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


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


Current Members



Rachel Elliott

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.

David Wallom

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.

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.


Jane Eagle

Academy-appointed Governor

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.

Jennifer Faulkner

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).

Nancy Hutchison

Parent Governor

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.

Mark Kingston

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 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.


Rachel Crouch


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.


Mary Tudge


Dan Long


Kit Howells