 30.11.21
Cerys Purser Foundation Standards 30.04.22
Casandra Satchwell Foundation Standards


Amanda Tudor Local Authority Resources (Chair)


Hugh Fuller Parent  Standards (Chair)


Anne McNally Additional Governor (LA) Standards 31.07.20


Any communication with the Governors should be addressed to the Clerk to the Governors. The email address is


Register of Interests:

Katrina Scott: is a Governor of two local schools:  Temple Guiting Church of England Primary School and The Cotswold School. These are non-pecuniary interests.


Amanda Tudor: is employed by Chipping Campden School who also supply IT services to St James' and Ebrington School. This is an indirect pecuniary interest.


Alyson Jessopp: is employed by the school. This is a pecuniary interest. Alyson is also married to a member of the town council/PCC. This is a non-pecuniary interest. 





Details of Additional Governors who have now ended their term of service.


Joanna Jonson Headteacher ended employment 31 7 19

Louise Goll appointed by the LA to 31 07 19

Lorrie Robertson Assistant Headteacher retired 31 07 19

Rachel Howie appointed from 01 6 17 to 31 7 18. Appointed by the Diocese.

Hayley James appointed from 28 5 16 to 27 5 17 Interests: Providing Governor training for the LA. Non pecuniary interest.

Ruth Kessell appointed from 28 5 16  to 27 5 17 Interests: Providing Governor training for the LA. Non Pecuniary interest.

Brian Bartlett appointed from 28 5 16, stepped down December 2016. Interests: none.

Deb Harris appointed from 28 5 16 to 30 9 17.  Interests: none


Details of Previous Governors who were serving during 2015-2016, including start date of first term, date stepped down, Governor type and attendance at meetings in 15/16 academic year. Please see document below:

Register of interests of Previous Governors

Claire Alexander Owner of the Ebrington Arms

Jo Jonson Paid member of teaching staff. This is a pecuniary interest. 

Lorrie Robertson Paid member of teaching staff. This is a pecuniary interest. 

Kim Binder None

Craig Bishop Vicar of St James Church Chipping Campden and of St Eadburgha's Ebrington. Children attending the school. These are non-pecuniary interests.

Ben Daldry Paid member of teaching staff. This is a pecuniary interest.

James Grabham Child at the school. This is a non-pecuniary interest.

Joan Holden None

Alyson Jessopp MDSA at the school - a Pecuniary interest. Married to Chris Jones, Chair of Governors - a non-pecuniary interest.

Christopher Jones Trustee of the playing field and recreation ground trust; Member of Chipping Campden Town Council. Both non-pecuniary. Married to Alyson Jessopp. This is a pecuniary interest as she is an MDSA.

Joanna Jonson Employed as Head of the school. This is a pecuniary interest.

Rowan Keyte Parent of pupils at the school in Years 2 and 3. This is a non-pecuniary interest.

Lorna Oswell Parent of a child in class JC4. This is a non-pecuniary interest.

Jonathan Rawlings Wife employed as a TA at the school. Pecuniary interest.

Sharon Righton Paid member of teaching staff. A pecuniary interest.

James Wilkinson None.


Clerk to the Governors

Clerk: Sarah Longbottom

The clerk is a paid employee, Sarah responds to emails Tuesday and Wednesday mornings and is appointed by the Governors. Sarah has been Clerk since 1st July 2018.


The school has three Trustee bodies:


  • The Churchwardens of St. Eadburgha's, Ebrington


  • The Churchwardens of St. James', Chipping Campden


  • The Thynne & Weymouth Endowed Schools Foundation : Children who attended St. James', who live within the boundaries of the parish of St. James', are provided with a small grant to help them buy certain essentials before transferring to secondary education, on leaving Year 6.  At the point when they move on to higher education, after A levels, those who transferred to Campden School are offered a further grant as long as their permanent address is still within the parish boundaries.  A supplementary grant is provided as they enter their third year in higher education, again, with the residency proviso. 

    Those students who attended St. James' and still comply with the residency clause, who decide to leave Campden School after GCSE results, may apply for a grant if they decide to continue their studies at one of the further education colleges.  The Trustees, however, do not pay out on these grants until the student provides written proof of his/her satisfactory completion of their chosen course.
Governor Information
  • St James' & Ebrington C. of E. Primary School
  • Pear Tree Close, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire,
  • GL55 6DB
  • Ebrington Site
  • Hidcote Road, Ebrington,
  • Gloucestershire, GL55 6NQ
  • 01386 840634