The role of a school governor is a demanding but very rewarding role. School governors are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education. We work closely with the Senior Leadership Team and staff of the school.
Governors are all volunteers and are drawn from the representative school groups; teaching and school support staff, parents, community and local authority. Together we form the governing body and have responsibility for raising school standards through our three key roles of setting strategic direction, ensuring accountability and acting as a critical friend.
If you are interested in becoming a school governor or finding out more about the role, please contact the school in the first instance.
Email addresses for Chair of Governors and Vice chair are as follows:
Chair of Governors - Mr K Moyes: email@example.com
Joint Vice Chair - Mrs E Ricks-Neal: firstname.lastname@example.org
Joint Vice Chair - Mr D Anderson: email@example.com
Clerk to Governors - Ms H Roberts: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can write to our Chair of Governors:
Mr K Moyes
c/o Carterton Primary School
Mr K Moyes - Chair of Governors
I have been a school governor since 2012, and I am currently also the Chair of Governors at:
· Gateway Primary School, Carterton
· Five Acres Primary School, Bicester
· Bishopswood Special School, Reading
I have extensive experience of leading governance in schools where rapid school improvement needs to me made to ensure the school is providing the very best education and life experiences to its pupils. I also carry out the governor training for Oxfordshire’s Governor Services and external reviews of governance for schools who are seeking an external evaluation of their governance. I am also the designated Safeguarding Governor for CPS.
I became a governor because I had a very poor primary school education and I wanted to ensure that other children did not have the same experience, because I know first-hand the challenges this creates.
I am also an Executive People and Culture Director for an international charity and live in Abingdon with my wife and two daughters.
Mrs E Ricks-Neal - Joint Vice Chair
My name is Elaine Ricks-Neal. I am married and I live in Cumnor village, Oxford. I am currently part -time Director of the Berkshire Leadership Development Partnership, having recently retired from a Local Authority position of Principal Adviser for School Improvement and Governance. I have spent a lifetime in education, starting out as a secondary English teacher, moving on to school senior leadership positions and then to Local Authority Advisory roles. I have been a County Adviser for English, Ofsted Inspector, Senior Regional Adviser when working with the National Strategies and I am co-author of the National Association of Able Children in Education "Challenge Award" quality mark for schools. I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to work with school leaders across England, Wales and internationally. I am passionate about working with schools to provide no less than an outstanding education for all its pupils, irrespective of its context. I am delighted to have joined CPS as the Local Authority Governor and I hope I can help and support the school on the journey to achieve its ambitious goals.
Mr D Anderson - Joint Vice Chair
I’m Dean, a proud father to my son and husband to my lovely wife. My son is 8 and is currently here at Carterton Primary School. I am a serving member of the Royal Air Force and am currently posted at RAF Brize Norton. I am a mechanic by trade but currently working in adult teaching which is what has given me an interest in education and training. I wanted to become a governor as I have a lot of passion for ensuring all young people get the best possible opportunities and chances to succeed in life and primary education is a key part of giving children that platform from which they can excel and become the best possible versions of themselves. As my son is here, Carterton Primary School was the natural choice and when the opportunity came up to become a governor here, I took it with both hands! I am passionate and have great ambitions for the school and along with the other governors I’m excited about what we can achieve, we have a great team in place and with our support we want to help them grow and ensure the school reaches its maximum potential. I am involved in safeguarding in my role as a trainer at RAF Brize Norton and I am utilising my current knowledge as well as adding to it with several courses. I want to help achieve a school environment in which everyone feels happy and safe so that we can maximise the learning that is taking place in school.
Mrs A Hill
I am excited to be joining the CPS team in September 2021. For the past 15 years I have worked at a large primary school in Oxford where I have taught throughout Key Stage One and Two and have been the Phase Leader in Year 3/4 for the past four years. Before training to be a teacher in 2003 I lived and worked in Japan for three years and can still speak and write a few words of Japanese. I live with my husband and a very energetic 5 year old son. In my spare time I can be found with my nose in a book or learning lines for my village’s annual pantomime. I am really looking forward to getting to know you!
Mr D Whitehouse Parent Governor
My background is in engineering; however, I am bringing a vast background of experience and transferable skills to the Governing Body. I currently have 2 sons who both attend Carterton primary school, so I too have a vested interest in its future. In my role as Governor, I will be able to play a pivotal role in the school and help it to continue providing the best possible education for each child and looking ahead to the challenges that we may face and opportunities we can benefit from in the future. I enjoy playing and coaching football, cooking, and spending time with my family.
Mrs T Cameron Parent Governor
Hi I'm Tracey Cameron I've got 2 children at CPS. My daytime job is Clerk/Responsible Finance Officer for two Parish Councils in West Oxfordshire. I believe my skills and attributes that I have gained over my working life will help me in the role of Parent Governor. I became a Parent Governor as I feel that I can help the school become a place that we can all be proud to be part of.
I'm looking forward to working with the Governing Board and School to make CPS the best school it can be.
Alex Payne Co-Opted Governor
I'm a serving member of the Royal Air Force at RAF Brize Norton as an Air and Space Operations Manager (ASOM). I come from a family with a large background in teaching and I caught the education bug in a previous posting as an instructor at my trade training school. I wanted to become a governor because I strongly feel that we all have a responsibility to ensure that the educational environment for children is improved and to make sure that each pupil has the best experience possible. I’m very excited to do my part in helping the next generation become the best version of themselves. My hobbies include reading, self-education, sport/fitness and, albeit very slowly, completing my first novel.