Parkend Primary School

Our Governing Body

We are proud to be federated with Yorkley Primary School and we have one federated Governing Body, which is responsible for both schools.

What does a school governor do? (from LA information leaflet)

Together with the Executive Head Teacher, governors set the future direction for the schools and decide how the school’s budget should be spent. Governing bodies make decisions collectively on matters such as performance targets, school policies and the school improvement planning. Everyone works together for the benefit of the children and they are at the heart of decision making. 

Governors monitor the impact of policies and oversee the use of the school’s budget. They report to parents on the school’s achievements and respond to inspection recommendations. They hear appeals from pupils and staff and consider complaints.

Governors provide the Executive Head Teacher with support and advice, drawing on their knowledge and experience. They may ask searching questions. The governing body respect the Executive Head Teacher’s position as professional leader of the school. Being a Governor is a voluntary, unpaid role and the work of Governors is greatly appreciated by staff and families.

If you wish to contact the Governors you may write to us via the school office or email us at:


Rob Rawlings


 Chair of Governors

Rob Rawlings - Chair of Governors 

I am a father to two girls at Parkend school. I am a civil servant at the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs and have worked on a range of policy areas including agriculture, waste and recycling, sustainable development and rural development. My current role is focussed on issues related to air quality/pollution. I strongly believe in giving children the best opportunities to realise their potential through education and extra curricula activities. I am a member of the social mobility forum at work and believe it is important that every child is given opportunity to achieve regardless of background and believe schools play an important role in making this happen, both inside and out of the classroom. Outside work my interests include hiking, climbing and cycling.

Sophie Thorne - Vice Chair   

Hi, I am Sophie and I have been the manager of Yorkley Playgroup since November 2015, I then took on the manager role of Parkend Early in September 2019.

I am one of the Safeguarding Governor's for the Federation, along with being the named governor for the EYFS. 


I live close to Yorkley and Parkend School, so feel close to the community and the families too. In my free time I enjoy spending time with family and exploring lots of different places for holidays

Sophie Thorne 

Co-opted Vice Chair 


Mrs K. Burke 

Executive Head

Kate Burke - Executive Head Teacher

I have 24 years experience of in teaching including 11 years as a Primary Headteacher at Yorkley School.  Over the last couple of years I have supported neighbouring school requiring different levels of support. Currently I am Executive Head at Parkend and Yorkley Primary School. 

I am Chair of West Gloucestershire Schools Partnership (WGSP), a partnership consisting of 41 Primary/Special Schools.  Within our partnership, we aim to raise the aspirations, attainment and life chances of all pupils by working together to raise standards in education, sharing good practices, commissioning high-quality CPD and supporting each other. 

I was previously a trustee at Wyedean Secondary School since Sept 2018 to 2023. My hobbies involve spending time with my family and friends, walking our rescue dog and gym sessions. 


Mrs T. Wood 

Deputy Executive Head

Mrs Tracy Wood - Staff Governor 

I have taught at Yorkley Primary School Since September 2009. I am currently at Parkend School as Deputy Executive Head Teacher. I had been a staff governor for the past 7 years. As an employee, I bring the governing body an understanding of the school’s ethos and culture. I give the staff a voice and contribute in partnership with the governors, to the strategic development of the school. I value the role of staff governor and take pride in being able to make a difference in school improvement.

I live close to Yorkley and with my own children previously attending the school feel part of the close-knit community that we serve. I spend my free time with my family and friends and we’re either in the garden, woods or on the beach!

Miss G. Screen

Co-opted Governor 


Miss Gemma Screen - Co-opted Governor 

It is a great pleasure to have become the Co-opted Governor for the Federation this year. Having recently joined the staff at Yorkley, I can safely say that I am very proud to be a voice on the governing body for such a wonderful, committed team. It is an absolute joy to work at this school and an added bonus to be on the governing body.

 I have been teaching for fourteen years across EYFS and KS1. I love my job and I am truly passionate about making a difference to every and each individual child.  

