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Our Governors

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 non-teaching school 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 - Nick Johnson:

Vice Chair - Libbie Sutton:

Clerk to Governors - Hattie Clay:


You can write to our Chair of Governors:

Mr Nick Johnson,

c/o Carterton Primary School,

Old Burford Road,

Carterton, Oxfordshire

OX18 3AD

Chair of Governors - Mr N Johnson

I am the Chair of the Governing Body. I have been a School Governor before at Charlbury Primary School and Chipping Norton Secondary School. I used to be a Professor of Law at the University of Warwick and now, when I' m not looking after my grandchildren, I spend my time working on Justice issues in Central Africa. 

I want Carterton Primary School to be a school where the pupils, teachers, parents and governors take pride in its ethos, work and achievements.  I want us all to be ambitious for the school and its pupils. I want a School where every child matters.


Mrs L Sutton (Vice Chair & SEND)

I’m Libbie Sutton, I am a wife and mother to five lively children, of which only one now remains at Carterton Primary School. I became a governor because I have a strong belief that parents play a vital role in the success of a school and the education of their children. Our children can only reach their potential when we work together. Carterton Primary School is a fantastic school with dedicated and loving members of staff, a place where our children are known for their uniqueness. I have had children at this school for the last ten years so have seen the journey it has taken and continues to take. I am excited to join it as SEND Governor.

Mrs R Claridge (Headteacher / Phonics & Reading)

I am really proud to be the Head Teacher of Carterton Primary School and work together with our Governing Body to achieve the best possible outcomes for our children. I have worked at Carterton Primary School for over 12 years in a variety of different roles including Y3/4 teacher and EYFS lead. I have been through 5 Ofsted inspections with the school and am dedicated to working together to improve our school and show how special we are. Previously, I worked at Pegasus School in Blackbird Leys and Iffley Mead Special School. As well as being Head Teacher at CPS I am also a Governor at Charlbury Primary School. I began this role in 2019 and find it a rewarding and informative way to gain knowledge from others and support my local school. I moved to Oxfordshire from Lancashire in 2003 as I completed my Teacher Training. I am married and a mum to two growing girls and a slightly crazy cockerpoo. I am really excited about the future at CPS as I believe we can grow to be outstanding!

Mr C Haynes (Finance & Admissions)

I graduated from the London School of Economics in 1969 and after a short spell in the City of London working as an economist, I began teaching in High Wycombe in 1971. I moved to the Marlborough School Woodstock in 1975 and worked there until I retired in 2015. I taught a number of subjects including Economics/Business Studies, History, PE and Geography. I had a variety of roles including Head of Sixth Form and I finished up as Assistant Head Finance. I retired from teaching in 2007 but stayed as Senior Finance Manager until 2015. In those eight years I supported a range of partnership primary schools, most of which were in budget difficulties. Outside of Education my interests are mainly sporting, I played football and hockey but my main sport was cricket. I now play golf, go skiing and recently I have started playing and coordinating Walking Football in Charlbury where I live. I am married with three grown-up children and have three grandchildren. I am the Local Authority Governor, Chair of the CPS Finance Committee and was persuaded to put my experience in Schools Finance to support CPS by the Chairman.

Mr D Anderson (Safeguarding, Attendance & Behaviour)

I’m Dean, a proud father to my son and husband to my lovely wife. My son is 5 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 the designated Safeguarding Governor and it’s a role I am very passionate about, 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 C Leach (Health & Safety)

My name is Catherine Leach, I am married with one child in Year 4. I work as an Office Manager for Mallams Auctions, covering four salerooms in Oxford, Abingdon, Cheltenham and Burford. My career background is mainly in office management, with a large proportion of my working life spent within the motor industry (Rover and BMW MINI Plant in Oxford). I wanted to become a governor to help Carterton Primary School to get back on track following the recent de-federation. Carterton Primary School has committed staff who promote CPS’s ethos of lifelong love of learning within a happy and secure environment. As a team of governors we will monitor and evaluate the school’s progress to ensure that good quality education is being given to all pupils. We will do this by supporting and challenging decisions made by the school with the aim to raise pupil’s standards of achievements. I am looking forward to being involved with the future of CPS. 

