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Meet the Governors

Welcome to our Governors’ section.

On this page you will find details of the names and terms of office for all of our Governors, together with details of their category of Governor, positions of responsibility and details of any additional committees that they serve on. We have also included details of the business and financial interests of each Governor and information about any Governance role they play in other schools, as well as a full breakdown of the structure and responsibilities of the governing body of our school and its committees.


The governors’ aim is to enable John Blandy school to provide the best possible education for the children in a happy, stimulating environment. We want the experiences provided at John Blandy to enable every child to achieve their full potential, academically and socially. We work closely with Mrs Silvester, the headteacher and her staff. As we are part of an Academy, the John Blandy Primary School Local Governing Body is accountable to the Faringdon Academy of Schools Board for ensuring that these statutory responsibilities are met.    


As school governors we are responsible for monitoring and evaluating the performance and effectiveness of the staff and ensuring that the children make appropriate progress in all areas of their education. We ensure that the budget is managed prudently and act as critical friends to the staff, monitor the school development plan and are involved in OFSTED’s school inspections. We want the children to have a broad range of experiences and to enjoy their time at our school.


The Governing Body is charged with many specific responsibilities and powers but has general responsibility for oversight of every aspect of the school and its activities. Formally, the Department for Education requires governors to:


  • Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  • Hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff.
  • Oversee the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.


We are always open to feedback and ideas so please email

Our Governors

Our Governors 1 Mark Cairns (Chair of Governors)
Our Governors 2 Lucie Belcher (Vice-chair of Governors)
Our Governors 3 Helen Benson
Our Governors 4 Janice Simpson
Our Governors 5 Steve Arrowsmith
Our Governors 6 David Hancox
Our Governors 7 Scott Johnson

Mark Cairns (Parent Governor) - Chair of Governors

Appointed: May 2016                                                    Term: 4 years

I moved to the village in 2001 and part of the selection process for a new home was to have a good school for the future - I now have 2 children attending John Blandy School. I have worked in various 'managerial roles' and served on 'boards' for most of my working life. John Blandy is a central aspect of our expanding village life and provides a critical service. Protecting the institution and giving the children a fun, safe and high quality education is my primary goal. I joined the Board of Governors in July 2016.

Lucie Belcher (Parent Governor) - Vice Chairman

Appointed: Nov 2014                                                    Term: 4 years

I am new to the Governing team, I joined in September 2014. I have 2 sons, one of which is in Elm class, and the other currently at the pre-school in Southmoor. I'm also an ex-pupil of the school so have a keen interest to be involved and watch it evolve.


I sit on the Performance and Standards Committee, and am eager to help the school deliver the excellent education that the whole school believes in and is passionate about.

Scott Johnson (Parent Governor)

Appointed: Nov 2015                                                    Term: 4 years

I have lived in Southmoor since 2009, and have two children at John Blandy Primary School. I became a parent governor in November 2015, and also sit on the Performance and Standards sub-committee. In my professional life I manage the Quality Assurance team of a software company, and hope to be able to utilise the skills gained during my career for the benefit of the school. 


I am also a trustee on the John Blandy Educational Foundation.

Jane Tidy (Parent Governor)

Appointed: May 2016                                                    Term: 4 years

I have recently been appointed as a parent Governor and have one child at the school. Other than being chair of Southmoor preschool, I have no previous background in education and my motivation for volunteering to become a Governor was to contribute to the school in any way I could.


I am passionately committed to continuing the improvement of our school and its provision of opportunity for all of our pupils and the local community.

Steve Arrowsmith (Community Governor) - Pupil Premium Governor

Appointed: May 2016                                                    Term: 4 years

I am a parent governor with children at John Blandy. I am passionate about continuous improvement of the school within a caring and nurturing environment for our children.


David Hancox (Community Governor) - Finance and Health & Safety Governor

Appointed: Nov 2014                                                    Term: 4 years

I have been a Governor for four years and currently have three children at the school, inKS2. As a Chartered Accountant by training I am the Finance Governor and also sit on the Faringdon Multi-Academy Trust Resources Committee. 


I am passionate about helping to ensure that the school delivers the best possible education to all of our children in a happy and secure environment.

Janice Simpson (Community Governor) - Safeguarding Governor

Appointed: Sep 2017                                                    Term: 4 years

I have been a community governor for the past four years and have lived in the village for over forty years. I chair the Performance and Standards Sub-Committee.


As a retired teacher I am very aware of the importance of a good primary education and am pleased to have the opportunity to be able to make a small contribution to our local school.

Lucy Phipps (Staff Governor)

Appointed: Jan 2014                                                    Term: 4 years

I joined the school, as Deputy Headteacher, alongside Mrs Silvester in Sept 2013. I am also Willow class teacher. I am very passionate about our school and all our challenges and achievements.


I have two boys myself, one who is now in Year 8 and the other who is 5 and has just started his school career.

Helen Benson (Staff Governor ) - SEND Governor

Appointed: Nov 2017                                                    Term: 4 years

I have been the support teaching governor for several years. I feel the ethos of the school is to encourage all the children to achieve their full potential during their time at John Blandy Primary School, and I am pleased to support the school both by working directly with the children and through working with the Governing Body.

Jonathan Shorter (Community Governor)

Appointed: Oct 2013                                                     Stepped down: Aug 2017

Anne-Marie Wright (Clerk to the Governing Body)

Appointed: Sep 2016                                                    Term: on-going

I grew up in Oxfordshire and have recently returned after moving away. During that time I was a governor at my daughter school in Portsmouth, and wanted to help and support the local schools in the area, so am pleased to have the opportunity to do so.

Register of Governors Pecuniary Interests

Governing Body Meeting Minutes

Performance and Standards Meeting Minutes

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