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The Governing Body Instrument of Government.


The Name of the school is The Shrubberies School

The School is a community Special School

The Name of the Governing Body is "The Governing Body of The Shrubberies School".

The Governing Body shall consist of:

3 parents

1 Local Authority Governor

1 Staff Governor

1 Headteacher

4 Co-opted Governors


The above Instrument of Government came into effect on 1st December 2013.

The Instrument was made by order of Gloucestershire County Council on 1st December 2013.

In the presence of Representative of Head of Legal Services.


From 1st September 2015, governing bodies  publish on their website their register of interests. 

Lisa Kingston. Chair of Governors:  Appointed / Elected by Jane Jones, Peter Carr, Seconded by Vannessa Moore.                      

PARENT GOVERNOR   Term of Office: 15th September 2014 – 14th September 2018.

Committee Membership:   The Curriculum Committee

Declaration of Interest/memberships/associations:  None

Governor Link and Policy Management:  Teaching and Learning

Elected as Chair of Governors November 2013, having previously been a Parent Governor at The Shrubberies School for nine years.  Lisa was a Primary School Teacher for 23 years, and  special Educational Needs Co-ordinator for ten years; thus overseeing the provision for children with SEN and disabilities.   Lisa is currently studying for a Masters in Education at the University of Gloucestershire.  Lisa’s son Liam is currently in the Secondary Department, having begun his school days in the Shrubberies School Nursery.  “I have a real passion for education and I am fully committed to helping The Shrubberies develop and continue to move forward at a time of rapid change.  I bring to the Governors a questioning mind which enables me to support and challenge in order to provide the best opportunities for all the children here. 


Sue Coates.  Parent Governor. Term of Office: 12th November 2013-11th November 2017.                                                                                             

Committee Membership: The Resources Committee

Declaration of Interest/memberships/associations:  The Shrubberies School PTA Fundraising.

Governor Link and Policy Management:  Safeguarding Governor,  Link Governor


Angela Wilton. Co-opted Governor.                                                                                  

Term of Office: 1st December 2013 – 31st November 2017

Committee Membership: The Resources Committee

Declaration of Interests/Memberships/Associations: Company Secretary of The Mayfield Home Trust. PTA Member.

Governor Link and Policy Management: Behaviour Management, Leadership and Management, Further Education (The Apperley Centre Governor).

The Mayfield Home Trust is a charity that awards grants to families and organisations that have a member with a learning disability.  Grants have been made to individuals at The Shrubberies School and also to groups of students accessing Residential Learning Experiences at ProCorda and the School Summer Playscheme.   Angela’s daughter attended The Shrubberies School from the age of 4 to 16 years of age.


Janice Ludlam.  Vice Chair.  Co-opted Governor.  Appointed / elected by Jane Jones, Lisa Kingston, Seconded by Vannessa Moore                                 

Current Term of Office: 1st December 2013 – 31st November 2017

Committee Membership:  The Resources Committee

Declaration of Interest/memberships/associations: Member of BACP, NAHT.

Governor Link and Policy Management: Teaching and Learning

Janice works as a volunteer counsellor for Listening Post which is an organisation offering low cost counselling in Stroud, Cheltenham and Gloucester.  Janice is a member of the British Association of Counselling and psychotherapy, BACP) which is the professional organisation for counsellors.  Janice is also a lifetime member of the National Association of Headteachers (NAHT).


Sue Medcroft.  Co-opted Governor. Appointed by Jane Jones, seconded by Angela Wilton                                                                                                     

Current Term of Office: 12th November 2013 – 11th November 2017

Committee membership: None specified

Declaration of Interest/Memberships/Associations: Staff, Behaviour Management Team. Member of ATL Union.  Registered with Family Link.

Governor Link and Policy Management: Link Governor

Sue is a  Tutor for The Apperley Further Education Centre.   Sue has a  Level 3 award in Education and Teaching (QCF), and is  

coordinator of Vision Impaired and Team Teach Trainer.  Sue is a Comenius project member, First Aid at Work qualified and annually attends residential learning weeks with students from The Apperley Centre.  Sue has also been a Governor at a mainstream primary school where her children attended.  Sue has worked at The Shrubberies School for 21 years as a Teaching Assistant.  Sue qualified as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant at this time.


Vannessa Moore. Co-opted Governor. Appointed by  Janice Ludlam, seconded by Lisa Kingston                                                                                            

Current Term of Office:  1st September 2014 – 31st August 2018

Committee membership: The Curriculum Committee

Declaration of Interest/Memberships/Associations:  Previous Member of Staff

Governor Link and Policy Management: Children in Care.

Vannessa was Co-opted to The Governing Body on retirement of the Assistant Headteacher in 2014.  She has taught in Special Needs Schools from 1976, in Rotherham, Sheffield and Gloucester.  Vannessa has been a Foundation Governor at a mainstream school where her children attended.  

Vannessa – “I have a strong belief that all children deserve this best education possible and is passionate about the special needs education for the most vulnerable in our society”. 


Peter Carr. Local authority Governor. Appointed by the Local Authority.

Current Term of Office: 28th September 2016 - 27th September 2020.

Committee membership: The Resource Committee

Declaration of Interest/Memberships/Associations: Governor at Gloucestershire College. On secondment until February 2019 with Gloucestershire County Council.

Peter is managing the GFirst LEP evaluation team.

Peter has experience of chairing meetings, strategic planning and has links with local employers and local authorities.

Peter hopes to be able to help The Shrubberies School to continue to thrive and provide excellent learning for its students and pupils.














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