Mrs R Pugh (Pupil Premium)

My name is Rachel Pugh. I have lived in Carterton nearly all my life, and attended both primary and secondary school in the town myself. I worked in the travel industry for ten years after leaving school, followed by ten years in an office based administrative/finance role. I decided to take some time as a stay at home mum, following redundancy a couple of years ago. I am married and have two children - my daughter is in Year 4 at CPS and my son is currently at pre school and will hopefully be joining CPS next year. I joined the board as a Co-opted Governor for CPS in July 2019, as I believe it to be a fantastic school, with huge potential and I wanted to be proactive in supporting it. With a new Leadership Team and Governing Body now in place, I feel the school is capable of progressing even further and I am keen to offer any help and support I can, to ensure that our children are happy, safe and receive a level of education that enables them to reach their full potential. 



                                 Miss V Carter - (Staff Governor)

I have lived in Carterton for about three
years, and have worked at CPS since moving here. I worked in sales
after leaving school, before doing my BA (Hons) in English Literature
and then my PGCE qualification. Before coming to Carterton I lived in
Windsor, and worked in the largest primary school in the country that
is based in Slough. I have a son who is 13, and attended year 6 in CPS
and now attends Carterton Community College. I joined the governing
body after my year out last year, as I love the school and wanted to
be part of making sure the education and support all the children
receive is the best we can provide. I am passionate about CPS and
building on the talents and the strengths we have already.


                                             Dr D Clark - (Parent Governor)

I’m Dan and I have lived in Carterton since 2011. I’m a forensic scientist and manager, working for one of the UK’s largest forensic service providers. Prior to my current role, I was an associate lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire whilst studying for my postgraduate degree, so I was fortunate to be able to gain some teaching experience there. My wife and I have two young boys and it’s important to us that they get the best start in life and primary education plays a huge role in setting them on the right path to realise their potential. It’s a path that every child has the right to find, whatever their background, whatever their needs and I’m keen to work with the other governors and the school to ensure we give them those opportunities. I’m really excited to be the designated EYFS governor and help build on the fantastic work there. In my few weeks as a governor, I’ve quickly realised primary education is far more complex than university education! I’m very much looking forward to what CPS can achieve.

Governor Meeting Attendance Records

Governors Membership
Name Governor Type Term From Term To Roles
Dean Anderson Co-opted governor
07 Jan 2019 6 Jan 2023 Safeguarding
Mrs Sue Byrne Other
Miss Vikki Carter Staff (Support) Governor
11 Sep 2020 10 Sep 2024  
Mrs Rachel Claridge Headteacher
Dr Dan Clark Parent governor
17 Sep 2020 16 Sep 2024  
Mrs Hattie Clay Clerk
Mr Steve Green Co-opted governor
20 Jan 2020 19 Jan 2024  
Clarrie Haynes Local Authority Governor
07 Jan 2019 6 Jan 2023 Finance
Gary Hobson Co-opted governor
Mr Nick Johnson Co-opted governor
07 Jan 2019 6 Jan 2023 Chair
Whistle Blowing
Mrs Catherine Leach Co-opted governor
11 Jul 2019 10 Jul 2023 Health & Safety
Beth Lucas
Mrs Rachel Pugh Co-opted governor
11 Jul 2019 10 Jul 2023 Pupil Premium
Mr Michael Skirving Parent governor
17 Sep 2020 16 Sep 2024  
Mrs Elizabeth Sutton Co-opted governor
17 Sep 2020 16 Sep 2024 ViceChair


Declarations of Interest


Member Confirmed Entity Nature From To
Dean Anderson

Confirmed 10 Jan 2019        
Carterton P S Child in school    
Mrs Sue Byrne

Not confirmed        
- None    
Miss Vikki Carter
staff (support)

Not confirmed        
- None    
Mrs Rachel Claridge

Confirmed 9 Dec 2019        
- None    
Dr Dan Clark

Not confirmed        
- None    
Mrs Hattie Clay

Confirmed 10 Dec 2019        
Windrush Medical Practice Employee 06 Nov 18  
Mr Steve Green

Confirmed 4 Sep 2020        
- None    
Clarrie Haynes

Confirmed 10 Jan 2019        
- None    
Gary Hobson

Confirmed 17 Sep 2020        
- None    
Mr Nick Johnson

Confirmed 18 Mar 2019        
Carterton Primary School employee    
Mrs Catherine Leach

Confirmed 4 Sep 2020        
- None    
Beth Lucas

Not confirmed        
- None    
Mrs Rachel Pugh

Confirmed 9 Sep 2020        
Carterton Primary School Parent 03 Sep 20  
Mr Michael Skirving

Not confirmed        
- None    
Mrs Elizabeth Sutton

Confirmed 4 Sep 2020        
Carterton P S Child in year 2 06 Nov 19