The Governing Body of King’s Stanley Church of England Primary School

The Governing Body is made up of 14 Governors who are all volunteers who are committed to giving our children the best education they can.

There are:

1 Head Teacher

1 Staff Member

4 Co-opted Governors who are appointed by the Full Governing Body

5 Parent Governors who are voted in by the parents at the school

2 Foundation Governors who are local people appointed by the Church of England

1 LEA Governor appointed by the County

The Full Governing Body meets six times a year and in between each Full Governors’ meeting the sub committees meet. These are: Finance & Premises, Curriculum & Standards, and Personnel.

Apart from the meetings the Governors come into school to help in many different ways. They see lessons and talk with teachers, they oversee any building repairs, they take assemblies and they talk with parents and offer invaluable advice. They are also responsible for appointing staff.

The Clerk to the Governor ensures that all the paper work is kept up to date and organises any elections or training that is needed.

The Governors are led by Sam Attrill, the Chair of Governors.


Derk van den Broek - Head Teacher

Sarah Wilson - Deputy Head 


Diane Duxbury

Both of Diane's children attended King's Stanley. Diane is the Chair of the Curriculum and Standards Committee. Originally from Welling, Kent, Diane went to Aberystwyth University to study maths and music, started teaching in Somerset and then moved to Gloucestershire to become Head of House at Balcarras school, Cheltenham. She is still there, teaching maths part time. Diane has lots of sporting and musical interest and is a big fan of Manchester United.

Tori Gunn

Tori lives in Leonard Stanley with her husband and their two young sons. Her eldest recently joined King's Stanley Primary School. She grew up in the village and returned here after university, travelling and living in Singapore. She has a BA Hons degree in Linguistics and a Masters in Medical Science from the University of Sheffield. She is a Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist with a specific interest in early years and developmental delay/disorder.

She works in independent practice directly for schools and families across Gloucestershire but has previously worked for the NHS and in Asia’s largest private practice. She also manages Saxon Barn which is located on her family’s farm. She brings to the Governing Body a passion and specialist understanding of supporting speech, language and communication development.

Deborah Mendes

All four of Deborah’s children have attended King’s Stanley Primary School. She says there has not been a day that they did not want to go to school and she would like this to be the same for all children at King’s Stanley. After gaining her degree in Nutrition and Food Science at the University of Surrey she worked for the British Standard Institute as a Quality Assessor assessing many different industries and organisations. She spent many happy years at home being a mum but is now a Design and Technology Technician at Stroud High School.

Clare Papper

Clare has 2 children, Freddie in Year 1 and Lily who starts in September 2021. She grew up in Devon, moved to Bristol to study Mathematics with Statistics and studied for her PGCE shortly afterwards. She has been a secondary school Maths teacher for 15 years. Her first teaching post was in Bristol and then she moved to Stroud High School 8 years ago when she moved to Gloucestershire. She loves to get outside with her children in this lovely area and burn off some of their energy!

Parent Governors

Samantha Attrill - Chair

Sam has lived with her husband in Gloucestershire for over 12 years, having moved here after studying Biochemistry at Cardiff University and completing a PGCE. She has two children, Daniel and Rebecca. She is currently taking a break from paid employment, previously having worked for approximately nine years as a Secondary school Science teacher. When she gets the chance she enjoys going to Jive and Lindy-Hop dances with her husband.

Helena Gauterin

Helena moved west to study law and train as a solicitor in Bristol, qualifying in environmental law in private practice before moving to the Environment Agency. She has always had an interest in nature and environmental matters and read Biological Sciences at Oxford before converting to law. Her other long term interest is music and she met husband Tom - another lawyer - through his amateur orchestra. They set up home in Middleyard and now have two daughters (Lucy and Emily). She is too exhausted to make much use of the 5 minutes spare time afforded to her each month but in theory would enjoy country walks, good food, playing the cello and gardening! 

Justin Dean

Justin is father to Maisie and Milly and Riley. He has 20 years experience in the construction industry and co-owns a Chartered Architects practice in Gloucester, set up in 2015. He is used to working in schools locally and nationally on construction, refurbishment and maintenance projects on behalf of local authorities and Diocese of Gloucester schools, colleges and universities. In his free time Justin tries to spend as much of this as he can being with his family. His hobbies include golf and folllowing Arsenal football club.   

Harriet Pegler

Harriet grew up in King's Stanley and now lives in Leonard Stanley with her husband and two little boys, Teddy and Gus. She studied in Bristol for her degree and achieved a BA (Hons) in law and history. Her background is in the Third Sector, with eight years' experience working at Macmillan Cancer Support and then Meningitis Now. The work was diverse and included arranging events and campaigning. She also did a lot of bid writing, securing many large, multi-year grants for essential projects and equipment from organisations like BBC Children in Need. Since having her children she has taken a break from paid work and has taken on a voluntary role at the playgroup as the treasurer. She now looks forward to seeing both her children succeed in all they do and enjoying their time at the school. 

Mark Thomas 

Mark has lived in and around Stroud for more than a decade, and now feels very much at home living in Leonard Stanley with his wife, Jo, twins, Louisa and Edward, and William, who won’t be starting school for a little while yet. He has a degree in Hospitality Management, from Cardiff University and a Postgraduate Certificate in Marketing. He has a wide range of experience having worked in public, private and third sectors in a variety of management roles including sales, marketing and facilities management, with a particular interest in environmental and sustainability issues. For the past 16 years, Mark has worked for a charity in Bristol, which owns and manages retirement villages and care homes. In his time away from work, Mark enjoys spending time with his family outdoors.

Foundation Governors

Steve Harrison - Vicar 

Diana Beevers

Diana was originally a professional actress and theatre director in London and later managed the Kew Gardens Art Gallery. She was a Youth Worker on the Isle of Wight and also ran a Youth Drama group there. Since moving to Gloucestershire she has become a member of the PCC of St George's church and of the Open The Book team which visits the school once a week to do an assembly giving a bible story in words and acting. She has a daughter and three grandchildren.  

LEA Governor

Mark Lynham

Dad to Elian (and Atticus ex-pupil), Mark is a solicitor with over 17 years of post-qualification experience. Originally from South Wales, he qualified with a firm in London before relocating to Gloucestershire in 2005 with his wife Tanith, who is a secondary school teacher. He now works for a national law firm managing a team of probate specialists. Away from work, Mark enjoys many sports but particularly golf.

Associate Governor

Julian Apps

Governors' Attendance Information 2019-20