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Meet the Governors


Welcome to the Governors' section!

St Mary’s is a church-aided school so a number of the Governors are appointed by the church, either by the church in Chipping Norton or by the Diocese of Oxford. Known as Foundation Governors, they must outnumber other Governors by at least two. There are also representatives of parents and staff and of the local council. The Governors meet as a body six times per year and various sub-committees meet in addition to this to focus on specific matters.

Besides their management role the Governors are there to help if problems arise. Parents are welcome to contact the Governing Body and may do so through the school office. 

Governing body 2016-2017

Graham Pike (Chair and Parent Governor)

Caroline King (Vice Chair and Parent Governor)
Yvonne Barnes (Headteacher)

Jo Graves (Foundation Governor)

Emma Hornez (Foundation Governor)
James Kennedy (Ex-Officio)

Heather Knight (Foundation Governor)
Daniel Lawson (Staff Governor)

Steve Nelson (Local Authority Governor)
Ian Pearman (Foundation Governor)

Denise Povey (Foundation Governor)
Jenny Williams (Foundation Governor)

Tim Woolcock (Foundation Governor)

Vacancy (Parent Governor)

About the Governors

Graham Pike is a Parent Governor and has two children at St Mary's. He is a Ward Sister at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.


Graham is Chair of the Full Governing Body. He is also a member of the Standards Committee, Resources Committee, External Relations Committee and has responsibility for monitoring Pupil Premium.

Caroline King is a Parent Governor and her daughter attends St Mary's. She is the Conference Manager at Merton College, Oxford.


Caroline is the Governing Body's Vice Chair and chairs the Resources Committee. She also co-ordinates the monitoring of Maths throughout the school.

Jo Graves is a member of St Mary's Church and a Foundation Governor. She previously taught for twenty years at St Mary's, having finished in 2000, and her two daughters enjoyed their primary education years at the school.


Jo sits as a member of the Standards Committee, Personnel Committee, External Relations Committee and the Trust. Jo also co-ordinates the monitoring of English throughout the school.


Emma Hornez is a member of St Mary's Church and a Foundation Governor. She is a Paediatric Staff Nurse at the Horton General Hospital in Banbury, and has a son at the school.


Emma sits on the External Relations Committee.


James Kennedy is a Foundation Governor and has four children, one of whom is still at St Mary's. Having previously worked for ten years as a surgeon in Oxford, James is now vicar of Chipping Norton.


James sits on the Personnel Committee.


Heather Knight is a Foundation Governor, has two adult sons and has recently moved to the area. She is a retired Legal Secretary.


Heather sits on the Standards Committe and co-ordinates the monitoring of the foundation subjects throughout the school.


Daniel Lawson is the Staff Governor. He is studying a maths degree and works as a Teaching Assistant at St Mary's.


Daniel sits on the Resources Committee.

Ian Pearman is a Foundation Governor and sits on the External Relations Committee.

Jenny Williams is a Foundation Governor and a retired secondary school special educational needs coordinator (SENCo) and mathematics teacher. She was recently Chair of Governors at St Mary's for four years.


Jenny is a member of the Standards Committee, Personnel Committee and the Trust.  Jenny is also the co-ordinator for monitoring Inclusion and Accessibility, More Able, G&T, Child Protection and Safeguarding.