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. I am working in the EAL department of a local Academy.

Sarah Awuye, Co-opted Governor

After university I completed my PGCE and taught in London and Buckinghamshire. When we moved to Oxfordshire in 2005 my children attended Horspath School, I applied for a fixed term contract at the school which led to a permanent role as a class teacher. I became member of the Leadership Team in 2009 and was then appointed Deputy Head.
I became a co-opted governor in 2014 having previously served as a staff governor.
I left Horspath in July 2015 to take my first headship at Marsh Baldon Primary School, a village school within the Wheatley Partnership.

Munaza Dogar, Parent Governor

My journey as a governor began five years ago, and I have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunities that have come my way. I currently have three children at Horspath CofE Primary in years 6, 4 and 1.
In addition, I am also the Chair of Governors, chair of the Achievement and Standards Committee, and link governor for English, Assessment and Gifted and Talented.
I have always felt passionate about enabling children to develop as independent learners with a lifelong thirst for knowledge.
As a teacher, trainer and consultant with over 16 years experience in teaching English and supporting schools to raise achievement, it is a privilege to use my skills and knowledge in working alongside the governing body, staff and pupils of Horspath School with the shared ambition of achieving excellence.

Phil Goodliffe, Parent Governor

philgoodliffeMy 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.

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

Mary Pavlides, Foundation Governor

Kate Walters, Staff Governor