Dr Kevin Stenson (Chair of Governors)
I feel privileged and proud to be a Governor of the school that my daughter attends. West Witney is a fantastic school, with an inspiring teaching team, and enviable support from its parents.
When I am not being a dad to two daughters, I am CEO of the UK’s largest STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Charity, The Smallpeice Trust. It follows that I have a real passion for all things STEM.
I also recognise the importance of a good education, and the opportunities it affords in later life. That is why I wanted to become a Governor, to ensure West Witney gives young people the solid foundation on which the rest of their life will build.
Paul Ashby (Local Authority Governor - Vice Chair)
My name is Paul Ashby and I have three children all of whom attended West Witney Primary School and are now at Henry Box School. I live locally on the Deer Park estate so I am very much aware of local issues affecting our community and I believe that the school needs to be at the heart of our community which is one of the reasons I am a School Governor. I work for Oxfordshire County Council in procurement and outside work I am an Assistant Scout Leader which I think gives me a good insight into issues affecting young people. Over the past few years that I have been a governor I have seen the school develop significantly culminating in a well-deserved good rating in the last Ofsted review and I am looking forward to helping the school develop further as a member of the governing body.
Nancy Darby (Headteacher)
I have been Headteacher at West Witney since April 2012. My initial role at the school was as a part time Headteacher supporting the Assistant Headteacher to run the school whilst a new head was appointed. I enjoyed being part of the school so much that I applied for the full time permanent role and was lucky enough to secure it. I have always worked in Oxfordshire and this is my second headship. I have worked hard, in collaboration with all the school’s stakeholders, to develop and improve the school and was thrilled when we were judged as a ‘Good’ school in February 2015. However this is only the start of the journey, and the school is still thriving, making even further progress towards becoming a centre of excellence for learning and creativity.
Alex Sloan (Co-opted Governor)
After joining West Witney Primary School in September 2013 as Deputy Head, I was co-opted on to the Performance and Standards’ Committee where I was able to report on the school’s performance in reading and writing as well as innovations and changes in classroom practice. Since September 2014 I have been a co-opted member of the full governing body. Whilst I have had a significant classroom responsibility over the last two years, which has provided me with a sound knowledge of the workings of West Witney and its staff, I am reluctantly relinquishing my classroom role in order to support my head teacher, Nancy Darby, as the school moves forward.
Jules Burgum (Co-opted Governor)
This is my eleventh year of teaching at West Witney where I enjoy the challenge of sharing my love of music with the children and making the most of every learning opportunity through my role of EVC. Outside of school I love to support London Irish (well someone has to!) with my family, local village amateur dramatics and listening to live music.
Delphine Rideout (Co-opted Governor)
I wanted to be a Governor because for me, being involved with the school and making decisions on the children's learning was just as important as reading with my daughter every night. Being there for her, every step of the way.
I have been working in a primary school for 10 years as a High Level Teaching Assistant and I can happily say that it's the best job in the world.
I love teaching the children French especially and watching them grow into these amaszing people.
Martin Hamilton (Co-opted Governor)
Having completed all of my schooling in Witney and with 3 boys currently in or due to start their education locally; one in Senior School, one currently at West Witney Primary School and our third we hope will join West Witney next year (2018), I thought it my duty to assist in solving the challenges our Primary School will face. It is an honour to be welcomed as a Governor at the school and with 20 years experience in selling risk management solutions, I feel I have a skill set that can be put to good use.
Gemma Hester (Parent Governor)
I have lived in Witney for 12 years and my daughter is a pupil at the school and I hope my toddler son will also be one day. I was honoured to be elected as a parent governor as I wanted to be involved with the school and help make a positive difference for our children's education and the school community as a whole.
I have worked in Finance for 18 years and I am currently the Senior Finance Manager for a department within the University of Oxford. I have previously worked for the NHS so understand the pressures of a public sector setting.
Krystal Messenger (Parent Governor)
I wanted to become a Parent Governor as I wanted to be actively involved in my children’s education. I feel as a Parent Governor this is a perfect opportunity to support the school.
I have a son who is a pupil at the school in Year 1 and a younger daughter who currently attends the schools toddler group and will herself join the school in the future.
For the past four years I have worked in a clothing boutique in the town’s centre and in the past year and a half have set up a successful celebration cake business from home.
Liz Jarrett (Clerk to the Governors)
I currently work in a number of roles in a local primary school and have extensive experience working as a Clerk to the Governing Body for three local primary schools. I am pleased to be able to support the governing body of West Witney Primary School by clerking governing body meetings and providing constitutional advice and support to the governors. I have lived in Witney with my husband for 15 years. My two daughters both attended West Witney Primary School and now attend The Henry Box School.