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Meet the Governors


 Who are the School Governors?


Chair of Governors - Mr Duncan Marshall      

Foundation Governors - Mr Gareth Ricketts, Emma Wykes                                                      

Local Authority Governor -   Mrs Sue Stewart            

Parent Governors - Mrs Sukey McMaster, Mrs Donna Han, Mr Julian Tranter

Staff Governor (Teaching) - Mrs Val Bending    

Co-opted Governors - Ms Anna Murphy,  Mr Richard James    

Staff Governor (Head Teacher) - Ms. Ally Morgan    


Clerk - Mrs Tracey Stuart


A little bit of information about the Governors

Ally Morgan
Ally Morgan, as the headteacher of the school is also a governor. This is my first year as headteacher and I am thrilled that I am headteacher of Charlton-on-Otmoor CE Primary. I qualified as a teacher in 1988 and have taught in Lincolnshire, Spain and in Oxfordshire in KS1 and KS2. I have two children who are 20 and 15 years old. My aim is for each child to be able to aspire to be the best they can be, believe in themselves and to achieve their dreams. At our school, the child always comes first. 

Duncan Marshall
I joined the Governing Body as a Community Governor and spent a year getting to know the school before taking on the role of Chair.  I have two young sons, one is currently enjoying the brilliant Year 1, and one will be joining the FSU in September 2015.  With a keen interest in pupil progression and, with a number of years of experience in School Business Management, I have excellent understanding of school development.  I believe my practical experience to be of benefit the school and I look forward to helping ensure that it continues to be the fantastic place of learning and pupil development that it is. 

Gareth Ricketts
Currently I work for BT, providing Government organisations with IT services. Previously I have worked in the Oil Industry, and in the banking sector.  My role in the Governors is Deputy Chairman, with special responsibilities for Health & Safety, and work  on the Gifted & Talented programme.  As a Foundation governor, part of my role is to work in promoting a positive Christian ethos in the school. I am a member of the Resources Committee. With one child in Charlton I have regular contact with the school, but gain a lot of pleasure in  offering my time to aid the school in whatever way I can. As an example, recently we planted an Elm tree in the school grounds – the Otmoor Elm – and with Mr Wisbach’s assistance we will be monitoring its growth over the coming years.

Sue Stewart

I have lived in Charlton-on-Otmoor for 20 years and was involved with the school for 12 years when my two sons attended between 2000 and 2012. I was treasurer for the Pre-school and later the School Association. I work part time from home as a conference organiser and I have a few local voluntary roles including with the Otmoor Review (parish newsletter) and the Church. I am really pleased to be involved with the School again and I look forward to contributing as part of the Governing Body.

Val Bending

I am a staff Governor and have taught at Charlton on Otmoor Primary school for 12 years.  I am Mum to Edward who is currently in year 3 and Ella who is 3 years old. 

Anna Murphy

I am a Teaching Assistant in years 5 and 6 and have worked at Charlton-on-Otmoor Primary School since 2003. I have seen many children pass successfully through the school and have enjoyed being part of the team that promotes their development. My role at school has changed over the years as the school itself has developed and it now includes co-responsibility for the weekly gardening sessions. I have recently joined the board of Governors, and as a member of the Performance and Communication Committee I hope to be able to support the school as it continues to develop in the future.  

Emma Wykes

I have been working in FMCG, creating and launching luxury alcohol brands, for the last 25 years.  Until recently I was Managing Director of one of the largest UK Drinks Brand Development Agencies, Marblehead, I now work with two start companies. My family and I moved to Charlton-on-Otmoor four years ago when our daughter, Isobel, was born and we are all active members of the local community.

Richard James

I work as a Marketing Manager in the biotechnology industry and have a science and business background.  I grew up close to primary school education as my late mother was an incredibly passionate early years teacher for over thirty years and then latterly a school governor herself.   My daughter Jasmine is currently in year 2 and my son Miles is in the FSU, so with two small children at the school, I have a clear vested interest.  My objective in role as a Co-opted governor is to contribute to the maintenance and where possible improvement of the already excellent standards and values of this fantastic and vibrant school.

Donna Han

Joined the governing body in 2016. Mum to Lily in Year 1.

Sukey McMaster

I joined the school governing body in 2016 as a Parent Governor with a special interest in PE and sports within the school.  I also sit on the governing body’s Resources Committee and am a member of the school PTA.  Prior to having my children I worked in a private practice law firm with a specialism in corporate law.  I have two young daughters at Charlton-on-Otmoor School, Isobel and Mairi and I am very keen to support the school, through the governing body, to be the best that it can be.  


 What do we do?

The governors’ main responsibilities are to establish the aims and policies of the school; advise on spending the school’s budget; to determine the school’s curriculum policy and make sure that the National Curriculum and that religious education are provided; select the Head Teacher; appoint, promote, support and discipline other staff; provide outside advice and act as a link between the local community and the school.

The governors hold regular formal meetings (usually twice a term). Minutes of meetings are kept and, in order to keep parents informed, a copy of the draft minutes is posted on the school notice board shortly after each meeting. To further inform parents, the Governing body publishes a newsletter each term. 

To carry out governors' duties more effectively the governing body is divided into 2 working parties to cover the areas of Resources - finance, personnel and buildings; Performance and Communication - curriculum, achievement and communication in and outside of school.  Working parties meet as necessary and report to the full governing body for approval of their decisions or recommendations.

Governors are available at any reasonable time to meet with parents or to discuss any matters that need to be raised.  They can be contacted through the school office.