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The Governing Body
The Governing Body is responsible for determining the aims and overall conduct of the school with a view to helping the school provide the best possible education for its pupils. In doing so it must comply with the requirements laid down by the Department for Education and Gloucestershire Education Authority.
The Governing Body currently consists of ten governors, one of whom is the Head Teacher. Three parent governors are elected by the parents: one Staff governor by the staff: one County Council governor nominated by the County Council and the school governing body and finally up to four Co-opted governors chosen by the governors to increase community involvement.
Each meeting is also attended by the Clerk to Governors who keeps minutes and advises governors of any changes in legislation.
Please feel free to make contact if you have any questions, you can email the Chair of Governors on or the Clerk to Governors on
You may also request a copy of minutes from a meeting.

After the Governing Body reconstituted on the 28th January 2015, 8 governors took a new 4 year term of office.

The Chair and Vice Chair are elected annually.

The Governing Body Committee Structure consists of;
Timothy Cooper - Headteacher (Member of all committees)
Ian Etherton - Co-opted member (Chair of Governors /Curriculum & Standards and Resources Committee) 
Julie Carrick - Co-opted member (Chair of Resources Committee) 
Steve Birt - Parent Governor ( Vice Chair and Chair of Curriculum and Standards Committee) 
Vacancy- LA Representative ( Curriculum & Standards Committee) 
Charlotte Hout - Staff Governor ( Curriculum & Standards Committee member) 
Fatima Patel - Parent Governor ( Curriculum & Standards Committee member)
Sammia Yousaf - Parent Governor ( Curriculum & Standards Committee member) 
Fiona Womersley - Co-Opted Governor ( Curriculum & Standards Committee member) Elected 27.4.2016-27.04.2020
Yordanka Ivanova - Co-Opted Governor ( Resources Committee ) Elected 27.04.2016 - 27.04.2020
Associate members
Debbie Innes - Deputy Headteacher ( Curriculum & Standards Committee member) elected by the governing body 27/09/2017

Clerk to Governors 

Olga Michael

Declaration of Interests


Members of the Governing Body are requested to declare any interests which are pecuniary or non-pecuniary prior to any meetings.

Governors who have declared an interest;


Julie Carrick - Declared a Non Pecuniary Interest. Julie is a trustee and committee member at St Pauls Playgroup, Gloucester.



Governors are required to inform the Governing Body of any relationships with school staff to include spouse, partners or relatives.

There are no Governors with any links to School staff.


Governors at Widden Primary School do not govern at any other educational establishment other than those declared above.

Attendance table. FGB=Full governing body R= Resources committee  C&S = Curriculum & Standards committee. This table records Governor absences. 


Name of governor Committee Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5 Term 6

Ian Etherton



1R, 1C&S



Maria Wells C&S  1 C&S, 1 FGB           
Charlotte Hout C&S  1 FGB      





Julie Carrick R        


1R, 1C&S

Steve Birt C&S , R         1FGB, 1R



Fatima Patel C&S             
Sammia Yousaf R 1 R       1FGB, 1R  
Tim Cooper ALL         ALL



Fiona Womersley C&S         1FGB  
Yordanka Ivanova R         1FGB 1FGB


Name of governor Committee Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5 Term 6

Ian Etherton

Maria Wells C&S  1 C&S C   1 C&S 1 FGB    
Lisa Smith C&S        1 C&S    
Julie Carrick R            
Steve Birt C&S , R            
Fatima Patel C&S  1 C&S C, 1 FGB 1 FGB 1 FGB   1 C&S  
Sammia Yousaf C&S  1 FGB 1 FGB, 1 C&S   1 C&S    
Tim Cooper ALL     1 C&S C&S C&S C&S
Fiona Womersley C&S       R    
Yordanka Ivanova              
Debbie Innes C&S            


Picture 1 Mr T Cooper : Headteacher
Picture 2 Ian Etherton: Co-opted Governor: Chair
Picture 3 Julie Carrick: Co-opted Governor:
Picture 4 Sammia Yousaf: Parent Governor
Picture 5 Steve Birt : Parent Governor -Vice Chair
Picture 6 Lisa Smith : Staff member
Picture 7 Fatima Patel: Parent Governor
Picture 8 Fiona Womersley : Co-Opted Governor
Picture 9 Yordanka Ivanova : Co-Opted Governor

Governor profiles - Julie Carrick

 I am now in my fifth year as a governor at Widden, and my second as vice-chair.  I grew up in the Stroud area, and moved to Gloucester in 1999.  I worked for the Library service for 7 years, and the railways for 8 years, and am now a stay-at-home mum.  I am married, and have 2 boys who attend St Pauls school, currently in years 2 & 4.  I am particularly interested in the impact Maths Makes Sense has across the school.  

