Governor Profiles

Michelle Bailey, Staff Governor

I have been a teacher since graduating from Westminster College, Oxford in 2002. I started teaching at Horspath School April 2005 and became a member of the Senior Leadership Team in January 2007.  I have been Deputy Head since September 2015. My subject specialism is maths and I am currently a Leading Maths Teacher for Oxfordshire County Council. I am responsible for maths, music and assessment across the school. My sons both attended Horspath School.

Rebecca Brown, Associate Governor

We sought out Horspath School when our youngest approached school age because as we sat talking to the headmaster of our local school the school secretary brought in coffee for just one of us – the headmaster! Horspath School came recommended as a different kind of place. Finding no suitable house in the village we decided to drive in daily. Long after our three children had left the school and we had eventually moved to the village I responded to a search for new governors because I wanted to put something back from all we had gained over the years. I had volunteered time every week with one class or another and loved it’s warm, enabling, inclusive atmosphere.

I began my working life as a social worker for the mental health services. Over the past 30 years I have trained and worked as a psychotherapist. I am involved with teaching psychotherapists in training and with the governing Council of my professional organisation. Recently, I’ve been heavily involved with the Friends of Horspath trustee group that helped the village purchase and now develop the community hub at the Old Chapel. I bring to the governors a background in child development and in how organisations work. As many schools are doing, I will be considering with other governors new forms of governance and school organisation and whether these would enhance or detract from our present learning environment.

Emma Coleman, Headteacher

As Head Teacher, I have been a Governor at Horspath School since January 2009. Being a headteacher is a joy and a challenge and no two days are ever the same!
I grew up in Wokingham, Berkshire and once my university days were over I started work as an Officer of HM Customs and Excise in Buckinghamshire. When my own children were small, I changed career and studied for a PGCE in Primary Education.
Over the last 5 years I have been lucky enough to work with governors past and present who have committed their time and energy to the school and its pupils.

Janet Crooks, Parent Governor

I have been a parent governor since October 2011 and am chair of the Resources committee (finances, property, staffing) as well as the Link Governor for Maths and PE. I am a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years experience and work for a local FTSE250 company. I have two children in the school and joined the governing body so that I could use my skills and experience to help the school to provide the best possible learning environment for all children.

Peter Dobson, Local Authority Governor

Munaza Dogar, Parent Governor, Chair of Governors

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.

Sarah Herring, Associate Member

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.

Richard Hughes, Co-opted Governor, Vice-Chair of Governors

After 8 years as a parent  at the school, I was keen to remain involved with the school after my children left. So in Sept 2016 I moved to the role of co-opted governor, having previously served as a parent governor since 2013.  I am currently the chair of the Children, Learning and Communications committee, and vice-chair of the governing body. I am the link governor for computing and music, and try to help the school where I can with my enthusiasm for both subjects. I have lived in Horspath for 16 years, and work in the marketing department of a Silicon Valley-based software company. I am also a parent governor at Wheatley Park School, where my son is in Year 8.

Gillian Nightall, Co-opted Governor

I have two children in school.  In my professional life I am a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Family Therapist. I spent two decades working within the NHS with children, adults and their families. I have worked in many contexts including CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services), Sure Start and I also was seconded to the Educational Behavioural Support Service in a London Borough for a period. I am link governor for Behaviour and Children with Special Educational Needs.

Rev. Emma Pennington, Foundation Governor

As part of my role as Vicar of Garsington, Cuddesdon and Horspath I sit on the governing bodies of both Garsington and Horspath Church of England Schools as a foundation governor. There is one other foundation governor who is elected by the diocese of Oxford to represent and celebrate the Christian heritage and distinctiveness of the school. I regularly meet with the Head to discuss and monitor issues pertaining to the spiritual, moral and ethical aspects of the school and play an important role in the diocesan SIAMS inspection which takes place every five years. This inspection considers the school’s effectiveness as a church school, i.e. does it celebrate its Christian heritage, uphold values and promote respect and tolerance of all faiths and none. It also looks at the manner in which collective worship is inclusive and sincere.

Every week I lead collective worship and also play a part in other events which take place in the school and at the church such as the leavers’ service, Easter and Harvest services and Remembrance Day. The whole school often visits the church for collective worship and Acorn’s Nativity is held in St Giles’. I very much value the close working relationship which we have as a school and church, and which has resulted in a number of innovative ventures, including the Experience Easter exhibition and the involvement of the school at our Christmas Carol service. As RE link governor I also support the work of the religious education co-ordinator and meet regularly with the Head to discuss collaborations over the year and offer pastoral care to parents, staff and pupils when needed.

Chris Rodgers, Parent Governor

I have two children. My oldest is in reception class at Horspath
School. I work as an associate professor of biomedical imaging at the University of Oxford. I develop technology for imaging the heart and liver using MRI scanners, in healthy volunteers and in patients with
heart and liver disease. I also teach Chemistry to undergraduates at Merton College, Oxford. I enjoy running, playing the piano and water sports in my spare time.