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.

Faye Ingram - LA Governor

I have been involved with Foxmoor as a parent since 2011 and became a governor in 2015. I am a Finance Director for a local healthcare company and enjoy being able to transfer my skills and understanding to work alongside the other governors and Mr Bridgewater to plan for the future of the school and its community. I love the sense of community that the school has and how involved the teachers and children always are in every aspect of school life. Outside of work and school, I love to spend time with my family, am a keen runner and enjoy listening to music.

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.

Helen Riddell - Co-Opted

I have been a parent governor of Foxmoor School since 2016 and two of my daughters currently attend the school, whilst my eldest has been through Foxmoor and is now studying her GCSEs at Maidenhill Secondary School. I work for the National Trust as Head of Business Services and am based at their HQ in Swindon. I joined the Governing body at Foxmoor anticipating that change would be ahead and I wanted to be part of the team that steered the school into its next chapter. I’m looking forward to working with the rest of the governors and the teaching staff to ensure Foxmoor maintains its high standards, not just academically, but also in the fantastic extra-curricular activities that the school provides.

Jane Stevens - Co-Opted

I joined the school as a teacher in 1993 and then was responsible for IT. Subsequently, I was the Maths subject leader and Assessment coordinator and when I retired from the school in 2014, I had been Assistant Headteacher for several years. I have also been a parent at the school and consequently have had close ties with both staff and children. I was delighted to become a co-opted Governor in 2018 and look forward to helping guide the school into its exciting future. I also have other volunteering roles, I enjoy walking and hope to delve into my family tree.

Marc Chevalier - Parent Governor

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.

Susan Freck - Co-Opted

I am a Co-opted Foxmoor Governor and also a Governor at Stroud High School. Prior to retirement, I had taught at Foxmoor School for 19 years. I am fascinated by teaching and learning and truly want the best for our Foxmoor Family. Other interests include: reading, family tree research, interior design and gardening.

Laura Smith - Parent Governor - Chair

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.

Matthew Canning - Vice Chair - Co-Opted

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.

Paul Summers - Co-Opted


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.

Paula Rimmer - Associate Governor

Nathanael Roome - Associate Governor







Anisa Sutch - Associate Governor

Governor Type Name Start Date Finish Date Roles and Committees Pecuniary Interests Declared Attendance FGB Meetings Current Year 20-21
Headteacher Ex Officio Richard Bridgewater 01.01.19   RC and P&SC Staff 2/2
Co-Opted Helen Riddell 02.03.20 02.03.24 RC   2/2
Local Authority Faye Ingram 07.07.19 06.07.23 P&SC   2/2
Staff (voted by staff) Val Tuck 03.03.20 03.03.24 P&SC Staff 2/2
Co-Opted Susan Freck 01.12.13 30.11.21 P&SC   1/2
Co-Opted Jane Stevens 06.09.18 05.09.22 P&SC   2/2
Parent (voted by parents) Laura Smith 01.10.19 01.10.23




Matthew Canning 26.03.19 25.03.23 Vice Chair
Co-Opted Paul Summers 22.06.20 22.06.24 RC   1/2
Co-Opted Jen Douglas 03.11.20 03.11.24 P&SC   1/1
Parent (voted by parents) Marc Chevalier 03.11.20 03.11.24 RC   1/1
Associate Anisa Sutch 24.11.20 24.11.24 P&SC   1/1
Associate Nathanael Broome 24.11.20 24.11.24 P&SC   1/1
Co-Opted Paula Rimmer 24.11.20 24.11.24 P&SC Staff 1/1


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.

Mrs L. Smith - Chair of Governors  -

Mrs C. Smith - Clerk to the Governors -