The Governing Body of the school works with the Headteacher and management team to ensure the school is providing a good quality education for the children. While the Headteacher is responsible for the day-to-day running of the school the Governing Body works with them to set the overall aims of the school and school policies.
At Cropredy CE Primary School, individual Governors link with year group teachers to help them oversee specific elements of the schools work, for example there is a Governor that has responsibility for Cygnets Class and oversees Early Years provision in the school.
Others Governors oversee other subjects or provide support in specialist areas such as recruitment or Health and Safety.
Governors are often described as the "critical friends" of the school but this only really covers a small part of what they do. Governors at Cropredy CE Primary School play a very active part in school life, they can often be seen in school watching lessons or helping at school events.
Governors have some key responsibilities:
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, and the performance management of staff
To oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent
Determining how the school's budget is spent
The appointing and dismissing of staff
Hearing appeals and grievances
Forming policy on the school's curriculum and collective worship
Setting standards for pupils' behaviour and discipline
Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe
Setting and monitoring the school's aims and policies
Being a Governor is a demanding but rewarding voluntary role that is an ideal way to give back to your local community. There are several ways to become a Governor, Oxfordshire County Council has lots of information about the role of a Governor and how you can become one on their website - Click Here
At Cropredy School we are currently recruiting for one Parent Governor and a Local Authority Governor. The current members of the board are detailed below.
Cropredy CE Primary School Governing Body
Chair of Governors, term of office ends 31st August 2024.
I am a qualified accountant (CIMA) with 23 years’ experience across the private sector, higher education and local government. I currently work for Warwickshire County Council where I manage the Commercial Team within Finance helping deliver the Council’s outcomes through the development of a more commercial culture as well as supporting significant commercial programmes across the County. My son is currently in year 5 at Cropredy Primary School and his older sister is an alumnus of Cropredy.
Chair of Governors, Resources Committee and Performance Committee Member. Parent Governor
Foundation Governor, term ends 31st August 2024.
After school in Leeds, I went to university in St Andrews where I graduated in medicine in 1966. I trained in Dundee, London, Oxford and East Africa I was appointed consultant surgeon to Ormskirk Hospital in Lancashire in 1978. I retired from the hospital in 1999 and was immediately afterwards appointed chairman of Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust where I served for seven years. In 1990 I was elected to West Lancashire District Council, representing the Downholland ward for 12 years. I was a member of the front bench team for 4 years and Chairman of Council in 2000. I served on Downholland Parish Councils for over 20 years and was a governor of Haskayne Downholland C of E School in Lancashire for 31 years.
Currently I am a member of the Bourtons Parish Council and a volunteer room guide at the National Trust property at Canons Ashby.
I am chairman of the Cluster care Group a local charity giving respite and care to local people.
I enjoy reading, crosswords, gardening and my family.
Vice Chairman of Governors. Chairman of the Resources Committee.
Parent Governor, term of office ends 31st August 2024.
My family and I felt we had really landed on our feet when we moved to Great Bourton; the proof that we had was Cropredy School. The community is vibrant and warm, and this same spirit is embodied in the staff and children at this school. As a parent of children in both KS2 and Cygnets - and as a teacher of English at a local secondary - I felt that I really wanted to give something back to the community that has given so much to us.
In my role as governor, I hope to be able to offer my experience and knowledge as an educator - in terms of how our children progress in their learning - and my passion and time to help our school become the resounding success that it deserves to be.
Chair of the Performance Committee. Further responsibilities: safeguarding, pupil premium and SEND governor.
Foundation Governor, term of office ends 24th February 2024.
Member of Performance Committee
I studied Biosciences at the University of Birmingham and followed this with a PhD in Crop Physiology. I moved to Banbury in 2010 when I began my career as a wheat breeder. You might see my wheat plots as you drive through Wardington! I also manage the breeding station, getting involved in setting budgets, people and facilities management and strategic planning but it is the agricultural science and combine driving which I enjoy most!
I have two boys at Cropredy school and so as a governor, I am keen to ensure that all pupils achieve their full academic potential whilst enjoying their learning experience; adopting a caring, kind and questioning attitude along the way.
Parent Governor, term of office ends 24th February 2024.
Member of Resources Committee.
Parent Governor, term of office ends 14th June 2025.
Staff Governor, term of office ends 31st August December 2026.
Member of Performance Committee.
Parent Governor, term of office ends 27th February 2027.
Member of Performance Committee.