Governor Profiles 2020/21

Becoming a parent governor is a very worthwhile and rewarding way of supporting our school and being involved in its daily life and future development. If you are interested in helping in this way, the Chair of Governors, would be pleased to hear from you.  Our Chair of Governors is Mrs Heather Paterson and she can be contacted at the following address:


Heather Paterson – Co-opted Governor. Chair of Governors. Chair of Resources Committee. Safeguarding and SEND governor.

My family moved to the area in 1969; I grew up at a local farm and attended Farmor’s School. After working in marketing, I took time out to be a full-time mum to our three children, now all in their twenties.  More recently I was Business Manager at a local School. I enjoy gardening, travel and cooking for family and friends. I am extremely proud to be part of this outstanding school and particularly value its friendly, happy and inclusive ethos.  I am a member of the Resources Committee.


Elizabeth Knox – Co-opted Governor. Chair of Curriculum and Standards Committee

I am a solicitor and live in the area. My own seven children are now grown up and working but because of them I have long been interested in education. I have been a governor of Farmor’s School for some years and became a governor of Fairford Primary in May 2018. I look forward to making what contribution I can to the school’s continued success.


Caroline Sherer – Co-opted Governor.

My involvement with Fairford Primary School began when my children joined the school, the first in 1997. I initially became a parent governor and served 8 years in that capacity and then I was an associate governor for a year before being a community governor. My current role is as a Co-opted Governor. I am a member of the Curriculum and Standards Committee. Until 2008 I was a practising solicitor and have since re-trained as a teacher.


Rev. Caroline Symcox - Ex-officio.  

I moved to the area in October 2014 to take up my post as Team Vicar in the South Cotswolds’ Team Ministry with particular responsibility for Fairford. I was ordained in Oxford in July 2011, and served my curacy in Amersham, Buckinghamshire for three and a half years. This role included close involvement with the two Church of England schools in the parish, which I greatly enjoyed. Before ordination I studied theology at Keble College, Oxford at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels before beginning a career in publishing. As a priest, theologian and mother, I am committed to ensuring that our staff, pupils and parents are fully supported as we shape our school into a place founded on Christian values, which encourages the very best from our children and community. I am a member of the Christian Values Committee and the Curriculum & Standards Committee.


Ruth Beckett - Foundation Governor

I have lived locally for over 40 years and am a member of St Mary’s Church. I attended both Fairford Primary School and Farmor’s School. I worked for ten years with children age 2 to 4 years and now work for the NHS at a local hospital. My interests are family, reading and singing with ‘A Splash of Red’ ladies’ choir. Fairford Primary School and its reputation is very important to me as it has always been a part of my life and now l would like to put something back into the school by assisting on the Governing Body. I am a member of the Resources Committee and sit on the Christian Values Committee.


Sophie Jarrett – Parent Governor.

I started as parent governor in May 2018. I have a passion for education and believe every child deserves the best regardless of age or their ability. I have a particular interest in children with SEN difficulties – especially autism. I work in an Interaction and Communication unit which is attached to a Primary School. I have a great understanding of the difficulties schools and parents face. I also co-run the ‘Puzzled Parents’ group at Fairford Primary which supports parents with children who face social and interaction difficulties. 

I moved to the local area in 2014 when my husband was posted here with the RAF. We have now decided to settle here as we love the sense of community. My children are pupils at Fairford Primary. As a parent governor I would continue in supporting the school ensuring it carries on being a successful and happy place for children to learn.


Andy Prall – Parent Governor.

I started as a Parent Governor in February 2020. I live locally with my wife and two children, and my son attends Fairford Primary. A member of the RAF for the past 16 years, we settled in Fairford due to my wife leaving the military and falling in love with the area. I’m also a member of the Resources Committee and the link Governor for Science. I hope that in some way I can make a positive contribution and support an already amazing school, continuing to help our children grow and prepare for the future.  


Darren Ryllo – Parent Governor.

As a proud resident of Fairford, I was pleased to be offered the role as Parent Governor in February 2020. An Officer in the RAF for 16 years, my family and I settled in Fairford, having previously lived in Cheltenham. With my eldest son just starting school, I was keen to learn more about the education system. As an instructor in the military, I have a passion for education and learning. I hope to use these skills to support our wonderful school and build on the successful efforts of everyone who works so hard. My family and I love our town and its fantastic school. I am honoured to be able to support our community as a Parent Governor.


Carly Hicks - Co-opted Governor

My family and I settled in Fairford in 2018.  I am lucky enough to work in Fairford and I am impressed by the community spirit I see here every day.  I have 2 young children, and from when my son started school, I have seen the friendly and happy learning environment the school provides.  I became a governor in February 2020 and I look forward to making my contribution to the continued success of the school.


Julie Fellows - Ex-offico. Head Teacher Fairford C. of E. Primary School, Chair of the Christian Values Committee


Holly Jones - Staff Governor

I joined the governing body as a staff governor in January 2020 after 10 years of working at Fairford Primary School.


I began life at Fairford Primary as student teacher in KS1, later securing a teaching role and returning to finish my NQT training in Year 3. The school has given me fantastic opportunities, including becoming the Phase Leader for Year 5/6 in 2013 and becoming a middle leader in KS1 in 2015, a position I had hungered for since my early days joining the school as a student.


I am proud to have been part of the school journey to achieve an outstanding Ofsted judgement by developing our team and skills to maximise every learning opportunity for every child.


I believe our school is truly blessed with a team of very special individuals and wonderful children. Our setting truly values every individual for who they are uniquely. I feel it only natural that now is the time where I can, in an exciting and different way, continue to give back to a community that has given me so much. 


Yvonne Bennetts – Associate Member

I was a Fairford Primary School Governor for twelve years. I have been a member of Staffing and Standards Committees and then Chair of Quality & Standards and member of the Strategy Committee in the past. I have had other governor experience working for over 2 years on an IEB (Interim Executive Board), gaining valuable experience in HR issues. Most of my career was in teaching with particular interest in assessment, teacher training and educational research. I am passionate about education and providing young people with all round education and life skills for the 21st Century. I recently resigned as Chair of Governors but feel privileged to be able to continue to work with Fairford Primary School staff and governors as an Associate Member on the Christian Values Committee.