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What are School Governors?

School governors are volunteers with a variety of skills and backgrounds, who wish to make a positive contribution to children’s education.

The Governing Body provides strategic leadership and accountability for the school, and has three key functions:

  • To oversee the financial position of the school, making sure the money is well spent.

  • To hold the Head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils.

  • To Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school.


All Governors are appointed for a term of 4 years and are subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Governors commit to undertaking regular training on many aspects of education and school management in order to be able to perform their duties to the highest standard.

School governance is monitored and assessed by OFSTED as part of the Leadership and Management judgement in their report.


For more information about school governance see the DfE School Governance Handbook.

Please read our Annual Governors report to Parents.


Types of School Governor

There are various types of governors drawn from different areas of the community including, parents, staff, Local Authority, community and other groups. Governors commit to attending 5 annual full governor meetings and 5 sub-committee meetings, as well as making regular visits to the school for the purposes of monitoring or engaging in discussions to further the school’s development.

The following types of governor are applicable to the governing body of our school:

Parent Governor
Elected by parents and carers of children at the school.
Staff Governor
Selected by election from teaching and support staff from the school.
Co-opted Governor  
Appointed by the governing body to represent the wider community or to provide specific skills.
LA Governor
Appointed by the Local Authority.
Foundation Governor       
Appointed by the school’s founding body, church or other organisation named in the school’s Instrument of government.
Ex-Officio Governor
A type of Foundation Governor usually reserved for the Parish Priest.


Our Governors

Mrs D Fisher
Holds office: N/A
Type: Headteacher
Pecuniary Interests: 
None (Academic Year 2023/24).


Mr Andrew Norman

Holds office: November 2019 - December 2027 (2nd Term)

Type: Co-opted Governor - Chair of Governors

Pecuniary Interests:  2 children at FCCE School (Academic Year 2023/24).  

Says: I have 2 children at the school and I'm very pleased to be able to support this fantastic school as a Governor, helping support pupils, staff and the wider school community to achieve. I have been so impressed as a parent by the way the school cares for and nurtures the children, giving them the best possible start to their education, it is great to be able to support the school in continuing their great work. 

Mrs Lucie Hudson
Holds office: November 2023 – November 2027 
Type: Staff Governor 
Pecuniary Interests:  2 children at FCCE School (Academic Year 2023/24)

Says: As a staff member for over 11 years I have a passionate interest in the well being and success of the school and it’s community. I have chosen to put my own children in this school due to my knowledge of this school’s caring heart and ability to see and draw out the best in its pupils. It is a community I feel grateful and passionate about and hope to support it move from strength to strength.

Mrs Rosey Simpkins
Holds office: December 2015 – March 2024 (2nd Term)
Type: Foundation Governor appointed by the Parochial Church Council
Pecuniary Interests:  Employee at Crossbow Preschool (Academic Year 2023/24)


Mrs Alison Mulcahy
Holds office: April 2021 - April 2025
Type: Parent Governor appointed by an election of parents
Pecuniary Interests: 1 child at FCCE School (Academic Year 2023/24)
Says: I wanted to become a parent governor because my daughter’s education is of the utmost importance to me. We love the school’s ethos and I’m keen to help it become the best it can be. Creating an environment to promote the well-being of our children and ensure they can achieve their full potential.

Mr Mark Toogood
Holds office: January 2021 - January 2025
Type: Co-opted Governor appointed by an election of governing body
Pecuniary Interests: None

Says: have lived in the village for nearly 25 years and have always had a strong affinity with FCCE as both my girls went to the school and I started my teaching career here in the early 90’s. Having left the education section last year, I still feel I have a lot to give and am very happy to be appointed as Governor to the school. I am looking forward to supporting and helping the children, staff and community to build on past successes and make FCCE the best school it can be.

Mr Biagio Arancio

Holds office: October 2019 - December 2027 (2nd Term)

Type: Co-opted Governor

Pecuniary Interests:  2 Children at FCCE School (Academic Year 2023/24).  

