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Governors at Eynsham Community Primary School

The Governors work closely with Mrs Bayliss (Executive Headteacher), Mr Reeves (Head of School)  and staff at Eynsham Community Primary School and form the Local Governing Board (LGB) for the school.  Eynsham Community Primary School is part of the Eynsham Partnership Academy Trust and the EPA scheme of delegation sets out the roles, structure and responsibilities of the LGB. Please also see statutory information below.   


The Governors are responsible for:

  • setting the school’s strategic direction, vision and ethos,
  • ensuring compliance with statutory regulations,
  • holding the school’s leadership to account for the education of its pupils and management of its staff, and
  • being accountable for the school’s finances, including ensuring that its funding has the best possible impact on the children in the school.


The LGB was set up in January 2020 and replaced the Rapid Improvement Board which the EPA had set up as a small group to work intensively with the headteacher and senior team to move the school out of the Ofsted ‘Requires Improvement’ category.  Following the successful Ofsted inspection in autumn 2019, which categorised the school as ‘Good’, the RIB was renamed the LGB and is gradually expanding its membership to fully reflect the school’s community.  


Governors are appointed from various sectors of the school’s community: parents/carers, staff, others who have skills and experience in education and leadership, and people working in the local community.


Meeting dates for the academic year 2022-23 are as follows:





Governor Members


Dr Hilary Emery - Chair


Hilary started work in education as a primary teacher and subsequently led teacher training at the University of Worcester, worked for government on assessment, teacher education policy and children’s services and was CEO of the National Children’s Bureau. She is a Norham Fellow at the University of Oxford Department of Education working on the Excluded Lives research project; and is a trustee of Family Links.



Paul Davies - Academy Governor



Paul has worked in education for 20 years as a materials writer and curriculum developer.  He has been a member of the school’s Governing Body for 5 years, most recently as Chair of the Curriculum and Standards committee.  He lives in Eynsham.




Charles Mathew - Academy Governor


Charles Mathew qualified as an Accountant, read Archaeology and Anthropology at Cambridge and worked for many years in Corporate Finance in the City of London, latterly as a Company broker. He has lived in Stanton Harcourt for over forty years and was Oxfordshire County Councillor for Eynsham 2006-2021. He remains committed to the community in the Eynsham District.




Lisa Podbery - Co-opted Governor


Lisa has worked at the School for the past 20 years in the admin office and for the last 7 years as School Manager. Her role is to manage the finance, support services, admin and premises teams and to provide a back up to the Headteacher.



Scott Harris - Staff Governor

Scott has been teaching for 6 years and joined Eynsham in September 2021. He is currently Keystage 1 Phase Lead, also Geography and History Lead. His role on the governing body is to oversee Health and Safety and Risk Management. 



Nicola Wilson - Academy Governor



Victoria Clark - Community Governor



Victoria has worked in education for 16 years as an English Teacher across 2 Oxfordshire Secondary Schools, including being Head of English for 6 years. She has a wealth of Pastoral experience, most recently as a Head of Upper School leading on Raising Standards in Behaviour for Learning. Victoria is an Eynsham resident and has 3 children currently educated at the school.


Zoltan Biro - Academy Governor


Zoltan joins us this year


Marion Everist - Parent Governor


Marion joins us as a Parent Governor


Sally Makady - Parent Governor

Sally joins us as a Parent Governor


Joanna Gill - Parent Governor


Joanna has joined us this year.


Lucy Dickinson - Clerk to the Governors

Lucy has joined as Clerk to the Governors


Communication with the Governors

The Board will continue to keep all parents and carers regularly informed of the progress ECPS is making through the governor's and school’s newsletters and website.


 Clerk to the Governors can be contacted at