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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 Thompson and Mrs Elliott, the Headteachers and their 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 

Our Governors

Lucie Belcher (Chair of Governors)
Helen Benson
Janice Simpson
David Hancox

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.


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.

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.

Hannah Boon (Parent Governor)

Appointed: May 2018                                                     Term: 4 years

I have two young children, one already at John Blandy, and the other keen to start, and I became a Parent Governor in 2018.Our family have lived in Southmoor for five years, and my day-job is as a scientist working for the NHS, where I also serve on a Quality Management committee ensuring and demonstrating compliance with external accreditation agencies.

I want my village school to be a place where children learn not only core academic subjects, but the skills and confidence to apply their knowledge, and most crucially, how to be happy while doing that.

My hope as a Governor is to support the Headteachers and Classroom teachers in the vital work they do, while making sure every parent and guardian can be confident that their children are in the right place.

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.


Clare Butcher (Community Governor)

Appointed: January 2019                                                 Term: 4 years


I'm an ex parent to two girls,  Hannah (left 2007) and Lucy (left 2011).  I have worked at Abingdon School since 2004 as the Financial Controller.  I live in the village and you may often see me walking my
5 year old mad cockerpoo called Maisie. I enjoy the arts, particularly musical theatre and travel with my most recent trip having be made to Australia last Christmas to meet up with my eldest daughter on her gap
year.  I have always taken an active interest in the education of my own family and look forward to working with the other Governors and school staff to help them achieve the objectives of John Blandy School.

Stephen Arrowsmith

Appointed May 2016                                           Stepped down July 2019

Jane Tidy


Appointed May 2016                       Stepped down May 2020

Register of Governors Pecuniary Interests

Minutes of Performance and standards meetings


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

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