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St Peter's CE Primary School Cassington

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St Peter's CE Primary School Cassington


Message from the Governors

In the past two years, the pandemic has cause immeasurable challenge, on every level, to all involved with education. The governors continue to be grateful to all staff for giving without stint, in order to ensure a continuing high quality education for students at St Peter’s School.

In March 2021, parents gave generously in order to show their appreciation, with gifts for staff in each class, as well as an ‘afternoon tea’ hamper from governors for all to share;  Parent Governors, Anne Armitage and Hannah Want enthusiastically co-ordinated this response.

Message from Claire Page

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Welcome to our Governors’ section. 

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

Meet the Governors

St Peter's Local Governing Body (LGB) currently has 10 out of a possible 16 filled vacancies, consisting of six Foundation Governors (appointed by the Diocese), two Parent Governors, one Staff Governor, and a local head teacher appointed by the Eynsham Partnership Academy. Meetings are supported by the Clerk. The LGB reports to the Eynsham Partnership Academy and is supported by the Trust and its staff.

The LGB generally meets for 6 full meetings a year, with additional meetings convened as necessary to look at issues relating to Foundation & Admissions, Performance & Standards, Finance & Resources. Each governor has a number of responsibilities, including representation at one or more of the above meetings, as well as being link governor for a subject or area within the school.


Claire Page – Chair


Term of office: November 2020-24

Appointed by: Diocese

Responsibilities: Chair, Whistleblowing, Literacy


I joined the governing body of St Peters’ School in autumn 2016 as a Foundation Governor and took up the role of Chair in January 2019. My interest in becoming a governor was principally due to my love of education – having been a teacher for many years. Working with, and on behalf of, children is challenging but joyful and it keeps you on your toes. Throughout my time as a member of St Leonard’s Church in Eynsham – where I’ve lived since 1994 – I’ve enjoyed working with people of all ages within the whole benefice (Cassington and Eynsham). I have been churchwarden, led the Sunday School, all-age services and helped with the youth work.  I  now work for Open Doors, a Christian charity in Witney, where faith and work sit side by side. As a Church of England school, St Peter’s has a distinct Christian heritage and the governing body, together with parents, teachers, the Diocese of Oxford, and the Eynsham Partnership Academy, has a role to play in making the most and the best of that, for every student.



Jan Macdonald

Term of office: September 2021 - August 2025

Appointed by: Diocese

Responsibilities: Safeguarding, Pupil Premium.


All of my three children attended St Peter’s and therefore I have a long connection to the school. I was Treasurer for the SPSA for a while and then became a governor over twenty years ago and have taken the Chair several times.  I have seen many changes at St Peter’s, over the years.  However, the school remains rooted in its Christian foundation and this has always been an enormous strength.  Being a governor can sometimes be daunting but it is extremely rewarding and I feel privileged to serve the school in this capacity.

I worked part-time as a Church Administrator for many years, but have now retired and, in my spare time, I enjoy walking and belonging to a local choir and a drama group. My favourite ‘night out’ is a visit to the theatre and a lovely meal whilst spending time with family and friends.



Hannah Want

Term of office: September 2018 to September 2022

Appointed by: Parents of St Peter's pupils

Responsibilities: Early Years, PE.


My name is Hannah Want and I am in my second term of office as a Parent Governor at St Peter's School. I am also the link Governor for Foundation Stage. I have two children at the school and feel that by being a Parent Governor I can help and support the school move forward in their vision. As a primary school teacher, myself, I feel that I can bring my skills and knowledge of education into my governor role, here at St Peter's. In my spare time, I enjoy singing and am a member of Oxford Rock Choir where I have been very fortunate to sing at a range of venues and events, including Abbey Road and Proms In The Park in London.


Rev. Duncan Fraser

Term of office: September 2017 to September 2021

Appointed by: Co-opted by Diocese

Responsibilities: Chair of Foundation and Admissions, RE.


I have been vicar of St.Peter’s Church since 2017, and love to be involved as a governor of our wonderful church school.  As vicar, I have the privilege of being involved in collective worship where we explore the Christian foundation of the school together, as well as what it means to be a member of the human race.  Other passions include walking, music, chickens and increasingly, as my age matures, gardening!  I have two children at Bartholomew School, one of whom attended St.Peter’s. Carmen, my wife, is also involved in assemblies and after-school clubs.


David Lockwood

Term of office: November 2018 to November 2022

Appointed by: Diocese

Responsibilities: Health & Safety, IT, Swimming.


Having lived in Eynsham and worshipped at St Leonard’s for the previous 8 years, I felt it time to give something back to the benefice. I became a foundation governor in November 2018 and am the link governor for Health and Safety. I work for Hitachi, providing technical support for data storage products to customers. This requires a set of problem-solving skills that can also be applied to problems outside the computing world.

