Callowell Primary School


Welcome to Callowell Primary School

On behalf of the Governors of Callowell Primary School, I am pleased to welcome you to our website, and thank you for your interest in our school.

At Callowell Primary School we are proud to offer a friendly and welcoming environment, and to provide a wide range of enriched learning opportunities to ensure the children thoroughly enjoy their learning.  We want all our children to develop to their full potential academically and socially, so that
 they become responsible and caring adults in their later lives.

The school has a dedicated, committed and caring staff, who work together in partnership with parents and families to promote a very positive ethos. This is reflected in pupils' behaviour and positive attitudes towards each other and their learning. The school staff know the pupils very well and ensure that their teaching meets their wide range of learning needs. The Governing Body is proud to support the school and takes pride in the children's achievements.

 The role of the Board of Governors is to work closely with the Headteacher and staff to continue to develop the education provided at Callowell, to do the very best we can for all of the children of our school. We are responsible for monitoring and evaluating the performance and effectiveness of the school, for supporting our excellent staff, and for ensuring that the budget is managed prudently to achieve value for money.

Further information about the work of the Governing Body is available on the links below

If you have not already experienced our school then please call to arrange a visit and a member of our staff will be delighted to show you around.

Please enjoy looking around our website.

David Horscroft Chair of Governors


Read our strategic vision for Callowell here

Governor Report

Role of Governors

Governing Body Structure

Governor Remit

Mr David Horscroft

Chair of Governors -Term of Office 2019 -2023

Governor responsibilities: Resources Committee

I became a parent governor in 2019, representing my two children who currently attend and I bring over 10 years experience from the civil service to the Teaching and Learning Committee.
In my spare time I enjoy gardening, DIY, Rugby (supporting Gloucester through thick and thin) and reading.

*No pecuniary interests declared

* Apologies received for February T & L Committee and February FGB 2019

Mr Ian McNeil

Vice Chair of Governors
Co-Opted Governor

Governor since 2003 when my children joined the school.

Current term of office 2016 - 2020

Governor responsibilities:

* Chair of Resources Committee;

*member of staff dismissals committee

After 20 years serving in the Army, we settled our family in Stroud in 2003. Then in 2007 I started my second career with the Boeing Company. My spare time activities include DIY, Rugby (now limited to supporting rather than playing - The older I get, the better I was) and supporting my children achieve their goals.

 * No pecuniary interests declared

* Attendance for all meetings 2018/19


Emma Rose

Parent Governor

I joined the governing body in 2019 as a parent governor while my daughter attends Callowell.

I am a qualified occupational therapist and after 10 years in practice moved into higher education lecturing the next generation of OTs.  My special interest is accessibility and inclusive design, particularly how environments can help/hinder engagement in occupations.

In my spare time I play in the Gloucestershire netball league. I also play saxophone, though not as often as I should.

No pecuniary interests declared.


 Mr Clive Payne

Co-Opted Governor  -Term of Office: 2018 -2022

I became a governor in May 2013 and my son was a previous pupil. In my professional life I am involved in the education and care of children, young people and adults with complex learning needs and emotional and behavioural difficulties. I have particular knowledge and experience of working with people with Autism. In my spare time I enjoy playing and listening to music, cooking and baking, and I am interested in all things German.

Governor responsibilities :

Chair of Teaching and Learning committee, SEND & Safeguarding

*No pecuniary interests declared

* Attendance at all meetings 2018/19

Mrs Kate Beckinsale-Smith

Co opted Governor Term of Office 2019 -2023

I became parent governor in 2019 and have 2 children in attendance at Callowell.

Governor responsibilities: Teaching and Learning Committee and Website & communications

 I have over 25 years of Local government and public sector experience and will use this on the Teaching and Learning Committee.

In my spare time I enjoy walking, growing my own veg and cooking with my results.

 * No pecuniary interests declared

 * Attendance at all meetings 2019/20


 Tracy Pritchard

Parent Governor Term of Office Oct 2020 - Sept 2024

I have been on the governing body since October 2019 and have a son and a daughter at Callowell.

I've been in the Civil Service for 17 years (quite a long time for something I got into by accident!) and am currently working in the Cabinet Office. I enjoy reading, travelling, baking, walks in the countryside and being by the sea. I am, like Clive, interested in all things German and I know a LOT about dinosaurs (not by choice).

*No pecuniary interests declared

* Attendance at all meetings 2019/2020


Paul Fowles

Co-opted Governor Term of Office Jan 2020 - Dec 2024

I was a previous pupil of Callowell and still live locally. Now retired I spent many years playing local sport mainly football although I have tried a few other activities currently golf being the favourite.

My professional life has consisted of 30 years in the Construction Industry hence my inclusion on the Resources committee.

*No pecuniary interests declared

*Attendance at all meetings 2020

Mr Wayne Bown

Staff Governor - Term of Office Jan 2020 -

Deputy Head of Callowell Primary School

Robert Hurter

Local Authority Governor - Term of Office Jan 2020 - Dec 2024

Relocated from South Africa to U.K. in April 2016. Robert has many years of experience with youth, being in Ministry for 8 years. Having run youth groups, visiting and teaching at an orphanage. As a pastor Robert loves to see people, especially youth have a better future and excel in life.

 Mrs Aimee Lax

Associate Member - Term of Office Jan 2020 -Dec 2024

I have 2 children at Callowell and I am a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee. I am a self-employed ceramic artist and teacher. The majority of my teaching is at FE and HE levels, however at primary and secondary schools my role as a teacher has often been to run extra-curricular workshops and events. I am particularly interested in the role of creativity, especially in early years education and the importance of getting the 'balance' right for young people. I enjoy running and gardening and I am passionate about plants

 * No pecuniary interests declared

* Attendance at all meetings 2018/19