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:

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

3 Staff Governors

1 LEA Governor appointed by the County

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

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

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 Ceri Turrell, the Chair of Governors.

We currently have a vacancy for a Foundation Governor, a Co-Opted Governor and a Parent Governor.

Parent Governors

Ceri Turrell - Chair

Originally from South Wales, Ceri moved to Gloucestershire 20 years ago to attend University where she graduated in Business. She met her husband, Steve in 2000 and they settled in Ryeford in 2005. She has been involved with the Kings Stanley Community most recently as Chair of the local Playgroup. She is Joint Chair of the Personnel Committee with Karen Young in addition to her duties as Chair. She says that when she gets time she recharges by settling down with her Kindle and a nice glass of wine.

Mark Lynham

Dad to Atticus and Elian, 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.

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! 

Samantha Attrill

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.

Foundation Governors

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.

Staff Governors

Derk van den Broek – Head Teacher

Sarah Wilson - Deputy Head

Carole Parfitt – Teaching Assistant

Co-Opted Governor

Diane Duxbury

Mum to Jamie and Jake, 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.

Leigh Bown

Father to Emily and Finlay, Leigh has vast experience working with children and young adults. Initially supporting children who had experienced early life trauma within therapeutic residential and education services, Leigh went on to set up and manage his own service for Young Adults with Learning Disabilities and Mental Health disorders at a specialist college. In recent years Leigh has worked as an inspector with the CQC but now works as a Quality Consultant for a large Learning Disability and Mental Health Provider. He also lectures part time with SGS College on the Level 5 Leadership and Management Award. In his 'spare' time Leigh enjoys coaching youth football and spending time with his family. He is a big football fan and follows Arsenal football club.

LEA Governor

Karen Young

Karen says she has been lucky enough to have two children attend KSP from reception through to Y6. She has worked in Further Education for over 20 years as well as having spent 4 years working in a residential school for children with Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties. She has had a variety of roles including psychology lecturer, careers adviser, safeguarding officer and has been responsible for all aspects of students’ pastoral care, leading a multi-disciplinary team and liaising with a wide variety of local and national agencies. She is the Child Protection Governor and Joint Chair of the Personnel Committee with Ceri Turrell.


Associate Governor

Simon Hale

NameCategoryPositions HeldTerm of Office
Start Date
Attendance at meetings
Declaration of Interest
Ceri Turrell Parent Chair of FGB
Joint Chair Personnel
Member Finance & Premises
Member Curriculum & Standards
English Subject Governor
Whistle Blowing Governor
HT Appraisal
Policy Working Group
November 2012
Re-elected Jan 2017
tbc none
Derk van den Broek Staff
(Head Teacher)
Member Personnel
Member Finance & Premises
Member Curriculum & Standards
Upon appointment to Head Teacher post 01.09.14 tbc None
Carole Parfitt


(Teaching Assistant)

Member Curriculum & Standards

Geography Subject Governor

April 2018 tbc  
Vacancy Staff     tbc  
Diane Duxbury Co-opted Chair Curriculum & Standards
Maths Subject Governor
Policy Working Group
July 2015 tbc None
Vacancy Co-opted        
Leigh Bown Co-opted Member Curriculum & Standards
HT Appraisal
PE Subject Governor
Pay Panel Governor (Deputy)
SEND Governor (Deputy)
September 2016 tbc None
Karen Young LEA Joint Chair Personnel
HT Appraisal
Safeguarding Governor
Pay Panel Governor
SEND Governor
ICT Subject Governor
Policy Working Group
February 2017 tbc None
Deborah Mendes Foundation Member Personnel
RE Subject Governor
Art Subject Governor
DT Subject Governor
Policy Working Group
Pay Panel
July 2015 tbc None
 Vacancy  Foundation        
Mark Lynham Parent Member Finance & Premises
Science Subject Governor
January 2017 tbc None



 Samantha Attrill Parent         
Simon Hale Associate Member Finance & Premises January 2017 tbc None