Meet our Governors

Name

Category of Governor

Term of Office

Andrew Bowen

Gary Bowes

Carrick Cameron

Jane Cross

Tessa Dodwell

Clive Evans

Maureen Forsyth

Rev. Annie Goldthorp

Anne Hunsley

Becky Jones

Anne Linsey

Juliet Morris

Martin Squires

Ben Williams

LEA Governor

Parent

Foundation Governor Deddington PC

Associate Staff

Vice Chair Foundation (Barford PCC)

Head Teacher

Foundation (Deddington PCC)

Ex-Officio

Support Staff

Chair & Foundation (Deddington PCC)

Foundation (Barford PCC)

Foundation Governor (Deddington PC)

Co-opted Governor

Parent

11/03/2015 - 10/3/2019

1/5/2014- 31/4/2018

25/09/2016 - 25/09/2020

27/1/2016 - 23/1/2020

01/8/2013 - 31/7/2017

1/1/2011

1/5/2014 - 31/4/2018

11/3/2105

1/11/2013 - 31/10/2017

20/11/2012 - 19/11/2016

1/9/2014 - 31/8/2018

22/6/2016 - 21/6/2020

1/9/2015 - 31/8/2019

1/3/2017-28/2/2021

Finance and Premises

Mr G Bowes

Mrs T Dodwell
Mr C Evans
Mr M Squires

Mr Ben Williams

Teaching & Learning   

Mr A Bowen

Mr C Cameron

Mrs J Cross
Mr C Evans
Mrs A Hunsley

Mrs B Jones
Mrs A Linsey

Mrs J Morris

Academisation  

Mrs J Cross

Mrs B Jones
 

Health & Safety

Mr M Squires
 

Admissions

Mr C Evans

Mrs M  Forsyth

Mrs A Linsey

 

Appraisal

Mr A Bowen

Mrs T Dodwell
Mrs B Jones

 

Pay Committee

Mr G Bowes
Mr C Evans
Mr M Squires

Foundation Governors

Mr C Cameron

Mrs T Dodwell

Mr C Evans

Mrs M Forsyth

Rev A Goldthorp

Mrs B Jones

Mrs L Knox (non-Governor)

Mrs A Linsey

Mrs J Morris

 

 

Staff Dismissal  

Mr G Bowes
Mr M Squires

 

Whistleblowing

Mr M Squires

Pupil Discipline

      

Mrs T Dodwell

Mr M Squires

 

Complaints

Mr G Bowes

Mr M Squires

 

Andrew Bowen

 

Gary Bowes

Parent Governor

 

I was elected into my first role as a Parent Governor in April 14.  I have lived in Clifton with my wife and 2 children since moving to the area in 2005.  My eldest child currently attends the school and will hopefully be joined by his sister after leaving pre-school.

 

I am a chartered accountant where I have spent the majority of my career in industry and commerce.  I have specialised in projects and transformation roles.  I am currently a Finance Director of a recently listed network logistics company.

 

As a Governor I hope to support my fellow Governors and the school through my personal and professional capabilities.  My key aims are to support the delivery and achievement of high standards for the school and all its pupils.

Carrick Cameron

Foundation Governor

 

I became a parent governor at Deddington in September 2016. I am a Foundation governor and I am also on the Teaching and Learning committee. I have previously worked as a teacher governor at another Church of England primary school in Oxfordshire, and so I hope that my knowledge and experience of a similar setting will prove useful.

 

I have worked as a primary teacher since September 2011, and I am currently a Key Stage 2 class teacher at Sibford Gower Primary School. Prior to this, I taught English as a foreign language to children and adults in Spain, where I lived for ten years, and in London. I have also worked as a sales consultant for Oxford University Press and as a freelance translator / interpreter, mainly in football.

 

My wife and I moved to Barford St Michael in April, where we feel very much at home, and our twin daughters started at the school in the F1 class in September 2016.

