If you wish to contact the governors please email the Clerk, Laura Hoskin on firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance.
Rachel Crouch: Chair of Governors
Chair of Governors
I have lived in Witney since 1988 and my four sons attended local schools. I have been in education for over forty years and I am at present an interim, part-time Headteacher in a local Primary school in West Oxfordshire.
I started my career in the London Borough of Newham and after 9 years, I moved to Witney. I have always been in Primary schools and have moved from classteacher to Deputy Head to Headteacher and now Interim.
I have been in awe of governors for many years as I have always been impressed with the amount of time that volunteers can give to a school. I now feel it is my time to join this group of people in the move to help support new Headteachers in their amazing task of improving the lives of so many children.
I now have grandchildren in Witney and I feel that my role is now changing into a more pastoral role in enabling schools to get on with the learning process as governors manage the more official matters.
I am passionate about the state system for education in enabling all children to thrive and be ready to embrace their community.
Mrs Doreen Comley: Community Governor
I have lived in the West Oxfordshire Area for most of my life, and recently in Witney. I wanted to become a Governor of the Witney Community Primary School because although I love Witney I do not have specific links to the school so begin with no pre conceived ideas about its governance.
I have thirty years of experience working in education: first as a lecturer in Computing at Abingdon & Witney College, then as their Staff Development Manager with addition responsibility for Student Retention and Achievement.
I retired from a full time role in June 2006, but maintained my links to the College as a part time Lecturer in Computing delivering the Foundation Degree in Computing in conjunction with Oxford Brookes University, and as an Assessor for NVQ Apprentices taking the Diploma in Professional Competence for IT and Telecoms.
Whilst my experience is with a different level than Primary education, I believe that there are fundamental principles that apply to all sectors of education, and I would like to be involved in supporting the school to build upon existing successes.
David How: Community Governor
Occupation: Commercial Insurance manager for 40 years now retired.
Family: Married with two sons, three grandchildren.
Moved to Witney from Southampton in 1989
Interests/ Activities: Exam Invigilator at Woodgreen, Committee member of Witney Boys and Girls Youth Football League, Committee member of Brize Singers Choir, Local Witney and District Football referee, Oxfordshire Cricket Association Umpire for Witney Swifts CC, Also enjoy the role as a steward at the Witney and District History Museum.
Hannah White: Staff Governor
Sharon Bark: Community Governor
I have lived in Witney for over 30 years. I am married with two grown up children.
I finished working at a Witney Primary School in July 2021 after 21 years. My role was a School Business Manager and previously I worked for Barclays Bank.
I now have more time to give back to the community and am very much looking forward to being a Governor at Witney Community Primary School and look forward to being part of such a great school.
Alex Coleman - Parent Governor
I have lived in Witney for 10 years or so, and grew up in Oxfordshire. We have 2 children at Witney CP, they have loved their experiences and the support they've received has been exceptional.
I believe passionately in equity for education, and remember fondly the inspiring teachers I had growing up and how they helped shape me.
I am excited to join the governors and hope to be able to help to contribute to the school.
Leo Prince - Parent Governor
Born and raised in Oxford, we moved to the local area in 2015 with aims of starting a family.
My eldest child started in reception at WCP in 2022, moving up from nursery, and I wanted to take the opportunity to help support and develop his environment, especially as my youngest will be joining the nursery the following year too. The school has been an incredibly nurturing and supportive environment, and I feel privileged to be able to give something back.
As a former secondary school teacher and now working in the higher education sector, I have been privileged to experience education from a range of perspectives, which I hope to support the school to continually aid the community.