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Church of England Primary School, Abingdon

Meet the Governors

Rhonda Oliver - Chair of Governors 

(Parent Governor – elected by the parent body) 

I am in my second term as a parent governor and took over as Chair in September 2013. I am a member of the Performance and Standards Committee. I have 2 children: one still at St Nicolas and one in Secondary School. I don’t work at the moment but I was previously a SEN coordinator at a primary school in Oxford. I enjoy     swimming and my new passion is singing with the local Rock Choir.

Katrina Hancock - Vice Chair of Governors

(Co-opted by the Governing Body – experience of governance in other settings)

I became a co-opted governor in early 2015 and my daughter is currently in Year 1. I work full time for Exeter College, Oxford as the Director of Development, overseeing all our fundraising and alumni outreach activity. I really enjoy the strategy and governance aspects of my work and am excited to work for St Nic's bringing some of my experience in higher education to the school while learning a lot about primary education. I sit on the Resources Committee and am the link Governor for Science.
As a member of Christ Church Abingdon, I believe that the Christian ethos of St Nicolas enables the school to provide a safe and nurturing environment for all children, whatever their background.

 

Mark Halstead - Chair of Resources Committee

(Parent Governor – elected by the parent body)

I have been a parent at St Nicolas in 2009 and became a Parent Governor in 2012. I love the breadth of education that our children get at the school, and firmly believe that education isn't just about passing tests. As a Parent Governor, I am there to provide a voice for the 900 plus parents, carers and guardians supporting their children at our school, and for ensuring that their views are considered in the decision making process of the Governing Body. Unlike many Governors, I don't come from a professional education background - I qualified as a Chartered Surveyor, and am now the Director of a local Project Management consultancy. This gives me a unique perspective, both to be able to ask the obvious questions, and to offer the benefits of my wider business experience. I currently chair the Resources Committee, tasked with operational and financial oversight for St Nicolas.

Hugh Price - Chair of Performance and Standards Committee; Pupil Premium

(Local Authority Governor – appointed by the LA)

I started on the Governing Body as a community governor in September 2011, and when that role was discontinued, converted to a Local Authority Governor . My connection to the school was through the boys from St. Nicolas who went on to Abingdon School, where I work in year 7 and 8 as a tutor, so I have seen ex-St. Nics’ boys growing up.
I have lived in Abingdon for 11 years and worked at Abingdon School all that time. My sons are at primary school, though sadly not St. Nics! I see my role of LA Governor as a friendly voice from outside the immediate school community; I sometimes appear in a capacity where it might be awkward for staff or parent governors to be serving. As a teacher myself, I contribute to monitoring the academic performance of the school, on the Performance and Standards Committee, and I am the Pupil Premium 'Champion' who monitors the school in their provision of support for pupils.

 

 

Sally Mears - Chair of After School Management Committee

(Foundation Governor – appointed by the Diocese)

I have been a Foundation governor at St Nicolas School for about ten years and have helped in the very successful Prayer Space weeks and been involved with the Parents' prayer group. I enjoy judging the Easter competition each year which always produces very imaginative results from the children. I work with the Children's Holiday Club at my local church in the summer holidays. When I became a governor, the younger of my two sons was in Year 6 at St Nicolas' School. I am a music teacher myself so my link is with the Creative Arts, which are highly valued here. As we live diagonally across from the school it has been very convenient to keep in touch. I sit on the Performance and Standards committee. I recently completed a Marathon from Abingdon to Beale Park (the Breast Walk Ever). I also put on charity musical events as I am a conductor and was co-MD of Abingdon's first Passion Play 

Eluned Hallas - Safeguarding

(Foundation Governor – appointed by the Diocese)

As a Foundation Governor I have a particular interest in RE and the spiritual ethos of the school. I wish us to be fully inclusive while also reflecting our status a Church of England School. I work as an administrator and am a former parent at the school. I am a member of the Resources Committee and the After School Club management Committee, and I have also recently taken on the role of Safeguarding Governor

 

Catherine Pumphrey - Health and Safety

(Parent Governor – elected by the parent body)

I've been a parent governor since 2013, and my daughter Alice is in Year 6. My older son and daughter have already made the transition to secondary school, so this will be my tenth (and final) year as part of the St.Nicolas family. I am a member of the Resources committee, and am also governor for Health and Safety. I work part-time as a music teacher, but I originally trained to teach French and I’m the curriculum link governor for MFL at St.Nicolas.

