Valley Road Primary School

Governors

A Governing Body consists of a group of people from the local community, from all walks of life, who bring with them different viewpoints, experiences, knowledge, skills and ideas. They may be parents, staff at the school, local residents or representatives of local businesses, who work together as a team, with the Headteacher and the leadership team to ensure that the school provides their pupils with the best possible education - and constantly strives to improve.

Governing Body Mission

To provide a happy, friendly, caring and stimulating environment where children grow in self-esteem and achieve their full potential, by:

  • Working with the school to set VRS’s vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding school leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure money is well spent
  • Ensuring the school is accountable to all stakeholders.

Elected governors serve a four-year term of office, which can be renewed after this period. The Chair of Governors is elected annually. Any parent having a child in school is eligible for nomination as a Parent Governors.

Appointing Body Instrument of Government

Current Governors

Name Governor Category Appointing Body Position / Responsibilties Term of Office Ends Attendance 21/22
Dan Herbert Co-opted Governing Body Chair / Leadership & Management 15/05/23  
Mary Selvester Co-opted Governing Body Deputy Chair / Leadership & Management / Chair School Committee 30/04/23  
Rod Simmons Local Authority OCC Local Councillor Chair of Environment 05/10/23  
Claire Rilett Co-opted Governing Body Safeguarding / School Committee 13/12/25  
Richard Floyd Co-opted  Governing Body Finance Lead / Leadership & Management 13/12/25  
Laura Gater Co-opted Governing Body School Committee KS2 Link 02/10/24  
Phil Colborne Co-opted Governing Body Environment Committee 21/10/23  
Claire Samson Co-opted Governing Body School Committee KS1 Link 11/12/25  
John Powell   Governing Body   03/04/26  
Kate Richens Staff Governing Body School Committee 31/07/22  
Jo Cunningham Parent Governing Body School Committee  13/03/26  
Zahra Bardai Parent Governing Body Leadership & Management 13/03/26  
Tim Coulson Headteacher Ex-Officio Leadership & Management     
Teresa Edwards Clerk        

Declared Relevant Business Interests

Mary Selvester - Teacher at a different school. Occasional supply teaching (declared 09/10/2017)

Other educational establishments governed or trusteeships held

None

Relationships with the school's staff

Dan Herbert - Rachel Herbert (wife) Y5 teacher (declared 09/10/2017)

All remaining current Governors have no interests to declare.

Full register of interests of the Governing Body 2021/22 click here

Meeting dates for 2021/22  Meeting Minutes
Monday 12 July 2021  Minutes 12 Jul 2021
Monday 18 Oct 2021 Minutes 18 Oct 2021
Monday 13 Dec 2021 Minutes 13 Dec 2021
Monday 14 Feb 2022 Minutes 14 Feb 2022
Monday 4 Apr 2022 Minutes 4 Apr 2022
Monday 23 May 2022 Minutes 23 May 2022
Monday 11 July 2022  

To contact the governing body, please email the school office and the email will be passed on. Email office.2512@valley-road.oxon.sch.uk