Management Committee

Gloucester & Forest Alternative Provision School Management Committee

The Management Committee Members have a wide range of experience and expertise. They meet regularly and work in close partnership with the Senior Leadership Team to determine the aims, agree policies, targets, and priorities for the development of the APS in order to continuously improve the standards of education and promote a safe and caring environment for the benefit of our pupils. Management Committee members have legal duties, powers, and responsibilities. However, they can only act together, not individually.

Management Committee Members are appointed to help:

  • By working in partnership with the Headteacher;
  • With the implementation of the School Development Plan;
  • Advise on spending the budget;
  • Interview and select staff;
  • Ensure that all aspects of the curriculum are taught;
  • Are elected for 4 years 


For more information, please contact the clerk to the management committee at:

 There are no members of staff earning over £100,000 at GFAPS. 

GFAPS Financial Benchmarking can be found here.


At the 8th February 2023 Management Committee meeting, the following committee members from Severn Valley APS were voted onto the GFAPS MC as community members to start the process towards one management committee for the new school in September 2023:

Colin Belford

Dave Alexander

Dave Hill

Rick Rutter

Staff representation from Cheltenham and Stroud centres of SVAPS are:

Fiona Clarke

Lisa Carter

Lyn Dance - I have worked in special education within Gloucestershire for 30 years as a teacher, Deputy and Head teacher of The Milestone Special School.  I am now the CEO of SAND Academies Trust, which has 4 special schools and 1 mainstream.  I also do support schools through consultancy..  I have been on the Governing Body of 2 city primary schools in the city.  I am passionate about Gloucester Alternative Provision Schools and aim to support all I can, alongside a strong set of Governors on the Management Committee.

Lyn is the Chair of the Management Committee with responsibility for Leadership & Management and SEND

Philippa Dancey has lived in Gloucestershire since 1989 and has worked in international event management following a degree in French and Spanish.  She has extensive experience as a governor having been Chair of Governors of a Gloucestershire Primary School from 2002-2014.  She was also Chair of Governors of the Peak Academy, a Special Senior School for pupils with Social, Emotional and Mental Health Issues joining the governing body there in April 2014 till August 2022.

Philippa is the Management Committee Member responsible for Safeguarding and Post 16 placements at GFAPS.

Richard Johnson has been working in Gloucestershire schools for nearly 20 years. He is currently the Headteacher at Severn Vale School, having previously worked at the school as Deputy Headteacher. Richard is an unashamed lover of maths and teaches maths at both Key Stage 3 & 4 at his school. He has a wide range of experience of governance.

Richard is the Management Committee Member responsible for Key Stage 4 Quality of Education at GFAPS

Lois Smith

I have been teaching in Gloucestershire for 12 years and currently work as the Deputy Headteacher, Curriculum Lead and SENDCo at Field Court C of E Infant Academy. 

In addition to serving on the GFAPS Management Committee, I am also supporting the Local Authority's AP Transformation Project as part of the Vision and Values workstream. I am a passionate leader of Infant education and am privileged enough to be situated 5 minutes away from GFAPS’ primary setting Rutherford House, where I get to see play-based learning in KS1 and the Space to Shine programme in action.

Rachel Godwin

I have 18 years of experience within the field of education, in a variety of roles, which has included teaching throughout KS1 and KS2, learning support, and youth volunteering.  I have been a teacher for 12 years and SENCO for the last 7 years within primary schools in Dorset and Gloucester.

As a Governor, my aim is to work with the school leadership team to support and champion learners with SEND and those with inclusion needs which I am relentlessly passionate about.

Rachel is the Management Committee representative for SEND at GFAPS.

Jane Ireland has over 30 years’ experience of teaching; the last 20 of which have been in Gloucestershire. Jane’s last post was as an Assistant Headteacher at Severn Vale School with responsibility for Inclusion and SEN. Prior to joining Severn Vale Jane taught at a pupil Referral Centre in Gloucester. Since retiring Jane has continued her interest in education through becoming a Governor at Severn Vale School with responsibility for safeguarding and SEN.

Jane is the Management Committee member with responsibility for Attendance.

Nicki Woolway -  I have worked as a Special Educational Needs practitioner since 2010; I worked at the Milestone School for 10 years supporting children with a wide range of special needs before joining GFAPS 2 years ago in the role of Pastoral Officer. I passionately believe that students should be treated as individuals and valued for who they are; they should be given the opportunity to access the learning environment in a way that meets their needs allowing them to succeed and reach their full potential.

I have been elected to the GFAPS Management Committee as a Staff representative to support the wellbeing of staff and raise concerns that may affect them. Staff wellbeing is of paramount importance, and I hope that as a staff representative, I will be able to work with the Management Committee to ensure that staff are supported and valued.

Liz Miles

Liz is a qualified School Business Manager and has worked in school business administration since 2008. She is currently working as a School Business Manager role in a primary school setting. Liz is passionate that pupils receive the best from their education experiences by ensuring that schools obtain value for money in all areas.

Liz is the Management Committee Member responsible for Finance at GFAPs.

Severn Valley Management Committee members joining GFAPS Management Committee as community members from 8th February 2023 until 1st September 2023:
David Alexander
Colin Belford
Rick Rutter
Fiona Clarke