The 3 key roles of the Governors are:

  • Defining the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the Headteacher to account by supporting and challenging them to deliver the school’s objectives.
  • Ensuring effective use of the school finances

The Governing Body is made up of 12 people who all wish to ensure the school provides the best possible education for all of its pupils. Training is undergone to help them carry out this role.
It meets 6 times a year and consists of:

  • 2 parent governors elected by the parents
  • 1 Local Authority governor appointed by the LA
  • 1 staff governor elected by the staff, both teaching and support.
  • The Headteacher
  • 7 co-opted governors, some of whom may also be parents, co-opted for their skills

There are two committees (who meet 6 times a year)

Curriculum and Standards Committee (C&S) which is responsible for monitoring the curriculum , the progress and achievement of children.

Resources Committee (R) which is responsible for overseeing the financial management, the premises, Health &Safety and personnel of the school.

Governors also have individual responsibility for other aspects of governance.

Minutes of meetings are available to review on request  Please contact the school office.

To contact the Governors please use

Governor Profiles

NameCategory of GovernorProfileCommitteeRoles & Responsibilities
Mr Martin Doidge
Co-opted Governor
I have worked in a senior capacity at a local secondary school in Cirencester for many years and hope I can bring my experience of governance, finance and school operations to the Chesterton governing body to support the great work the school is doing for the local community.
Mrs Katie Jones
Parent GovernorI have always lived in Cirencester and attended Chesterton School myself as a child, I now have two children who both attend the School. I felt that becoming a Governor was a great way to be involved with, and support the school.Chair of Resources Committee
EYFS, Nursery & SEND
Head Teacher appraisal panel
Mr David LaceyCo-opted GovernorI have 15 years’ experience as senior statistician in a number of government departments including HM Treasury and the Home Office with a particular background in Public Sector Finances. I moved to Cirencester in 2013 to set up and run a small business. I have two children at Chesterton and help run the school chess club which is open to all children at lunchtimes.
Chair of Curriculum & Standards, Pay Panel
Chair of Governors, Maths Governor, HT appraisal panel, Pupil premium, Sports premium, Safer Recruitment.
Mr Peter LangmanCo-opted Governor
My children attended Chesterton Primary School between 1990 & 1997 during which time my wife and I were active members of the PTA. I have recently retired from full time asset management and para-legal work in the rail industry and am currently involved in a variety of voluntary roles within the community. I was invited to become a co-opted governor in May 2016 during a period of intense change and I look forward to supporting the ongoing development of the school.
Resources, Pay Panel
Vice Chair of Governors, English, Safeguarding, Safer Recruitment
Mrs Wendy MonteithCo-opted GovernorI am a co-opted governor and parent of two, living in the Chesterton area. My children both attend Chesterton Primary School and often attend Busy Bees for breakfast, after school or holiday club. As a governor, I bring over 15 years of experience within the higher education sector and now I look developing my knowledge and understanding of primary education, specifically at Chesterton Primary School. As a parent, I am particularly committed to supporting the development of the school as we go forward and I look forward to contributing where possible.Curriculum & StandardsMost able
Children in care
Mrs Sally TerryStaff GovernorI have been a teacher for 23 years in a number of areas in England and have taught at Chesterton Primary School for 10 years. At Chesterton I am currently teacher for year 2 and have responsibility for Computing across the school. More recently I have become part of the School Leadership Team. I have been active in supporting my local community and have been Chair of Fairford Pre-School, Brownie Leader and Beaver Scout Administrator.
Curriculum & StandardsNone
Ms Vanessa GrimshawLA GovernorIn my career I have worked at a senior level within the education sector in Gloucestershire as well as within Gloucestershire County Council as an Officer. This knowledge I can use to support the school in its development. I was invited to be Governor in October 2016 and as the Local Authority Governor I have the interests of the parents, pupils and staff at heart.Curriculum & StandardsChair of Curriculum & Standards Committee
Mrs Karen VennerHead Teacher
Mrs Jenny McConkeyParent GovernorI have a son who attends Chesterton and another who is currently at Busy Bees. I am keen to support the development of the school and be involved in helping it move forward. Curriculum & StandardsH&S Governor, Marketing Committee

Supplementary Information

NameTerm of Office - FromTerm of Office - ToRegister of Interests*Attendance at FGB Meetings**Attendance at Committee Meetings
Mrs Katie Jones
Mr Richard Lloyd
18/05/201517/05/2019I am a solicitor at Tanners in Cirencester and my mother-in-law is Sonja Sage, a teacher at the school.3/66/6
Mr David Lacey
10/10/201309/10/2017My wife is a parent helper at the school6/66/6
Mrs Wendy Monteith18/05/201517/05/2019None5/66/6
Mr Peter Langman08/02/201607/02/2020None6/66/6
Mrs Sally Terry19/04/201618/04/2020Member of staff6/66/6
Ms Vanessa Grimshaw28/11/201627/11/20203/44/4
Mr Martin Doidge16/06/201615/06/20205/66/6
Mr James Alexander21/01/201620/01/2020None2/65/6
Mrs Caroline Razazan18/06/201617/06/2020None4/63/6

* This includes details of any educational establishments they govern any relationship between governors and members of the school staff including spouses, partners and relatives any financial, or other, interest in an organisation which could feasibly be in a position to supply goods/services to the school.

** September 2016 to July 2017

Governor Attendance September 2017 to July 2018

NameTerm of Office - FromTerm of Office - ToRegister of Interests*Attendance at FGB Meetings**Attendance at Committee Meetings
Mrs Katie Jones
Mr David Lacey
10/10/201309/10/2017My wife is a parent helper at the school5/52/2
Mrs Wendy Monteith18/05/201517/05/2019None5/52/2
Mr Peter Langman08/02/201607/02/2020None5/52/2
Mrs Sally Terry19/04/201618/04/2020Member of staff5/52/2
Ms Vanessa Grimshaw28/11/201627/11/20203/50/2
Mrs Karen Venner01/09/20175/54/4
Mrs Jenny McConkey17/07/201716/07/2021None5/52/2
Mr Martin Doidge16/06/201615/06/20205/52/2


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