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Paul Gravett – Co-Chair of Governors


I have been a parent-governor since 2011, during my eldest daughter’s first year in reception class at Stadhampton.  We moved to our fantastic village in summer 2012.   All three of my daughters have been to school in Stadhampton and we all really enjoy being part of the school community.


By profession, I lead a team of 60 people who advise companies how to best deploy their employees around the world.  Being a governor has allowed me to utilise my skills in strategic planning, development and financial controls in a different context, which I find very fulfilling.   


Stadhampton Primary School continues to be a small school with a big reputation.  We pride ourselves on the ‘family feel and treating each pupil as an individual’ that was commented on as part of our most recent Ofsted in June 2017. 



Victoria (Viki) Matthews – Co-Chair of Governors


I have lived in the village since 2001, and been a governor since late 2016, becoming co-chair towards the end of 2017.  Both of my children came through Stadhampton Primary School, on into Icknield, and in one case is now through Henley and at University.


I am an International HR Director for a hi-tech manufacture/engineering company called Element Six, part of the De Beers Group.  Being a chair of the pension governance committee, and part of the Executive Committee of the company all help provide a background in governance that is valuable for this co-chair role.   


I quite enjoy being a governor without a child at the school – it allows for a more objective view, but the importance of the school to the village keeps it personally significant.


James Dickens – Vice Chair of Governors


We have lived in the village for over 10 years now and both our children have attended Stadhampton Primary School from the very start of their education lives, with our youngest recently moving on to secondary school in Sept 19. 


From a career perspective, I run an analytics business that strives to support small businesses with their sales performance measurement and business growth and, since becoming a Governor, its been extremely interesting to apply this same approach to our great village school that plays such a pivotal role in our local community.  


Having only recently joined the governing body, I look forward to experience the Parent and non parent aspects involved. 


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. 


Nicki Stafford

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.  


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.