The Shrubberies School

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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.

Wendy Newby. Headteacher

Term of Office: 2nd September 2021



Angela Wilton. Co-opted Governor.  Appointed by the governing body                                                 

Term of Office: 24th November 2021 – 23rd November 2025

Committee Membership: The Resource Committee.

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

Governor Link: Behaviour and Management. 

Angie is involved with The Mayfield Home Trust which 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 by the governing body

Current Term of Office: 24th November 2021 - 23rd November 2025

Committee Membership:  The Resource and Curriculum Committee

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

Governor Link: Quality of Education

Janice was a deputy head teacher at a number of special schools before her retirement. Until recently she worked as a voluntary counsellor at a local charity. Janice is a regular volunteer at Stroud Museum in the Park.

She has been a valued governor at the school for many years.


Sue Medcroft.  Co-opted Governor. Chair of Governors.  Appointed by the governing body

Current Term of Office: 24th November 2021 - 23rd November 2025

Committee membership: The Curriculum and Resource Committee

Governor Link and Policy Management: Behaviour and Attitude

Sue is a retired 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  worked at The Shrubberies School for 21 years as a Teaching Assistant.  Sue qualified as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant at this time.




Melissa Harrison-Porter. Parent Governor.  Appointed by the governing body

Current Term of Office: 24th November 2021 - -23rd November 2025

Committee Membership: Curriculum Committee

Governor Link: Overall Effectiveness

Melissa has worked with children for 24 years and has 16 years experience as a Governor.  Melissa hopes that The Shrubberies can continue to provide high quality education for all children in the school.


Rachel Stephens. Staff Governor. Appointed by the governing body

Current Term Of Office: 24th November 2021 - 23rd November 2025

Committee Membership: Curriculum report.

Declaration of Interest/Memberships/Associations: Member of staff at The Shrubberies School.

Rachel's experience at The Shrubberies School is vast, having been a member of staff for over 29 years. She gained Qualified Teacher Status 11 years ago and has been Head of Early Years, now called Lower School, for 4 years. Rachel has a high level of understanding of the needs of all our students and believes that we are a school that nurtures the whole child, not just their education.  Rachel feels her knowledge and expertise of the ethos of the school, the daily running of the school and knowing what are the best outcomes for our students will support her role as a governor.

Rachel - "The financial restraints on our school and the outside pressures to gain academy status is very much at the forefront of my concerns for the school and I would hope that I would in some small way help to support the school to make the best choices for all of our students/staff/parents in regards to both issues. The Shrubberies School has always been a positive, welcoming and effective place to work and my hope is that this continues and is not adversely affected by the current climate".


Kirsty Borrill. Local Authority Governor. Appointed by the LA.

Current Term of Office: 15th March 2023 - 14th March 2027.

Committee Membership: Resource.

Declarations of Interest.

Kirsty - "I am a retired Head teacher of a mainstream school who has lived in the  area for 20 years. I have a background in special educational needs and was a qualified Teacher of the Deaf running a resource base prior to Headship. I loved being a teacher and am enjoying retirement even more, cooking and sewing and feel that supporting a school as a governor would help me to give back to the local community and support the school community in a valuable role".


Lisa Hills. Parent Governor. Appointed by the governing body.

Current Term of Office: 6th April 2023 - 5th April 2027.

Committee Membership: Curriculum.

Declarations of Interest: Employed by Whitminster, Uley, Sharpness, Cam Hopton Leonard Stanley Primary Schools.

Lisa - Hi my name is Lisa Hills and I have one son at the Shrubberies School. My background is working within Early years, before moving into teaching in primary schools, both mainstream and within a specialised setting.

Since having children I now work as a Family Support worker across 5 local primary schools. My main responsibilities include safeguarding, mental health and well-being and SEN support.


Joe Feeley. Parent Governor. Appointed by the governing body

Current Term of Office:  31st March 2023 - 1st April 2027.

Committee Membership: Resource.

Joe - I have 20 years experience of working in the third sector at a director level as well as a wealth of experience in senior management in other industries.

I hope that my experience will support The Shrubberies School to be the best it can be for all the students and staff.