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Wolvercote Primary School

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Wolvercote primary School


We are pleased to welcome you to the governors’ section of the site. We hope it will give you an insight into who we are and what we do.


Wolvercote Primary School is an academy managed by THE RIVER LEARNING TRUST. Each school within The River Learning Trust is managed by its local governing body and the Senior Leadership Team of the school.


Working in partnership with the Executive Headteacher, Head of School and staff, governors ensure high standards of achievement for the children in the school. We focus on strategy and school improvement; we decide what we want the school to achieve, set priorities and monitor progress to realise these aims. We have three core strategic functions delegated to us by The River Learning Trust Board:


  • Setting the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school, within the context of The River Learning Trust
  • Holding the Executive Headteacher, Head of School and senior staff to account for the educational performance of the school and its children
  • Ensuring the school remains within the budget delegated by The River Learning Trust and making sure the money is well spent


Our current Chair of Governors is Jenny Knight. She can be contacted via the link below. 


Contacting Jenny Knight (Chair of Governors)

Governor Declaration of Business Interest - Updated October 2017


Margaret Stevens,  Community Governor

I am a Professor of Economics at Oxford University. Earlier in my career I was a secondary school maths teacher and an advisory teacher for the use of computers in Oxfordshire schools. I have lived locally since 1988, and was a Parent Governor at Wolvercote when my children attended the school in the 1990s. I was elected Chair of Governors in September 2014.


Rob Whitty, Vice Chair, Parent Governor

I am a parent of three children in Wolvercote. Having grown up abroad, I have a postgraduate degree that reflects my background in international health development. I initially managed emergency aid projects abroad. As a practical and hands-on individual, I now co-run an Oxford based company that designs, builds, equips and develops health infrastructure capacity worldwide.


James McNicoll, Chair of Resources Committee, Community Governor

I am an engineer, born and educated in Australia. Much of my career has involved managing very large projects for an international contractor. My experience also includes general management and MD roles in the UK and Holland. I have lived in North Oxford for the past thirteen years and my wife Kathryn was briefly at Wolvercote School in 1962. I am the current chair of the Finance and Resources Committee.


Jenny Knight, Chair of Governors 
My career was in primary education as a teacher in Primary, First and Middle schools, in London and Oxfordshire. This has included Headship and Deputy Headship Roles. I have lived in the area for over twenty years and both my children attended Wolvercote School. Following my retirement from full time work, I have become a part time tutor with the Workers Education Association, teaching courses related to primary education. I am governor with responsibility for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.


Margaret Simon, Community Governor I have lived in Wolvercote for 25 years.  I recently retired as the manager of a GP practice in East Oxford. Prior to this I spent a number of years working in fund-raising and development in the higher education sector, including for the universities of Birmingham and Oxford.  Earlier in my career I worked in arts marketing in Manchester and Oxford, and for the Arts Council. I am the Governor lead for safeguarding.









Felice Nassar, Parent Governor

I am an active member in the life of the school and have 3 children here. As a family we have also lived in Nazareth, Israel, where I was also a Board Member of a school for several years. In Israel, I managed a department of a large NGO that focused on health and environmental rights. I have a great interest in and drive for high quality and well-rounded education. My career has included positions in fundraising for charities and NGOs, together with business research and conferences. Currently I work for Oxford University.


Austen Cook, Parent Governor

I live in Wolvercote and have two children, one currently at the school. I am a chartered accountant and have a degree in IT. Since 2004 I have been working as an independent consultant for local government children and adult social care. My work involves protecting front line services from government cuts, by delivering efficiencies. I currently work for both Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire County Council.

Paul Buckley, Community Governor


Morag Scott, Staff Governor

After studying for a degree in History at The University of Edinburgh, and working as a SEN teaching assistant in schools there and in London, I completed a PGCE at the Institute of Education in 2005, where I specialised in teaching children with English as an Additional Language (EAL). Since then, I have taught KS1 & KS2 in a range of schools in London and Oxford. Currently the maths coordinator at Wolvercote, I am an accredited 'Numbers Count' teacher, specialising in addressing early mathematical misconceptions.  This year, I am teaching Y1/2 Hedgehogs as part of a jobshare with Miriam Marsden.










Lucy Young, Head of School









Jon Gray, Executive Head