Jane Cross

Staff Governor

 

I joined Deddington Primary as Deputy Headteacher just over 11 years ago, previous to this I had worked as a class teacher and Deputy Head in a couple of Croydon schools in South London. I am originally from Banbury and decided to return when my daughter was a toddler after my husband and I realised the cost of living in London and raising a family was rather expensive, and without family support, quite stressful! Since joining Deddington I have worked in years 5 and 6, though in recent years I have been based in year 6. As well as Deputy Head I am also Maths Coordinator, and when I have the opportunity enjoy all things arty! I have a daughter at the Warriner who went to Deddington and my son is currently in year 5, I feel very lucky that both my children have received an excellent education at Deddington and have had the right grounding to become lifelong learners. I love working at Deddington, I am surrounded by interesting and interested pupils, the most amazing staff and supportive parents, every year brings new challenges and opportunities- and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

 

Tessa Dodwell
Vice Chair, Foundation Governor (appointed by Barford Parochial Church Council)

 

I was really thrilled to join the governing body in July 2013. I am very interested in education and the role it plays in setting children up for their future life and work.


I am fascinated by people and, as a degree, I studied Psychology - to understand how minds work. After my degree, I travelled the world then started a career at Unipart (a local supply chain, warehousing and logistics company). I started as a temporary data input clerk and, after 17 years, I worked my way up to be an Account Director running a warehouse of 500 people. During my business life I also qualified as an accountant (CIMA) and became a qualified coach/ mentor (ILM).

 

I am now between jobs so have lots of spare time to invest in the school. I am a hardworker and a good generalist with a wide breadth of business skills that I am really enjoying applying to this new role.


My husband Brian and I moved to Barford St Michael in 2005. We absolutely love the village but also have strong ties with Deddington, where my dad now lives. Our daughter Ellie is at Deddington school, so I am personally very motivated to support our school on its improvement journey.

Maureen Forsyth

Foundation Governor

  

I joined the Board of Governors in April 2014.  My reason for wanting to be a governor is my unfaltering belief that every child deserves the chance of the best well-rounded education possible.

  

I have lived in Deddington for 37 years with my husband and three children after a peripatetic life of a service family.  Throughout my life inUKand overseas I have taken a particular interest in the development of children in a variety of ways but mainly through sport and related activities. In Deddington I helped found the Tennis Club and coached/developed junior tennis in the village and for 12 years I have been deeply involved with Deddington Youth Club which has been hugely rewarding.

  

I have served on numerous charity committees including Chairman and Treasurer of the Barford and District Branch ICRF for 20 years, and I am currently a committee member of Save the Children Banbury Branch.  I enjoy being part of a team.

  

I am very excited at the challenges that being a governor will bring and I hope that my contribution will help towards giving the children ofDeddingtonPrimary Schoolthe opportunity to achieve their full potential in every way. 

Rev. Annie Goldthorp

 

As the vicar for the parish of Deddington, I am also a member of the Board of Governors for the school. I arrived in Deddington in February 2015 and have been a regular visitor to the school ever since.

 

Before ordination I had my own business as a magazine publisher and so bring some related business skills to the table, including management, team building and forward planning strategies. I also come with a heart for the pastoral care of both pupils and staff.

 

I am passionate about the care and nurture of children, and believe that every child should be given the best opportunities to develop their skills and talents, whether they are academic or not. I am, to that end, committed to making Deddington Primary a happy, well balanced school with a significant level of achievement.

Anne Hunsley

Staff Governor

I joined as a Support Staff Governor in November 2013. I have worked at Deddington Primary School since 2000 and have seen many changes but nothing can be better than to be part of the team that ensure children leave our school as confident, caring , well rounded individuals.


I currently work in Key Stage 1 and spend time working with children in Year1 and 2 during the week. During spring and summer I run a gardening club to encourage anyone with green fingers!


I  completed a Foundation Degree in Classroom Support and also have HLTA status (Higher Level Teaching Assistant). Before joining Deddington Primary School I worked in Health Service Administration and for a large finance company, which took me to Sweden for two years before returning to spend time at home with my  three children who all went to Deddington School.


