Governors at Eynsham Community Primary School
The Governors work closely with Mrs Bayliss, the head teacher 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 https://www.epa-mat.org/schemes-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.
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 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.
Lisa has worked at the School for the past 17 years in the admin office and for the last 5 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.
Daniel began his career in education as a Teacher of Geography, working in three very different secondary schools in South Wales (where he is from) and West Oxfordshire. After a decade in the classroom, Daniel is currently the Head of Outreach at New College, Oxford, where he works with school communities from across the country.
Shona is one of Eynsham Community Primary School’s Parent Governors.
Shona has been employed with the Royal Air Force Police for the last 16+ years which has seen her deploy overseas in a number of different duties. However, she is currently in the process of retiring from such an active role in order to focus on home and family life.
Shona is married to Dave (a Fire Fighter) and they have two sons at the school. She has lived in Eynsham for 10+ years and has thoroughly enjoyed the community spirit within the village. Her hobbies and interests include Rugby, Motorcycling, Rallying, Dog Walking and Swimming.
Shona has taken on the Parent Governor role as she is keen to ensure that all parents have a voice on the Board of Governors as the school focusses on the children of the future.
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.
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 email@example.com