Governor profiles - Ian Etherton

I am the current chair of governors at Widden school. I thought I would take this opportunity to tell you a little bit about myself and my view of the school.

Firstly about me. I was born and educated here in Gloucester and have worked almost all my life as a civil servant in an office not very far from Widden school. I love Gloucester and the fact it is surrounded by the countryside with forest, river, hills and vale all within easy reach to go and walk around and explore. I am interested in the history of the area especially in the city of Gloucester and also keen on the wildlife found on our doorstep. My other interests include sport, especially rugby, gardening, music and of course now I can include education.

So why did I become a governor. It is a bit like seeing an open door and wondering what is on the other side. An opening arose about 15 years ago to become a governor and having an enquiring mind I accepted and very soon afterwards I realised that this was something interesting, worthwhile and rewarding.

Widden is a wonderful school to be a part of, as it is a school based at the heart of the community surrounding the Barton area of Gloucester. The mix of nationalities, religions and social backgrounds provides a fantastic opportunity to share and learn together and enables Widden to rise to the challenge presented to it. The enthusiasm of the staff and everyone else involved in the school in making a difference to every child who enters its door is clearly apparent not just for the education they provide for the children but also for the support to the families as learning does not just stop as they leave the school gate.

Governor role

School governors are volunteers who help to run the school. Most schools work with a group of school governors - together they’re called the 'governing body'. They’re involved in decisions about all aspects of managing the school – such as running buildings and budgets, supporting staff and setting standards of school discipline. Governors also help to make big decisions about the school’s long-term goals. They support the headteacher, but also ask questions and make sure the headteacher is taking the school in the right direction.

Anyone over 18 can be a school governor – you don’t have to be a parent with a child at the school. However, every governing body includes parent governors, and it can be a rewarding way to be involved in your child’s school. The most important qualities for being a governor are enthusiasm, commitment and an interest in education. You don’t need teaching experience, but it’s useful to bring skills from other areas of your life.

Childhood is not always as easy path to adulthood these days with many issues, problems and distractions occurring in daily life and any assistance, guidance or support that a school can provide through education is essential for the future and being a governor you can feel that in some small way you are helping the school becoming better and if the school improves so hopefully may the prospects of every child that goes there. 

Governor profiles - Fiona Womersley

I was born and brought up in a prep school, which was founded by my parents and now run by my brother.  I chose not to become a teacher but then married a school master and have spent the last 24 years living in schools.  My husband is headmaster of Beaudesert Park in Minchinhampton and I work at the school and have various roles but, in particular, I am very involved in the pastoral care.


I first met Mr Cooper four years ago when we set up a link between Beaudesert and the Widden School.  I was immediately struck by the warm and friendly atmosphere and the efficient organisation of the school.  Our Year 4s now have an exchange day each year so that the children of both schools can experience each other’s environment.  I was delighted when Mr Cooper asked me if I would help the governing body and I look forward to getting to know the staff and children better.

Governor profiles - Steve Birt

Hello my name is Steve Birt and I’m a parent governor. I have held this post for nearly two years. I believe I am helping the school by bringing the experience of a parent who has seen a child through     primary school life and another child half way through their journey at Widden. I have developed my role and am now Chair of Curriculum & Standards committee. I like to attend the other committee meetings too to get an overview of the way the school functions in all areas. I very much enjoy the role and heartily recommend it to anyone who wants to have input into the school.


Governor profiles - Yordanka Ivanova

This is my first year (2016) as a school governor. I have been living in the UK since May 2012. I am originally from Bulgaria, where I was a Nurse for thirteen years and then I worked for four years as a Students Officer at Medical University-Pleven. Currently I work for the NHS (Cheltenham General Hospital) in Overseas Nursing Programme so as to get my PIN as a Nurse. I have interests in Marketing, Management, PR, Advertising and I am happy that I can use my Master’s Degree in Public Relations to help and support Widden Primary School.