Our Governing Body
I undertook my role as a governor at St. Peter’s in April 2019, having moved to the village from Oxford in 2016. I have been teaching for over 14 years, including three and a half as headteacher of Chesterton CE Primary School, near Bicester. I am still a regular in the classroom and enjoy getting to know our pupils and playing a small role in supporting them with their work across an exciting curriculum.
I am looking forward to working with Mr Jeffries and the other members of the governing body. I hope that my experience as head of a similarly-sized village school will be of benefit to St. Peter’s and I will offer any support that I can to help take our village school from strength to strength in the coming years.
From a personal point of view, I aim to keep a healthy work-life balance and try to make the most of my time away from school with my wife. In our spare time, we enjoy spending time outdoors. We enjoy walking in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside and looking after our garden. I am a keen sportsman, whether watching or playing a range of sports, including hockey, golf, tennis, cricket and football.
I became a Foundation Governor for Peter’s School in March 2019. Since retiring as a cancer doctor 6 years ago I have enjoyed having time to be involved in church and other activities. I continue my medical interest by following up of those who were treated for cancer when children. Twice a year, in Europe, I meet with some of these survivors, other doctors and scientists. For the past year I have been helping with Tinies and Toddlers (run by St Peter’s Church) and read weekly with years 3 and 4 children at a Roman Catholic school in Oxford. My husband and I started the annual Eynsham Churches Holiday Club which will run for the fourth time this summer. My eight grandchildren are aged between 20 months and 12 years, four of them live locally.
I am looking forward to spending time in St Peter’s School.
Claire Page – Chairperson
I joined the governing body of St Peters’ School in autumn 2016 as a Foundation Governor and took up the role of Chair in January 2019. My interest in becoming a governor was principally due to my love of education – having been a teacher (Head of Drama), part-time tutor, and having run drama classes for children, for many years. But I am also fascinated by how faith and spirituality are worked out in every day life. As a Church of England school, St Peter’s has a distinct Christian heritage and the governing body, together with parents, teachers, the Diocese of Oxford, and the Eynsham Partnership Academy, has a role to play in making the most and the best of that, for every student.
Faith is also an integral part of my work at Open Doors, a Christian charity in Witney. As a Communications Specialist, my great love is in producing resources for children and families – and seeing people reach their greatest potential. I am also currently taking a CIPD HR diploma in Learning and Development in the workplace. Throughout my time as a member of St Leonard’s, Eynsham – where I’ve lived since 1994 – I’ve enjoyed working people of all ages within the whole benefice(Cassington and Eynsham). I have been churchwarden, lead the Sunday School, lead all age services and engaged with youth work. Working with, and on behalf of, children is challenging but joyful and it keeps you on your toes. I find myself refreshed by the arts, stimulated by languages, and kept healthy by my dog – as well as laughter round the dinner table with family and friends
I became a parent governor for St Peter’s School in February 2019. I have three children who attend St Peter’s School, and I am keen to give something back and offer my help and support with the ongoing and future development to the school. I hope that my experience as a parent and my NHS senior management experience will be of benefit at St Peter’s.
I have been working in the NHS for 23 years, and currently in a therapy manager role, managing occupational therapists and physiotherapists in acute services, this includes the emergency department, general medicine and paediatrics.
As a trained occupational therapist, I have previously worked with children and managed acute children’s therapy services, in an acute hospital assessing and providing rehabilitation and supporting children’s development, and discharge home.
I also work in a private associate role, as a medico-legal occupational therapy and care expert, assessing complex adult cases, and potentially attending court. I also work as a case manager, working for solicitors with adults following catastrophic injuries, and assessing and co-coordinating specialist services. This also includes younger adults including children, following head injury and other traumatic injuries. From a personal perspective, I enjoy spending time with my husband and young family. I am involved in the local Brownies and Beavers and enjoy participating in activities with the children and I maintain a healthy work-life balance to enjoy life to the full.
My name is Catherine Chapman and I am a new(ish!) Parent Governor, having joined the team in Autumn 2018. I am the Link Governor for Special Educational Needs (SEN). I have two children at St Peter’s School and so I wanted a way to be involved and give back to the school community. I work in B2B Marketing. This is a business focused on people development, with a strong philosophy that everyone can meet their potential. I carry this philosophy and my business skills into my Governor role. On weekends and holidays, I enjoy running, campervan-ing and making sourdough bread.
I have been vicar of St.Peter’s Church since 2017, and love to be involved as a governor of our wonderful church school. As vicar I have the privilege of being involved in corporate acts of worship where we explore the Christian foundation of the school together, as well as what it means to be a member of the human race. Other passions include walking, music, chickens and increasingly, as my age matures, gardening! I have two children in Bartholomew School, one of whom attended St.Peter’s. Carmen, my wife, is also involved in assemblies and after-school clubs.
My name is Hannah Want and I have been a parent Governor at St Peters School for almost 5 years. I am also the link Governor for Foundation Stage. I have two children at the school and feel that by being a parent Governor I can help and support the school move forward in their vision. As a primary school teacher myself, I feel that I can bring my skills and knowledge of education into my Governor role her at St Peters. In my spare time I enjoy singing and am a member of Oxford Rock Choir where I have been very fortunate to sing at a range of venues and events including Abbey Road and Proms In The Park in London.
Having lived in Eynsham and worshiped at St Leonard’s for the past 8 years I felt it time to give something back to the benefice.
I became a foundation governor in November 2018 and am the link governor for Health and Safety.
I work for Hitachi providing technical support for data storage products to customers. This requires a set of problem solving skills that can also be applied to problems outside the computing world.
Previously, I worked for 20 years at the, now, Renault Formula One team at Enstone in the I.T. Department. Whilst there I was a Health and Safety representative.
Outside of work I enjoy constructing a model railway and juggling.
I once juggled in Red Square in Moscow at 3am when returning from the first International Juggling convention behind the Iron Curtain (it still existed at the time) in Tbilisi, Georgia.
All of my three children attended St Peter’s and therefore I have a long connection to the school. I was Treasurer for the SPSA for a while and then became a governor over twenty years ago and have taken the Chair several times. I have seen many changes at St Peter’s over the years. However, the school remains rooted in its Christian foundation and this has always been an enormous strength. Being a governor can sometimes be daunting but it is extremely rewarding and I feel privileged to serve the school in this capacity.
I work part-time as a Church Administrator and in my spare time I enjoy walking and belong to a local choir and a drama group. My favourite ‘night out’ is a visit to the theatre and a lovely meal whilst spending time with family and friends.
Jon Jeffries – Headteacher
Jonathan Smith – Clerk to the Governors