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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.

Maria Budd

I have been the Headteacher of Carrant Brook Junior School since January 2012.  Previously,  I was a Deputy Headteacher for over 12 years and Acting Head at Callowell Primary School in Stroud for a year.   

I have one son who is currently in Secondary Education and a very understanding husband!  I spend a lot of my free time renovating a 1950s bungalow, but when time allows I enjoy a quiet moment reading a good book.  

I am very proud of Carrant Brook Junior School.  I am fortunate to work with a dedicated staff and some amazing children.  

Simone Curran

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.


Tris Evans

I took up the post of Deputy Headteacher in the summer term of 2018 and enjoy working in a place which offers such a  warm welcome to everyone who steps through the door.

I  am enthusiastic  about ensuring that Carrant Brook provides a curriculum which not only allows pupils to achieve their very best, but also helps them to develop a thirst for life-long learning.

Jo Goodchild

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.

Jo  McLaughlin

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. 

Rebecca Atkins

I grew up in the Tewkesbury area and have lived in Northway since 2007.  I have two young children who attend Northway Infants and Northway Preschool.  I currently work for Gloucestershire's Early Help Advice and Guidance team and prior to that I worked for 10 years as a secondary school teacher.  I aim to bring my knowledge and experience from these roles in to my position as Governor and I am passionate to help to ensure that Carrant Brook is a place where children are happy, safe and able to achieve their full potential.

George Shelton

I left school at the age of 15 and then almost immediately joined the Royal Navy, where I served for 24 years finishing as a Chief Elec.  I spent a number of years  on a drawing board with MOD contractors and Smiths.  Using my engineering degree, I was then able to obtain casual work with an Education provider in HM Prisons.  I became a qualified Adult Sector Teacher and also obtained a Diploma in Mathematics.   It was casual employment, but I always had plenty of work so must have been doing something right!   I am currently a Parish Councillor.

Laura Yardy

I live in Northway and my one and only son has just started in year 3 at Carrant Brook. I work as a Civil servant in my day job, this has given me plenty of skills which I think can add value to the Governing body.   I am passionate about investing in our children and ensuring that our School is a place where they can feel safe, confident and grow to the best of their abilities.