About the school

Abbey View School is an alternative Provision Free School established in 2013 to provide education to young people at risk of permanent exclusion from schools across Gloucestershire.  Our three founding schools Cleeve, Chipping Campden, and Tewkesbury all have permanent places available for their students with other schools from Cheltenham and Gloucester now also commissioning places.

Many students attend Abbey View as a short term measure, either during exclusions from their mainstream school or in order to have some time to reflect on their behaviour and conduct.  We have a high success rate with many short term students returning to their secondary schools and making the most of the opportunities presented there.  Other students, often those in year 11, have a more permanent placement at Abbey View and remain with us to the end of their school time.  These students have the opportunity to complete GCSEs in English, Maths, Physics, Art and Photography along with awards accredited by ASDAN as well as other qualifications.

Although an alternative provision Abbey View is first and foremost a school with an emphasis on achieving the best academic outcomes possible for our students. We have specialist teaching facilities for Science, ICT and Art and have invested in specialist equipment for the provision of Photography. The school day fits with those you would see at many mainstream schools with students moving between rooms, the sort of routines that help support short term students with their re-integration.





Abbey View School Governors


Gary Watson

Gary has taught in Gloucestershire for 30 years and is currently Headteacher of Tewkesbury School having previously been Headteacher at Maidenhill School in Stonehouse. Tewkesbury School is one of the three founding schools of Abbey View and takes advantage of short and long-term placements at the school. Gary has an Economics degree and has extensive experience of teaching maths, business and economics. He takes a keen interest in the financial stability of the free school.


John Sanderson

John has been the Headteacher of Chipping Campden School since April 2012. Along with the Head teachers of Cleeve School and Tewkesbury School he was instrumental in founding Abbey View as an Alternative Provision Free School in 2013. As such, he is both a governor and founder member of the school. Having first trained as an Engineer with British Aerospace (now BAe) and spent time oversees working with two different charities he first qualified to teach secondary Religious Education in 1995. Since then he has enjoyed spells at two schools in the Greater London area before moving to the North Cotswold to take up the position of Deputy Head teacher at Chipping Campden School in 2003. He is not a keen gardener!


Clare Charlton

Clare was handed a strong sense of the value of education from her head teacher mother but also the importance of equity. Clare has a background in prevention, specifically health, from an occupational perspective in the NHS and Local Government and in her current role in public health.  Working to reduce health inequalities meant the role of governor at Abbey View specifically appealed and Clare has now been a Chipping Campden parent governor for Abbey View since 2014.  She has a strong belief in supporting good emotional health so allowing Abbey View students to achieve their potential and for staff to be well supported and valued for their roles.  Clare has three children at secondary school, university and newly graduated in employment so has a good understanding of the journey along which Abbey View students are travelling


John Badham

John Badham- Retired Independent School Headteacher. also has experience in a number of State schools including a Grammar School, Comprehensive School and a State Boarding School. From 2007 to 2017 he was a member of the Town Council. In 2015/2016 he was Town Mayor. He is involved in quite a few community initiatives- including Tewkesbury in Bloom, and the Civic Society.  He is also a governor of Tirlebrook Primary School. 

John is married to Marion, also a retired teacher, and they have four children and three grandchildren. He has lived in Tewkesbury for eighteen years. 


Simon Wall

Simon Wall owns his own business based in Bishops Cleeve providing HR support to small to medium sized businesses primarily located in Gloucestershire.  Simon has over 20 years’ experience in HR with an extensive ability in both strategic and operational areas across various sectors and industries including the Finance Industry and the Third Sector.  Prior to setting up his business, Simon was Head of HR at Chelsea Building Society based in the Cheltenham Head Office.
Simon is also Chair of the Governing Board at Cleeve School.


Ian Pavey

I am a retired Senior Civil Servant. I joined the Civil Service late in my career as HR Director for the Child Support Agency, a government agency that at the time was failing the children it had been created to support. I am proud to have played a part on the Executive Team that transformed the organisation. Latterly I was HR Director with the Department for. Work and Pensions an organisation tasked with supporting the most vulnerable in society. My career prior to the Civil Service was spent in the private sector in manufacturing and service industries.

I live just outside of Stratford upon Avon with Madi, my partner, and our son Luke who is 10 years old. I have two older children - Chris (35) and Laura (33) and two grandchildren, Alfie (8) and Ellie (6). I enjoy walking, cycling, reading and listening to music and love the theatre when we can get there. I also enjoy watching Luke play cricket and as Madi has started a women’s team, watching Madi too.

I strongly believe that all children and young adults deserve the very best opportunities that life has to offer them. I am proud to be associated with Abbey View with teachers who work with care, passion and determination with pupils who have unique, and, at times, challenging needs.