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Amberley Parochial School is a Voluntary Aided School which means that our Governors have an important role in working with our Headteacher to determine the direction of the school. Our Governors are comprised of a varied group of parents/ex parents and members of the local community who care about the school and how it works best to benefit our children. The Governors bring a variety of skills and backgrounds to help make decisions on matters of staffing, admissions, premises, curriculum, finance and health and safety always remembering the three key roles Governors hold:

To provide a strategic view


To act as a critical friend


To ensure accountability

Our Local Governing Board meet five times a year and is made up of two staff governors, two parent governors, one local authority governor and seven foundation governors as listed below.  We occasionally invite people with particular expertise to be associate members of the governing board; their role is to assist and advise the governors in the decision making process.

Mr J Gegg Parent Governor


Alison Flight

Mrs Flight has been head since September 2023.  She has been teaching in Gloucestershire for over 25 years and has a passion for developing a love of teaching and learning. Mrs Flight has a love for the creative arts and performing; running school choirs and leading singing.  She also enjoys watching and taking part in sport, particularly rugby and athletics.

FGB Chair/ Foundation Governor

Mr J Gegg Parent Governor

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James Holmes

S&E / Foundation Governor / Chair of Governors

James Holmes has been a Foundation Governor since September 2013 and is currently LGB Chair. He lives in Amberley and has 1 daughter in school. He works as a local GP at Rowancroft Medical Centre in Stroud. 

F&R Vice Chair/ Parent Governor

Mr J Gegg Parent Governor


James Gegg

Finance / Parent Governor

James Gegg joined as a Parent Governor in January 2019, and is vice chair of the Finance Committee. He has two sons currently attending Amberley.

F&R / Foundation Governor

Mr J Gegg Parent Governor

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Matt Anderson

Finance / Co=Opted Governor

Matt Anderson joined as a Foundation Governor in September 2019 and is the Chair of the Finance Committee. He has recently been appointed as a Co-Opted Governor as part of the school transition to academy status.

He has two sons, attending Amberley. He moved to Amberley from Nailsworth, with his wife, in 2021 and runs his own architectural practice. He enjoys practicing yoga on a regular basis and swimming, both of which allow him to keep up with two energetic boys!

F&R / Foundation Governor

Mr J Gegg Parent Governor

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Jamie Weaver

Finance / Foundation Governor

Jamie Weaver has recently joined as a Foundation Governor and has two children both of which previously attended the school. He sits on the Finance Committee. 


Will Howick

Finance / Parent Governor

Will joined the Governing Body as a Parent Governor in Autumn 2022 and is a member of the Finance Committee. He lives locally with two children at the school and a third due to start in the future. His professional background is in cyber security. Aside from an interest in all things science and technology, he also loves music and is a classically-trained cellist.


Joanna Wood

S&E Chair / Foundation Governor

Joanna Wood is the lead Governor for Safeguarding and EYFS, in addition to being part of the Ethos and Standards Committee. She has a son currently attending Amberley Parochial and lives in Chalford.  Joanna is a primary school teacher in the Stroud area, with over 16 years teaching experience. 


Clare Atherton

S&E / Foundation Governor

Clare is the lead Governor for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, part of the Ethos and Standards Committee, and Class Governor for Dexter Class. She has two children who, having been at Amberley, have now moved on to secondary school and University. Prior to having children, Clare worked as a teacher in primary schools in Gloucester and now works part time as the SENDCo here at Amberley, as well as SENCo at Maidenhill Secondary School. 

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Alison Truphet

S&E / Associate Member

Alison has recently joined the Governing Board as an Associate Member. Alison  has lived in Amberley for 6 years. With a background in education, in both teaching and delivering extra-curricular programmes, she is delighted to be working with the whole school community as a member of the Governing Board. Alison is a member of the Amberley Shop on the Common Management Committee. Her wider interests are in the visual and performing arts, particularly dance.


Sarah Hamilton

S&E / Staff Governor

Sarah Hamilton joined the teaching staff in September 2016 and teaches Hereford Class. Although she lives in Gloucester, she taught in the area prior to starting at Amberley. Mrs Hamilton has taught both KS1 and KS2, and leads English and DT in the school. Mrs Hamilton enjoys playing netball, socialising with friends and travelling. 


Kath Cross

S&E / Foundation Governor

Kath Cross has been a valued member of Governors for many years and is currently Ethos and Standards Chair.  Mrs Cross also manages the school breakfast club and is mid day supervisor lead. Her own children are either attending secondary school or experiencing life after A Levels, having attended Amberley when they were younger.


Nicky Oates

Clerk to the Governors

Nicky Oates has been recruited by the central clerking team, and supports Amberley Parochial School for clerking.

Our Local Governing Board is made up of two committees.
They are the Standards and Ethos committee and the Finance Committee, both meet regularly and report back to the Local Governors Board Meetings.
The Structure of the committees are listed above.

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