Governor Profiles 2019/20

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. 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-offico.  Chair of Christian Values Committee

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 some thing 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.


Anne Smith - Foundation Governor

My late husband and I bought a house in the local area for our retirement in 2013, but I have worked in Fairford for over 10 years for an Educational Charity. I am a qualified Forest School Leader, which teaches the educational curriculum in an outside environment. I was the clerk to Fairford Primary School Governors for the ten years and have also clerked for the Governors at another local school during that time.  I attend St Mary’s Church Fairford and am secretary for the PCC. I have five grandchildren between the ages of 2 and 13 years so am very interested in the younger generation, their education and training for life in the future. I am a member of the Resources Committee and Christian Values Committee.


Alison Jackson - Parent Governor. Vice Chair of Governors, Chair of Resources Committee.

I started my term as a Parent Governor in September 2012.  I live locally with my husband and two children who have attended/do attend Fairford Primary School.  I work in the financial services industry as a part-time Business Architect.  I am keen to give a parental perspective to discussions and decisions made at our school to ensure its continued success and allow our children to be the very best they can be.  As Chair of the Resources Committee I am responsible for ensuring the school budget is set and monitored and that the school site can run effectively and efficiently.


Harriet Cornell - Parent Governor

I started as Parent Governor in November 2015. I have children at Fairford Primary School. I am a qualified accountant and worked in finance in the retail industry for 12 years before moving to the area. I now work as a School Business Manager at a primary school in another county. I am a member of the Resources Committee. In my role as parent governor I want to support the school and ensure it continues to be a successful, happy place for children to learn.


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.


Julie Fellows - Ex-offico. Head Teacher Fairford C. of E. Primary School


Chris Perryman - Staff Governor. Joint Chair of Curriculum & Standards.

My association with Fairford Primary School began 8 years ago when I started volunteering in the Reception Class. I immediately realised, after many years of employment in engineering, that working with children and watching them develop was the most rewarding thing that I had ever done. I started working full-time at the school in September 2015 as a 1:1 TA, moving to a class TA in January 2016.  I achieved HLTA status in August 2018. I have always loved the happy learning environment and enjoy being part of the FPS team and will always be eager to contribute to the school in any way I can. I have been a Parent Governor twice in the past; first at a Primary School and then a Secondary School.


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.