David Denny- Chair of Governors
I joined the governing body in 2020 and live in nearby Sandford-on-Thames. I'm a qualified market researcher and marketer, and work for a trade association in the garden industry. I lead the team that researches the UK's garden and landscaping industry and that leads its five year sustainability roadmap. The team also works with government to provide evidence for the social, economic and environmental benefits of green spaces. Between 2017 and 2019 I led the team that planned and delivered the National Children's Gardening Week campaign, which was huge fun. Outside of work I'm a keen swimmer, photographer, and (of course!) gardener. As a governor I'm hoping to offer these skills to support Stadhampton Primary and its role as a vital part of the community.
Sam Gunning (nee Jones)-Vice Chair of Governors I am delighted to be one of your new parent governors! I have a daughter in Year 4 who could not be happier at Stadhampton Primary. We moved to the village just last year; I’m Oxford born and bred but have spent the previous twenty five years in Wales and Kent. I am passionate about village life and I enjoy nurturing the many and varied links within our community. My professional background is in primary education - I’m looking forward to using my experience and knowledge to contribute to the Stadhampton Primary experience. My passions within education include Maths, Music, Child Protection and well-being. I was deputy head with responsibility for pastoral care and safeguarding, and senior leader for KS2 and KS1, during my time. My philosophy is completely child-centred and I champion a holistic, creative, well-rounded curriculum. I currently run my own learning business: teaching and running my children’s theatre company. I have plans to launch a community singing group in the very near future, for people of all ages.
William Jacobs - Chair of Finance Committee
I have lived in the village since June 2011 moving in only fifteen days before our first daughter was born. We chose for both of our daughters to attend the school due to its excellent reputation. I have been a governor since September 2015 and in the last year have taken on the role of chair of the finance committee.
I am the head of finance at South Oxfordshire District Council and Vale of White Horse District Council and, although I would not profess to have a great knowledge of the academic workings of the school, I believe I bring specialist financial management skills to the governing body.
If you are interested in becoming a governor, please don’t be put off if you feel you know little of the educational system as you will undoubtedly have skills and experiences that will compliment those of our other governors.
Reverend Caroline King
I am the Village Vicar and have been a governor at Stadhampton School for 7 years. I am the link governor for SEN I enjoy all aspects of parish ministry and take regular assemblies in school. In my leisure time I enjoy dog walking, cooking and baking, country walks, and visiting the theatre and cinema with my family. I am married, my husband David is a Civil Servant, we have 2 grown up children Sarah and Josh.
I joined Stadhampton Primary School in September 2016, at the time teaching the children in Reception. I am now teaching in Class 1, with Reception, Year1 and 2. It is a pleasure and privilege to teach the youngest children in the School and to be a part of an amazing and dedicated staff team. I am also the SENCo and currently undertaking the National Award for SEN Coordination. I became a Staff Governor in May 2019. The future of the School is something I am very committed to and feel very positive about.
Rev'd Sorrel Shamel-Wood
I am a curate in the Dorchester Ministry Team, which includes the wonderful village of Stadhampton. Before training for ministry I was a secondary school English and Drama teacher in Surrey and Cambridge, and I also have a masters degree in education from the University of Cambridge. I am particularly interested in staff and pupil well being, community engagement and literacy. It is a privilege to be able to support the local community in this particular way and I am excited about getting to know people. I am married to Andy; we have two cats and a dog and we live in Berinsfield. In my spare time I enjoy theatre, creative writing and sport.
I joined the Governing Body in 2021 as a parent governor. My eldest son is in Year 1 and my youngest will be starting at the school in 4 years time. Having trained as a Consultant Clinical Scientist in the NHS, I now work for Health Education England as a Training Programme Director and an Associate Dean supporting healthcare science trainees. I have a keen interest in education and I am very much looking forward to learning more about the school.
What does the governing body do?
Recent legislation has widened the responsibilities of school governors, but broadly governing bodies oversee the work of the school and make sure it provides a good quality education for its pupils. Working in partnership with the head and other staff, governors are involved in:
- setting up a strategic framework for the school
- setting its aims and objectives
- reviewing progress and reviewing the strategic framework in the light of progress
- setting policies
- improving standards of teaching and achievement
- setting the school's budget plan and monitoring expenditure
- interviewing and appointing teachers and support staff
- appraising the headteacher and ensuring staff are meeting the appropriate teacher standards
- acting as a link between the local community and the school
- dealing with complaints about the school
- drawing up an action plan after an inspection, and monitoring the success of the plan.
The governing body is a “critical friend” to the head teacher and provides advice and support.
The head teacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school; and for advising on and implementing the governing body’s strategic framework.
In particular, head teachers:
- formulate aims and objectives, policies and targets for the governing body to consider adopting
- report to the governing body on progress at least once every school year.
The governing body is responsible for establishing a performance management policy for effective school teacher appraisal.
The governing body is responsible for performing the head teacher’s appraisal together with an education professional.
To contact the Governors, please email:
Governors.firstname.lastname@example.org or email the office at email@example.com and we will pass on a message.