I am committed to helping the school grow and progress as a member of a dedicated team.

Becky Jones
Chair, Foundation governor (appointed by the Deddington Parish Church Council)

 

I joined the Governing Body in November 2012 – I had been hoping to join for a while and a position came up the week after the Ofsted inspection. I was more than happy to get involved and I am committed to improving our school for the sake of all the staff and parents but mainly for the children.

 

I have recently taken over as Chair which is a somewhat scary privilege. I aim to work as hard as I can with the staff and other governors to move the school forward.

 

I taught English in Spain for two years and I have 15 years' experience in Educational publishing, so my strengths are on the Teaching and Learning side of the governing role although as Chair I am having to get my head around all aspects of the job. It is challenging and interesting in equal measure.

 

I have two children in the school and I am often around at the school gate and open to having a chat about what we do as governors for anyone who might be interested.

Anne Linsey

 

I joined the governing body in Sept 2014 as a Foundation Governor for Barford, having moved to this lovely village from London in 2013. I was so pleased to be asked as it is a great opportunity to be involved in the school. My vision for Deddington Primary School is that every child enjoys a stimulating, challenging and really broad learning experience. 


A solid foundation for independent thinking and a confidence to question and understand the world and themselves, identifying and using their talents, to ultimately fulfill their own potential and ambitions in life. 

 

My career before having children was as an Executive Officer (Civilian) with the Metropolitan Police and my last posting was as a Performance and Review Analyst. Since having children I decided to stay at home and had worked part time as a Church Administrator, I am now Church Secretary (Trustee) at a local Baptist church. As a Foundation Governor I particularly enjoy being able to support the Christian Ethos and school values.

Juliet Morris

 

I joined the Board of Governors in July 2016, having spent the previous few years being on the Deddington PFSU and Village Nursery Committee.  During this time, I was impressed with how the school was progressing and improving.  My initial involvement with the primary school started with spending one afternoon a week with Year 5 students as a cycling proficiency instructor.  Now that both my boys are at the school, I feel I am able to get more involved. 

I have lived in Deddington since 2005 and spend some of my time working in the village too, as a Veterinary Surgeon at the small branch clinic of Hook Norton Vets.  This means I already know quite a large number of local parents, their children (and their pets) and working part time, I am also often around at the school gates after school if any parents want to speak to me.  I am the Governor responsible for Safeguarding and I am on the People and Community Committee.

I am looking forward to my next four years as a Governor of this great little school and I am committed to ensuring its success continues.

 

Martin Squires

Sponsor (Deddington Parish Council)

 

I joined the Governors in September 2012 following the resignation of the previous parish councilor who was on the Governing Board.  I also became a trustee of a large fund generously donated to the school.  It is a requirement of this trust, that one trustee is also a parish councilor.  This trust looks to spend money on enhancing the learning experience of children at the school in areas that are not normally funded by Oxfordshire County Council.  I am also a member of the financial working group of the Governors.

 

My background in finance and team management and leadership has been useful.  I have also recently retrained as a secondary school teacher giving me an insight into the issues facing teachers and head teachers.  I have lived in Deddington since 1993, and have been a local parish councilor since 2000.  Both my daughters have attended Deddington School, and I am committed to ensuring that the village has an excellent local school that everybody can feel proud of.

Ben Williams

Parent

 

I joined the school as a parent governor in 2017, and bring to the role a range of experience from twenty years in environmental non-government organisations. Within this I have worked across community development, youth work, and health and wellbeing initiatives, with a focus on bringing partnerships together to access grant opportunities and take forward major projects.

 
I have previously served as vice Chair of Tameside's Council for Voluntary Services, and have significant experience of managing change processes in small organisations. I have a strong body of senior experience and am keen to apply this in a new context.
 

At the time of writing I have a daughter in Year One, and a son in the pre-school.

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