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

Governors Annual Report 2021

Role of Governors

Governing Body Structure

Governor Remit

Committee attendance record

Mr David Horscroft - Chair of Governors 

Parent Governor -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

Mr Ian McNeil - Vice Chair of Governors
Co-Opted Governor - Current term of office 2016 - 2020

Governor since 2003 when my children joined the school.

Governor responsibilities:

* Chair of Resources Committee;

*member of staff dismissals committee

Governor since 2003 when my children joined the school.

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 2019/2020

Emma Rose

Parent Governor - Term of Office 2019 - 2023

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, when my son started as a pupil at Callowell. In my professional life I am a Primary School Teacher, with previous experience in the education of young people and adults with Autism, complex learning needs and emotional and behavioural difficulties. In my spare time I enjoy playing guitar and listening to music. I also enjoy cooking and baking, and I am interested in all things German.

Governor responsibilities :

Chair of Teaching and Learning committee

*No pecuniary interests declared

* Attendance at all meetings 2019/20

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 2019/2020

Louise Chapman

Co-Opted Governor - current term of office Sept 2021 - 2025

Governor responsibilities : Resources Committee

Following a successful 2 years In Little Learners, my daughter is now beginning her journey through school and I want to contribute and bring 20 years of financial services sector experience , where possible to the success of Callowell and enhance not only her experience but all members of the school for years to come. The little spare time I have is full with family and friends

*No pecuniary Interests declared


 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 - present

Joined Callowell in 2003. Deputy Head of Callowell Primary School. Having sat on the Governing body for many years as Deputy Head Teacher, I became Staff Governor and support the Teaching and Learning Committee.                            Outside of school: 3 children, who have all attended Callowell! Enjoyed a bit of football, playing for local sides Forest Green Rovers and Shortwood United. Now part of the development team for my childhood club, Randwick. *No pecuniary interests declared