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Mrs R Bale, Chair of Governors – Parent Governor

Rachel is a solicitor specialising in litigation. She moved to Winchcombe in November 2013. She has three children, her son is at Isbourne Valley School and her daughters are both at Winchcombe School. She passionately believes that all children should achieve their full potential and that school is not just about educating children in terms of subjects and curriculum, but also encouraging them to see beyond their formal education, to develop skills and prepare for successful lives beyond school. She became Chair of Governors in May 2016.

Safeguarding governor

Appointed by parents


Mr J Godding - Head Teacher

Justin studied history at university in London before completing his PGCE in Nottingham. He taught history at inner city comprehensive schools in Nottingham and Derby for a number of years until he  moved back to Cheltenham. He has taught in several primary school in the area and was Deputy Headteacher at a local school before joining Isbourne Valley School as Headteacher in September 2016. When he is not in school he enjoys running, cycling  and watching cricket and is a Leeds United supporter.


Lord Wemyss - Coopted Governor

Lord Wemyss is the owner of Stanway Estate which includes the school at Didbrook.  He taught international relations at Oxford University.  His family has been actively involved in this school since its foundation.

Appointed by governing body


Mrs S Proctor – Coopted Governor

Sue was a teacher for over 30 years in Lancashire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire. She taught in secondary and primary schools, lectured in Special Education at GlosCol and was head of an Adult Education Centre. Sue has been headteacher at three schools; Winchcombe Abbey, Oak Hill, a split-site small rural primary school, and at Whaddon School and Children’s Centre, in Cheltenham. She has now retired from education and works part-time in the marketing department of a local educational book distribution company as well as volunteering as a Town Guide. She and her husband have lived in Winchcombe for nearly 40 years.

Inclusion, SEND & EYFS governor

Appointed by governing body


Miss F Jauch - Staff Governor

After completing a PGCE in Primary Education in 2008, Frances moved to the Cotswolds and has taught in a number of schools across Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. She has a particular interest in developing children's writing skills.

Appointed by staff


Cllr R Wilson - Local Authority Governor

Councillor Roger Wilson is the Conservative County Councillor for the expanded County Council division of Winchcombe and Woodmancote. He is a Chartered Accountant and farmer who has had a long career in commerce. After many years living locally Roger is well attuned to most of the issues affecting the area. He has a strong social conscience and firmly believes in community.

Appointed by governing body


Mrs L Fisher – Coopted Governor

Linda moved to the Cotswolds in 2007 when she retired from her role as UK Managing Director of a software and services company that had major success as a supplier to the Financial Services Sector. Linda brings a breadth of experience in marketing and general business management to add to the team. Her passion for education is partly fuelled by family with all of her closest family involved in education.

Health & Safety governor

Appointed by governing body


Mr J Boodle - Parent Governor

Jon has a background in mental health and homelessness working in both London and Bristol until 2012 .  He now has his own gardening business and works locally in and around Winchcombe. His eldest son goes to Isbourne Valley and his other son attends Winchcombe Abbey Primary School and he is actively involved in the local community.  Due to his professional background he has an interest in working with disadvantaged individuals and believes that his skills and experience translate into his role as a parent governor.  He has lived in Gloucestershire most of his life and has a strong connection to the countryside.

Appointed by parents


Clerk to the Governors



We currently have a vacancy for Clerk to the Governors.


If you are interested in becoming a governor, please contact the Chair of Governors.


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