Governors

Unless stated otherwise below, governors have not declared any business or pecuniary interests nor are they members of any other governing body.  Attendance data is given for the academic year 2019/20.

Please note, owing to the Coronavirus pandemic, meetings between April and July took place virtually.  Although the governors continued to meet during this period, the delegated powers were held by a smaller executive committee comprising of the headteacher, 2 governors and the school’s ODST School Improvement Adviser).  Details of attendance at these committees is recorded as appropriate below.

During the year there were 9 FGB meetings, 2 finance committee meetings and 5 meetings of the Emergency Advisory Committee.

 

David Eaton                                                                        

David is a Foundation governor; he is also a member of The Blake Educational Trust.

David is currently the longest serving governor having been in post for over twenty years, his grown-up children attended The Blake School.  David has particular finance expertise.

Foundation Governor appointed September 1994   Term of Office ends 31st August 2022                    

FGB attendance – 78%   (7 meetings)

Finance committee attendance - 100%  

                                                         

Tim Edwards-Grundy (Headteacher)

As headteacher at The Blake School Mr Edwards-Grundy is automatically a governor.

Mr Edwards-Grundy provides regular written reports to governors and attends meetings to provide both verbal reports and answer governor questions.

Mr Edwards-Grundy has been the headteacher at The Blake School since September 2012.

FGB attendance – 100%                                                                       

Finance committee attendance – 100%  

Executive Advisory Committee attendance – 100%

                                                         

Philip Fowler (Chair of Governors)

Philip was elected as Chair of Governors in July 2018; he is a Parent Governor, elected by the parent community at The Blake School.

Philip has one child who attends The Blake School and he brings finance and data skills to the Governing Board.

Parent Governor appointed 15th January 2016    Term of Office ends 22nd October 2023

FGB attendance – 78%   (7 meetings)

Executive Advisory Committee attendance – 100%  

                      

Fiona Hayes

Fiona is a staff governor, elected by the staff body at The Blake School.

The Governors greatly appreciate the insight that can be given by members of the staff team.  Fiona has worked at The Blake School for 16 years and has particular responsibility for music through the school.

Staff governor appointed 1st September 2016       Term of office ends 31st August 2020

FGB attendance – 78%   (7 meetings)                                                

Finance committee attendance – 100%

 

Jason Hoyland

Jason is a Foundation Governor, appointed by the Directors of ODST on the recommendation of the PCC at St Mary’s Cogges.

Jason is Chair of the Finance committee and has particular responsibility for monitoring the provision for vulnerable children and those with Special Educational Needs

Foundation governor appointed 18th October 2017   Term of office ends 17th October 2021

FGB attendance – 67%   (6 meetings)                                                

Finance committee attendance – 100%

 

Simon Kirby                                                                        

Simon is a Foundation Governor appointed by the Directors of ODST, he is also the vicar of St Mary’s Cogges and St James the Great South Leigh.

Simon is a familiar face around the school and regularly leads collective worship, he has two grown up children.

Foundation Governor appointed 1st March 2015    Term of Office ends 28th February 2023  

FGB attendance – 67% (6 meetings)                                                                                                                                                  

Elizabeth Knowles            

Elizabeth is a Foundation Governor, appointed by the Directors of ODST on the recommendation of the PCC at St Mary’s, Cogges.

Elizabeth is a former employee of Oxford University Press and currently also serves as a governor at St Mary’s CE Infant School in Witney.

Foundation Governor appointed 1st July 2010     Term of Office ends 30th June 2022         

FGB attendance – 100% 

                                                                 

Barbara March

Barbara is a Community Governor appointed by the Directors of ODST.

Barbara was a secondary school teacher for most of her working life and is a member of St Mary’s, Cogges.

Date of initial appointment 18th December 2015    Term of Office ends 28th February 2023

FGB attendance – 89% (8 meetings)

Executive Advisory Committee Attendance – 100%         

 

Andrew Newham

Andrew is a Foundation Governor appointed by the Directors of ODST, on the recommendation of the PCC at St Mary’s, Cogges.

Andrew brings many years of experience as a governor to the role.

Foundation Governor appointed – 2nd December 2019    Term of office ends 1st December 2023

FGB attendance – 86% (6 out of 7 meetings)   

                                                              

Samantha Sadler

Sam is a Parent Governor, elected by the parent community at The Blake School.

Sam has a son who attends The Blake School and she is an active member of The Friends.

Sam is Vice- Chair of the Governing Body.

Parent Governor appointed 23rd October 2015       Term of Office ends 22nd October 2023

FGB attendance – 67% (6 meetings) 

                                                                                  

Anthony Sayles                                                                 

Anthony is a Foundation Governor, appointed by the Directors of ODST on the recommendation of the PCC at St Mary’s, Cogges.  Anthony’s three children attend The Blake School.

Anthony brings experience in safeguarding and children’s work.

Foundation Governor appointed 1st September 2015      Term of Office ends 31st August 2023     

FGB attendance – 89% (8 meetings) 

 

David Spence     

David Spence is a Foundation Governor, appointed by the Directors of ODST on the recommendation of the PCC at St Mary’s, Cogges. Two of David's children attend The Blake School.

David joined the governing body in September 2020, he strengthens the school's link with St Mary's Cogges.                                                                                                                                                           

Claire Doland (Deputy headteacher)

As deputy headteacher at The Blake School Mrs Doland has a standing invitation to attend meetings of the governing body.

Mrs Doland, alongside Mr Edwards-Grundy, brings reports and data to the governing body.

FGB attendance – 44%   (4 meetings)  

                  

Ruth Lockwood (Clerk)

Ruth is the clerk to the Governing Board; she distributes paperwork, is up to date with legal matters relating to Governance and offers advice on matters of procedure; she attends all meetings.

 

Governors who have stepped down in the past twelve months

Stuart Palmer

Stuart was a Foundation Governor appointed by the Directors of ODST, on the recommendation of the PCC at St Mary’s, Cogges.

Foundation Governor appointed 3rd February 2016     Term of Office ends 2nd February 2020   

FGB attendance – 60% (3 out of 5 meetings)