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 email@example.com
To contact the governors please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 https://faringdonlearningtrust.org/about-us/governance/
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 2018 Term: 4 years
I have been a Governor at John Bandy 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 Committe.
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.
Hannah Boon (Parent Governor) - Vice Chair
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.
Simon Dando (Community Governor)
Appointed: July 2021 Term: 4 years
Lorna Butler (Parent Governor)
Appointed: October 2020 Term: 4 Years
Tamzin 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.
Judith Kingdon (Staff Governor)
Appointed: October 2020 Term: 4 Years
I have been a teacher at John Blandy since September 2014, I began by teaching Year 2 children then moved to Year 4 and I am currently teaching Year 6. It has been great being able to teach across the Key Stages within the school, whenever I am asked which is my favourite year group I always seem to answer with the year group I am currently in. As part of my teaching role I lead Science and Literacy across the school. I became a staff governor in October 2019; through my role as governor I hope to support the Headteachers and wider teaching and support staff to create and maintain a successful and secure learning environment for all the pupils within it.
Vacancy (Community Governor)
Vacancy (Staff Governor)
Minutes of more recent performance and standards meetings are available from the school office on request.
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