On behalf of the Governing Body, I would like to warmly welcome you to Langford Village Community Primary School. We are a large, thriving, inclusive school serving the Langford Village area of Bicester and the local community. Your Governors are committed, passionate people and comprise parents, staff, representatives from the Local Authority and members of the community. We are organised in committees and work closely with the Head Teacher to ensure that all children at our school are given access to the very best teaching, are offered exceptional learning opportunities and above all, enjoy coming to a very happy, respectful environment where creativity thrives.
Our role at the school is that of a ‘critical friend’ – we support the Head Teacher and the staff in developing the very best opportunities for our children, and help keep everything in good working order, continually challenging ourselves to improve, and ensure that every child can reach their potential as a unique individual.
The Governors have a noticeboard which is located just through the main entrance of the school where you can see who we are and read a short biography.
The website is brand new and a lot of effort has gone into make it relevant and current. If you have any comments or suggestions please let us know.
Should you wish to talk to me for any reason, I can be contacted through the school office.
Chair of Governors
Langford Village Community Primary School
I am a Co-opted Governor and also the Chair of Governors. I have been a Governor at school since 2005 and Chair since 2009. I sit on the Finance and Resources Committee and have additional responsibility for IT provision throughout the school, having a professional IT background and an unhealthy love of technology!
Outside of school, I am a very keen amateur photographer and provide images for the National Trust. In the summer I can usually be found on a village cricket ground.
Please talk to me if you wish to discuss anything; I can be contacted via the school office.
My daughter is a pupil here at Langford and like all parents, I want her to feel happy, confident and be the very best she can be. As a parent governor, I believe we have a special role in making this possible for all children.
I hope I can bring a fresh perspective and enthusiasm to the board and make a positive contribution to developing the school's high standards. As well as dealing with any future challenges that may arise.
I work full-time as a designer and try to install the importance of hard work, passion and commitment into everything my daughter does.
Our children's primary education is extremely important and being just a small part of that at Langford is a complete privilege.
I moved to Langford Village with my partner and one small baby in 2004. In the 12 years since then, I have one son who has passed through (and thoroughly enjoyed) Langford and is now at The Cooper School, and I have one son currently enjoying Year 5.
I have been a member of the Governing body for four years as a parent from 2011, and have now moved to a Co-opted Governor during 2015/16.
My aims as a Governor were to understand more about the opportunities, quality of learning, care and encouragement that were being given to all children (as well as my own), and how I could use my experience as a Director of a research company, to aide and support the schools aims and requirements in providing excellent education.
I have been part of the Finance and Resources Committee for the duration of my term as a Parent Governor and continue to serve in this area.
I have worked at Langford Village School for 8 years and have been a staff governor for the whole of that period. I have two children: one is at University and the other is studying engineering at College. My teaching experience ranges across both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 and I currently hold the position of Deputy Head teacher and SENCo. I sit on the Quality, Teaching and Standards (QTS) Committee and the Finance and Resources Committee.
I have the honour of being the longest serving Governor at Langford Village school having been a Governor since 1999. Whilst my 3 children were at the school I was a parent Governor and then I became a Local Authority Governor. Recently I moved to the role of a Co-opted Governor. I have taught at The Cooper School since 2004 and feel it is useful for the Governors and the school to have a link with our feeder secondary school. I am chair of the Teaching Quality and Standards committee. I believe as a Governor it is my role to work with the school to ensure that the school delivers a good quality of education and help them to set the school's aims and policies.
I have been involved in Education for 40 years as a Teacher, Head of Department, Senior Leader, Headteacher and advisor in Brent, Harrow and Oxfordshire.
I started at Langford Village School in February 2013 as an Acting Headteacher and gained the permanent post after Easter of 2013.
This is my fifth Headteacher post and I have a clear vision of what, with my leaders, I believe that the school could and should achieve.
Currently I serve on the Finance and Resources Committee, but keep an overview of the other Committees as necessary.
I am married with four children and two grandchildren.
I have been a Local Authority appointed governor since April 2008. For the last 2 years, I have also served as Vice Chairman of the Governor's committee. Alongside being a member of the full committee, I am also a relatively new member of the Finance and Resource committee having previously served 7 years on the Quality, Teaching and Standards (QTS) sub-committee.
I have lived on Langford Village since 1997 and am a mum of two young boys: both of whom are pupils here, one in Key Stage 2 and one in Key Stage 1. I am lucky enough to get into school weekly and spend some time each week as a parent helper for reading in both of my son's year groups. Prior to becoming a governor, I was treasurer and then chair of Langford Village Community Association for three years.
In my day job, I work in Oxford as a research scientist and research group manager for NHS Blood and Transplant and specialise in writing systematic reviews on the safe and effective use of blood.
I am proud to have been given the opportunity to become a Parent Governor in October 2015.
My professional background is broad and diverse having worked in private and public sectors in Europe and North America. I currently work as a freelance Learning and Development practitioner, specialising in the adoption of digital technologies.
As a local resident with a young family, I believe we can all play a role in helping to shape and influence the school and its community.
I have been an LA Clerk since March 2014 and have 20+ years of administration experience. I have clerked for two other schools in Oxfordshire and I am currently undergoing the clerk's accreditation process.
I have lived in Bicester for around 10 years with my wife and our daughters are both currently at the school. I am a police officer with 23 years service, and work locally as a Roads Policing Sergeant. My basis for becoming a governor was to ensure there is a safe environment for all children at the school where they can fulfil their full potential. As well as my family, my other great loves are my motorbike and rugby.