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 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 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.
Cathy Van der Gast
Associate Governor, term of office ends July 2019
I live in Cropredy, with a child in KS2 and work as a science teacher at a local secondary school. I am passionate about this school and its success and believe that we (staff, children, governors, parents and carers) all play a role in enabling every child to achieve their full potential, not just academically but as complete and rounded individuals. To do this we need to ensure that our children have access to a wide range of opportunities both in and outside of the curriculum. The school is an amazing place, full of quality teaching and learning and I have always found it to be a supportive, caring environment where every child is valued. I am looking forward to being involved in the next stages of the school’s successful development.
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 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.
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.
Member of Resources Committee.
Member of Performance Committee.