The governing body is made up of the Headteacher and people from various different groups who have an interest in the success of the school, including parents, staff, the local authority and the community. The governors welcome a range of viewpoints, and make decisions together about a variety of issues. Between them, governors have a wide breadth of skills and experience to enable the governing body collectively to support and challenge the school leadership. As vacancies arise, specific skills are targeted to fill gaps in the governing body. As a result, key professional skills are represented from law, accountancy, architecture to educational skills.
Chair of Governors: Jenny Knight
Vice Chair: Austen Cook
Chair of Impact Committee: Paul Buckley
Chair of Resources Committee: Austen Cook
Headteacher: Lucy Young
Clerk to Governors: Julie Stuart-Thompson
Amy Macpherson (Teaching Staff)
Clare Rule (Support Staff)
Louise Eames (Business Manager) - Resources Committee Only
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.
Jenny Knight, Chair of Governors, Community Governor
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.
Austen Cook, Vice Chair, Chair of Resources Committee, Community 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
I am a retired academic engineer, and currently a local councillor. After posts in Oxford, Strasbourg and Manchester, I returned to Oxford in 1990, and have lived in Wolvercote ever since. Until retiring in 2012, I was a Professor of Engineering Science at Oxford University and Tutorial Fellow of Balliol College. In May 2017, I was elected to Oxfordshire County Council, where I am proud to represent Wolvercote and part of Summertown. I am the governor for behaviour and attendance.
Sarah Man, Parent Governor
I am a parent to 3 boys, all of whom have attended or are currently at Wolvercote School. I was brought up in Cape Town, South Africa and relocated to the UK 20 years ago after obtaining a post graduate degree in Architecture from the University of Cape Town, and then qualified at Oxford Brookes University. I am a chartered architect and have run my own architectural practice with my husband in Oxford for 12 years. I am the governor for Health and Safety.
Dan Sparrow, Parent Governor
I live in Wolvercote and am the parent of 2 boys, one of which is old enough to attend Wolvercote school. I am an operations manager for a healthcare diagnostics company and my professional experience is in IT & business consulting.
Mary-Jane Newton, Parent Governor
I started my career teaching learning impaired children and adults before moving into educational publishing and business strategy. I'm currently Regional Market Development Director at Oxford University Press and a member of the International Education board. I relocated from Hong Kong in December 2019 with my daughter and having received the warmest welcome, I'm pleased to give back to Wolvercote Primary School and the local community.
Clare Rule (Support Staff Governor)
I have been actively involved in the school as a parent since my eldest child attended the Nursery class in 2006. I am currently a TA at the school and have worked in other Primary and Early Years teams in Oxford schools over the past 8 years. Before relocating to Oxford from London with my family, I worked in product development and buying, creating ranges for Waterford Crystal, Heals and WHSmith. My degree is in French from Manchester University and I grew up in Ireland and the USA.