Church Cowley St James
C of E Primary School

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C of E Primary School

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CCSJ is governed under the conditions set out in the Oxfordshire County Council Instrument of Governance.  We have ensured that we have a broad range of skills and expertise on the Board of Governors in order to best achieve the schools aims and goals along with the statutory responsibility of running a school.

The governors are passionate about the school  and visit the school to meet with the Head Teacher and the School Business Manager (weekly), the teachers and the subject leaders (termly) and parents (at school events).

The Governing Body provides oversight, critical evaluation and strategic direction for the Head Teacher and the senior leadership team of the school. It is also the body that makes senior staff appointments and to whom the Head Teacher reports. It is not, however, an executive body involved in the day-to-day running of the school. For serious matters, the Governing Body can be contacted in the first instance via the Clerk to the Governing Body

Full Governing Body

The Full Governing Body meets at least termly to discuss all issues relating to the running of the school, the performance of its pupils, safeguarding, health and safety as well as to consider plans for the development and improvement of the school.

Angela Cooper (Chair of Governors, Safeguarding Governor, Parent Governor)

I was born and raised in Oxfordshire and moved into Oxford in my teen. I attended a city school before studying at Oxford Brooke’s University. I live locally with my husband and our 5 children, all of whom currently attend this school. As a parent it is important to me that CCSJ provides all children with an environment in which not only can they achieve and excel academically but also in which their social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing is nurtured. I am very pleased to be able to support and contribute to this work.

Robert Esnouf (Parent Governor)

I was born and raised in Kidlington, but my wife and I have lived in Cowley for eight years now and we have a child in Year 4. I work as a researcher at the University of Oxford, specialising in the development of high-performance computing and “Big Data” for medical research, particularly genetics. I am also a member of several University Committees to try and encourage the strategic development of our computer facilities at all levels. Aside from technology my main interests are travel and cricket. I strongly believe that Church Cowley School is becoming a fantastic place for our children to learn and to be inspired. As Chair of the Governing Body, I try to encourage these positive changes across the school while keeping a strict eye on the quality of the education offered to our pupils.

Rev. Geoff Bayliss (Foundation Governor)

Currently the Rector of Cowley Parish (St James and St Francis churches). Born in North London in 1960. Geoff Moved out of London having completed an Ecology Degree. He has worked in outdoor education (teaching and managing youth activity sites) then education (20 years as a science teacher and faculty manager in Norfolk and Essex schools). The last 5 of those years of was spent as both science teacher and Revd. “As a follower of Jesus I want people to find ‘life in all its fullness’. I believe our School has an
important role to play in helping that happen. I am always happy to talk and chat to people about school or anything else.” Until Nov 2015 Geoff was serving communities in Essex.

Betsy English (Foundation Governor)

At university I earned an English degree, along with a teaching qualification, and then went on to teach at a secondary school in Texas, followed by a teacher’s college in China. In a voluntary capacity, I have also tutored adults in the UK in English as a second language. My family moved from Texas to London nine years ago, the last two of which we have resided near CCSJ, where my three children attend. I took on the role of Foundation Governor because I am keen for all of the children at a Church of England school to have the chance to develop physically, mentally, and spiritually. My specific responsibility on the governing body is to liaise with Reverend Geoff and relevant members of staff to help promote the Christian ethos of the school. I hope that my background in education plus a lifetime of practising my faith will enable me to make a positive contribution to the school community.

Steve Dew (Head Teacher)

I have lived in Oxford since 2007 starting my teaching career later in life after 10 years of living and working in London. I started teaching in a secondary school in inner city Nottingham and transitioned to primary on moving to Oxford. I completed my NQT year in a school not too far away from Church Cowley in Blackbird Leys and  I’ve taught in and around this area ever since.  I’m passionate about offering opportunities for all children beyond maths and literacy that help children get to grips with the ‘big issues’ in the world, developing a school that offers awe and excitement for all children. My wife is the Assistant Head for inclusion at the school. I have three children, two teenagers and a toddler that keep me on my toes outside of school.

Katy Jurczyszyn (Co-opted Governor)

Ruth Moore (Parent Governor)

I went to secondary school in Oxford and after studying in Warwick, York and London, I have been living and working in Cowley for the past 9 years. My professional background includes history and theatre education, community engagement and fundraising. I now work in communications for the University of Oxford. My two sons are at CCSJ. As a parent governor I am here to help all parents and carers feel informed and excited about what is going on at the school. I want it to be easy for you to interact with the Governors, and I want you to feel confident that your voice is being heard.

Vacancies exist for one Staff Governor

Budget Scrutiny Committee

The Budget Scrutiny Committee meets to consider the school’s finances and budget plans. The committee reports its findings and recommendations to the Full Governing Body.

Katy Jurczyszyn (Chair of Budget Scrutiny Committee)

Steve Dew (HT)


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