The School’s governing body is made up of eleven governors, consisting of:-
The governing body also has two associate members appointed for their expertise and experience in the education environment. Associate members within the governing body have no voting rights within full governing body meetings, or on any of the committees to which they have been appointed.
The Chair of the governing body is Mr Christopher Jones, and to maximise effectiveness the full governing body meets once per month, with one meeting dedicated to the discussion of strategic issues.
The governing body work strategically, using the school development plan to organise special areas of interest. This streamlined arrangement supports the school in improving, as well as allowing governors to have both a wide-angle view of the school as well as a narrowed, more specialist viewpoint.
To fulfill our responsibilities we have developed sustainable and flexible strategies that are included in an integrated model of governance that is embedded within the school teams, with our principal focus always being the progression, development and safety of children in our care. In support of that, attracting and keeping the best people is at the heart of our recruitment and retention program, ensuring that we understand the school and its needs and make the very best use of our finances so that we know we are getting and offering the best value for money possible. We also recognise that the relationships between parents and school has a direct impact on learning. To be truly successful teams need to maintain a positive two way dialogue and accordingly we continuing to improve and develop effective communication. If you would like to talk to any of our governors then I would encourage you to contact any of us at any time.
To contact the Chair of Governors please write to:
The Chair of Governors
Appleton C of E Primary School
or you can email our Chair of Governors on: firstname.lastname@example.org
MEET THE GOVERNORS
Helen Barker Associate Governor
I have worked at Appleton C of E Primary school for 12 over years, working across Key stages 1 and 2, including in years 2 and 6. My current role is full-time year 5 teacher, as well as leading KS2, maths, computing and e-safety. I am the senior teacher and member of the senior leadership team. I have recently successfully completed the prestigious Chartered Teacher qualification.
Amy Carnell - Headteacher
This is my fourth year at Appleton Primary School and my 7th year as a headteacher. I have worked across a range of sectors, including secondary, and have considerable teaching experience. I am passionate about providing the best possible opportunities for every child.
Jane Cranston - Foundation governor
Vacant - Foundation governor
Liz Gilkes - Foundation governor
I am a Foundation Governor and currently the Safeguarding Governor for Appleton School.
I have a background in social work within Children's Services, having originally worked in London as a Social Services manager, then as a specialist in Fostering and Adoption for Oxfordshire.I have worked as an Adoption Manager for the County Council and am currently a member of the Thames Valley Adoption Panel.
I am involved with the local community as a member of Appleton with Eaton Parish Council and as a volunteer for Appleton Community Shop.
My own children (now grown up) all attended Appleton School and I now enjoy helping with listening to younger pupils read at the school every week.
Simon Hawkes - Parent governor
Susan Hine - Local Authority governor
I was appointed to the governors by the LEA. I have been a governor for six years, and was chair for four years before stepping down to become vice chair. My particular interests are in the curriculum and staffing. My background is in secondary education, and I was a head of sixth form and assistant head teacher in Witney for many years. I enjoy being a governor at Appleton and try to use my experience usefully to support the school
Laura James - Associate
I have worked at Appleton C of E Primary School since September, working in Year 2 but also as Assistant Headteacher and SENCO. Previously, I worked in Aylesbury at a two-form entry school for four years.
Chris Jones - Foundation governor
This is my 7th year as a Foundation Governor and 3rd as Chair. I have one child currently at Appleton and another who attended from Foundation through Yr6 and is now in secondary school. My background is in medical technology and life science businesses where I currently serve as Chair and Director for half a dozen early stage companies across the UK. My particular interests are in the use of data to improve school performance as well as how to get the most out of our physical premises.
Dorian McCree - Foundation governor
Doug Watson - Foundation governor
I have one child at Appleton School and two older children attending secondary school. I’m really delighted to be a Foundation Governor, working with the staff and Governors to help all children develop a love of learning and appreciation of Christian values. In my professional life, I am a company director working across sectors that include Satellite Communication, Electric Vehicles and Innovation Management. In my spare time, I enjoy electronics, gardening, travelling and supporting my daughter who plays for Cumnor Minors.
I hope my professional experience and Christian beliefs will be useful to my fellow Governors and staff.
Sarah Wilkinson - Parent governor
Gemma Leggett - Staff governor
Gemma has been teaching at Appleton C of E Primary School for over 10 years and has worked across both Key Stage One and Key Stage Two. Her current role is full-time Year One teacher along with leading PE and Educational Visits. She has developed PE and School Sport, helping the school to achieve School Games Awards, including the highest award of Platinum in 2018-2020. She has also presented the school's work on being a Physically Active school at the National School Games Summit in November 2019. Gemma has also worked towards the school achieving Healthy Schools Status in 2018-2021.
Governor Governor Type Date of appointment
Helen Barker Associate Member
Mrs Amy Carnell Headteacher
Miss Jane Cranston Foundation 15 May 2018
Mrs Liz Gilkes Foundation 3 Feb 2016
Mr Simon Hawkes Parent 1 Dec 2017
Mrs Susan Hine Authority
Mrs Laura James Associate Member 25 Sep 2019
Christopher Jones Foundation 10 Sep 2013
Mr Dorian McCree Foundation 13 Jan 2014
Mrs Leanne Paul Other
Mrs Rachel Rendell Clerk
Doug Watson Foundation 29 Oct 2018
Ms Sarah Wilkinson Parent 4 Oct 2018
Miss Gemma Leggett Staff 25 Sep 2019
RELEVANT BUSINESS AND PECUNIARY INTERESTS
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ASSOCIATE MEMBERS – No declarations and no voting rights registered.
2018/2019 meeting schedule
2019/2020 meeting schedule