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Ben Potter, Community Governor (Chair)Photo of Ben

I currently serve as a community governor at Botley School having been elected as a parent governor in January 2016, and a community governor in September 2019. In September 2018 I took the role of Chair of the Governing Board having previously acted as co-Chair of the Performance, Standards and Curriculum Committee and Link Governor for Literacy.

 

I have lived in Botley for over seven years and my children both go to Botley school. I am Head of Reseach & Development at CrowdCharge, working with electric vehicles, and am also a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Reading. I also ran my own consultancy company for four years. I have an Engineering Science degree from Oxford, a PhD in electronic engineering from Reading, and an NVQ Level 4 in Management from the Chartered Management Institute. I am also a Fellow of the Higher Education Authority. 

 

Roles: Chair of the Governing Body; Member of the Performance, Standards and Curriculum Committee

Jenny Pillar, Parent Governor (Vice-Chair)Photo of Jenny

I joined the governing body in 2019 and sit on the Financial Strategy and Resources Committee. I am a counsellor and psychotherapist by profession, and have also previously worked in adult education. I moved to Botley two years ago after spending 5 years working in Latin America where I was the Staff Support and Development Manager for an international development charity with offices around the world, providing psychological support services, training staff and producing educational material to be used worldwide. I was also involved in shaping strategic vision for individual offices and participating in strategic reviews and business planning. Since returning to England I have been at home full time with my three children, all of whom are at Botley School.
I am originally from Germany and have lived all over the world. I love the diverse make-up of the families at Botley School and having lived overseas with my children I understand what it is like to be a parent of a child in a different culture and I love that Botley School embraces this diversity.

 

Roles: Vice-Chair of the Governing Body, Member of the Financial Strategy and Resources Committee

Jo Reid, Headteacher                                                                 

I joined Botley School as Headteacher in September 2020 having previously been a Headteacher in Buckinghamshire since 2014. I started my teaching career in the London Borough of Croydon and have have gained extensive experience of working in teaching and leadership roles across schools in Sussex, Reading and Oxfordshire. In all my roles I have worked closely with the pupils, teachers, governors, parents and local community leaders to create supportive links and create wider educational opportunities that have a positive impact on the children.

Roles: Headteacher, Member of the Financial Strategy & Resources Committee, Member of the Performance, Standards & Curriculum Committee

Katherine Randell, Parent GovernorPhoto of Katherine

I am originally from Detroit, Michigan, and I have lived in Oxford since 2004, moving to Botley in 2012.  At the time, my son was two-years-old and I have been warmly welcomed and supported by the Botley community. I am keen to give back by supporting the community I found so welcoming.

 

Previously, I have worked at a local community centre and was involved in the Elm's Road Children's Centre before it became Botley Bridges as a volunteer. I founded the baby group Crawlers and Cruisers that later became Botley Babies. I was also the secretary for FOBS from 2015-2018. I look forward to serving the staff and children at Botley School.

 

Roles: Chair of the Performance, Standards & Curriculum Committee

Thomas Ottaway, Parent GovernorPhoto of Tom

Tom has lived in Oxford since 2012. He is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and has fifteen years experience in accounting and finance.  Tom believe these skills and his experience can be transferred to the governing board to help maintain and monitor school finances and resources. Tom and his family enjoys camping and exploring, particularly Cornwall.

 

Roles: Chair of the Financial Strategy & Resources Committee

Sue Dowe, Community GovernorPhoto of Sue Dowe

I have been a Community Governor for around 7 years and previously managed Elms Road Children's Centre. My previous experience includes teaching in a secondary school, teaching adults, home-school link worker and family learning tutor.

 

My interests lie in empowering families to support their child's learning and development and creating a positive school and home partnership.

 

Roles: Member of Financial Strategy & Resources Committee; Safeguarding Link Governor

 

Jules Christie, Staff Governor     

                                                                                                                            

I have been teaching at Botley since 2017, I am the Maths Subject Lead and year 6 teacher.  Recently, as staff governor, I have worked closely with FOBS to raise funds to support families access online learning.  I hold a teacher research scholarship with Oxford Brookes University which is exploring how to enable all children to gain mathematical fluency in multiplication.  I have taught in community primary schools in Oxford since 2004, when I qualified with a subject specialism in art; I especially like sharing my love of creativity with the children I teach.  

 

Roles: Member of the Performance, Standards & Curriculum Committee,  Community outreach, fundraising and FOBS liason.  

Andrew Melvin, Community Governor

 

Roles: Member of the Financial Strategy & Resources Committee

 

Lewis Roberts, Community Governor

I joined the Governing Board in 2021 as a Community Governor, having lived in Oxford for several years. I am currently the link governor for pupils with English as an Additional Language, Assessment and, from September 2021, Safeguarding.

 

I grew up in West Yorkshire in a family of teachers, starting my interest in both school performance and community cohesion. Here, I worked on projects looking at FGM, forced marriage, and terrorism prevention in schools. I went on to read English at Oxford University, and I am now a doctoral researcher at the University of Cambridge in English literature and philosophy.

 

Our diversity, enthusiasm for learning and positivity are incredibly important to me and I am proud to champion these strengths. Botley is a wonderful, unique school and I am honoured to be part of it.

 

Roles: Member of the Performance, Standards and Curriculum Committee, Link Governor for English as an Additional Language, Assessment and Safeguarding.

Eleanor Apps, Parent Governor                                                         

 

I joined the governing body in July 2021 as a parent governor having watched my daughter blossom over the last five years at the school, and with my youngest nearing Reception age. I come from a family of teachers and have worked in secondary and primary schoolbook publishing all my career having inherited their passion for education. Having my own children embark on their schooling has given me the opportunity to see things from the parent’s view point and has shown me the important role parents and carers play in the day-to-day life of a school.

 

I’m proud to have the opportunity to be part of this wonderful school as a governor and to support its work in inspiring a love of learning in each and every student.

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