Says: I am very excited about this opportunity to support the school and help the community of staff, parents and others, who work so hard to create a positive environment for our children to grow and develop. I hope to bring some of my skills and experience from my career into this role and am enthusiastic and eager to contribute to the enduring success of this special school.

Mrs Fay Reeves

Holds Office: November 2021 - November 2025

Type: Co-opted Governor

Pecuniary Interests:  1 Child at FCCE School (Academic Year 2023/24).  

Father Ben Thompson

Holds Office: September 2022 - September 2026

Type: Foundation Governor - Vice Chair

Pecuniary Interests:  None

Says: As the priest with pastoral responsibility for the parish of Frampton Cotterell, my work includes taking an active interest in the life of our school as the ex-officio foundation governor. This includes a concern for the wholistic education of the school’s children, continuing the tradition established by my predecessors in 1842 when they founded the school in a room originally attached to St Peter's Church.

Mr Larry Fedrick
Holds office: October 2022 - October 2026
Type: Parent Governor
Pecuniary Interests:  2 Children at FCCE School (Academic Year 2023/24).  

Says: Two of my children attend the school and I have witnessed how hard the staff work to create the best learning environment for them, so I offered to help. It was suggested that I submit an application to become a Parent Governor and this was accepted, so I am endeavouring to make a worthwhile contribution utilising my life and career experience. 

Ms Sally Bellamy

Holds office: September 2023 - September 2027

Type: Foundation Governor

Pecuniary Interests:  1 child at FCCE School (Academic Year 2023/24).

Says: I decided to become a governor because as first and foremost I am a mother who has a child in Frampton Cotterell Cof E School. And secondly a Christian who has a passion for bringing the knowledge and love of God into the lives of Children as I believe it is fundamental that with a foundation of  Christian values a child can become happy and healthy learners.

Mrs Gemma Shafto

Holds office: September 2023 - October 2027

Type: Co-opted Governor

Pecuniary Interests:  1 child at FCCE School (Academic Year 2023/24).

Says: I am delighted to be part of the Frampton governors. As a parent of two and already a family member of the school I wanted to help where possible in the strategic running of the school. My current career in secondary education lends itself well in helping prepare children for independence and the transition from primary at a governors level. Gaining experience in the primary field is also beneficial in potential primary education careers in the future.  

Mrs Joanne Widdup

Holds office: January 2024 - January 2028

Type: Parent Governor

Pecuniary Interests:  2 children at FCCE School (Academic Year 2023/24).

Says: I have 2 children at FCCE and attended the school myself so I have a strong connection with the school. FCCE is a caring and nurturing school with a kind and inclusive atmosphere and I am keen to support the school to be the best it can be to ensure each and every child receives the very best education possible.


Miss Sarah Evans


Associate Members:

Mrs Nicola Addicott our School Business Manager is in attendance at FGB to inform the Governing Body of the finance situation of the school.
Pecuniary Interests:  None (Academic Year 2023/24)

Previous Governors (within 12 months)


Mr Gareth Slater
Holds office: May 2018 – June 2023 
Co-opted Governor appointed by an election of governing body
Pecuniary Interests:  1 child at FCCE School (Academic Year 2022/23),
Committee: Chair of Resources and Staffing

Mrs Vicki Leonard

Held office: February 2019 - February 2023 (Left at end of term)

Type: LA Governor

Pecuniary Interests:  2 children at FCCE School (Academic Year 2022/23).  Teacher at St Michaels CE VC Primary School.

Committee: School Improvement

Revd Malcolm Strange

Held office: September 2021 – September 2023 (resigned)

Type: Ex-Officio Foundation Governor appointed by the Parochial Church Council

Pecuniary Interests: None (Academic Year 2021/22)

Committee: School Improvement

Ms Gen Houston

Held office: September 2018 – August 2023 (resigned)

Type: Teacher Governor appointed by an election of staff

Pecuniary Interests: None (Academic Year 2021/22)

Committee: School Improvement


If you wish to contact the Governing Body about any issues please contact the Clerk to the Governing Body on 01454 867205 for more information.

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