C Crawford - Chair of Governors (Parent Governor)
My daughter started at Stratton in 2018 and I have a son who will start in 2020. I therefore have a significant interest in ensuring the continued excellence and improvement of the school. I am keen to ensure the children are able to achieve to the best of their abilities and are happy and confident. In doing this I will learn more about the school and education system in order to support the teachers in giving the children the best education and experience possible. I believe that my skills will bring a fresh perspective to the school. I regularly use information, data and experience to make decisions about complex situations. This involves working under pressure and communicating difficult issues. I work within an accreditation system that ensures continuous improvement which I am heavily involved in. I am director of a property management company, a role in which I have had to learn to deal with finances and property management. In my free time I like to exercise and spend time at my allotment as well as having fun with my kids and husband.
Tom Austin- Associate Member
Having attended Stratton myself, progressing through Deer Park and Cirencester College, I moved away from the area after reading Geography at Exeter University and completing my Chartered Accountancy exams in Bristol with a global accountancy firm who I still work for. Wanting to be closer to family, my wife (Gemma) and I moved back to Cirencester several years ago and now have a family of our own, two girls and a rather mischievous whippet. I am a firm believer in wanting to create the best learning environment for the children of our school and hope they enjoy their experience at Stratton as much as I did as a child. In my spare time I am keen to get involved in anything sport related and never pass up the opportunity to get out on the golf course.
Elizabeth (Beth) Hamid- Foundation Governor
I have lived in Stratton since 1986 and all three of my children came to Stratton School. I have been a Governor here for over 25 years, as a Parent Governor, as Chair of Governors for nine years, and now as a Foundation Governor appointed by the church. It is a particular pleasure to have known as children the parents of some of our present pupils! I work for Swindon Borough Council as a Child Care Social Worker in the Adoption Team and also as a practice teacher with social work students. It has been a great pleasure to be able to play a little part in the expansion of the school, to see new classrooms, and to support all the children and families in our continuing commitment to excellence.
Rev. David Minns- Foundation Governor
I moved to Stratton at the beginning of 2017 as Rector of the Churn Valley and I am a Foundation Governor at the school.
I was Ordained Priest 22 years ago. I have been governor at 3 schools before and was a member of Guildford Diocese’s Board of Education before moving here. I enjoy working leading collective worship in the school and finding creative ways to access the wisdom and love of God for the children.
I see the school as an important part of the community, equipping our children to live the fullest possible life.
Hilary Tippett - Parent Governor
My son Oliver started at Stratton school in 2017. Since Oliver joined the school, I have been impressed by all the hard work which goes into providing the supportive, nurturing environment that Stratton offers our children. I believe passionately that the school can only really deliver what we want it to for our children if we as parents support the staff. I value the opportunity to play a role in helping the school provide a great education for our children.
In my day job as a solicitor for the National Trust I am often dealing with challenging situations. I have experience in working with charity trustees so I’m used to dealing with people who oversee the running of an organisation. I feel I have useful skills that will be of assistance to the school.
Dr Sarah Woods- Foundation Governor
I have been a Foundation Governor for 7 years, having been invited to take on the role by Stratton PCC. As a Foundation Governor, I have a responsibility to ensure that the school maintains its Church of England Distinctiveness. I have had 2 children at the school, they are now in years 7 and 10 at Cirencester Deer Park School. I agreed to become a Governor because I am passionate about the education of our children and relished the opportunity to be able to have a positive input into my local primary school by encouraging the school to strive for improvement to provide the best opportunities for all the children who pass through the school. I work as a Geriatrician at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon and have been involved in education and training at the hospital. For some years I have been an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Bristol University whilst I was Unit Tutor for Fourth Year Medical students doing their Care of Elderly module. I have more recently taken on the role of Educational Lead for Simulation Training for postgraduate doctors. I love gardening and enjoy sharing that love of gardening. I have designed and helped the children to plant our Reflective Garden in the playground, and I have also coordinated our PolliNation project. I have set up an after-school gardening club for children in Key Stage 2, and most years will be seen running the plant stall at the School Fayre.
Hanna Price - Parent Governor
I have lived in Stratton for the last 12 years, my eldest son has recently left Stratton for secondary school and my other two sons still attend. I am delighted with the progress that my children have made at the school and have thoroughly enjoyed watching them develop and take part in such a wide variety of opportunities including mock trials, Shakespearean plays and numerous sporting activities. Over the years I have played an active role within the PTA, attending and helping to run events, as well as acting as joint secretary for a year. I work part time as a History and Sociology teacher at Malmesbury secondary school which means that I am very familiar with the education system and how schools operate. I am looking forward to extending my involvement within the school and helping to maintain its excellent standards in my role as parent governor.
Barbara Cartwright- Staff Governor
I have been part of the team at Stratton C of E Primary School for four years. I am currently a teacher in Class 2 and subject lead for DT. I am excited to be part of the Governing Body and to have the opportunity to help shape and continue to strengthen our school and community.
I have a degree in French with Politics from Newcastle University and qualified as a teacher in London. My husband and I moved to Cirencester 14 years ago and we now have two school aged children. Outside of school, I like to read and go to the gym.
Stephanie Knowles - Associate Member
I have two children who both attend Stratton School. I am a Chartered Accountant and work as a portfolio Finance Director with Charities, SME and Start up businesses. I was a school Governor for several years at a Special Needs School. I believe that all children should be able to reach their full potential with the appropriate support and help.
Susan Hudson - Associate Member
I have lived in Cirencester for twenty-eight years and my background is in property with a degree in Estate Management. I later qualified as a teacher and have taught in local primary schools for twenty-four years. I was a Governor at my daughter's school some years ago. Having recently retired from the classroom, I now work with accounts and do some voluntary work. I have been invited to join the Governing body by the church, and I look forward to supporting the school in providing opportunities for all the children to achieve their best.
Craig Collins - Parent Governor
I have lived in Cirencester since 2007 and my daughter started at Stratton school in 2019. I work as a control systems engineer in the electricity supply industry with no career background in education. However, my wife teaches locally, so education is always a topic for discussion at home! I am looking forward to learning more about primary education and the mechanisms which exist to ensure that all children thrive at Stratton school.
Emma Archer- Co-opted Governor