About us

Our Trustees

Nicholas Fulcher BA with Honours, MA

Chair of Trustees

With professional expertise in conservation, heritage administration and educational outreach at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Nic is well placed to offer advice on how best to move forward whilst holding steadfast to the PNEU roots of Dormer House. His management skills include project coordination, budget management, hospitality, facilities management, performance management and staffing. His contributions during Shakespeare Week have made a lasting impression and Nic will no doubt prove an enthusiastic patron of the Arts for Dormer.

In the unlikely event of parents needing to make a formal complaint against the school, parents should contact Nic via email: nfulcher@dormerhouseschool.co.uk

Prof. Carol Chillington Rutter MA; PHD (Michigan)

Trustee

Highly ambitious for the school and actively supportive of its Arts outreach, Carol has served on the board as Chair of Trustees (2013-2016) and has sat on the Education Committee for the past nine years. Both of her daughters attended Dormer and agree that, apart from what they learned in their mother’s kitchen, Dormer was the most important formative experience of their lives. Carol is Professor of Shakespeare and Performance Studies in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick and a National Teaching Fellow.

Her books include Enter the Body: Women and Representation on Shakespeare’s Stage and Shakespeare and Child’s Play: Performing Lost Boys on Stage and Screen.

Justine Berry

Fundraising and Marketing Committee

Parent voice is crucial to the governance of a PNEU school, particularly when a parent has a personal understanding of the benefits of a PNEU education. As a former pupil at Rickmansworth PNEU School, Justine is a keen supporter of the teaching philosophies of Charlotte Mason and holds our ethos in high regard. She has two daughters at Dormer and feels passionately about its future. Justine has held a number of commercial roles in large UK organisations.

She is now running a market leading sales and distribution business in Shipston on Stour. She brings the marketing skills and business experiences developed in her career to her role as Parent Trustee.

Finula Allen BA (Jurisprudence) Oxon

Finance Committee

As well as providing close scrutiny of the school finances, Finula advises on legal matters. As a solicitor in Stow on the Wold, she has been advising on wills, tax trusts and probate matters for 30 years. Her daughter enjoyed a very happy six years at Dormer.

Commenting on Dormer, Finula said, “I was impressed by the great start it gave my daughter and I would love to see Dormer continue to flourish.”

Donna Holland

Parent Trustee, Marketing and Premises Committee

As a parent of two very contented Dormer pupils, Donna has a grass roots view on how parents see the school and where they want it to go. As a successful local business woman with a passion for trouble shooting and sales, she brings fresh ideas to the table alongside strong drive and enthusiasm. She is director of the Chester House Hotel and The Croft Restaurant in Bourton on the Water.

Jane Sparling B.Ed Hons Sussex, Dip Ed (Oxon)

Chair of the Education Committee

With ten years of experience as a Gloucestershire Head, Jane leads the Education Committee as a critical friend to the school. Her expertise is invaluable in the scrutiny of assessment data, moderation of Teacher Assessment, ratification of curriculum and pastoral policies and quality assurance of the operation and effectiveness of the appraisal system.

Her particular interests are in the field of emotional health and wellbeing, staff and school development, especially in buildings fit for purpose.

Jane lives in Cheltenham and has two adult sons.

Caroline Paxford

Safeguarding

Caroline has a long standing connection with the school as the mother of two former pupils who attended from the age of two between 1991 and 2005. She was a Police Officer in the Gloucestershire Constabulary for thirty years until her retirement in 2012. During her service she was trained in dealing with Child Abuse and Domestic Violence. She worked regularly with multi-agency child protection teams, both hands on working with families, and attending safeguarding and strategy meetings.

Just before her retirement she became the community officer for the Moreton-in-Marsh area and was involved in the instigation of the North Cotswold cluster group meetings for primary school heads. She was also involved in ‘Prevent’ work in her community and engaging with ethnic minority groups. In her retirement she is the Designated Safeguarding officer for the local Pony Club and Riding for the Disabled Group.

She attends regular safeguarding workshops and is responsible for ensuring DBS checks are up to date. In March 2015 she attended Gloucestershire Local Authority Safer Recruitment Training as a Trustee of Dormer House School.

Donation of Time

All trustees give of their time freely and no remuneration or expenses are paid. No trustee or person connected with a trustee receives any benefit from either means tested bursaries or scholarships. This is verified annually by external auditors for the annual accounts for Companies House and the Charity Commission.