Who are we?
My name is Gillian Horsey. I joined Carrant Brook Junior School Governing Body in November 2014 and became Chair of Governors in September 2018. My other responsibilities are Safeguarding and Mathematics.
I worked on the administration side of education for over 28 years and retired from my post as Director of Finance and Resource at a secondary academy in August 2014. I was keen to continue my link with education and utilise the experience I gained over the years and, therefore, was delighted to be accepted as a governor at Carrant Brook. I am anxious to enure that the pupils receive the best possible education and will work tirelessly to make sure this happens.
I am a mum of four and became a Parent Governor when my eldest child was attending the School four years ago. He is now at Tewkesbury School and my second son is in Year 3. I also have a daughters in Reception at Northway Infants and Northway Preschool.
I am passionate about helping to make Carrant Brook Junior School a place where children are given the best possible opportunities and where they enjoy coming to school.
I grew up in Cheltenham and now live in Tewkesbury with my partner and two children. I work for the Civil Service as a linguist and Operations Manager and have experience in managing multi-skilled teams.
Away from work I am a keen netballer and badminton player and I believe sport is massively important for building resilience, team working and shared goals, plus health and enjoyment too of course.
I grew up on the Northway Estate and attended Carrant Brook as a child. My 3 daughters have also all attended over the last few years. Now living just a stone's throw away from the gate, the school has a place in my heart.
I work as a Children & Youth Work Coordinator at Tewkesbury Baptist Church and have a background in Early Years Education, previously working in preschool settings and as a child minder.
I’m interested in the extra curricular activities available to children, getting them outside through Forest and Eco schools and things that will stretch their understanding of the world, building confidence and giving them a sense of adventure.
I am from Scotland originally and moved to the South West in 2004. I have been a governor at Carrant Brook for one year now - I was attracted by the idea of being more closely involved with the education system and understanding how it work, especially because my son will be starting infant school this year.
I have always been interested in education and learning, and I love languages and learning about other cultures. At school I had a passion for reading and using my imagination, and as English and SEND governor I hope I can support the school to encourage children to follow their passions like I did. Professionally, I have experience in staff management and recruitment, as well as building healthy teams, which I want to bring to the role of school governor. I also do a lot of thinking in my job about how to encourage lifelong learning, and I am learning a lot about this from my experience as a governor.
I moved to Tewkesbury in August 2015 with my wife and two children to take up the position of Principal at Abbey View School. Previously I had spent 10 years working in Germany at a school for the children of British Army Personnel. I am proud to be a governor at Carrant Brook School and hope I can bring some of my experiences to the position having worked in schools for over 20 years.
Outside of school I am a keen football fan supporting both Manchester City and Hannover 96 as well as a keen cricket fan. As of yet I haven't caught the Rugby Union bug.