Please find below, our current list of governors and their role within the Governing Body.

Lady D Hayter: Chair of Governors; Safeguarding; (Foundation) 

I am a Foundation governor appointed by the church.  I first became a governor in 2004. I am currently Chair of the full Governing Body as well as the Ethos Committee, a member of the Governors' Resources Committee, and also a member of the Admissions Committee. I am also the Governor with responsibility for Safeguarding and  Collective Worship in the school.  I have lived in the village since 1991 and attend St. James' Church in Newbottle and as well as being a member of the PCC.  I am a trustee and Treasurer of the Memorial Hall.  I am also the wardrobe mistress, costume maker and designer for the Charlton Pantomime every two years.  From 1991 to 2015 I was a volunteer with Home-Start Banbury, a voluntary organization that supports families with young children going through difficult times. I was formerly a secondary school teacher of English, but having done a postgraduate degree in history I now teach part-time at Oxford University's Department of Continuing Education, specializing in local and landscape history.   I am married to Paul, who retired in 2007 as Clerk of the Parliaments.  He was knighted which meant that I became Lady Hayter.  We have three grown-up children (who between them went to eight different schools) two working in London and one based in Geneva, and two grandchildren.

Mrs D Sheasby (Foundation)


I have lived in the village for 20 years and have been a Foundation Governor since January 2013, I am also a Parish Councillor. My first involvement with the Newbottle and Charlton School was in September 2000 when my 4 year old grandson entered Reception, two younger brothers followed. Their mother, my daughter, served as a Foundation Governor during their time at Newbottle School and after the youngest moved to secondary school. As a volunteer I have worked in the school with children in Reception, years 2/3 and 4/5, and also as a Teaching Assistant on the staff for two terms.  It has been my pleasure to accompany classes on a number of external educational and pleasure trips.  My background is in teaching, qualifying as a primary school teacher but also over the years working with various ages from the youngest to secondary, this last where I was a member of a large SEN department in an Upper School.  This particular experience I have found to be very useful in my role as SEN Link Governor. During my time as a governor I have served, at various times, on the Resources, the School Improvement, the Curriculum and Standards, and the Admissions Committees.

Father Matthew Robinson (Foundation) 

I was appointed a Foundation Governor in 2019 shortly after I became the parish priest for St James, Newbottle and Charlton, and St and St Paul, King's Sutton. I also sit on the Ethos, and Standards and Curriculum Committees. I grew up in Northamptonshire and moved back to the county when I took up my current post, having previously served in Rochester Diocese in Kent. I am married to Caroline and we have a daughter who attends Newbottle and Charlton School.

Mrs J Skelton (Foundation) 

I am a member of the  Governing Body as a Foundation Governor and am the chair of the Admissions Committee. My current term of office ends on 25th March 2023. I have lived in the village of Charlton for more than 30 years. I am a widow and have 2 children, Hannah & Mark, now in their thirties, who both attended Newbottle & Charlton School. During their time at the school I served as a Foundation Governor then and held the position of Chairperson for a number of years.  Although scientifically trained and working as a plant breeder early in my career, since becoming a parent my career has taken a different turn & has involved working with children & families. I now work as a Senior Organiser for a local charity based in Banbury – Home-Start Banbury & Chipping  Norton – which offers support to vulnerable families with young children.

Mrs P Taylor  (Local Authority Governor)

I joined the Governing Body in January 2016 as the Local Authority Governor and my term of office finishes in Jan 2024.  I am currently Chair of the Standards and Curriculum Committee and sit on the Resources and Strategy committees.  I am also the Pupil Premium Link Governor.  Formerly for eight years I held a parent governor’s role in one of the town schools, where I was a member of various committees, as well as undertaking the role of SEN Governor and Chair of Governors.  I live in Brackley, have been married for 30 years and have three children aged 24, 22 and 19 years.  I recently completed an MSc in Counselling Children and Young People and run my own counselling practice. My personal interests include reading, gardening and enjoying time with the family.

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Foundation Governor Vacancy

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Parent Governor Vacancy 

Mrs B Tyler (Parent Governor)

I have recently joined the governing body as a parent governor and am currently sitting on the ethos committee. I have two children; my son is in year one and my daughter is due to start in September.  I am a primary trained teacher and have recently returned to teaching working as a nursery teacher at a school in Banbury which I am really enjoying.  I lived in Australia for 6 years with my husband where we had our children. During this time I was fortunate enough to be able to stay at home with the children but also ran our church playgroup and was responsible for the children's ministry for some time as well as organising a range of fundraising events. I like to be busy!

Mr P Smith ( Interim Headteacher)

 I  have been teaching since 2007 and joined the school in September 2016 as a class teacher. I have worked in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 during my teaching career and had the role of Deputy Headteacher in my previous two schools.  I was recently appointed to the position of a Interim Headteacher in June 2020. I am absolutely passionate about ensuring that all children receive a balanced and broad high quality curriculum which prepares them for future experiences and learning. I have been a staff governor in other schools and know how hard all the governing body work to support the school in making strategic decisions. I love the village and have fully embraced it ,having moved here last year. It is a wonderful place to live and work! I am designated safeguarding lead and I coordinate many curriculum areas, including science, mathematics, computing and library. I am also the educational visits lead and last year was appointed a specialist leader of education (SLE) in STEM subjects.

Mrs L Thomas (Staff Governor) from Sept 2017

I have been teaching since 2000, having started in Key Stage 1 in a small village primary school not far away, in Greatworth. I then had a belated ‘gap year’, in which I travelled and lived in Australia and New Zealand for 18 months. After this, I taught in the junior school in Brackley for 10 years and it was during this time that I developed my interest in Special Educational Needs. I took on the role of SENCo and enjoyed the challenges and variety it added to my teaching career. During this time I also had my children, 4 boys (including identical twins!). I moved to Newbottle and Charlton School in 2015, having been very impressed by the school’s reputation and ethos. I work part-time teaching two and a half days and carrying out the role of Inclusion Lead for half a day per week alongside this. I decided to take on the role of Teacher Governor so that I could be more involved in the wider elements of the school’s policies and practice. It is a real privilege to work here and I believe the school has its foundations within an incredibly strong community.

Mr Chris Coopman (Foundation Governor)

I have recently (March 2019) been appointed by the Diocese as a Foundation Governor, with a responsibility for the Creative Curriculum and sit on the Standards and Curriculum Committee.   I am currently the Finance Manager for a charity, which will hopefully enable me to bring numerous skills to assist the Governing Body.  We have recently moved to Aynho, having spent 10 years in the RAF; we have 2 children, both of whom we hope will go to Newbottle and Charlton School.  When the children and time allow, I enjoy most sports and am a fair weather runner.

Rachel Clinch (Foundation Governor)

I have recently been appointed as a Foundation Governor and I sit on the Ethos and Standards, and Curriculum committees. My theology degree and personal faith mean I am particularly interested in prayer space and upholding the Christian ethos at the school. I am a primary school teacher working in Oxford. I lead mathematics and the gifted and talented programme. I hope the skills I have acquired will help me to support the governing body in a variety of ways. I have lived in Aynho for five years and have recently had a baby.



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