CONTACT

Simon Bishop (Headteacher)
Woodeaton Manor School,
Woodeaton,
Oxfordshire,
OX3 9TS

Tel: 01865 558722

Parents & Carers Meetings

On the 2nd Monday of every half term parents and carers are invited to attend a session covering a range of topics.
Meetings usually start at 7pm with refreshments provided.

Governor's Welcome

All maintained primary, secondary and special schools in England and Wales are required to have a Governing Body.  The Governing Body in our school is made up of a range of volunteers who bring a vast set of skills, knowledge and experience to represent our school community.

Our Governing Body makes decisions which are in the best interest of our children and young people. Fulfilling the role of a school governor is therefore both a serious undertaking and enormously rewarding.  Not only do governors bring their own knowledge and skill to the role, but in learning how schools are run, they often develop their understanding of leadership.  Most employers appreciate this and are supportive of their staff taking on the responsibility.  Contributing to the growth and development of a school and seeing tangible improvements in attainment and well-being of the children is a satisfying and important contribution to the local community.

The Role of the Governing Body

The Governing Body is responsible for the conduct of its school, and must promote high standards of educational achievement at the school.  The National Governors’ Association states very clearly that the Governors are the school’s accountable body and as such they:

  • Provide a strategic view of the school by establishing a vision and setting the purpose and aims of the school within an agreed policy framework.  They appoint and performance-manage the Headteacher and agree the school improvement strategy which includes setting statutory targets with supporting budgets and staffing structure;
  • Monitor and evaluate the work of the school by reviewing the performance of the Headteacher, the effectiveness of the policy framework, progress towards targets, and the effectiveness of the school improvement strategy;
  • Sign off the self-evaluation process and respond to school improvement and Ofsted reports as necessary.  In addition they hold the Headteacher to account for the performance of the school and ensure that parents and carers are involved, consulted and informed as appropriate with information made available to the community as required.

 

What does governance look like in practice?

Once a governor has been elected, he or she has the opportunity to have induction training through the Local Authority and or the school.  New governors may well find that some visits during the school day will help to put everything in context.  Governing Bodies are required to meet formally a minimum of three times a year.  Dates for meetings are set annually and usually last two to three hours.  The Governing body at Woodeaton Manor meets far more regularly than this.  In addition to Governing Body meetings, all governors are members of smaller working groups with a particular focus.  We have three such groups:

  • Finance
  • Curriculum
  • Premises, Health and Safety including Safeguarding. 


These groups meet at least three times a year and report to the Governing Body.

In addition to meetings, all governors have a specific responsibility for a subject areas and a range of policies.

Training and Support

Governors do not need specific skills.  Local Authorities are required to ensure that training for governors is available.  Woodeaton Manor purchases the training package provided by Oxfordshire Local Authority.  Some training is available online, some is timetable in the evenings and other sessions are held on Saturdays.  Some training sessions are general whilst others are very specific, e.g. Headteacher Appraisal.  Our Governing Body is a member of the National Governors’ Association.  

The Woodeaton Manor Governor Induction Package can be found in the Governor's Downloads section of this website.

Our Governors:
 

Joint Chairs of Governors:

Phil Garratt & June Nisbet

Woodeaton Manor School
Oxford
OX3 9TS

 

Committee Chairs:

Finance Committee

Peter Hore

 

Curriculum Committee

June Nisbet

 

Premises, Health and Safety

Anne Purse


 

Name

Governor type

Date of appointment

Term of office

Date stepped down

Attendance at FGB & committees

(2019-2020)

(%)

Simon Bishop

Headteacher

1/09/2018

-

-

100

Simon Boitoult

Parent

28/4/2020

28/4/2024

-

100

Carol Brennan

Co-opted

1/10/2018

30/9/2022

-

80

Tim Burns

Staff

13/9/2016

12/9/2024

-

60

Mel Dodds

Parent

30/11/2016

29/11/2024

-

90

Rebecca Edwards

Associate

10/5/2017

9/5/2021

-

90

Andy Foulsham

Parent

15/9/2019

14/9/2023

-

70

Phil Garratt

Partnership

17/1/2021

16/1/2025

-

70

Peter Hore

Co-opted

1/2/2019

31/1/2023

 

90

Kathryn Lewis

Parent

21/6/2016

20/6/2024

-

90

June Nibet

Partnership

8/7/2020

7//7/2024

-

100

Nikki Oleksiw

Parent

1/7/2020

30/7/2024

-

90

Karin Pigott

Partnership

19/11/2019

18/11/2023

-

100

Anne Purse

LA

7/7/2020

6/7/2024

-

80

Clare Robertson

Co-opted

2/2/2021

1/2/2025

-

-

Helen Wayland

Clerk

-

-

-