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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 Elliott, 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 via the school office on 


To contact the governors please email:


The structure and remit of the FLT Members, Trustees, and its committees including the LGBs is available on the Trust website and can be found here

Our Governors

Lucie Belcher (Parent Governor) Chair


Appointed:  October 2018                      Term:  4 Years


I've been involved with the school governors now since September 2014 when my eldest son was new to the school.  Now both of my sons are at school, and having attended John Blandy myself, I have a long term relationship and vested interest in watching it evolve.


I also sit on the Performance and Standards committee and am eager to help the school continue to deliver an excellent education, but also enable pupils to leave John Blandy ready for the world of secondary as well rounded, confident individuals.



Hannah Boon (Parent Governor) - Vice Chair

Appointed:  May 2022               Term:  4 Years

I have been a Parent Governor at John Blandy since 2018 and I have thoroughly enjoyed the active part this has allowed me to play in our school. I am currently the Vice Chair of Governors, a member of the Performance and Standards sub-committee and the Health and Safety Governor.  Professionally I am a Clinical Scientist for the NHS, with particular expertise in quality assurance and audit, and working according to mandated procedures.

As a working parent with children in Year 5 and Year 2 I am well positioned to appreciate the various challenges faced by the school, and by parents. I am genuinely proud of the work we are doing at John Blandy to secure the success of the school, and I have been pleased to support the school through an expansion, a change of leadership structure, the ongoing development of the curriculum and the Covid-response, and of course, a very rewarding Ofsted inspection in 2021.


Together we at John Blandy provide a learning environment where all our children know they belong and believe they can succeed. It is an honour to be part of the team as John Blandy continues to reach for brilliance for all.


Belong. Believe. Brilliant.



Lorna Butler (Parent Governor)

Appointed:  October 2020                                                Term:  4 Years

Simon Dando (Community Governor)

Appointed: July 2021                                        Term: 4 years


Judith KingdonTamzin Einon (Community Governor)

Appointed:  July 2020                                   Term:  4 Years


I have been working in education for nearly 20 years, first as a classroom teacher and senior leader in a primary school and now leading the teaching team at an Oxfordshire education charity supporting disadvantaged children with their reading and maths. I moved to the village six years ago and am excited to have the opportunity to be involved with my local school as a Community Governor.

As part of my current role, I am responsible for all aspects of safeguarding as the organisation’s Designated Safeguarding Lead. I am keen to use this, alongside my teaching experience, to support the John Blandy governors and staff as Safeguarding Governor and as a member of the Performance and Standards committee to help the school go from strength to strength.

David Hancox (Community Governor)


Appointed:  November 2018   Term:  4 Years


I have been a Governor at John Blandy for nearly 10 years and enjoy being involved in helping the school to continually adapt and develop. As a Chartered Accountant by training, I am the Finance Governor and also sit on the Faringdon Learning Trust Finance & Resources Committee.


All three of my children attended the school, the youngest of which only recently left.  I therefore have a parental perspective I can also bring to my role and am passionate in wanting to help ensure that the school delivers the best possible education to all of our children in a happy and secure environment.

Rachel Skeet (Staff Governor)

Appointed:  February 2022                                               Term:  4 Years

Dianna Swale (Staff Governor)

Appointed:  February 2022                                               Term:  4 Years

Kerri Treherne (Community Governor)

Appointed: May 2018                                                     Term: 4 years

I moved to Southmoor 15 years ago to start my family.  I have 4 children all at John Blandy Primary School. I have been an active member of the Friends of John Blandy for 6 years and prior to that sat on the Southmoor Pre-School Committee. I am pleased to live in a lively, thriving, growing community and am impressed with the values and beliefs that the school instils upon the students alongside the curriculum learning. As a police officer for 17 years I am keen to contribute my experience as the Safeguarding Governor.


Vacancy (Community Governor)

Vacancy (Parent Governor)


Jan Clark

Minutes of Performance and standards meetings


Minutes of more recent performance and standards meetings are available from the school office on request.

Governors who have resigned

Judi Kingdon (Staff Governor) stepped down October 2021

Clare Butcher (Community Governor) stepped down September 2021

Helen Benson (Staff Governor) stepped down February 2021

Janice Simpson (Community Governor) stepped down February 2021

Stephen Arrowsmith (Parent Governor) stepped down July 2020

Brian Forster (Community Governor) stepped down July 2020

Scott Johnson (Parent Governor) stepped down July 2020

Lucy Phipps (Staff Governor) stepped down July 2020

Jane Tidy stepped down May 2020

Jonathan Shorter (Community Governor) stepped down April 2020

Mark Cairns (Parent Governor) stepped down September 2019


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