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.

Leigh Bown

Father to Finlay (and Emily, ex-pupil), 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.

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.


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.

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.

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. 

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

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. 

Governors' Attendance Information 2019-20