As defined by the National Governors’ Association (NGA): The role of the governing board is a strategic one. Its key functions are to:
Set the aims and objectives for the school
Set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
Set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
Monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
Be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend)
At Cropredy School we currently have a Full Governing Body in place. The members of the board are detailed below.
Chair of Governors, term of office ends July 2021
I am a qualified accountant (CIMA) with 20 years’ experience across the private sector, higher education and local government. I currently work for Warwickshire County Council where I am helping deliver transformation across the support services. I have two children at Cropredy School and am looking forward to using my experience and skills in my role.
Chair of Governors and Chair of Resources Committee, Health and Safety Governor.
Foundation Governor, term ends July 2021
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 July 2021
I was elected as a parent governor in February 2016 and am really pleased to have the opportunity to continue in post. I’m a children’s book designer, with huge experience producing educational material for the primary market. I am also a qualified primary school teacher. My daughter Summer, is currently in year 4 and we live in Cropredy. I would like to ensure the school is governed in a straight forward way, celebrating each child’s uniqueness whilst building an inspiring environment and cultivating a caring community within the school.
Cathy Van der Gast
Associate Governor, term of office ends July 2019
I have worked as a science teacher at a local secondary school since completing my PGCE at Oxford, and am currently in my 13th year of teaching. Prior to this, I worked in the pharmaceutical industry as a project manager running international clinical drug trials in a range of disease areas.
I live in Cropredy and my son is in year 3. I am passionate about this school and its success and believe that we (staff, children, governors and parents) all play a role in enabling every child to achieve their full potential, not just academically but as complete and rounded individuals that have had access to a wide range of opportunities both in and outside of the curriculum.
The school is an amazing place of quality learning and I have always found it to be a supportive, caring, environment where every child is valued. I am really proud to be a part of the development of the school and am confident my skill set will be put to good use.
Member of performance committee
Parent Governor, term of office ends July 2021
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 both vibrant and warm: this same spirit is embodied in the staff and the children at this school. As both a parent of a child in KS2 and 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 to see our school become the resounding success that it deserves to be.
Member of performance committee, safeguarding governor.
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.