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Deddington Church of England

Primary School

Inspire, Believe, Achieve

Our Governors


Matthew Bryars

Alan Collins

Jane Cross

Clive Evans

Rev. Annie Goldthorp

Paul Honess

Jacinta Prendergast

Sadie Lapper

Sarah Liebrecht

Nicholas Smith

Claire Thwaites



Co-opted Governor

Community Governor

Staff Governor

Head Teacher

Foundation Governor

Chair - Parent Governor

Foundation Governor


Foundation Governor

Vice Chair - Parent Governor

Foundation Governor



04/02/2020 - 03/02/2022

5/02/2019 - 5/02/2022

26/1/2020 - 26/1/2024


18/03/2019 - 17/03/2023


15/11/2017 - 14/11/2021

03/12/2020 - 02/12/2024

19/03/2019 - 18/03/2023

21/01/2020 - 20/01/2024

5/11/2020 - 4/11/2024



(Formerly Finance, Premises & People)

Teaching & Learning   

Health & Safety

Mr M Bryars (Chair)

Mr A Collins

Mr C Evans

Mr N Smith

Ms C Thwaites



Dr P Honess (Chair- Temp)

Mrs J Cross
Mr C Evans

Ms S Lapper

Mrs S Liebrecht

Mrs J Prendergast

Dr P Honess

Mr A Collins







AdmissionsAppraisalPay Committee

Dr P Honess (Chair)

Mr C Evans

Ms S Lapper


Dr P Honess (Chair)

Ms C Thwaites

Mr N Smith



Mr C Evans

Mr M Bryars

Mrs J Prendergast





SIAMS GovernorsStaff DismissalPupil Discipline

Rev A Goldthorp (Chair)

Mrs S Barber (non-Governor)

Mrs J Cross

Ms S Lapper

Mrs S Liebrecht

Mrs J Prendergast

Ms C Thwaites






Dr P Honess (Chair)

Ms C Thwaites

Mr M Bryars












Ms S Lapper

Mrs J Prendergast













Rev A Goldthorpe

A Collins



Safeguarding Governer - Mrs S Liebrecht

END Governor   Mrs J Prendergast




Matthew Bryars- Foundation Governor, Chair of Finances, Premises and Personnel Committee

I joined the Board of Governors at the beginning of 2020. I have 3 daughters attending the school, so I have a keen interest is helping where possible. When we moved into the village in 2016, we felt so very lucky that Deddington Primary School was so good. It was clear from meeting the pupils and teachers that there was something special.


I am the co-founder and Vice Chairman of a cloud compliant communications company based in Oxford. The sector we specialise in is heavily regulated, and I hope some of that experience might be of use in my role as a Governor.


As well as a member of the Local Governing Body, I am also Chair of the Finance, Premises and Personnel Committee.







Alan Collins - Community Governor

I was born and lived in Brighton for the first 25 years of my life and I am a professional engineer who having studied production engineering gave this career up in the 90s when as Total Quality Management was sweeping the world I realised that to make a difference you need to manage the people and not the technology. I started a production management career in Abingdon before moving to Kent then to Coventry to start a 15 year career in the automotive industry launching Jaguars, Minis and Landrovers. This career came to an end leaving me with money in my pocket so I had the chance to do anything I wanted so I became a teacher in engineering back in Abingdon where my management career started. Gaining a PGCE I taught engineering from school children up to foundation degree students until tired of poor money and even poorer management returned to manufacturing industry in Banbury for Norbar torque tools. I have managed very many projects, a recent one for £640k but spent £1.2M opening a new factory with significant building work in 2006.

I have lived in Hempton, Barford and Clifton for more than 25 years and have been a Parish Councillor for very many of those years becoming Chair of the PC for 4 years in 2012. I also chair the Friends of Deddington Library, Banbury Rural Police Forum and the Deddington Neighbourhood Plan steering group now gladly coming to an end. I am a committed Seagulls fan, 5 a side player and Aunt Sallier while corresponding for a local periodical for more than 10 years. I am married to a scientific Doctor Viv and we have two children ex of Deddington Primary School. Harry finishing a law degree at Sussex and Alice finishing A levels at the Wariner.







