Be Curious – Believe – Challenge – Achieve
Joint Chairs of Governors
Rachel Houghton and Alison Umney
Welcome from our Chair of Governors
On behalf of the Governing Body may I welcome you to information about our school governors that you may find useful. Our aim and the focus of all our work is to ensure each child receives a good education through effective teaching and the provision of a broad and balanced curriculum.
Presently Middle Barton Primary School has several governors who may have been appointed by the Local Authority or voted for by the parents of the school or recruited from the community because of skills they are able to offer to the Governing Body.
Chair of Governors
The village school is a vital part of the local community and the Governing Body plays an important role in ensuring the school continues to build on the success that the Headteacher and her staff have worked so hard to achieve.
The formal role of the Governing Body is to play an important part in the strategic leadership of the school, working with the Headteacher, and to hold the Head to account. In this section you will find a number of pages with more information about the membership and work of the Governing Body.
If you have Comments, Concerns or Compliments (CCC) you would like to pass on to the school and the Governing Body, please do pass on your feedback. If you have any matters you wish to raise with the Chair of Governors, Mrs Teresa Street, please post a letter (addressed to the Chair of Governors) to the school office or email CoG@middlebartonschool.org, marking it for the attention of the Chair of Governors. Thank you.
What is the Core Function of the Governing Body?
The Governing Body is the strategic leader of the school. The main focus of our work is to promote high standards of educational achievement in our school. We aim to build a co-operative, productive and supportive relationship with the head teacher- to ensure that every child gets the best possible education according to their own specific needs. We want the children to achieve their potential through a rich and varied curriculum that develops them as confident, hardworking and creative pupils. We ensure that the school is accountable to the children and parents and to the local community for the quality of the education provided, as well as caring for the professional development of all the staff who work in the school.
We focus upon three core functions:
Firstly, to ensure the school has a clear vision of what it wants to achieve for the children and where the curriculum is appropriate and relevant to all the children’s different needs. We work with the head teacher to ensure that a clear message about the ethos of the work of the school is shared with all who work and learn there, together with its parents and carers and that it is an ethos that is positive, hardworking, caring and inclusive. Most importantly we set the strategic direction in all actions of the school.
Secondly, to hold the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and all the pupils. This also includes the performance management of the staff.
Thirdly, to oversee the financial performance of the school to make sure its money is spent wisely and well.
Rachel Houghton, Joint Chair of Governors
My name is Rachel Houghton and I am Joint Chair of Governors. I have experience of primary education both as a parent and in my career as a publisher and learning specialist. I have worked for many years in educational publishing, including over a decade in primary. I have worked with many primary teachers and pupils while developing reading, literacy and intervention resources.
Alison Umney, Joint Chair of Governors
My name is Alison Umney and I am Joint Chair of Governors. During my career as a primary school teacher in Oxfordshire, I worked as a Key Stage One coordinator, SENDco and Senior leader and have always been interested in working to improve the educational experiences of young children. As a governor, I welcome the opportunity to support the continued growth and success of Middle Barton Primary school.
Steve Bryan, Parent Governor
My name is Steve Bryan and I am a Parent Governor. Both my children attend Middle Barton School and I hope to help the school, children and staff work and play in a safe environment. I have many years’ experience in Schools Estate Management and Health & Safety and I hope to be able to share this in my role as a governor.
Patrick Hunter, Parent Governor
My name is Patrick Hunter and I am a Parent Governor. I have been a Police Officer for over 10 years and have previously worked in the music industry. My Governor link role is Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and I feel strongly about supporting this in Middle Barton School.
Claire Hague, Parent Governor
My name is Claire Hague and I am a Parent Governor. My children in year 4 and year 6. My niece has also just started in Acorns class so we are a family that are closely connected to MBPS. I have been a primary school teacher for 16 years and have taught in Yorkshire, Wiltshire, Scotland and Oxfordshire. As a service family, we moved around before settling in Middle Barton six years ago. As well as teaching, I have a pastoral responsibility in my current professional role. Mental Health and Wellbeing of the children and staff in our school community is something that I am invested in supporting as a governor.
Fiona Probert, Community Governor
“I am a Community governor and a full-time teacher. Having previously been Head of Years 5 and 6, I am currently Head of Upper School at Dragon School, a large independent prep school in Oxford, where I also teach Modern Languages to pupils in Years 5 to 8. I am Designated Safeguarding Lead trained, and I oversee the academic and pastoral development of the pupils in my care, as well as supporting the pupils’ transition to their senior schools at the end of Year 8.”
Emma Merry, Staff Governor
My name is Emma Merry and I am a Staff governor.
Kim Griffin, Headteacher
My name is Kim Griffin and I am the Headteacher at Middle Barton School.