Governor Profiles

James Askew, Parent Governor, Chair of Governors

I have twin sons in Beech class and have worked in the education world (in England and internationally) for all my working life. As well as being a classroom teacher, I have been Head of Department, and Assistant Head (Pastoral). Latterly I was working with a leading international NGO in school improvement programmes and establishing new schools. I have a particular interest in outdoor education and Forest Schools. In 2019 I completed a one year course with the National Governors Association, entitled Leading Governance Development for Chairs.

Emily Elias, Foundation Governor

I am very pleased to have joined the School’s Board of Governors as a Foundation Governor. Church and faith have been important parts of my life since childhood and I am committed to helping our pupils nurture their own journey in faith and developing the school’s relationship with our village church of St Giles. I have three children (my eldest has recently started at the school) and I enjoy my work as the administrator for the three benefice churches of Garsington, Cuddesdon and Horspath.    

Phil Goodliffe, Parent Governor

My eldest child is in Year 2 at Horspath School and I have a younger son who is three. As a parent governor I am proud to have the opportunity to contribute to the running of the school.

By profession I am a consulting structural engineer and have practiced in the Oxford area since 2003. I have been involved in the design of many educational buildings for schools and colleges in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire. I am also a part-time structural tutor of architectural students at Brookes University.

My hobbies include choral singing and playing squash

Keith Kidd, Parent Governor

I live in Horspath village and have been in touch with the school since childhood, initially as a pupil myself, later my three children attended Horspath school and, most recently, my wife was a teacher here. 
My professional background is in international electronics business with roles in design engineering, marketing and general management. Now I am retired and aim to support the school from the governing body.

Laura McAllister, Parent Governor

I feel very passionately about the education of children and recognise the importance that early experiences have on their development, achievements and happiness.  I have worked within the education system for over 10 years, as a primary school teacher for 8 years and as a teaching assistant and a support worker for unaccompanied asylum seeker children previous to that. I am a mother to a child in reception class and, along with every parent in the school, I want our children to leave Horspath having the best possible experience of primary school.

Rachel Medley, Headteacher

I have been head teacher at Horspath School since Easter 2019. I’ve always wanted to teach and I’m proud to be doing what I love whilst serving the school community here. Horspath is my third headship. Previous to this I was head at a large city school in Oxford and my first headship was at a Church of England School in Coventry. In my spare time I love to sing; I’m a regular member of my church choir and I sing on stage most Sundays. I grew up in Birmingham though I now live in Oxford with husband my son.

Caroline Simpson, Parent Governor

I have 2 sons in the school and have enjoyed learning about life at school through them and now in my role as a governor. In my working life, I have supported students in education for the past 15 years in Universities and colleges. I currently work at Oxford Brookes as an International Student Adviser, giving visa and immigration advice to international students.

Kate Walters, Staff Governor

 I joined the governing body just over a year ago and enjoy being part of discussions and decisions made for the school.  I currently teach Year 1 and 2 in Beech Class. I moved to Horspath School in April 2016 where I taught in Lime Class initially. I have taught a range of children during my 22 years as a teacher, from Year 1 to Year 6.