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!









Rev. Annie Goldthorp - Foundation Governor, Chair of SIAMS

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.









Paul Honess - Parent Governor, LGB Chair

I joined the Board of Governors as a Parent Governor in May 2018 and became the Chair of Governors in February 2021. I have twins at the school.

I am an educator with a background of teaching and research in a number of UK universities including Oxford and Cambridge.  With degrees in Zoology and Anthropology I have specialized in Animal Welfare Science investigating the impact of captive conditions and the effects of environmental enrichment.  Since 2011 I have worked as a consultant in the bioscience sector, both in the UK and internationally as well as taking an active role in the raising of our family.

Deddington C of E Primary School has created a wonderful community in which the children can maximize their learning and development.  I feel privileged to being able to support the school in maintaining and further developing the high quality education it delivers to give the children the very best start to their formal education.


Sadie Lapper - Foundation Governor

I joined the board of governors as a foundation governor in December 2020.  I currently teach at Tudor Hall School as Director of Co-Curriculum and Outreach and wanted to get involved with a school that shared my educational philosophy. I am an advocate of educating the whole person; placing importance on the link between personal skill development and academic learning to ensure that young people are well equipped to follow their dreams and ambitions and flourish in our fast paced, ever changing world. 

I have worked in a variety of schools, both independent and state, which has given me an understanding of many different aspects of education, which I hope to be able to use when working on the board of governors at Deddington Primary School. Outside of work I am a keen sports woman, having played hockey at a high level for many years and more recently taking part in the London marathon and other half marathons for charity. 
I am excited to be part of a community where children are deeply rooted at its heart and I am looking forward to supporting the school in achieving its goals and ambitions.


Sarah Liebrecht Foundation Governor








Sarah Liebrecht - Foundation Governor, Safeguarding Governor

I joined the board of governors as a Foundation Governor in March 2019. I am a secondary teacher of Modern Foreign Languages and have taught French, German and also Latin at schools in London and Oxford. 

My family and I moved to Deddington in 2001 and our three sons enjoyed an excellent start to their education at Deddington Primary. I look forward to supporting the school in its work and the vital role it plays in the community.



Jacinta Prendergast - Foundation Governor

I joined the school’s board of governors in October 2017 as a Foundation Governor, when my eldest son joined the school.

I am a Clinical Psychologist, specialising in working with children and families and hope that my professional skills and experience will be useful in my role as a governor. I believe strongly that all children should be provided with the best opportunities to enhance their strengths and support their needs, in a happy and secure environment. I am looking forward, as both a parent and governor, to being part of the school.

Nicholas Smith - Parent Governor

My family and I moved to the area in 2016 and felt a warm welcome from the community in Deddington. In 2020 I joined the governors shortly after my son started at the school as a way to contribute to the community. With a background in mechanical and systems engineering, I hope to bring my skills to the Finance, Premises and People subcommittee. I look forward to supporting the school in delivering an excellent education and an environment in which the students thrive.

Claire Thwaites - Foundation Governor

Claire is a senior leader in Government Affairs & Public Policy with international management positions in leading global tech & communications companies. She currently leads Government & Public Affairs for The LEGO Group across EMEA. She’s had
leadership roles in London, Brussels and Washington DC. In her most recent role at Apple Inc. she led their 15 strong government affairs team across EMEIA for ten years. She also co-founded the Health Alliance while at the United Nations and led Vodafone’s Brussels Government Affairs team for five years. In the last 18 months Claire has studied behavioural economics at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and also gained her Level I and II Sommelier level wine awards with the Wine & Spirit Education Trust. In 2019 she mentored children at a South London School as part of the Prince’s Trust initiative. Out of work Claire has run a marathon or two. She loves traveling the world, her friends in all corners of the globe, the theatre in London. Though nowadays, her real passion is her home in Oxfordshire, walking with her dog Hamilton and she’s recently become Chairperson of the Farmers' Market, in the village of Deddington.

Deddington School Local Governing Board Attendance 2020 - 2021

Register of Business and other interests of the Governors declared January 2021