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 termly within their subject responsibilities role. The Chair and the Head Teacher meet often, usually weekly.

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. The Governing Body are happy to be contacted by parents or carers to discuss relevant matters, particularly in regards to the strategic direction of the school. Please contact us via the school office or email, .

If you have a serious concern about the school or your child that you feel has not be resolved by discussion with the relevant staff member or subsequently by discussion with the Headteacher, it would be appropriate to contact the Chair of Governors. The Chair of Governors can be contacted via the school office, details about the reason for this request need not be disclosed to the school office.

CCSJ Instrument of Government can be found by clicking here.

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.

Governor attendance at Meetings

FGB Register of attendance 2017 2018

Register of attendance 2016-17


Robert Esnouf (Chair of Governors, Safeguarding Governor, Co-opted Governor)

I was born and raised in Kidlington, but my wife and I have lived in Cowley for about 10 years now and we had a child at school until he was 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.


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 (Parent Governor)

I am from Abingdon and moved to Cowley 14 years ago after meeting my husband. Both our son and daughter attend CCSJ.  After completing my A-levels, I studied Accounting and Finance at Oxford Brookes University.  I joined Oxfordshire County Council in 2001 where I completed my professional accounting qualification and now lead a team that sets the overall revenue budget for the council and manages the £800m capital programme.  I am the Chair of the Budget Scrutiny Committee so help to ensure the school has a sustainable budget. I strongly believe that primary schools should give children a firm foundation for their future education, career and life.  All children should be inspired to achieve.  As a Governor I like to help the school deliver the very best for every child.


Tom Stocker (Co-opted Governor)

We’ve lived in Cowley since I came here to study at Oxford University, and I don’t think we’ll ever leave! We have one child at the school and one set to join next year. I have a background in management consulting and regulation, and currently work at Oxfordshire CCG to improve our health by commissioning and supporting healthcare services for the NHS. My focus will be as subject lead for the sciences, if you’re interested in helping out please email.

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.

Zuzana Hrdlickova (Parent Governor)

I have lived in East Oxford with my husband since 2010 and we have been very happy here. I am a social anthropologist, having worked for universities in the UK and abroad and for various humanitarian organisations. I am originally from the Czech Republic and I have also experience of coordinating Inclusive Education Centre in Prague, which supported primary schools to be able to better work with diverse pupils. I speak several languages and I believe that as a member of British – Czech family, I can understand to some extent the challenges that culturally diverse families are facing in primary education and can bring some of these views to the fore. My son attends CCSJ and I am excited about my role as a parent governor. I enjoy listening to what parents have to say and how this can be turned into positive support to the staff so that every child can reach their full potential.

Vacancies exist for one Local Authority (LA) 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.

Governor Meetings and Governance


Governor Responsibilities Feb 2018

Full Governing Body Minutes 2017/18

05 09 2017 Full Governors Meeting

31 10 2017 Full Governors Meeting

13 12 2017 Full Governors Meeting

09 01 2018 Full Governors Meeting

20 02 2018 Full Governors Meeting

17 04 2018 Full Governors Meeting

26 04 2018 e Full Governors Meeting

17 06 2018 Full Governors Meeting

17 07 2018 Full Governors Meeting

Notices of interest 

CCSJ Governor Register of Business Interests 2017-18

Standing orders for the Governing body

Governors Allowance Policy July 2017

Governor Visits Policy July 2017

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