The Governing Body has three core functions:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. Holding the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

As per our Instrument of Government our Governing Body is made up of 12 individuals: 2 parent governors; 1 Local Authority (LA) Governor (nominated by the LA but appointed by the governing body); 1 staff governor; the Head Teacher and 7 co-opted governors, some of which are also parents. 


The governing body meets six times per year in the evenings at school, governors are also requested to serve on at least one committee.  We have three committees:

  • Curriculum & Standards – meets six times per year during school hours
  • Finance & Asset Management – meets five times per year in the evening
  • Personnel – meets three times per year in the evening

Governors also support the school and gather knowledge by acting as links between the governing body and the subject leads, this encourages governors to spend time in school.  Minutes from the governing body meetings are available by contacting the Clerk to Governors.  If you wish to contact any governor please do so by leaving a message at school or by contacting the Clerk.


We currently have two governor vacancies and if you may be interested in fulfilling one of these please contact the Chair of Governors or the Clerk by emailing


Ideally we are looking for individuals that have time to offer; training and support will be provided.


Chair of Governors - Jonny Hill - Parent Governor

I've served as a Parent Governor since September 2014 and as the Chair since September 2015.  With 2 children at the school, and living locally, I have a personal and community interest in seeing the school thrive and strengthen its role as a major part of the lives of young people in Cirencester.  


I work at St. James's Place Wealth Management as a senior manager, and as the Chair work closely with the Executive Head Teacher to define and communicate the school's strategy for the future, while also leading Governors' challenge to the School in executing our plan.


I welcome feedback from across the School community and can be reached at at any time.


Chris Harlow - Parent Governor

After a successful career in business management, I am now semi-retired.


I have a long-standing interest in education, having taught briefly, as well as having served as a Governor of a Lower School in Bedfordshire.  I have also recently been a part-time Bikeability cycling instructor. 


I am pleased to be able to support the school, its pupils and staff by my active involvement in CPS as a Governor.

Sue Gryspeerdt - Staff Governor

I have lived in the Cirencester area for over 20 years and my four children were educated locally. I joined Cirencester Primary School more than seven years ago, soon after I qualified as a teacher.


During my own children's education I have maintained a close interest in their schools and as a teacher I now wish to contribute to the improvement and development of our school.

Francis Reardon - Co-opted Governor

I've lived in and around Cirencester for my whole life and was a pupil at Cirencester Primary School (County Infants and County Juniors as it was then) until 1996.  I now work for Zurich Insurance in Swindon.  I have a keen interest in education as my education (including at Cirencester Primary School) has been a really important factor in my life.  I also like to try to give something back to the community and am part of the committee of my local cycling club.

I joined the Governing Body in 2016 and hope to bring a slightly different perspective to help the school deliver the best outcomes it can to children in Cirencester.


Rebecca Haestier - Co-opted Governor

I am an actuary and manage a team in the Finance Department of St. James’s Place, a wealth management organisation based in Cirencester.   With one child already at the school and another starting in September 2015, I am keen to support the school in delivering a wonderful all-round education. 


While not at work I enjoy cycling, playing the piano and getting out and about in the area with my family.

Steve Forecast - Co-opted Governor

As I work in Cirencester, at the 6th Form College, I was interested in becoming more involved with the local community and was co-opted to the Governing body in December 2016.  I have been a school governor for a number of years in South Gloucestershire acting as Chair on a number of occasions and sitting on the LA Schools Forum, I am also a National Leader of Governance.  As with many people I became a governor when my children were in school, unlike many I haven't lost the bug and have continued ever since.

Jennifer Owen - Co-opted Governor

I have worked at Cirencester College as a Pastoral Manager, designated safeguarding lead and lecturer for the past 12 years.  Prior to this role I worked in recruitment and finance.  I have previously been a staff governor at Cirencester 6th Form, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.  I have a daughter at the school in the steady phase and a young son.  I became a co-opted governor and am keen to increase the profile of the school in the local community and support Cirencester Primary in providing an inclusive education for all.

When not at work I enjoy spending time with my family and being outdoors and on the water.

Lynn Hilditch - Local Authority Governor

Recently retired, I have had a varied career in the Royal Air force as an Air Traffic Controller, travelling the UK and overseas in a 22 year engagement, undertaken in two parts. In the past 12 years I have worked as an IT Consultant using various software programmes, administering, configuring and controlling IT resources. I have lived in Cirencester for 35 years, raising 3 children. Now as a grandmother I am again interested in the education of children hoping to aid and encourage the local schools to provide the best outcomes for the next generation.


The minutes of the Governing Body meetings are available in school.  If you wish to view these documents please contact the Clerk to the Governors by emailing to make arrangements to access these.

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