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A warm welcome from the Governors of Kingham Primary School!


At Kingham, Governors and staff share a vision: “Within a respected and valued community, we strive to prepare and nurture our future generation to be creative thinkers and inspired learners in an ever-changing world.”


The Board of Governors, as the strategic leaders of the school, have a vital role in making sure this vision is realised and that, first and foremost, every child gets the best possible education.


The Board is currently composed of the headteacher, two parent governors, one staff governor, one Local Authority governor and four co-opted governors. All members have been elected on the basis of the skills they can contribute to effective governance and the success of the school.


Our three key functions are to ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction, hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and oversee the school’s financial performance.


As a Board of Governors, we are keen to keep you informed about our activities throughout the year. We publish the minutes of our meetings on this web page and will also be keeping you up to date with a termly newsletter.


We look forward to working with you to ensure that your child has a very happy and successful time at Kingham Primary School.


Yours sincerely,

Kingham Governors

Dr William Cooper

Chair/Parent Governor

Elected by parents

Term of office: 29/2/16 – 28/2/20

Appointed Chair: 2/10/17 - 30/9/18

As the parent of a child who started in the reception year in 2015, I have a long-term interest in the governance and performance of the school. I recognise the importance of partnership between parents and teachers. While I come from a family of teachers, I pursued a PhD and career in communications and now work as a consultant advising on media technology and strategy. I wanted to be involved in the school as a parent governor to help ensure the maintenance and progression of the outstanding standards that have been established, for the benefit of all pupils and parents.

Mrs Lucy Phillips

Co-opted governor

Appointed by governors

Term of office: 25/1/16 – 24/1/20

I am a new governor having recently moved to Oddington from overseas. I have spent my career in education, originally in academic publishing in continental Europe, before qualifying as a primary school teacher with further training in teaching children with special educational needs and disabilities. Since then, my family and I (2 teenagers and a very well travelled dog), have lived and worked in India, creating teaching and learning initiatives for local slum children and the American mid-west where I ran school tours at the art museum. I am passionate about inclusion, pupil voice and achievement for all and look really forward to being part of the Kingham Primary School family.



Mrs Clarissa Hunt

Parent governor

Elected by parents

Term of office: 1/6/15 - 31/5/19


I am passionate about ensuring our children have the best possible experience in their early education. As I was in the happy position of becoming a parent of children in both key stages at Kingham Primary School in June 2015, I was ideally placed to become involved with the school’s progression as a Parent Governor. Historically, I trained as a chartered surveyor, specialising in development land, commercial valuations, new homes and commercial agency. I then transferred those skills into jointly running a company in Moreton that specialises in helping people successfully combine sustainable technology into their new build homes and renovations. This construction experience has recommended me to especially support the school governing board, on matters concerning the school premises.



Rev David Salter

Co-opted governor

Appointed by governors

Term of office: 1/1/15 - 31/12/18

As Vicar of Kingham and Churchill I was invited to be a community governor in November 2011. Following the recent reconstitution of the Governing Body I am now a co-opted governor, with particular responsibility for Stakeholders and for Behaviour and Attendance. I have a son in Year 6. Before training to be a minister in the Church of England I worked for Vodafone in Newbury as a Planning Engineer so I am interested in technology and communication as well as inspiration and behavioural improvement.



Mrs Susie Harris

Vice Chair/LA governor

Appointed by governors

Term of office: 2/3/15 - 1/3/19


I have been the local authority governor since March 2015.  I have had previous experience as a parent governor of a small middle school in Leicestershire.  My career in Education started in Nottingham in 1979 and I have taught across the age range from reception to college students on Childcare and Education Diplomas.  At the present time I am a Foundation Years Advisory Teacher in Oxfordshire, supporting schools and the private, volunteer and independent sector to meet quality standards.  I have trained as an Ofsted inspector for early years and have inspected childminders, nurseries and pre-schools in a number of counties.



Mr John Loomes

Co-opted Governor

Appointed by governors

Term of office: 27/11/17 - 26/11/21


I am a retired banker, living in Moreton-in-Marsh. I am married

with two grown up children who flew the nest some years ago! 

I have previously been a governor at a large secondary school

in Hertfordshire and, following that, a small primary school in

Gloucestershire - two very different experiences which I hope

will stand me in good stead to be a governor at Kingham

Primary School. I am also currently a member of the School

Admission Appeals Panel and the School Exclusion Appeals

Panel for Gloucestershire.  Kingham Primary School is a very

successful school and I am delighted to become a member of

a team of governors that is determined to see the school

continue to move forward and flourish.


Miss Leigh-Anne Woskett

Staff Governor

Elected by staff

Term of office: 01/09/18 - 31/08/22


Miss Emma Jenkinson

Co-opted Governor 

Appointed by governors

Term of office: 16/5/16 - 15/5/20





Ms Bretta Townend-Jowitt



Mrs Victoria Barron

Clerk to governors




Past Governors


Alastair Sinclair - Parent

Term: 29/1/14 - 26/1/16


Kami Smith - Staff

Term: 1/9/15 - 10/11/16


Marianne Ferrero - Co-opted

Term: 1/5/11 - 31/7/17


Christopher Lamming - Staff

Term: 21/11/16 - 31/8/18


Communication with the Board of Governors should in the first instance be through the clerk to governors on 01608 658366 or via email

The Chair of Governors is always happy to meet parents, staff and others informally or more formally by prior arrangement, via the clerk.

Governor attendance record 2016-2017

Contact Clerk to Governors

The work of Boards of Governors is set out in the Governors’ Handbook, published and updated regularly by the Department for Education (DfE).


You can download this at


This is what the Governors’ Handbook says about our purpose, core functions and key activities:


Boards of Governors’ core functions

We have high expectations of Boards of Governors. They are the strategic leaders of our schools and have a vital role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education. For maintained schools this is reflected in the law, which states that the purpose of maintained school Boards of Governors is to ‘conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school’.


In all types of schools, Boards of Governors should have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:


a. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

b. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and

c. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.


Boards of Governors’ key activities:


Understand our school

·          Pupil attainment and progress

·          Pupil behaviour, attendance and safety

·          Teaching quality and staff development

Set our school’s strategic direction

·          Champion our vision, values and ethos

·          Set priorities for school improvement

·          Consider governance structure and academy status

Commission action

·          Agree improvement targets and strategies

·          Agree allocation of resources

·          Agree how to monitor and review progress

Performance manage our school leaders

·          Appoint our headteacher and support their leadership

·          Hold school leaders to account for progress

·          Ensure financial probity and efficiency

Check we are fit for purpose

·          Clarify our role and purpose

·          Review constitution and ways of working

·          Make sure members have necessary skills