Purpose and role of the Governing Body

 The purpose of the Governing Body is to help Northbourne provide the best possible education for its pupils, through our vision of nurturing excellence. The Governing Board has three key priorities; To bring a strategic perspective. This includes developing the vision for the school and working with senior leaders on the school development plan and monitoring its implementation.To act as a critical friend. This includes supporting but also providing challenge to the senior leadership team, who are responsible for the day-to-day running of the school.To ensure accountability to pupils, parents, staff, the wider community and the Local Authority. This includes ensuring effective communication in order to build trust and mutual understanding between all stakeholders.

As a Church of England primary school, the majority of our governing board is appointed by the local parish of St. Peters and the Diocese of Oxford. 

Our Current Governing Body

Mrs. Kate Woods (Chair of Governors; Foundation Governor)

I am passionate about ensuring that every child at Northbourne has access to excellent teaching and that through collaborative working, we build a community where every child can reach their full potential. I love working with our staff team and count it a privilege to work alongside and support them. I believe Northbourne provides every child with wonderful opportunities through these formative primary school years, and I’ve had the joy of being a parent here for nine years. My youngest child is now in Year Five. During the working day, I work in fundraising and communications in the charity sector. I’m delighted to be Chair of Governors and to lead such an enthusiastic and committed team.  


Ms. Sarah Mollen (Vice-chair of Governors; Foundation Governor)

I am pleased to be a governor at Northbourne.  I recently moved to the area following a period working at a British international school as an Assistant Head.  I have worked within education, youth work and play work for over twenty years and currently work as Assistant Headteacher at a secondary school.  I look forward to contributing towards the ongoing success of the school.


Rev. Hannah Reynolds (Foundation Governor)

I have been Priest-in-Charge at St Peter’s Didcot, and ex officio Governor at Northbourne, since January 2013. Before coming to Didcot, I was Priest-in-Charge at All Saints Hanworth (near Heathrow Airport) and Curate at All Hallows, Twickenham.Before training as priest in the Church of England, I worked for nearly 20 years as a professional engineer.


Mrs. Becky Parsons (Staff Governor)

I have been a teacher at Northbourne since 2010, working in various classes in both KS1 and KS2. I am currently Deputy Headteacher and acting SENCo. I appreciate seeing the broader picture which being a governor brings and also the opportunity it gives to further support the school.


Mr. Simon Hodder (Parent Governor; Chair of Resources Committee)

I became a Parent Governor in September 2019, and renewed for another governing term in September 2023. I have 3 children at Northbourne, and I can see in their development what an excellent school Northbourne is at nurturing its pupils and instilling a love of learning. As a governing body, we want to help all children educated at Northbourne reach their full potential, and I hope to continue to contribute to that goal.

In my day job, I am a Group Leader at STFC, managing teams that support scientists in carrying out ground breaking research. I want to bring the knowledge and skills I have gained at STFC to help anyway I can in my role as Governor for Northbourne


Mrs. Jane Basey (Parent Governor; SEN Governor)

I became a Parent Governor in May 2021, I have two children enjoying their time at the school and one who has moved on to St Birinus after gaining a fantastic primary education at Northbourne. I thoroughly enjoy working alongside the dedicated governing and staff team at Northbourne to help the school community continue to develop.

I work as a relationship counsellor for Relate and have experience in counselling, family support and group work with young carers, children affected by abuse and young people living with disability or special educational needs (SEN). I bring this experience to my role as SEN governor.


Mr. Paul Smith (Community Governor; Safeguarding Governor)
I am very pleased and excited to have been appointed as Safeguarding governor. I have two children at the school so am heavily invested in supporting the team.
Within my current role at Oxfordshire Advanced Skills, I am responsible for ensuring our learners receive the best education along their journey. This is not just from a skills perspective, but also involves embedding good behaviours and values. I also run a team that embeds knowledge within local schools at an early age to raise the awareness and understanding of future opportunities within engineering and pathways that are available to them.  
I am also part of the Didcot Phoenix drama group who provide entertainment within the local community. I am hoping to bring some of my skills/knowledge and experience to the role and make a useful contribution to the school.


Mrs. Michelle Williamson (Foundation Governor)

I was very pleased to join the Northbourne governing body as a Foundation Governor in September 2022. I have two children currently attending Northbourne who love coming to school every morning. I am excited to be able to give back to the Northbourne school community and help uphold its Christian values.
For my day job, I am an experienced primary teacher with a particular interest in RE and staff well-being. I love working with the governing body to challenge and support this fantastic school.


Governor Information 2023-24


Governor Information 2022-23


Governor Information 2021-22


Governor Information 2020-21


Governor Information 2019-20


Governor Information 2018-19