Dr Andrew Telford – LA Governor (Chair)
Andrew has lived in Wotton since 1978; all three of his children, now grown up, went to the British School. He has been a governor since 1995 and was Chair for five years. For many years, he worked at Berkeley Laboratories and, more recently, at Oldbury Technology Centre, where he was Section Head of Plant Engineering. His interests focus on music and drama.
Sue Keen – Foundation Governor
I taught at The British School for 22 years and was Deputy Head for much of that time. I am pleased to continue my association with the School as a Governor and to work with other Governors, School staff and parents to provide the best Education we can for all children.
My particular responsibilities are for Special Needs and EYFS. The Early Years Foundation, which covers from birth to the end of the Reception Year, has always been of great interest to me. It sets standards to build on for future Education. Way back in 1993 myself and another teacher presented a business plan to the Governors to start a pre-school unit at The British School. The Kindergarten was then established and has grown into the excellent pre-school it now is.
I live in Wotton with my husband and am fully committed to supporting and promoting the school in the local community.
I enjoy swimming, walking, travelling, visiting Art Galleries and spending time with my family which now includes five Grandchildren.
Shirley Wyse – Foundation Governor
Shirley was a nurse and midwife and she is the mother of three grown-up children. Her expertise includes managing staff in nursing teams and organising projects for charity. Following her experiences as a nurse in Rwanda in the 1970s, she worked for many years looking after mission partners in Africa. She has recently been involved in local projects such as the Living Crib, with Churches Together in Wotton, as well as organising a Help for Heroes lunch for 100 people. She has been a governor for more than five years and has two grandchildren of school age.
Peter Kebbell - Parent Governor
Peter moved to Wotton 5 years ago. He has 2 young children: the eldest currently attends The British School, the youngest will hopefully join Kindergarten when he is old enough. Peter is a Management Accountant for the NHS, so is well acquainted with the challenges of providing good quality public services on a very limited budget. Prior to moving to Wotton, Peter was the Finance Manager of a school in Bristol, and this experience has given him an enthusiasm for contributing to the welfare and education of children. He enjoys history, music, and spending time with his family.
Mrs Sarah King - Staff Governor
Mrs King studied at the University of the West of England, specialising in Early Years. She joined The British School in May 2010 as a Newly Qualified Teacher. Outside school her interests are riding her horse called Billy, spending time with her friends and shopping! She has two young daughters Aimee and Bethany.
Chris Fisher - Co-Opted Governor
I moved to Wotton in 2015, I have two children, Albert is in reception and Mallory is about to join The Kindergarten. I have worked in the hospitality industry for 18 years , the last 14 as a chef in various establishments including Hotels, Restaurants and even a farm shop, I am currently Head Cook at a school in Thornbury and am experienced at working within the constraints of managing a tight budget.
Having already been impressed with both the Kindergarten and the school itself in the last two years I am excited to help contribute to the continued running of this wonderful school.
Outside of work and family life I enjoy both watching and playing football (my team is Manchester United), going for a run and am currently studying for a degree with the Open University.
Kate Cropper - Parent Governor
I have lived in Wotton for 14 years. Both our children attend The British School - one in year 6 and the other in year 4.
My background is in sales and marketing within the stationary industry, working with brands such as Post-it Notes and Conqueror Paper. I now look after all the admin for 4 local churches (including St. Mary's in Wotton). Being able to multitask is definitely an advantage.
Outside of work, I help coach my daughters rugby team, do the admin for my son's football team and spend time being a taxi service for them. I also quite like jogging, love to read and thoroughly enjoy spending time with family and friends.
Rebecca Curtis - Foundation Governor - Vice Chair
My name is Rebecca Curtis. I grew up in Wotton under Edge and now live in Charfield. I qualified as a teacher 20 years ago and have spent the last 8 years being a Headteacher in a primary school (with preschool) in Gloucester and a Junior School in Bristol. My teaching and leadership career took place in areas of high deprivation. I led my most recent school through the COVID 19 lockdown, leaving at the end of 2020 to take up a new role. In 2021 I moved from headship to working for Ambition Institute, a charity who design and deliver high quality professional development to teachers and leaders in schools across the country, with a particular emphasis on closing the attainment gap for children facing disadvantage. My role with Ambition is a 'Learning Design Fellow' which means I read the latest thinking in education, cognitive science and behavioural science and apply this resarch to the design of our training. I also deliver training to schools. I have designed and delivered the Expert Middle Leaders training, which helps subject leaders think about curriculum design and the reformed National Professional Qualifications for Leaders; I have delivered Closing the Gap training, working with a school over a 6 month period to tackle the challenge of closing the 'gaps' left by the COVID 19 pandemic.
I have also been a Foster carer and have a particular interest in ensuring education supports children who are in care or on the edge of care.
I have a wealth of knowledge and experience in strategic school leadership and teaching and learning. These expertise enable me to provide appropriate support and challenge to the senior team at The British School in my role as Vice Chair of Governors. I see the role of a governor as one which enables you to contribute to your local community through supporting the school to ensure the best outcomes for all children.
I have 2 step-grandsons who attend the British School and therefore have a personal connection which further strengthens my interest in the success of the school.
Amelia Kethro - Co-Opted Governor
Miss Kethro joined The British School in September 2017 after completing her Primary Education degree at the University of Gloucestershire. Miss Kethro previously worked at the school as a student teacher and has taught here since, progressing to now being part of the Senior Leadership Team and the KS1 Lead. She leads reading, phonics and music across the school and is also a school Governor. Miss Kethro loves books and reading and is in charge of our school library. She most enjoys teaching phonics, maths and music. Miss Kethro also runs singing club, orchestra, recorders, ukuleles and singing assembly. Her interests outside of school are exercising, walking her dog Tilly, socialising with friends and cooking.