Previously, I worked for 20 years at the, now, Renault Formula One team at Enstone in the I.T. Department. Whilst there, I was a Health and Safety representative.

Outside of work, I enjoy constructing a model railway and juggling. I once juggled in Red Square in Moscow at 3am when returning from the first International Juggling convention behind the Iron Curtain (it still existed at the time) in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Anne Armitage - Vice Chair

Term of office: February 2019 to February 2023

Appointed by: Parents of St Peter's pupils

Responsibilities: Numeracy, SEND (Not Safeguarding & Pupil Premium)


I have two children at St Peter’s and I am keen to give something back and offer my help and support with the ongoing future development of the school.
I am a link governor for maths and SEND and hope that my previous  experience of 20 years +  as a NHS Therapy Manager, managing occupational therapists and physiotherapists, will be of benefit to St Peter’s.
I have transferred to practice-working as an associate medico legal occupational therapy and care expert witness and case manager. This involves assessing complex cases for court and managing  clients with catastrophic injuries and supporting recovery and rehabilitation under the litigation process.
From a personal perspective, I enjoy spending time with my  husband and young family. I am involved with the local rainbows, Cubs and guides and enjoy engaging in activities with the children.  I also enjoy Pilates and maintaining a healthy work life balance to enjoy life to the full.


Dr. Elaine Sugden

Term of office: April 2019 to April 2023

Appointed by: Diocese

Responsibilities: Wellbeing, Forest School.


I became a Foundation Governor for Peter’s School in March 2019. Since retiring as a cancer doctor, six years ago, I have enjoyed having time to be involved in church and other activities and now spending time in St Peter’s School. I continue my medical interest by following up of those who were treated for cancer when children. Twice a year, in Europe, I meet with some of these survivors, other doctors and scientists.  For the past year, I have been helping with Tinies and Toddlers (run by St Peter’s Church) and read weekly with years 3 and 4 children at a Roman Catholic school in Oxford.  My husband and I started the annual Eynsham Churches Holiday Club which runs each summer. I have eight grandchildren aged between 20 months and 12 years, four of whom live locally.


Iain Horner

Term of Office: April 2019 to April 2023

Appointed by: EPA

Responsibilities: Chair of Performance & Standards, Science.


I undertook my role as a governor at St. Peter’s in April 2019, having moved to the village from Oxford in 2016. I have been teaching for over 14 years, including three and a half as headteacher of Chesterton CE Primary School, near Bicester.  I am still a regular in the classroom and enjoy getting to know our pupils and playing a small role in supporting them with their work across an exciting curriculum.

I am looking forward to working with Mr Jeffries and the other members of the governing body. I hope that my experience as head of a similarly-sized village school will be of benefit to St. Peter’s and I will offer any support that I can to help take our village school from strength to strength in the coming years.

From a personal point of view, I aim to keep a healthy work-life balance and try to make the most of my time away from school with my wife. In our spare time, we enjoy spending time outdoors. We enjoy walking in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside and looking after our garden. I am a keen sportsman, whether watching or playing a range of sports, including hockey, golf, tennis, cricket and football.


Ed Black

Term of Office: July 2021 - June 2025

Appointed by: Parents

Responsibilities: Finance and Resources Committee; Literacy


Both my children attend St Peter’s School and I joined the governing body as a Parent Governor in 2021 with a view to helping the school excel for the benefit of all its pupils and staff.  Professionally, I have spent over 20 years working in commercial management roles, currently in the Financial Services sector, and I have a Masters degree in Business Administration so I know my way around a balance sheet and a development plan. However, I am equally interested in how the school develops the children’s softer skills, such as resilience and empathy, and how it combines those with more traditional academic skills to prepare pupils for their future lives.

I enjoy cycling, golf, photography, sampling local IPAs and spending time with family and friends.


Dr James Paulin

Term of Office: September 2021-August 2025

Appointed by: Diocese

Responsibilities: Foundation and Admissions Committee, Finance and Resources Committee, Performance and Standards Committee


With three children at St Peter’s, I am keenly aware of what a special ethos the school fosters. As a governor, my goal is to channel my passion for lifelong learning into supporting the school’s vision and values, and into helping ensure pupils are equipped with the skills they need to thrive in the 21st century. I am passionate about STEM subjects, and hold degrees in Physics and Artificial Intelligence, and a doctorate in Computer Science, which I undertook as a mature student. I attended Eynsham Primary and Bartholomew schools, and have worked for over 15 years in the financial sector, as a researcher and software engineer. I enjoy playing the drums, making video games, and walking.

Jon Jeffries – Headteacher

Term of office: September 2018 to September 2022


Rob Miles

Term of Office: September 2021 to September 2025

Appointed by: Staff

Jonathan Smith – Clerk to the Governors