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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. 


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.  


David Denny

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.



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. 


Faye Adams


I have very recently become a parent governor and I am looking forward to playing a part in Stadhampton Primary Schools future. I have 2 daughters who are currently at the school, one in year 5 and one in year 2. I have a background with working with children as part of early years aswell as a long background with working with children and people with disabilities. SEN has always been very close to my heart, ensuring we are all treated equally and given equal opportunities despite the challenges we may face. 


I hope I am able to contribute to a fantastic team of governors in order to support and give Stadhampton Primary School the very best future.


Lisa Ayers

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: or email the office at and we will pass on a message.  

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