 

 

 

 

Rev Paul Smith - Special Educational Needs

(Co-opted by the Governing Body – parish vicar)

Jayne Todd  - Early Years

(Non-teaching staff governor – position co-opted by the Governing Body, individual elected by the non-teaching staff)

I have worked at St Nicolas School since 2006, firstly working as a 1:1 teaching assistant and then as a general class TA. I have most of my time in key stage 1. I have a keen interest in history and am curriculum governor for humanities and Early Years. I sit on the Performance and Standards committee. Before I moved to Abingdon I lived in the middle east where I ran a nursery school and have previously worked in a pre-school setting. I am also a deputy at the After School Club

Kate Wigley 

(Parent Governor – elected by the parent body)

I have been a parent governor since Spring 2013 and am part of the Performance and Standards committee, as well as being the governor link for English/Literacy.  My daughter, Anna, is in Year 3 and my son, Elliot, is in Year 1.  Our youngest, Alice, will start in September 2017!  I work at King Alfred's Academy in Wantage, teaching secondary English, but also supporting five local primaries with their Literacy teaching and interventions.

 Pete Kelly

(Parent Governor elected by the parent body)

I have three children, two still at St Nicolas and one who passed through the school and is now in secondary education. The school plays a hugely important role in all of its students' lives and is supported by a wide group of volunteers from the parent/guardian group to other parts of the community. I was keen to also make a contribution and so became a parent governor in the summer of 2015. I do not have a professional educational background, though do have a teaching perspective from my wife, who is a primary school teacher. I work as a director of a market research company based in Oxford and hope to bring some of my none-school experience in that role. My main participation, initially, will be in the Resources Committee and in Maths via the the school's curriculum link programme.

Andrew Spooner

(Headteacher Governor – by right of position in school)

I became Headteacher of St Nicolas in September after spending 8 years as deputy head at Windmill Primary School in Headington. It’s been an absolute pleasure getting to know the whole school community over the last term. The school is always looking to improve and every member of the school team understands this. We celebrate the good times and we support each other when times get quite demanding, continuing to learn and develop along the way. When I’m not in school, I have two lovely sons who always look forward to spending time with their Daddy and a very supportive and wonderful wife. Away from school dynamics, performing in a band for 17 years has been the perfect tonic in remembering to find time for myself. 

Lorna Page

(Staff Governor – elected by the teaching staff)

I joined St. Nicolas in 2008 as a year 1 teacher. I have since taught in different year groups which has given me the opportunity to get to know the children and school well. I am currently the Deputy Head, responsible for the Middle Years Team and assessment across the school. St. Nicolas is a fantastic school with a great community and children who are happy and hardworking. I feel lucky to work with such committed and supportive staff and parents. As a staff governor I am involved in working with others to continue the schools improvement. I live in Wantage where I enjoy running and walking my dog in the surrounding area!

ASSOCIATE MEMBERS

Liz Mathers (Deputy Headteacher)

Karen Beasley (School Business Manager) 

Joanne Graham (After School Club Leader)

Clerk to the Governing Body 

Janet Hancock

Governor Parent Communication:

 

Email:  govs3247@st-nicolas.oxon.sch.uk

 

Name

Governor Category

Term Start Date

Term End Date

Register of Business Interests

Attendance

2015/16

Rhonda Oliver

Parent Governor – elected by the parent body

 

01.03.2015

28.02.2019

N/A

11/12

Apologies sent

Katrina Hancock

Co-opted by the Governing Body

 

30.04.2015

29.04.2019

Wycliffe Hall, Oxford – Council Member and Trustee
Abingdon Street Pastors – Trustee
.

12/14

apologies sent

Hugh Price

Local Authority Governor – appointed by the LA

 

01.02.2015

28.02.2019

Teacher, Abingdon School, Abingdon OX14 1DE

12/12

Mark Halstead

Parent Governor – elected by the parent body

 

01.04.2016

31.03.2020

N/A

12/13

apologies sent

Eluned Hallas

Foundation Governor – appointed by the Diocese

 

04.11.2013

03.11.2017

Trinity Church - Employee, Abingdon on Thames – Church Warden
& St Nicolas Church, Trustee

13/13

Catherine Pumphrey

Parent Governor – elected by the parent body

 

01.12.2013

30.11.2017

Piano Tuition – Self. On school site but paid by parents

13/13

Sally Mears

Foundation Governor – appointed by the Diocese

 

04.11.2013

03.11.2017

Music Teacher – private tuition
Gerontins Amenity Fund – Chariy Trustee

10/12

apologies sent

Rev Paul Smith

Co-opted by the Governing Body – parish vicar

 

25.04.2013

24.04.2017

 

6/12

apologies sent

Kate Wigley

Parent Governor – elected by the parent body

 

 

 

Teacher, Vale Academy Trust

7/12

apologies sent

Peter Kelly

Parent Governor – elected by the parent body

 

01.07.2015

30.06.2019

N/A

11/13 apologies sent

Andrew Spooner

Headteacher Governor – by right of position in school

 

01.09.2015

31.08.2019

Head teacher

17/17

Lorna Page

Staff Governor – elected by the teaching staff

 

01.09.2015

31.08.2019

Deputy Head

16/17

apologies sent

Jayne Todd

Non-teaching staff governor – position co-opted by the Governing Body, individual elected by the non-teaching staff

 

01.09.2015

31.08.2019

Teaching Assistant

11/12

apologies sent

 

 

 

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