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Welcome to Governors: Who We Are

The Governing Body is responsible for the management of the school, the curriculum and staffing. The majority of members are foundation governors nominated by the Church; the parent governors are elected by the parents. The staff can also elect a governor to represent them on the Governing Body.
The governors meet regularly throughout the year, either at full governing body meetings, or at committee meetings.

Mr Terry SmithMr Terry Smith - Chair - Foundation Governor
Terry was appointed in 2010 and has served on both Resources and Performance and Standards committees. He took over as Chair in September this year, having already served as Vice-Chair.

He retired from teaching seven years ago, having worked in secondary schools in Gloucestershire, Somerset and Oxfordshire. In his last post he served as a teacher governor.

He has lived in Chesterton for over 20 years.

Reading, walking and the theatre are his main interests.
Ms Maxine SlaterMs Maxine Slater - Foundation Governor
As a working mother with Millie currently in Oak class and Tommy having left year 6 in 2013, I became a Governor in 2009 as I was keen to contribute more actively to the school to enable the provision of the best educational experience possible for the pupils. Having been the Chair of Governors for the last two years, this year I am taking on the Chair of the Performance and Standards committee which supports in monitoring the school curriculum and reviewing our achievement against national and school targets.

On the personal side, I have spent the last twenty years working at the marketing insights company, Nielsen, and am currently in a global training role. In my limited spare time, I have recently returned to playing hockey again in Bicester and we are mid-way through renovating our home which we moved into a few years ago.
Mrs Abigail GrenfellMrs Abigail Grenfell - Foundation Governor
I joined as a Foundation Governor in 2014. With 2 children at Chesterton, I felt it was time to contribute to the continuing progress that the school is making and to help foster the community spirit amongst all the families at the school.

For the past 12 years my career has been based on the economic regulation of Network Rail and Heathrow and Gatwick Airports, setting, monitoring and enforcing performance standards.

I have been working with the School Council over the last year to ensure the childrens' views are heard and helping them to liaise with other schools in the Bicester area. I currently sit on the Resources Committee, helping to monitor the school's budget.
Mrs Helen HayesMrs Helen Hayes - Foundation Governor
I was appointed as a Foundation Governor in April 2010. At the present time I am a member of the Resource’s committee and link Governor for Health and Safety and Equalities. I have previously been a member of the Performance and Standards committee and have been involved as a Governor with the School Council. I work part time as a Local Government Officer.

I am married to Phil and we have two daughters, Charlotte who was at the school for 7 years and is now at Secondary school and Lucy who attends the school.

Outside of work and my school commitments I am a volunteer with Girlguiding UK and I enjoy watching my daughters play their sports, Cricket and Hockey.
Mr Iain Horner Mr Iain Horner - Headteacher
Working alongside such a strong and committed governing body was a major factor in persuading me that Chesterton was the right place to embark on my first permanent headship.
Before my appointment at Chesterton, I worked at King’s Meadow Primary School in Bicester for 11 years, where I undertook a range of roles, including class teacher, English and PE subject co-ordinator, assessment lead and, more recently, Deputy Headteacher and Interim Headteacher.
As Headteacher, I sit on both the Resources and the Performance and Standards committees. Since taking up my role in September 2015, the governors have provided invaluable support and challenge to both me and the school staff. They really do go 'above and beyond' to contribute to the school and I have certainly appreciated their regular and visible presence - whether through assisting with the monitoring and evaluation of our school or attending school events.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time outdoors. I like walking in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside, looking after my garden and playing a range of sports, including hockey, golf, tennis, cricket and football.
Mrs Katy SalterMrs Katy Salter - Staff Governor
I have been working at Chesterton CE Primary school for 11 years as a class teacher, and more recently as a Senior Leader.

I was appointed as the Staff Governor in September 2015 and I am part of the Performance and Standards Committee.

During my time here at Chesterton, it has always been my aim to ensure that all pupils can achieve their best.

