The Governing Body of All Saints School is a body of up to 12 members. Its purpose is to ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction, to hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff, to oversee the financial performance of the school, making sure that money is well spent.
Our governing board currently comprises the following:
- Katie Paxton-Doggett is Chair of the governing board.
She is qualified as a Solicitor and Chartered Company Secretary and provides governance support to schools and academies. She is also the Vice Chair of the National Governance Association. Katie writes regularly for various publications and
has written a number of books on academy governance. She lives in Wantage with her husband and four daughters.
- Carol Alvey (Foundation governor) - Chair of Admissions Committee She lives on the Ladygrove estate, and is a member of the Ladygrove Church. Carol is a retired teacher, with thirty years of experience teaching in primary schools. She is a mother of four, and a grandmother of three - two of whom attend All Saint's School.
- Reverend Hugh Boorman (Foundation governor – appointed by Archdeacon of Dorchester) is a Foundation governor with
a particular focus on Special Educational Needs and Disability, Inclusion and Religious Education.
He is ordained within the Church of England and has lived on the Ladygrove Estate since becoming the minister of the Ladygrove Church (a Baptist/Anglican partnership) in 2005. He is blessed with a wife and four sons.Minister Ladygrove Church
- Sunil Choudrie is a Parent Governor and Vice Chair of the Standards Committee.
Sunil works for a global software company with a background in product management and marketing (holding both a degree in engineering and an MBA). Sunil lives in Didcot with his wife and both children attend All Saints, so he is naturally committed to seeing the school succeed.
- Lucy Faulkner is a Staff Governor. She has enjoyed working at All Saints since September 2011 as a teacher in KS2 and KS1. Lucy is the leader for Inclusion and
Special Educational Needs/ Disabilities across the school and has recently taken on the role of Acting Assistant Headteacher. Lucy lives nearby in Steventon.
- Fiona Brennan-Scott has been a Foundation governor for three years, having been a member of Ladygrove Community Church for 12 years.
She retrained as a Speech and Drama teacher in her 30's and ran a successful studio in South Africa and England before specialising in training and coaching recently. She worked at a West Berkshire secondary school for 8 years while her
three children were been educated there. She is married to Andrew.
- Matthew Rowland-Jones is a Parent Governor and Vice Chair of the governing board. Matthew works in the sustainability field and currently provides environmental and sustainability leadership for a global education company. Matthew lives on the Ladygrove estate with his wife and two daughters, both of whom attend All Saints
- Tony Sutton is a Foundation Governor and Chair of the Resources Committee. He is a professional Project Manager and Chartered Chemical Engineer responsible for delivery and governance of major international projects in the oil and gas industry. Tony lives on the Ladygrove estate with his wife and three children, two of whom attend All Saint’s School. He attends English Martyrs Church in Didcot.
- Dave Worrall is a Foundation Governor and current Chair of the Standards Committee. He retired recently after a career in science and business/commercial management. He has interests in sports and travel. He is married with four children (the youngest attends All Saints) and lives in the Ladygrove area.
- John Myers - Headteacher
We currently have two Foundation Governor vacancies.
Clerk to the Governing Body - Dr Mel Clements
She is Local Authority Clerk and a School Administrator at The Hendreds CofE Primary School. Mel has been a clerk for three years and has a background in administration and research. She lives in Chilton with her husband and two daughters.
The roles and responsibilities of Governors:
Please click here to see further information about current and previous Governors.
Click here to see the Governors' Register of Business Interests.
The governing body monitors the school in light of OFSTED’s four key performance criteria, reviews performance data, reviews and updates school policies (about 45 in total) and carries out classroom visits to develop members’ knowledge and understanding of the school. It meets six times a year, with additional meetings with the senior leadership team to discuss data and targets as appropriate.
Much of the work is undertaken by committees.
The Resources Committee is responsible for governance of the following areas:
- Health, Safety and Environment
- Human Resources (HR)
- Premises and Grounds
- Data and Information
The Standards Committee is responsible for governance in the following areas:
- Pupil Achievement across all pupil categories (including SEND - Special Educational Needs and Disabilities)
- Quality of Teaching
- Educational and pupil welfare polices (such as Collective Workshop, Religious Education, Safeguarding)
The Admissions Committee is responsible for:
- School and Nursery admissions
- Reviewing Admissions policy
Governor classroom visits are made throughout the year, to observe teaching practices, to help governors to become better acquainted with the curriculum and help them in their role as a 'critical friend' to the school's senior management team. Visits are structured around subjects to build understanding and improvements in the way each subject is taught across the school.