The school governing body is responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality of education. Together with the Headteacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management, we set the school’s aims and priorities.
Copies of minutes of Governing Body meetings are available here
The Governing Body can be contacted directly via email, using firstname.lastname@example.org.
Key roles of Governors
- To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
- To hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
- To oversee the financial management of the school and make sure its money is well spent.
Types of Governor
- Foundation Governor = A governor appointed by the diocese to ensure that the religious character of the school is preserved and developed
- Academy-appointed Governor = A governor appointed by the Directing Board of the Academy Trust (formerly community governors)
- Parent Governor = A parent/carer of a child registered at the school who is elected by the other parents/carers of children at the school
- Staff Governor = A member of school staff who is elected by the staff of the school
- Associate Member = A person invited to join the governing body to contribute specifically on their area of expertise
Chair – Academy-appointed Governor
I have been a governor since 2007 and became the Chair in September 2015 after being Vice-Chair for 4 years. I am a chartered accountant working in industry and I sit on the Resources Committee which looks after finance and buildings in the main.
Joint Vice-Chair – Academy-appointed Governor
I have been a governor since 2011. I have served on the Resources Committee and am now on the Achievement and Standards Committee. I am a Link Governor for Science. I work as an Associate Professor in the University of Oxford e-Research Centre working on applied computer science projects in Energy, the Environment and Cloud Computing. I have a PhD in Experimental Particle Physics. I have a young son who we expect to start at the school when he reaches school age and value the link the school provides to the wider village community.
Joint Vice-Chair – Foundation Governor
I have been a foundation governor at Stanton Harcourt School since 2002. All five of my children attended the school and went on to continue their education at Bartholomew School, Eynsham. I am currently Chair of the Resources Committee where we strive to balance the budget whilst ensuring that all pupils continue to achieve the best possible individual outcomes. I am a Registered Nurse and have worked at the John Radcliffe for many years and for most of that time in anaesthetics/recovery in the main JR operating theatres.
I joined the Governors of Stanton Harcourt School as an Associate last summer, and have now had my appointment confirmed as an Academy-appointed Governor, for four years from January 2017. I am a member of the Achievement and Standards Committee, where I hope my expertise will help with monitoring and raising standards. My teaching and leadership roles over many years at a primary school in Witney will inform my work as a governor. I have lived in the village for over 30 years, and both our boys attended the village school before moving on to Bartholomew. I am quite active in the village as a member of the voluntary committee which manages the community Village Hall, as a bellringer, as a founder member of the Drama Group and a Sutton Singer.
I joined the Governing Body in 2015. My daughter started at the school in 2014. I am the Governor with responsibility for monitoring all aspects of Inclusion and am also a member of the Achievement and Standards Committee. I work part-time as a Lecturer in Chemistry at the University of Oxford and also for The Open University. I am also an Academy-appointed Governor at Bartholomew School, Eynsham and a Director of the Eynsham Partnership Academy (EPA).
I am a mother of two girls and have been a parent governor since 2015. I am a member of the Resources Committee. I am currently employed as a supply teacher in primarily secondary education, and a tutor of Science. I have a BSc, MSc, PhD and a PGCE from the University of Oxford. I worked as a University Lecturer in Soil Ecology, and leisure management in the City of London and Oxford, prior to embarking on parenthood.
As a Parent Governor, my role is to bring a parent’s point of view into the Governing Body discussions. I am also a member of the Achievement and Standards Committee which monitors the children’s academic achievement and progress during the school year. My wife and I live in the village with our two boys who love coming to school! I run my own marketing consulting business based in Oxford. I’m always available if parents have any questions, concerns or suggestions.
I have 40 years experience working within the educational sector and have a strong belief that every child matters.
I was ordained in 2001 after a first career in Banking and I’ve been Rector of St Michael’s Church and an Associate Member of the Governing Body at the School since 2014. I enjoy making music with my little ukulele group and I am an enthusiastic member of the village cricket club.