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Church of England Primary School, Abingdon

Meet the Governors

 

Katrina Hancock - Chair of Governors

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

I became a governor in early 2015 and have two children at St Nicolas – a daughter in Year 3 and a son in Year 1. I have recently given up full time work (as Director of Development for Exeter College, Oxford) to start my own fundraising consultancy and to have more time for the school and with my family. I really love the strategy and governance aspects of my professional life and enjoy bringing that experience into the school setting as Chair of the Governing Body, as a member of the Resources Committee, and as the link Governor for Science. I believe that the school’s holistic approach to education and focus on encouraging each child to make the most of every opportunity is what sets St Nicolas apart, and that its Christian ethos provides an exceptional caring and positive environment in which every child can thrive and succeed, whatever their background or interests. I’m delighted to be serving in this role and to be part of the St Nicolas family.

 

 

 

Mark Halstead - Vice Chair of Governors & 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.

 

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

 

 

Rev Paul Smith - Special Educational Needs

(Co-opted by the Governing Body – Team Vicar)

I am Team Vicar in the Parish of Abingdon-on-Thames and have served on the Governing Body since I came to Abingdon in 2010. I lead assemblies and end of term services, and I count it a privilege to have the role I do in school. I am also SEN Governor, working closely with Liz Mathers, the SENCO.  Given my own personal experience as someone who suffered a birth injury, resulting in Cerebral Palsy, I am passionate about children with any kind of additional challenge: their inclusion, appropriate care and support, that they make the best possible progress in the whole of their development.

                                               

Kate Wigley

(Parent Governor – elected by the parent body)

I have been a parent governor since Spring 2013 and am part of the Performance Standards committee, as well as being Governor link for English/Literacy. My children are in Year 5, Year 3 and our youngest started in Reception this September. I work at King Alfred's Academy in Wantage, teaching secondary English, but also supporting six local primaries with their literacy interventions.

 

Fulya Saner Markham

(Parent Governor – elected by the parent body in July 2017)

I joined the Governing Body in September 2017 as a parent governor. I am a member of the Performance and Standards Committee and the link Governor for Modern Foreign Languages. My background is in economics and social policy and I worked in various roles in private and public sectors on research and analysis, strategy and policy development, governance, project management and commissioning of public services. I currently work for Oxfordshire County Council.

 

My son, Robin, is in year 1. I have been a class contact since he started reception last year and thoroughly enjoyed being a part of St Nics community! I am passionate about little people and look forward to working with everyone for continued success of our school.

 

Robert Swan - Parent Governor elected by the parent body.

 

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Jon Waldock (Foundation Governor – appointed by the diocese)

I have been a foundation governor since spring 2018 and am part of the Performance and Standards committee, where I am able to use my professional skills to support and challenge the school in their academic performance. I have been working as a teacher at a primary school in Oxford since 2013 though know St Nicolas and its community through living in Abingdon. Outside of school I enjoy running and being creative through woodworking.

Andrew Spooner

(Headteacher Governor – by right of position in school)

I became Headteacher of St Nicolas in September 2015 after spending 8 years as deputy head at Windmill Primary School in Headington. 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 19 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 Pupil Premium 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!

 

Jess Watson - Teacher Governor elected by the teaching body.

 

Await profile 

ASSOCIATE MEMBERS

Liz Mathers (Deputy Headteacher)

Karen Beasley (School Business Manager) 

 

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

2016/17

Katrina Hancock

Co-opted by the Governing Body

 

24.07.2015

22.07.2019

 

10/10

 

Hugh Price

Local Authority Governor – appointed by the LA

 

01.04.2015

31.03.2019

Teacher, Abingdon School, Abingdon OX14 1DE

10/10

Mark Halstead

Parent Governor – elected by the parent body

 

01.04.2016

31.03.2020

N/A

7/19

apologies sent

Eluned Hallas

Foundation Governor – appointed by the Diocese

 

04.11.2013

 

03.11.2021

 

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

8/9

Fulya Saner Markham

Parent Governor – elected by the parent body

 

01.09.2017

31.08.2021

N/A

 

Rev Paul Smith

Co-opted by the Governing Body – parish vicar

 

01.12.2013

29.11.2017

 

4/10

apologies sent

Kate Wigley

Parent Governor – elected by the parent body

 

27.03.2017

 

 

 

26.03.2021

 

 

 

Teacher, Vale Academy Trust 

8/10

apologies sent

Robert Swan Parent Governor – elected by the parent body

 

01.04.2018

 

01.04.2022 Husband of teacher Mrs B Swan, St Nicolas School   
Jon Waldock Foundation Governor – appointed by the diocese 01.04.2018  01.04.2022 Teacher   

Andrew Spooner

Headteacher Governor – by right of position in school

 

01.09.2015

31.08.2019

Headteacher - st Nicolas School 

12/14

Lorna Page

Staff Governor – elected by the teaching staff

 

01.09.2015

31.08.2019

Deputy Head - St Nicolas School 

8/9

apologies sent

Jess Watson  Staff Governor – elected by the teaching staff 30.06.2018 30.06.2022  Teacher - St Nicolas School   

 

 

 

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