The governor’s role is to act as a ‘critical friend’ to the school, by monitoring the activities of the school to ensure that the children receive the best possible education in a safe and stimulating learning environment.
We are fortunate to have so many active and committed governors, many of whom have been connected to the school for many years. As you can see, the governors come from a wide range of backgrounds and bring a diverse range of talents and experience to the school and we rely on these skills to ensure that the governors fulfil their function. We are also very fortunate to have such a dedicated and talented staff of teachers and teaching assistants and the governors work in close partnership with the staff. If you have any questions, queries or comments about the work of the governors please do not hesitate to get in touch. We very much value feedback from parents about their experience and views of the school.
If you would like more details regarding appointments and resignations of governors, please refer to The Propeller Academy Trust website, financial statement:
Julie Mabberley - Chair of Governors
I am a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and a Management Consultant specialising in performance improvement in Banking. I have been in Wantage since 2011 and found it a great place to live, with everyone friendly and helpful. I am Campaign Manager for the Wantage and Grove Campaign Group and have been Chairman of the Wantage Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group working with Town Councillors and Volunteers to prepare the Wantage Neighbourhood Plan. I have a strong sense of justice and my interests include history, architecture, gardening, music and art.
Barry Reynolds - Governor
I have lived in Wantage all my life and went to local schools. I retired 4 years ago after working at Harwell for 41 years, mostly in Nuclear Operations. During this period I managed my own team, as well as contract staff in various disciplines. I have always enjoyed encouraging people to achieve their full potential and overseeing projects to their completion. My interests include gardening, walking and cycling, appreciation of nature and exploring areas of the UK.
Jeanne Lapsley – Parent Governor
My son has attended Fitzwaryn since the age of 11 and I have, until recently, worked as a senior manager in Education within a Local Authority with responsibility for Governance in schools, School Contracts, professional Staff Training, Headteacher Support, Parent Partnership Service, Equalities, Complaint resolution among other areas of responsibility. I have been a school governor for over 12 years, and have also been a member of an IEB moving a school from special measures to good within a year. I have considerable knowledge of school funding, staffing and curriculum. I have been a governor at Fitzwaryn for three years and Chair the Curriculum Committee.
Elisabeth Green – Community Governor
I have been a governor of Fitzwaryn School since September 2014. My family and I moved to Grove in 1978 when my late husband started teaching at Icknield School (now King Alfred’s East Site). My son and daughter both attended local schools. Until my retirement in 2012 I worked at Abingdon and Witney College in Student Services as an adviser giving information, advice and guidance to adults on courses, careers, next steps and sources of financial help. I have been a parish councillor in Grove since September 2013 and sit on the Environmental Services and Leisure and Recreation Committees. I volunteer at the Cornerstone Cafe in Grove and belong to the Grove handicrafts group.
Marion Evans – Governor
I am married with one daughter and we now live in Abingdon. My career started with teaching in London secondary schools and developed into a series of management roles in public services. In recent years I have worked for Oxfordshire County Council as Early Years Development Manager and subsequently for the NHS as a Business and Development Lead in local community mental health services. In retirement I continue to be involved with children through promoting healthy outdoor activities and participating in museum-based discovery and crafts events. I have previously been a school governor of Bampton C.E. Primary School and of Edith Neville Primary School (London).
Mary Hallam – Governor
I have spent most of my working life as a researcher, helping organisations to understand their customers so they can improve their products, services and communications. The projects I work on can be very varied and, for example, have recently included evaluating a restorative justice service, assessing the potential for a new farm shop, and exploring voters’ attitudes to national political party. I grew up in Wantage, moved away, but was very pleased to move back in 2001. All four of my children attended Charlton School (where I was also a governor), before going on to King Alfred’s.
Jane Edwards – Staff Representative
I have been Deputy Headteacher at Fitzwaryn since January 2012, having previously worked in a variety of mainstream secondary schools in Oxfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk. I have now taught in several classes across Fitzwaryn covering years 3 to 11.
I have lived in Wantage for over sixteen years now and both my children have attended Charlton Primary School and King Alfred’s.
I really enjoy travel, reading and cooking, and try to enjoy going to the gym! Born on Merseyside, I support Everton FC.
Rachel Wenham – Staff Representative
I am the class teacher in Cedar Class a Year 3-5 class. I am also the owner of Betsy, a certified ‘Dogs Helping Kids’ school dog who works in school a few days each week. Together we work with children across the school supporting them with their communication, encouraging social interactions, teaching them how to keep safe around dogs and helping children who are nervous of dogs begin to overcome this. Prior to training to be a teacher I worked as a TA in a village primary school, and with adults with learning disabilities in both day and residential settings.
Jane Pierce - Staff Representative
I have worked at Fitzwaryn since March 2009. During my time in the school, I have had the opportunity to work with pupils from EYFS to Year 11. My current role is that of a HLTA and, as part of that, I lead in various classes during the week. I am a Team Teach instructor. This involves leading Behaviour Management training across the Trust.