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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 2017-2018

Graham Pike (Chair and Parent Governor)

Yvonne Stallwood-Barnes (Headteacher)

Steve nelson (Local Authority Governor and Vice Chair)

Jo Graves (Foundation Governor)

James Kennedy (Ex-Officio)

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

Ian Pearman (Foundation Governor)

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

Tim Woolcock (Foundation Governor)

Nigel Fawdry (Parent Governor)

Lisa Drinkwater (Governor)

Sarah Hollander (Staff Governor)

About the Governors

Graham Pike is a Parent Governor.  He has one child at St Mary's School and 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.


Steve Nelson is the Local authority Governor and currently Vice Chair of the Governing Body.  He has one child at St Mary's School.


Steve sits on the Resources Committe and is also Chair. 


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.


James Kennedy is a Foundation Governor(Ex-Oficio) 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 a Foundation Governor. Daniel is currently training as a maths teacher at the Cotswold Secondary School.  


Daniel sits on the Resources Committee and is the Health and Safety Governor

Ian Pearman is a Self-Employed Local Businessman and is a Foundation Governor. 


Ian 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. 


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.


Sarah Hollander is the Staff Governor and Teacher of year 5/6.  Sarah is also the English Co-ordinator for the whole school.


Lisa Drinkwater is the Co-opted Governor as the link between school and the Governing Body on External Relations Committee.  Lisa contributes to the input for the school PR on this committee.