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Meet the Governors


Who are the School Governors?


Chair of Governors - Mrs Jo Stocks and Mrs Emma Wykes      

Foundation Governors -Emma Wykes   Rev. Steve Hayes                                                 

Local Authority Governor -  Ray Walters         

Parent Governors - Betsy Kendall

Staff Governor - Ms Anna Murphy

Co-opted Governors -   Mr Richard James,  Jo Stocks


Head Teacher -   


Clerk - Ruth Pangu


A little bit of information about the Governors:


Jo Stocks



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.


Ray Walters

Betsy Kendall




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. 

 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.