Governing Body

The Governors of Charlbury Primary School are committed to supporting the school to become the best provision possible both for our own students and as a community and borough resource.

They are dedicated to the school and are effective in helping define the strategic direction of the school. They question and challenge to ensure excellent practice across all areas of school development.

As in other multi-academy trusts, our Local Governing Body is accountable to Trust Directors and plays a fundamental advisory role to this higher Board. For more information about the River Learning Trust’s governance structures, please visit the dedicated Trust page here.

An aim of our governing body is to be as open and as approachable as possible, therefore we are keen to hear from you if you have any questions relating to the school from a strategic perspective. To reach any of us please drop an email to office@charlburyschool.org or leave a message at the school reception with your question and we will come back to you. Please indicate which governor you would like to respond.

Patricia Winstanley - Chair of Governors

Committee membership: Impact Committee, Pay Committee, Resource Committee, Staffing Committee, Admission Committee

Link governor role(s): Teaching and Learning, HT Appraisal, EYFS

Date joined: September 2018

Declarations of interest: none

Contact: pwinstanley@charlburyschool.org

Mike Hughes - Vice Chair of Governors

Committee membership: Resources

Link governor role(s): Finance, premises, HT appraisal

Date joined: September 2016

Declarations of interest: none



Janet Burroughs - Chair of Impact Committee

Committee membership: Impact, Pay Committee

Link governor role(s): SEND, PP

Date joined: September 2018

Declarations of interest: Runs Halcyon Honey Farm, supplies the school with a christmas tree each year.



Patrick Stimpson - Chair of Resources Committee

Committee membership: Resources

Link governor role(s): Finance; HT appraisal

Date joined: September 2019

Declarations of interest: Married to the secretary of the local Pre-School



Liz Drake - Safeguarding Governor

Committee membership: Impact

Link governor role(s): Safeguarding

Date joined: September 2018

Declarations of interest: none



Lauren Bond - Co-opted Governor

Committee membership: Impact

Link governor role(s): Pupil voice; Behaviour & Wellbeing

Date joined: September 2020

Declarations of interest: Unique Behaviour Consultancy, ran a training session with staff on behaviour techniques



Gareth Epps - Co-opted Governor

Committee membership: Resources & Pay Committee

Link governor role(s): Finance; Health and Safety; Sport Premium

Date joined: September 2020

Declarations of interest: Director of Sustainable Charlbury to which the school plans a grant application in 2021



Jennie Grierson - Staff Governor

Committee membership: Impact

Link governor role(s): Monitoring SEF

Date joined: February 2020

Declarations of interest: none



Scott Lewis - Headteacher

Committee membership: all

Link governor role(s):

Date joined: January 2020 ex officio

Declarations of interest: none

Rachel Houghton - Clerk to the Governors


Rachel Claridge - Co-opted Governor (Resigned)

Committee membership: Impact

Link governor role(s): EYFS

Date joined: September 2019

Declarations of interest: none


Date resigned: July 2021