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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.


Hilary Tippett - Vice Chair (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.

Head Teacher - Mrs Ceris Towler


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.

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 six years.  I am currently a teacher in Class 4 and subject lead for Reading and French.  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 16 years ago and we now have two school aged children.  Outside of school, I like to read and go to the gym.



Susan Hudson - Foundation Governor

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

I live in Stratton and have two (almost) adult children. Now working freelance as a writer and researcher, I previously worked as a teaching assistant for 10 years.

Whilst working in schools, I studied for a master’s in education to deepen my understanding of the learning difficulties that children encounter and the underlying reasons for challenging behaviour. This gave me the extra tools and confidence to nurture positive behaviour and achieve better learning outcomes for children.

Alongside supporting pupils to reach their utmost academic potential I believe a school should strive to ensure every child, regardless of ability or needs, has an equal chance to progress and find their strengths. In tandem with ensuring children feel safe and happy in school, it’s key that the governing body supports the well-being of teachers and school staff too.


I hope my hands-on experience of working in education and my research and analysis skills developed in the private sector can benefit the school community and help nurture its success.

Alison Hiscock - Co-Opted Governor

Having 4 school aged children, I am a busy full-time mum living in Stratton. Throughout the children’s time in education in several schools I have gained valuable insight and knowledge of the system. I believe that all children should have access to a good local school where they can achieve their full potential and am excited about having the opportunity to be part of the Governing Body. My background is in investment banking after obtaining a degree in Mathematics and a PhD in Theoretical Physics. I enjoy reading, running, gardening, dog walks and spending time together as a family. 

Paul Jenkins - Local Authority Governor

I grew up on the south coast near Portsmouth and have a degree in Economics and Politics from the University of Kent. I qualified as a Chartered Accountant in London in 1986 and moved to Cirencester in 1991. I have always worked in commerce – as Finance Director for several businesses, including what was then Brann.

I’m married to Ro and we have 2 grown-up sons, Matt and Luke, who both went to Stratton School.

I was Scout Leader at Stratton for nearly a decade and was also an independent Board Member at Fosseway Housing Association and Bromford Group. I am currently Treasurer of Cirencester Open Air Swimming Pool. I love sport, particularly skiing, golf, cycling and tennis.

As a firm believer in state education, I want to help support the continuing success of Stratton School and its pupils. As I have recently retired, I am pleased to have the time to get involved.