Who are we?

  • Justin Cook

    Chair of Governors & Co-opted

    Justin is our Chair of Governors. Justin has been a governor for a number of years. Both his children have attended Hope Brook School.

  • Alan Beard

    Vice Chair - Co-opted

    Alan has worked with young people for many years, first trying to engage them to take part in more physical activity and then to retain their interest in living a more active lifestyle. When Alan’s own children attended Hope Brook School he thought he could lend his support to the school by becoming a Governor.
    This role has helped Alan’s understanding of how this quality primary school operates and how the school places the pupils at the centre of learning as it continuously strives to improve

  • Rev Lara Bloom

    Ex-officio Foundation Governor

    Hello, my name is Rev'd Lara Bloom and I am the Priest-in-Charge of the Forest Edge Benefice covering Longhope, Huntley with May Hill, Churcham and Bulley. I am also a mum to Natasha who is 14 and Alexander who is soon to be 10. I love working with the children in our church schools and contributing to the governance. I'm passionate about our local communities and hope to make church accessible to all. I look forward to getting to know you over the coming weeks and months.
    Rev'd Bloom is also a Governor at one other school in the Forest Edge Benefice.

  • Amy Mason

    Parent Governor

    Hi, my name is Amy and I currently have a boy in Year 1 and a girl in her last year at Pippins. It has been lovely to see them both settle into the school community and enjoy their time at school. I work in a local school and as I don’t have the chance to help out/support the school during class time I thought I would join the Governors. I really enjoy taking an active part in the school community.

  • Claire Jeavons

    Parent Governor

    My name is Claire Jeavons. I have lived with my family in Little London, Longhope since 2008. My daughter Jasmine is in Year 3 and my little boy Noah will hopefully be starting Hope Brook in September. I am a Year 1/2 teacher and Special Education Needs Coordinator at a local school. I love teaching and being part of a school community. Being involved from a Governor angle is a new role for me but one that I am thoroughly enjoying. As a parent, especially a working Mum, it’s hard to keep on track of everything happening in your child’s school but working a little behind the scenes has given me a new understanding. I hope that my experience in Education for over 20 years will be of use to the governing body at Hope Brook.

  • Matthew Gacek

    Foundation Governor

    I trained as a teacher in the early seventies. For most of my teaching career I taught in primary boarding schools my main subjects being History, Scripture and Drama. I became deputy-head academic in my last school with responsibility for curriculum and staff and whilst there was also Chairman of a teacher’s association and senior exam writer for the History common entrance.
    I retired from teaching in 2001 and did various jobs, including being a butler on a Cornish estate, until 2009 when I became Chorister Tutor at Hereford Cathedral, where I was responsible for the welfare of the choristers and day to day liaison between parents , cathedral and schools. I also became a cover teacher at Hereford Cathedral Junior School. I retired completely in 2015, after we had moved to Longhope.

    Throughout this time I have been involved with the Church and with the education of children in the Christian faith, by helping at family services, running school assemblies, helping with Sunday School and being in school chapel choirs.
    In 2004 I started training as a Reader in the Church of England in Cornwall but stopped after a year and a half to move to Hereford. In 2017 I re-started my training as a Reader and was licensed in October2019. At the same time, in 2017, I started working at Hope Brook doing a Bible and Drama class for the top three years of the school, in the process getting to know some of the children and over those years some pupils helped me run the Crib Service at Longhope Church. For the last two years I have also been a member of the Open the Book team.

  • Stephanie Severn


    Mrs Severn is the Head Teacher at Hope Brook School. Mrs Severn started her teaching career in 1986 and has been the Headteacher at Hope Brook for the last 12 years. Before becoming a Headteacher, she was a consultant for Gloucestershire local authority.

  • Sarah James

    Staff Governor

    This is Mrs James' fourth year teaching at Hope Brook and as a member of the Governors at Hope Brook and she currently teaches Kingfishers class.