Katrina Hancock - Chair of Governors (Governor by co-opted )
Having now moved back to Abingdon after two years away in Jersey, I'm delighted to return to the Governing Body as Chair of Governors. I'm passionate about ensuring that every child at St Nic's has access to excellent teaching and learning opportunities and that we build a community, together, that puts each child first and encourages them to be their best self. I love working with our team of Governors and sit on both the Resources Committee and Performance and Standards Committee. My daughter was at St Nic's but has now moved up to Didcot Girls and my son, Toby, is in Year 5. I have spent my career in the charity sector working in fundraising and communication, and think that it's important for charities and other not for profit organisations to act with integrity and transparency particularly around governance and financial planning. I'm delighted to return to St Nic's and to lead such an enthusiastic and committed team of Governors.
Eluned Hallas - Vice Chair / 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
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.
Lt Col Rob Swan – Chair of Resources Committee
I have been a governor since early 2018 and have 2 children at St Nicolas School – a daughter in year 3 and a daughter in year 2. In addition, my wife teaches in year 1. As a governor I am Chair of the resources committee and also fulfil the responsibility of Health and Safety Governor. I have a varied professional background which I hope will enable me to assist the school and governing board in providing an enjoyable and inclusive education for our children. I hugely enjoy the mentoring and development aspect of my profession and hope to bring these skills into the school – particularity in my role as the link Governor for Mathematics.
As a governor I strive to work with the school staff and the governing board to create an environment where our children can reach their full potential.
Rev Paul Smith
(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.
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.
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 two older children were at St Nicolas and have now moved onto Larkmead; my youngest is currently in Year 4. I work for the Vale Academy Trust, teaching secondary English, but also supporting six local primaries with their English teaching.
James Broadbent - Parent Governor
I am proud to have been a Parent Governor at St Nicolas since 2019. I put myself forward originally due to a keen interest in education and hoping the 30 years of experience in Project Management, Technology and Business would be useful. Both of my children have been part of the school family from Reception; my daughter has now moved on to Didcot School for Girls and my son is now in Year 6. During this time, I have been proud to watch my children learn and grow, as the school has become one of the best Primary Schools in Oxfordshire under the current excellent leadership team. I look forward to working ever closely with the leaders and teachers at St Nicolas to realise the vision of an outstanding school for all.
Roger Johnson - Parent Governor
For some years I had wanted to support local primary education, so I was delighted to have been elected as a parent governor at St. Nic’s in spring 2021. My daughter is currently in year 1. I sit on the performance and standards committee, and I am the Governor link to the modern foreign languages and gifted & talented curriculum areas. I am a Lecturer in Physics at University College London, a visiting Lecturer at the University of Oxford, a visiting academic at the Rutherford Appleton Lab near Didcot, and I am especially passionate about science in education for all.
Vicky Drew - Parent Governor
I have two boys currently at St Nicolas and have been a parent governor since 2018. I sit on the Performance and Standards Committee and Headteacher Appraisal Committee, and I am responsible for monitoring Music, SEND and the Early Years. I am also the link governor with the SNSA. Professionally, I've worked at the University of Oxford since 2008. My current, part-time role is as at the Centre for Teaching and Learning, working on projects that enhance inclusion and access for disabled students.
(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.
(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!
Liz Mathers (Deputy Headteacher)
Karen Beasley (School Business Manager)
Clerk to the Governing Body
Governor Parent Communication:
Term Start Date
Term End Date
Register of Business Interests
Teacher, Abingdon School, Abingdon OX14 1DE
Trinity Church - Employee, Abingdon on Thames – Church Warden
Rev Paul Smith
Teacher, Vale Academy Trust
|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|
Headteacher - st Nicolas School
Deputy Head - St Nicolas School
* Post lock down all Governor Meetings (initially designated as Full Governors, Resources or P&S) were Open. The number of possible Meetings which a member might have been expected to attend thus differ according to the Committee on which they sit. ** started/left mid year