Governors at Foxmoor Primary School


The governing body at Foxmoor work closely with Mr Bridgewater to ensure the school provides the best possible education for all pupils. This includes setting objectives, monitoring and evaluating progress and offering support and challenge. All governing bodies have these three main functions:

· To ensure clarity of ethos and strategic direction for the school

· To hold school leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils and the performance of staff

· To ensure the effective use of school finances and overseeing financial performance

The structure of the governing body is laid out in the ‘Instrument of Governance’. Our team of nine is made up of several types of governor which allows us to ensure we have a broad range of skills and experiences necessary to be effective.


Meet the Governors

Richard Bridgewater - Headteacher

I started my teaching career in Devon in 2005 and spent the first eight years as a class teacher and then as an Assistant Headteacher. Prior to joining Foxmoor in January 2019, I spent five years as a Deputy Headteacher at a two-form entry primary school in Worcestershire. I work closely with the Governing Body to set the strategic direction of the school but underpinning this is always what is best for the children in our care. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, mountain biking and listening to Foo Fighters and Biffy Clyro.

Faye Ingram - Chair - LA Governor

I have been involved with Foxmoor as a parent since 2011 and became a governor in 2015. I am a Finance Director for a local healthcare company and enjoy being able to transfer my skills and understanding to work alongside the other governors and Mr Bridgewater to plan for the future of the school and its community. I love the sense of community that the school has and how involved the teachers and children always are in every aspect of school life. Outside of work and school, I love to spend time with my family, am a keen runner and enjoy listening to music.

Adam Halsey - Staff Governor

I joined Foxmoor Primary School in 2013 as Assistant Headteacher and was thrilled to join a passionate and dedicated team of staff, who offer such a broad range of academic and extracurricular opportunities. Amongst other responsibilities, I am the maths subject leader and coordinate assessment across the school. Our aim is to support all pupils in achieving their potential during their time at Foxmoor. I was proud to become a member of the governing body and take an active role in supporting the decision-making process at this level.

Helen Riddell - Parent Governor

I have been a parent governor of Foxmoor School since 2016 and two of my daughters currently attend the school, whilst my eldest has been through Foxmoor and is now studying her GCSEs at Maidenhill Secondary School. I work for the National Trust as Head of Business Services and am based at their HQ in Swindon. I joined the Governing body at Foxmoor anticipating that change would be ahead and I wanted to be part of the team that steered the school into its next chapter. I’m looking forward to working with the rest of the governors and the teaching staff to ensure Foxmoor maintains its high standards, not just academically, but also in the fantastic extra-curricular activities that the school provides.

Jane Stevens - Co-Opted

I joined the school as a teacher in 1993 and then was responsible for IT. Subsequently, I was the Maths subject leader and Assessment coordinator and when I retired from the school in 2014, I had been Assistant Headteacher for several years. I have also been a parent at the school and consequently have had close ties with both staff and children. I was delighted to become a co-opted Governor in 2018 and look forward to helping guide the school into its exciting future. I also have other volunteering roles, I enjoy walking and hope to delve into my family tree.

Martyn Jones - Co-Opted

I have served as a co-opted governor at Foxmoor for over thirty years. All three of my children attended Foxmoor. I was a full time Firefighter, both in Stroud and Gloucester for 30 years. After retiring from the fire service in 2005, I spent the next twelve years as a teaching assistant at Foxmoor working with year 5, I retired from this position in 2017. I have continued to support all aspects of school life. Some of my many hobbies include: fly fishing and tying, restoring ancient engines, gardening, horology (extremely amateur), and travel.

Susan Freck

I am a Co-opted Foxmoor Governor and also a Governor at Stroud High School. Prior to retirement, I had taught at Foxmoor School for 19 years. I am fascinated by teaching and learning and truly want the best for our Foxmoor Family. Other interests include: reading, family tree research, interior design and gardening.

Vacancy - Parent Governor


Matthew Canning - Co-Opted

Throughout my career I have worked with a number of educational providers and businesses helping them with funding and long term planning. Having returned to Stroud in 2017, I want to use my experience in helping the local school and its community. My career in banking has allowed me to work on a range of school projects across the UK working directly with both teachers and pupils. This is a fantastic opportunity to play a part in the schools future.


Governor Type Name Start Date Finish Date Roles and Committees Pecuniary Interests Declared Attendance FGB Meetings Current Year
Headteacher Ex Officio Richard Bridgewater 01.01.19   RC and P&SC   3/3
Parent (voted by parents) Helen Riddell 20.05.16 19.05.20 Vice Chair
Local Authority Faye Ingram 07.07.19 06.07.23 Chair
Staff (voted by staff) Adam Halsey 08.03.16 07.03.20 P&SC   6/6
Martin Kavanagh 01.12.13 01.04.19     6/6
Co-Opted Susan Freck 01.12.13 30.11.21 P&SC Governor at Stroud High School 7/7
Co-Opted Martyn Jones
01.12.13 30.11.21 RC   6/7
Co-Opted Jane Stevens 06.09.18 05.09.22 P&SC   7/7


Matthew Canning 26.03.19 25.03.22 RC   2/2


We have two committees that meet regularly in addition to the full governing board meetings to focus on more specific areas of the school.
The Resources Committee (RC) covers aspects such as finance and budgets, staffing, premises, health and safety and compliance.
The Performance and Standards Committee (P&SC) focuses on curriculum, standards, safeguarding, pupils and the community.
In addition to the committees, we have some ‘nominated governors’ who take responsibility for some specific areas, such as safeguarding and SEND.

If you would like to contact the governing board or would be interested in becoming a governor then please get in touch through the school office or by emailing either the Clerk to the Governors or the Chair of Governors.

Mrs F. Ingram - Chair of Governors  -

Mrs P. Puddephatt - Clerk to the Governors -