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


Vannessa Moore. Co-opted Governor.

Appointed by Sue Medcroft and seconded by Jane Jones                                                                                      Current Term of Office:  1st September 2014 – 25th September 2019

Committee membership: The Curriculum Committee

Declaration of Interest/Memberships/Associations:  Previous member of staff

 Children in Care and pastoral governor.

Vannessa was co-opted to The Governing Body on retirement of the Assistant Head Teacher 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”. 


Angela Wilton. Co-opted Governor.  Vice Chair                                                                              

Term of Office: 1st December 2017 – 31st November 2021

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) Health and Safety 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,  Seconded by Sue Medcroft                                

Current Term of Office: 1st December 2017 – 31st November 2021

Committee Membership:  The Resources Committee

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

Governor Link and Policy Management: Teaching and Learning

Janice has worked for 30 years as a teacher and deputy head in a number of special schools in different areas of the country.  She is a firm believer in the right of pupils with special educational needs to a high quality education appropriate to their individual needs.  Janice is a qualified counsellor and volunteers with a local counselling charity.


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

Current Term of Office: 12th November 2017 – 11th November 2021

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.




Melissa Harrison-Porter. Parent Governor. Appointed by Jane Jones

Current Term of Office: 1st February 2017 - 31st January 2021

Committee Membership: Curriculum Committee

Declaration of Interest/Memberships/Associations: Operational Head Teacher at Coney Hill Primary School

Governor Link: The Effectiveness of Early Years Provision, my world. Specific responsibilities  Safeguarding. 

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 Jane Jones

Current Term Of Office: 1st September 2017 - 31st August 2021

Committee Membership: Curriculum Committee.

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

Governor Link: Rachel links with Melissa Harrison-Porter for The effectiveness of early years provision.

Rachel's experience at The Shrubberies School is vast, having been a member of staff for 24 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".


Michael Rooke. Parent Governor. Appointed by The Governing Body.

Current Term of Office: 26th September 2017 - 27th September 2021.

Committee Membership: Resource committee.

Declaration of Interest/Memberships/Associations: Husband of the chair of The Shrubberies School PTA.

Governor Link: Me and my community, Effectiveness of leadership and management. GDPR Governor.

Skills and experience: Mike is an executive chef at a private school/college for 1000 pupils. Mike has a vast knowledge of Health and Safety and food hygiene.  Mike - " I am looking forward to being part of a team to help support The Shrubberies School enable the staff and pupils work, learn and play in a safe and inclusive environment".


Gbubemi Obioru. Parent Governor. Appointed by The Governing Body.

Current Term of Office: 29th April 2019 - 28th April 2023.

Committee Membership: Resource Committee.

Skills and experience: Gbubemi is a Project Management Professional and a key worker due to Care Support Work he undertakes with people with mental health disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, etc. 

Gbubemi - "I have been a Parent Governor for about a year and a half and it has been a welcome opportunity to be of service towards providing inputs to make the school more productive for our children, while also acknowledging the work the staff put in to make this possible.

My one desire for the school is that its students have more opportunities to build their confidence and skills by been exposed to sporting activities both indoors and outdoors. This will also give them an added chance to learn new skills and discover other things that they can get fulfilment with.

I will like to say thank you to the Head Teacher and her team for their good  works in making the Shrubberies a benchmark for great processes and innovations in the county".