Our Governors


Sally Johnson

Ex Officio Governor

Appointed as Head Teacher in September 2017, Sally joined Winchcombe Abbey CE Primary School as Deputy Headteacher in September 2006.


Katharine Jones

Staff Governor since October 2018


I have been a teacher at Winchcombe Abbey for 5 years now, having taken up a teaching position in September 2014 on completion of my PGCE in Primary Education at the University of Gloucestershire. I gladly accepted the role as I had fallen in love with the school when I was placed there during my training. I knew instantly that I wanted to be part of its exciting ethos for learning permanently and it has been such a pleasure to be part of the school’s development over the last 5 years, and develop myself as a teacher too. 


Prior to training to become a teacher, I studied a BA Honours in Education Studies and Religion, Philosophy & Ethics (also at the University of Gloucestershire)…it seems I was destined to teach and also to become Subject Leader for Religious Education - as position I currently hold.


I applied for the role of Staff Governor to see how I could support the school further, beyond the classroom and to develop my own understanding of how the school is developed and managed behind the scenes. I am thoroughly enjoying being part of a wonderful team who provide challenge and support to ensure the school continues to prosper.



Richard Coster

Parent Governor since September 2018

My background is in electronics engineering, having worked in broadcast, telecommunications and recently the defence industry.  I have lived in Winchcombe for over ten years with my wife and two children.  Both children have attended Winchcombe Abbey, the youngest is in Year 5, the eldest has moved up to Winchcombe School.  I became a governor with the hope that, in my own way, I can make a positive contribution to Winchcombe Abbey so that it can continue to provide the best possible education for its pupils.

Kay Harper
Parent Governor since Jan 2019

I have lived in Winchcombe since 2013 and my son Innes attends the school. I work at UCAS, where I see first hand the value of progression in education. I applied to become a Governor because Winchcombe Abbey is a wonderful school and I could see how I could contribute. I’d love to see us all - the school, parents and the wider community - be ambitious for the school, so that all the children have the best experience of education, setting them up for (hopefully) a long and happy learning journey!


Town Council Associate Governor

Stuart Maughan

Associate Governor representing Winchcombe Town Council since 2018

I have lived in Winchcombe for 9 years and have three children at the School.  I have really appreciated the welcome from the local community so decided to become a local town councillor to contribute and give something back to the community. One of the key projects the Town Council are trying to deliver is the Winchcombe Park project which will really benefit local children. As I really would like to see the park delivered within the next couple of years, I have stayed on as a Town Councillor for a further 4 year term to try and help make this a reality.

As the only councillor with children at the school I felt it sensible to represent the Council and the School as Governor.  I have been so happy with the quality of teaching and support my children have received to date, so it’s a great privilege to help the school in any way I can.  





Jackie Pawson

Co-opted Governor

Co- opted Governor since 2000

Jackie Pawson has lived and taught in Winchcombe for over thirty five years. She thoroughly enjoyed being a class teacher in Winchcombe Junior School, and since retiring from that position has regularly worked as a one-to-one teacher at WAPS. Jackie comes into school frequently, offering all sorts of practical help, and looks forward to working with the Nurture Group each Wednesday afternoon.

Her two children are grown up and have moved away but she is thrilled to have five grandchildren to spoil.

If you need to book the Guide hall for a function, contact Jackie for the details as, along with education, she hasn’t quite managed to give up her association with Winchcombe Guiding.


Jackie has been a school governor for 19 years, and feels privileged to be able to support WAPS in this way.



Sharon Taylor

Co-opted Governor

Sharon was born and bred in Doncaster and after completing her A Levels she moved to Newcastle to study Business Information Technology at Newcastle Polytechnic.

Sharon lives in Winchcombe with her husband Richard and  daughter Imogen, who is now at Winchcombe School.  She has worked in Warwick, for Avelo, a software company providing client relationship management software for financial advisers, for the last fifteen years and is their Client Communications Manager.

In her spare time Sharon enjoys going for long walks in the Cotswold countryside and socialising with friends and drinking the odd glass of white wine!


Jo Lucas

Clerk to the Governors

(until 31 December 2017)

Jo is responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the governing body by organising meetings, minutes and training and maintaining a record of the governors.