I have always lived in the Forest of Dean. I have a musical background and have previously played for local Brass Bands at competition level. I spend my free time walking my dogs in the surrounding woodland areas and attending a local gym. 

Dr Alan Castle 

Co-opted Governor

Dr Alan Castle – Co-opted Governor

I joined the Yorkley Governing Body as a co-opted governor in November 1996 when both my children were at the school. I was a member of the Curriculum and Standards Committee, Chair of the Personnel sub-committee and the CIC / SEND Governor.

Outside of school, I work part-time as a Chartered Engineer but most of my time is now taken up with training two dogs, photography, gardening and walking in the Forest.

Andy Hudson 

Co-opted Governor 

Andy Hudson – Co-opted Governor

Hi, my name is Andy Hudson and I am a co-opted Governor for the Federation. I am the Chair of the resources committee, I also stand on Curriculum and Standards. 

I have two children, who are both at secondary school and my wife Cath is the Yorkley School Administrator.

I have worked in Sales for many years and now work for Squire. In my spare time, I enjoy walking in the Forest with my family and watching Formula 1 Motor Racing. 

Jon Meager

Co-opted Governor 

Jon Meager -Co-opted Governor


I have been a Governor since January 2023 and share Governor Responsibility for Safeguarding within the schools.

I was born and bred in Lydney but lived in London for 30 years enjoying a career in policing before returning to the Forest and settling in Yorkley in 2020.

In my years away, I have always maintained a strong link to the area through family and friends who live locally.

I have two grown up sons and was privileged to serve as a parent Governor during their primary years.

I currently work as a Domestic Abuse and Child Protection professional within the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub within Gloucestershire.

I can often be seen walking in the woods with Dexter the Black Labrador who is easily recognisable as he will always have a least 2 sticks in his mouth!

Jemma Halford 

Parent Governor 

Jemma Halford -  Parent Governor 

Before federating with Yorkley, I was a Governor at Parkend for two years.  I currently have a daughter at Parkend Primary School, and my son will follow.  I am looking forward to being a part of the governing body as the two schools come to form what I know will be a strong and successful federation.

I sit on the Curriculum and Standards and resources Committees. Alongside, Dr Alan Castle, we oversee CIC/SEND.  

I moved from Gloucester to the Forest of Dean in 2014 and I am a ward Sister at a local hospital.  Previously I have worked at an Acute hospital, so in total I have 15 years of nursing experience. 

In my spare time I enjoy sewing, reading, running and being with my family.  I am also doing further training at university, so as with many families, there is very little ‘spare time’!

Kerry Madrick 

Parent  Governor 

Kerry Madrick-  Parent Governor 

I am a Secondary School Science teacher and have worked in the Gloucestershire area since 2014. I am passionate about improving all aspects of teaching and learning; every child deserves the best possible education. I hold a Masters degree in Teaching and Learning, and through this I strengthened my understanding of strategic leadership and curriculum development. I enjoy reading teaching blogs and articles and keeping up to date with current educational research.

My husband and I moved to the Forest of Dean in 2015 and I feel very lucky to be raising our two daughters in such a wonderful part of the world. I enjoy walking, reading, and crafting – I regularly attend classes with local artists learning new skills.

I believe that every child is capable of success, and I am committed to improving every child’s educational experience. This will underpin everything I do as a Governor for the Forest of Dean Community Schools Federation.

David Green 
Co-opted Governor 

David Green - Co-opted Governor


I was appointed as a Co-opted School Governor in May 24. I will be joining the resources committee initially and will be looking to help in other areas in the near future.


I have lived locally  in Oldcroft for over 40 years.   I am a grandfather of 4 who are now in schools in Bristol and the USA.  I was raised on a farm in Worcestershire and spent my  career working  in  agriculture  and accountancy  in a variety of roles. I am now retired but  still work part time in these areas.


My main interests include gardening, DIY, rugby, golf, bridge, family history, mah-jong and travel.


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