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 governors@stantonharcourt.org.uk

 

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
  • Director-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

Current Members

 

Jennifer Faulkner

Chair of Governors – Parent Governor

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).

Mark Kingston

Joint Vice-Chair – Parent Governor

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 Resources Committee, where we strive to balance the budget whilst ensuring that all pupils continue to achieve the best possible individual outcomes. 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.

Jane Watts

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.

David Wallom

Director-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 at the school and value the link the school provides to the wider village community.

Rachel Elliott

Director-appointed Governor

I have been a governor since 2007 and became the Chair in September 2015, holding the post for three years 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.

Jane Eagle

Director-appointed Governor

I joined the Governors of Stanton Harcourt School as an Associate, and 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.

Huw David

Director-appointed Governor

I have been a governor at Stanton Harcourt C of E Primary School since November 2017 and sit on the Governing Body’s resources committee, which oversees financial and building matters. I am also the link governor for health and safety. I work as Director of Development for Oxford University’s Rothermere American Institute, where I lead and manage the Institute’s fundraising campaign. I am recently married and live in Botley.

Jenny Chivers

Parent Governor

I have been a Parent Governor since January 2018 and currently sit on the Achievement and Standards Committee.  As a Sixth-Form teacher I am interested in the teaching and learning process and hope my skills and experience will inform my work as governor. I also have two children at the school and have got to know many of the pupils through Bounce, the community dance class I run in the village.

Mary Tudge

Staff Governor

I became part of the Governing Body shortly after joining Stanton Harcourt Primary School in September 2017, currently serving on the Achievement and Standards Committee. I teach Squirrel Class – Years 1 and 2 and am also the Assistant Headteacher.

Rachel Crouch

Headteacher

I have 40 years experience working within the educational sector and have a strong belief that every child matters.

Drew Tweedy

Associate Member

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.

Kit Howells

Clerk to Governing Body