The governing body is made up of the Headteacher and people from various different groups who have an interest in the success of the school, including parents, staff, the local authority and the community. The governors welcome a range of viewpoints, and make decisions together about a variety of issues. Between them governors have a wide breadth of skills and experience to enable the governing body collectively to support and challenge the school leadership. As vacancies arise specific skills are targeted to fill gaps in the governing body. As a result, key professional skills are represented from law, accountancy, architecture to educational skills.
Helen Pooley (Chair)
I'm delighted to have taken on the role of Chair of Governors this year. I've had a long association with the school that stretches back over 14 years, first as a tutor and then as a parent and Chair of the Friends.
This is such an exciting time for the school with the arrival of Gillian as our head, and I look forward to working with her, the teaching staff and the other governors to make our school the very best place it can be for our children.
Kate Dew (Vice Chair)
I have been a community governor at Cutteslowe for the last three years and I am excited to have just taken on the role of Vice Chair. I have two children at the school and have worked/lived in Oxford city for the past twelve years as an Assistant Head Teacher, specialising in Inclusion and Safeguarding. I am looking forward to working with the school community and the new Head teacher Gillian, in my role as Special Educational Needs and Safeguarding link governor.
Jo Buchan-Shreeves (Parent Governor)
I have two young children at Cutteslowe Primary School (Jack and Florence) and also a young cat called Dinah who tries to come to school every morning! I started my career as a secondary school science teacher in Oxford, but for the past twelve years I have worked in the charity sector - currently as the Head of Improvement and Impact for a large medical research charity. I am currently the link Governor for Attendance and Behaviour and am also the chair of the Impact committee, which meets three times a year. Outside of school and work I enjoy cooking and trying new food and recipes - the majority of which are usually rejected by Jack and Florence!
Liz Burton (Community Governor)
My passion for education comes from 40 years in state primary schools, fulfilling a wide range of roles. I have a firm belief that education can transform life chances. Schools must advocate for every child.
I have wide experience of multi-cultural city schools. I have worked in eight primary schools in London and three in Oxford, including Cutteslowe for over seven happy years! I have had the joy of leading three schools as a headteacher for nineteen years, St Ebbes Primary in South Oxford; St Mary and St John Primary and St Francis in East Oxford. I have extensive experience of school Improvement, accountability and inspections. St Mary and St John was in special measures when I was first seconded to support the school. It was an honour to work with a committed community on developing a school where everyone could thrive; demanding and rewarding in equal measure!
I retired from full time headship in August 2021 to take life a little easier and develop in other areas. I work as a Samaritan and have recently trained as celebrant to lead funerals and memorials. I am still, however, very committed to education and I am delighted to be part of the Cutteslowe governing body. I have two grown up children who came to Cutteslowe and live in North Oxford so returning feels like coming home !
Joe Porter (Parent Governor)
My name is Joe Porter. I have now been a Parent Governor for just over two years and my area of responsibility is for Health and Safety.
I have two children who both attend Cutteslowe School in Year 1 and Nursery respectively. I am a Teacher at a school in North Oxford and in my free time, I enjoy either watching or playing cricket for Oxford Cricket Club.
Stuart Murray (Parent Governor)
Stuart has been living in Oxford for 3 years and has two children at Cutteslowe, in years 2 and 6. He has spent nearly 20 years working in the technology industry and is currently Head of Cyber Security at BP Launchpad, a subsidiary of BP that builds businesses to accelerate the energy transition away from fossil fuels. Outside of work, he enjoys playing the piano and double bass, and persuading his children to walk up various hills in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside.
Tom Murray (Parent Governor)
My name is Tom Murray and I am the leader of a small Church of England church (Cutteslowe Connected Church) based in the Cutteslowe community. I am married to Gin (who works at the JR hospital) and we have two children, Kitty (3 – who attends Cutteslowe Primary School in Nursery) and Jack (1). We moved into Cutteslowe, just 2 minutes from Cutteslowe School, in June 2019 to help lead the church. Although we have only been here a short time, we feel very settled in the community and I am excited to be a community governor at Cutteslowe Primary School.
My name is Jude Noble and I am the link governor for Early Years. I am a parent governor with two children at the school and love being part of the wider Cutteslowe community. My professional background is in safeguarding, family support and children’s rights, having previously worked in the family courts and for the NSPCC. I now work for a research foundation which focuses on education, welfare and justice which I’m hoping will come in useful as the governing body works alongside school staff to think about how the school can best meet its high aspirations by delivering the best possible outcomes for Cutteslowes children.
Laurence Fouweather (Local Authority Governor)
I am very pleased to have joined the Governing Body in Autumn 2022. I represent the Cutteslowe and Sunnymead ward on Oxford City Council. I am the Link governor for Pupil Premium.
I have lived here for over 40 years and know what a great community of all ages we have in this area. I’m now retired from my former career in IT in Education and I am very keen to help Cutteslowe Primary School deliver the best educational experience for all the children who attend.