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, listening to Foo Fighters and playing the drums.

Laura Smith - Parent Governor

I joined the governing board at Foxmoor as a parent governor in October 2019. I have one child at the school and another child who attends Little Foxes Nursery. I am currently a teacher at a local school and have over ten years experience working in school settings. I am looking forward to continuing to be part of the Foxmoor team and supporting the school on its journey over the next few years. My other interests include, netball and running.

Val Tuck - Staff Governor

I have been involved with Foxmoor since 2001 in various roles. In 2008 I was supported by the school to begin my journey into teaching. I am currently a Year 5 teacher and responsible for PE which I thoroughly enjoy and continue to develop.I was thrilled to be accepted as a staff governor because I can help to continue to build on this wonderful school’s ethos and continue to encourage and enable every child to reach their full potential with a hand in the decision making. Outside of school, I love to keep fit, travel and spend time with my growing family.

Amanda Read - Co-Opted


Nathanael Roome - Co-Opted

I am a parent of two children currently attending Foxmoor, a secondary school Physics teacher and an Educational Researcher in Cheltenham. From personal experience, I know the potential for an excellent education to transform lives so I share the high standards and high expectations  that have made Foxmoor such a success and recognise the exceptional start this hands our children. In any spare time, I can be found on a Jitsu mat, keeping up to date with physics and technology developments or failing to grow anything but weeds in the garden.

Marc Chevalier - Parent Governor - Chair

I have been a parent governor since November 2020. I am a father of three children, two who currently attend Foxmoor a third who will join them in a few years. In my job as an engineer for a large utilities company, I lead large research projects. This involves stakeholder management, coordination of large teams, procurement and budget management. I hope this experience means I have transferrable skills I can bring to the Governing Board. Foxmoor is going to part of my family's life for a 14 year period and therefore, I'm keen to support the school to continue to strive for the highest standards for the children's education and development. Outside of engineering and three kids (youngest born in April 2020) I just about squeeze in some time for running, cricket and a bit of sleep.

Paula Rimmer - Co-Opted

I am a Reception Class Teacher at Foxmoor Primary School and the Early Years Lead. I have been a teacher for over 20 years and most of that time has been spent teaching in nursery and reception. As the Governing Body has recently embraced Little Foxes Nursery as part of the school, I am keen to raise the profile of the Foundation Stage. Therefore, I am delighted to have been asked to be a Co-Opted governor. My daughter attended Foxmoor and for many years I have been very busy as a 'dance mum'. Now that my children are studying away from home, I have more free time to put back into the school community.

Jen Douglas - Co-Opted

I am a primary school teacher at a relatively new two-form entry school on the outskirts of Gloucester, but have grown up, and still live locally in Stroud. I have taught for 7 years, the majority of which has been in Year 5 and 6. I am the school lead for PE, Sport and OPAL play. I'm delighted to be a Co-opted Governor at Foxmoor and look forward to helping the children, school and community be the best it can be. Outside of school, my passions lie in fitness and sport: running and ope-water swimming as well as rugby and walking.

Matthew Canning - Vice Chair - LA Governor

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.

Graham Robinson - Co-Opted

I am a father of two girls currently attending Foxmoor and live in Bridge Mead, Ebley. As Head of Operations and Procurement at a company in Chavenage, Tetbury, I am a part of, and add value to, the Senior Leadership Team. This involves executing strategic programmes in operations and procurement, lead legal and regulatory compliance in all areas of supply chain including budget management, and demonstrate expertise in international distribution. I’d hope that my working experiences align well with the skills required to be a Governor as I not only have a vested interest in how the school performs, but I am keen to give back to the local community and ensure that the children being taught at the school, strive to always be better than they were yesterday. In my spare time, I am a keen runner who trains 5-6 times a week for races up to marathon distance.


Vacancy - Co-Opted


Governor Type Name Start Date Finish Date Roles and Committees Link Governor Role Pecuniary Interests Declared Attendance FGB Meetings Current Year 20-21
Headteacher Ex Officio Richard Bridgewater 01.01.19   RC and P&SC   Staff 7/7

Graham Robinson

20.10.21 20.10.24 RC


Staff (voted by staff) Val Tuck 03.03.20 03.03.24 P&SC Safeguarding and Staff Wellbeing Staff 5/7
Parent (voted by parents) Laura Smith 01.10.19 01.10.23


English   6/7

Local Authority

Matthew Canning 23.3.21 23.3.25 Vice Chair
Chair of RC
Co-Opted Amanda Read 20.10.21 20.10.25 P&SC      
Co-Opted Jen Douglas 03.11.20 03.11.24 P&SC PE   2/5
Parent (voted by parents) Marc Chevalier 03.11.20 03.11.24

Chair (28.6.2021)

Covid and 
Children's Health Project
Co-Opted Nathanael Broome 23.3.21 23.3.25 Vice Chair of P&SC SEND   4/5
Co-Opted Paula Rimmer 23.3.21 23.3.25 P&SC Little Foxes and 
Staff Wellbeing 
Staff 2/4
Co-Opted Vacancy            


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.

Mr M. Chevalier - Chair of Governors  -

Mrs C. Smith - Clerk to the Governors -