RE Subject Leaders: contacts and support

RE Hub leaders


Following the publication of Understanding Christianity and the launch of the New Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education in South Gloucestershire in 2016 and in Gloucestershire in Spring 2017, the Diocese of Gloucester Education Department is keen to support RE subject leads as much as possible.

For general RE advice and support, please contact:
Debbie Helme
Education Officer
Diocese of Gloucester
01452 835550


Cheltenham Hub Dates:

Lynda Britton

Thursday July 5th, Arrive from 3.45, meeting 4-5pm.

Venue: Holy Apostles’ C of E Primary School, Battledown Approach, Cheltenham. GL52 6RD

To book in, please email:


Caryn Smith

Thursday 7th June 4-5pm

St James C of E Primary School, Merestones Road, Cheltenham, GL50 2RS

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North Gloucester Hub Date

Rosie Marks

Tuesday 26 June, Arrive from 3.45pm

Hartpury Primary School, Over Old Road, Hartpury GL19 3BJ

To book in, please email:


Gloucester Hub Date

Rachel Millard

Tuesday 26 June at 3:45pm

Upton St Leonards Primary School, Bondend Road, Gloucester GL4 8ED

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South Gloucestershire Hub Date

Graham Pike

Thursday 7 June at 4pm

St. Mary’s CE VA Primary School, Thornbury, BS35 1HJ

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North Cotswolds Hub Date

Karen Harding

Thursday 28 June arrive from 3.30pm

St David’s Academy Moreton in the Marsh, GL56 0LQ

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Tewkesbury, Cirencester & Forest of Dean Hub Dates

David Scorer

Thursday 12 July 2018  at  4.00pm

Temple Guiting Primary School, Temple Guiting, GL54 5RW


For support from your local RE Hub leader, including information about sample lessons to observe and regular RE Hub meetings, please find your nearest contact below:


Lynda Britton – Holy Trinity C of E Primary School, Cheltenham

I have been an RE and Collective Worship lead for over twenty years, mainly teaching KS2.  I enjoy trying to make RE creative and engaging. I am willing to meet with colleagues to offer support and encouragement with teaching RE.

Caryn Smith – St James’ C of E Primary, Cheltenham

I am Deputy Head Teacher, Collective Worship and RE lead in our school.  St James’ C of E Primary is a two form entry school off The Park.  I currently don’t have classroom responsibility, but teach reception to year 6 for PPA and SLT cover, so have an understanding of both Key Stages. Over the last three years I have focused on developing Christian values in our school, and as a result of SIAMS I am now focusing on spirituality.


Sue Hudson – Powell’s C of E Primary, Cirencester
I have been a primary teacher for over 20 years, mostly within KS2. I have led RE at Kempsford and Ashton Keynes before moving to Powell’s in Cirencester to lead RE/ Collective Worship in 2009.  I currently teach in year 3 and year 6.  I undertook a Farmington Fellowship in 2012/2013 to study and develop the RE unit entitled “In a community with many differences, how should we live?” I have attended annual conferences since then and find both the results of the current year’s research and the contact with Primary and Secondary RE teachers to be invaluable.

Lucie Mitchell – Miserden C of E Primary School

I am based at Miserden C.E. Primary School, where I teach PPA across the whole school including RE. I am an experienced KS2 teacher who understands teaching the whole of KS2 having taught Y4,5,and 6 at Bisley Blue Coat for many years. I am an RE and Collective Worship co-ordinator for three schools, including 3 SIAMS!!. I am happy to support colleagues teaching RE, particularly those who are teaching in small schools with mixed age groups.


Karen Harding – St David’s C of E Primary School, North Cotswolds

I am the RE and Collective Worship lead at St David’s, and am currently teaching a straight year 2 class, but have taught across the entire primary age range. I am happy to support teachers with the planning, teaching and comprehension of the Understanding Christianity materials and subsequently the new syllabus for RE.

Forest of Dean:

Bernadette Kilty – St Briavel’s C of E Primary, Forest of Dean

I am senior teacher at St Briavel’s Primary and have taught RE to most age groups across the primary stage.  I have previously worked across the county as an AST teacher for RE.  I have taught at my current school for 20 years, and have a lot of experience of planning for mixed age and mixed key stage classes. At the moment I am delivering RE to a year 4/5 class and a year 5/6 class each week.


Julia Matson – Barnwood C of E Primary, Gloucester

I have over 13 years experience of working in a Church of England School as an RE lead.  I have led governor, head teacher and RE lead training on outstanding RE and Christian Values, and can advise on planning, assessment and the organisation of RE with particular focus on one form settings.

Rachel Millard – Upton St Leonards C of E Primary School, nr Gloucester

We are a large primary school on the outskirts of Gloucester.  I am currently the RE Subject Leader.  We teach RE in our school during PPA time through a small team of teachers whom I support. I currently teach RE in YR, Y1, Y2, Y4 and Y5.  In the recent past I also taught RE to Y3. I am happy to talk with colleagues about Y1 up to Y5.

South Cotswolds:

Graham Pike – St Mary’s C of E Primary, Thornbury
I am currently assistant head, and have been in senior leadership roles in three outstanding Church of England schools.  I teach year 6 and am willing to support teachers with planning, assessment, tracking and learning.


South Glos:

Debbie Helme
Education Officer
Diocese of Gloucester
01452 835550

Tewkesbury / North Gloucester:

Rosie Marks – Hartpury C of E Primary, north of Gloucester

I am a deputy head teacher and RE co-ordinator in a small village primary school with mixed age classes.  I specialise in KS2, although I am happy to advise on both key stages.  I have been involved in RE in Gloucestershire for many years, being part of the team that wrote the Agreed Syllabus (2006-2017).  I have a BA in Music and Religious Studies, and a wealth of experience of different religions, as well as a wide range of knowledge of different Christian denominations and practises.

David Scorer  Tewkesbury C of E Primary

I am currently a deputy head teacher and SIAMS Inspector.  I have worked in Gloucestershire and Worcestershire for over 16 years, with over half this time as a senior leader and RE/Collective Worship co-ordinator in C of E schools.  I currently work in a large two form entry school, and have significant experience in single and half form entry schools.  Having helped to set up and manage the Cheltenham Church School Partnership over the last 4 years, I have been fortunate to forge positive collaboration between schools to provide guidance and support each other in an ever developing educational landscape.


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