We have one vacancy for a Parent Governor which we need to fill as soon as possible – please click here to read more

Trustees and Members of the Academy Trust report at every meeting, details of any pecuniary interest they may have. It is confirmed that no pecuniary interests have been recorded.  To view the document showing Governors’ pecuniary interests, please CLICK HERE.

Introduction to our Governing Body

Governors do not manage a school day-to-day – that is the job of the Senior Leadership Team – but are tasked with overseeing its long-term development and provide strategic support and monitoring. Ultimately, all governor responsibilities come back to this brief and can be split into three core roles:

  • To support and challenge school decisions on all aspects;
  • To provide strategic management and monitor progress;
  • To make executive decisions e.g. financial and staffing and building.

Who are our Governors?

Our governing body is made up of volunteers from staff, parents and the local community, who have a range of expertise between them which they bring to the various committees they sit on. There are six Full Governing Body meetings a year lasting about two hours each.

Each Governor sits on one or more sub committees which are most relevant to their background and expertise. Each committee has a specific range of briefs which determine what they do and monitor throughout the year. Committees also recommend policies to the Full Governing Body for ratification and report back on specific issues that they have discussed. Committees meet three or four times a year with meetings lasting about two hours each.

How are our Governors elected?

Co-opted Governors are nominated and elected into office by the Governing Body.
Parent Governors are elected into office by the school’s parent body.
Staff Governors (teaching and non-teaching) are elected into office by all members of the school staff.
Associate Members are representatives of the school’s Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and are elected into office by the Governing Body but do not have voting rights.  They provide an invaluable insight into the daily running of the school.
Local Authority Governors are nominated by the Local Authority and elected into office by the Governing Body.
The Clerk to Governors is appointed by the Governing Body.

To read about the role of each committee, please CLICK HERE.

To read about how the Governors’ committees impact the life of the school, please click on the links below:

To see which Governors make up the committees, please CLICK HERE.

To view governors attendance at Full Governing Body meetings and Finance & Audit Committee meetings, please CLICK HERE.

All our Governors are linked to a department in the school which they aim to visit once a year.  To read about the Link Governors and their role, please CLICK HERE.

To view the timetable for Governing Body Committee meetings, please CLICK HERE.

Our current Governors are: (please click on a governor’s name to read their biography)

CO-OPTED GOVERNORS: Lady M Dunrossil (Vice Chair), Mr R Hadley (Vice Chair), Miss C Roffe, Revd K Scott, Mrs C Taplin
PARENT GOVERNORS: Ms L Baker, Dr H Warren, Dr R Emsley, Mr A Parker, Mrs K Ellison, Mrs L Rowley, Dr C Riley
STAFF GOVERNORS:  Mr W Morgan (Principal, Ex Officio), Mr M MacMorland, Mr T Redding
ASSOCIATE MEMBERS: Mrs V Turner, Mr C Edwards, Mr P White, Mr C DryMr D Hanson


Please direct any correspondence to the Governors, via the Clerk as follows:
The Clerk to Governors, The Cotswold School, The Avenue, Bourton on the Water, Gloucestershire GL54 2BD
or via email:
or via telephone: 01451 820554.