Constitution of the Governing Body

The governing body currently consists of 11 governors. The term of office for all types of governor is 4 years unless otherwise stated. At the end of the term, governors may be re-appointed, subject to the procedure described below. More details about each of the governors can be found on the Governor Profiles page.

Staff Governors (Headteacher + 1)

  • The headteacher is a staff governor by virtue of their office.
  • Other staff, both teaching and support, may become governors as long as they are paid (volunteers do not qualify)
  • Elected by the school staff. Any election that is contested must be held by ballot.
  • May stand for re-election at end of term of office.

Current Staff Governors:

  • Mrs Rachel Medley (Headteacher;  4/2019 -)
  • Mrs Kate Walters (25/09/2018 – 24/09/2022)

Foundation Governors (2)

  • Foundation governors are responsible for preserving and developing the school’s religious character.
  • Appointed by the school’s founding body. In the case of Horspath School, the vicar of St Giles, Horspath Parish Church is a governor by virtue of their office, and is responsible for appointing the other foundation governors.
  • May be reappointed by the founding body at the end of term of office.

Current Foundation Governors:

  • Mary Pavlides (24/01/2018 – 23/01/2022)
  • One vacancy

Local Authority Governor (1)

Appointed by the governing body, based on nomination by the Local Authority (in the case of Horspath School, this is Oxfordshire County Council via its Governor Services department). May be reappointed at the end of term of office.

Current Local Authority Governor:

  • Vacant

Parent Governors (4)

  • Parents, including carers, of pupils are eligible to stand for election as governors
  • Elected by other parents at the school.
  • May be reappointed by standing for re-election.
  • Parent governors do not need to resign when their child leaves the school, but they may not stand for re-election at the end of their term if they no longer have children at the school.
  • If insufficient parents stand for election, the governing body may appoint parents of current pupils; if no parent of a current pupil can be appointed, parents of former pupils may be appointed.

Current Parent Governors:

  • Mr James Askew (Vice Chair of Governors) (26/09/2017 – 25/09/2021)
  • Mrs Munaza Dogar (Chair of Governors) (10/02/2015 – 31/07/2019)
  • Mr Philip Goodliffe (13/09/2016 – 12/09/2020)
  • Ms Laura McAllister (26/09/2017 – 25/09/2021)

Co-opted Governors (2)

Appointed by the governing body. They are people who in the opinion of the governing body have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.

Current Co-opted Governors:

  • Ms Sarah Awuye (01/03/2015 – 28/02/2019)
  • One vacancy

Former Governors

The following governors have stepped down in the last 12 months

  • Mrs Emma Coleman, Headteacher, to July 2018
  • Emma Pennington, Foundation Governor, to April 2019
  • Richard Hughes, Co-opted Governor, to April 2019
  • Scott Lewis, Acting Headteacher, to April 2019
  • Peter Dobson, Local Authority Governor, to February 2019

Register of Interests


See Governing Body Meetings and Minutes.