Being part of the Governing body has encouraged and enabled me to more fully consider the impact we have on pupil progress and achievement.
Mrs Julia ReeceMrs Julia Reece - Foundation Governor
Before retirement, I was the headteacher of a CofE primary school in London for sixteen years. As the wife of an Anglican priest, I have lived and worked in a variety of settings ranging from the inner city to rural parishes, plus four years in Zimbabwe.

I have been a member of the University Church of St. Mary's for the last eight years and have recently been elected to the Diocesan Synod. I have interests in the ecumenical and multi-faith aspects of church life.
I work as a volunteer for Oxfordshire's Independent Parent Partnership to assist with the statementing process for Special Needs.

As a governor, I am part of the Performance & Standards committee, take part in interview panels and work closely with the school SENCO.
Mr David AttwoodMr David Attwood - Foundation Governor
I was appointed a Foundation Governor in 2016. I am an active Christian and worship at St Mary's in the village, where I currently undertake the role of Churchwarden.

Throughout my life I have had an interest in education, being a part of the Police Schools Programme, a lecturer at Bullingdon Prison and a Foundation and Parent Governor at other schools.

I hope to use my knowledge and skills to assist the School in undertaking the important task of imparting knowledge and skills to young people
Revd Brian WoodRevd Brian Wood - Associate Priest - Foundation Governor
I became the Associate Priest in the Akeman Benefice and moved into Chesterton Rectory in July 2012, joining the School's Governing body in January 2013. I graduated as an Architect in 1974 and have been a Senior Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University for over 20 years; where I was also Head of Quality Assurance for three years.
I am currently an Associate Tutor for the University College of Estate Management, working online from home. I have been a member of the Chartered Management Institute since 1979 and have served on management committees and professional bodies.
I am pleased to be part of a team taking School Collective Worships and also having an oversight of RE. I have two 'grown up' sons and two growing grandsons, and in my 'spare' time enjoy watching the garden grow!
Ms Sally-Ann WoodrowMs Sally-Ann Woodrow - Parent Governor
I became a Parent Governor in 2015 after our eldest daughter, Honour, joined the school.

I am a member of the Performance and Standards Committee and work with school SENCO.

I wanted to become a Governor to learn about and contribute to the strategic direction of the school and enjoy being involved from the inside.

A documentary maker by profession, I have taken a career break to focus on the family. As a family, we love the outdoors and exploring nature.
Julie FordMrs Julie Ford - Parent Governor
I became a parent governor at Chesterton CE Primary School in January 2016, after deciding that I wanted to become more actively involved in children's education, other than dropping off and picking up at the school gate.
I am a member of the Resources Committee, overseeing staffing and school finances, and am due to take over responsibility as the link governor for safeguarding within the school.
I have worked within the NHS for the past 30 years and am currently employed as a Practice Manager within a GP surgery. My husband works at another primary school within Bicester as Site Manager. Our daughter, Harriet, is currently in Maple Class.
I look forward to working with the governors and staff within the school to ensure a happy, secure and safe environment for the children, leaving them with positive memories of their time at Chesterton.
Mrs Maureen ThompsonMrs Maureen Thompson - Authority Governor
I was asked to join the Governors at Chesterton as a Local Authority Governor and am serving my second term in office.
I have been involved in Education for 40 years as a Teacher, Head of Department, Senior Leader, Headteacher and advisor in Brent, Harrow and Oxfordshire.
I am a local Headteacher and started at Langford Village School in February 2013 as an Acting Headteacher and gained the permanent post after Easter of 2013.
Langford is my fifth Headteacher post and I have a clear vision of what I believe that a school could and should achieve.
Currently I serve on the Performance and Standards Committee.
I am married with four children and two grandchildren.
Ms Pauline Durham - Clerk to the Governors
Chesterton CE Primary School              Alchester Road, Chesterton, Bicester              Oxon OX26 1UN
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