Mr Jonathan Horn: Community Governor - Chair

My name is Jonathan Horn, I have two sons, both of whom attend WCPS.

I work for a local business, RM, in the Results division which deals with online marking of A-level and GCSE exams, professional qualifications and International English Language Examinations. We also collate and publish on behalf of the DfE all of the Key Stage and exam results tables.

My reasons for wanting to become a Governor are firstly that I believe that the primary school years are not only important for laying the foundations for your education but also how you view and engage with education for the rest of your life. I also admire the school's approach to educating in that it is about the child as a whole and not just the statistics. I also want to give something back to a school that does so much for my children and for all of the children that they educate and enthuse on a daily basis.

Jonathon an be contacted by emailing the office on or 01993 702388

Kelly Harding: Parent Governor - Vice Chair

I have two children who attend Witney Community Primary School and they are currently in year 4 and reception. I have worked in HR for approximately 17 years for a local organisation who develop scientific research instruments and solutions. I love to visit the school as much as I can and enjoy seeing the children learning and playing. I am continually impressed by the standards of teaching and learning around the school and the level of engagement from the pupils. I enjoy supporting the school, giving something back to an establishment that do so much for so many children and I am proud to be part of this governing body.

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 Eustice: LA

I am married with two children and six grandchildren.

I have lived in Witney since 2016, however I have lived in Oxfordshire since 1980.

My employment has been varied but educational after leaving school aged 15. My main employments have been Royal Navy-10 years and Thames Valley Police-37 years. I am currently employed as a Public Protection Officer working closely with other professionals involved with safeguarding including the LADO team. I hope to support the safety of children in the school enviroment so that they learn and have fond memories of their school experience.

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.

Susan Lake: Parent Governor

Hello WCPS, I am one of the parent governors on the board. I have two girls, my eldest having just joined reception class this year. Being new to the school system I am excited to become involved in strengthening the quality of teaching and learning provision within the School. I am committed to contributing to the delivery of a "shared vision" for the school, ensuring the governing body fulfils its duties to all children and staff. I see this post as an opportunity to make a difference, enabling the children at Witney Community Primary School to achieve to the best of their ability. Professionally I have 22 years experience of working within the Health Sector. I have worked as a paediatric nurse for the NHS and also for Medicines Sans frontier in Africa. My key area of interest therefore lies in Health Promotion and wellbeing, teamed with a willingness to play an active role on the governing board and take on new roles.

Daniel Wells: Community Governor

I have lived in Witney for 10 years. I have 2 children at the school, a daughter in year 2 and a son who is due to join in September 2020. My background is in IT projects currently working as a Project Manager.

I'm looking forward to using my skills and knowledge to support the school in providing a high standard of education in an environment where all children can be happy and have every opportunity to learn and grow.

This is my way to show my children the value I put on education and to support the school in providing quality care and education for all pupils.

Helen Mellin: Staff Governor

I grew up in a fairly remote part of Scotland farming on a croft but I enjoyed holidays with my lovely grandparents in Oxfordshire which I now call home. I have one son in year eleven and another at university. I have worked, studied and played with children for many years in various settings including volunteering and I have enjoyed working at Witney Community Primary School for the past eight years. I am passionate about education for all at any stage in life as I believe we are always learning. I am especially passionate about the Early Years education as I feel it should be liberating imagination and initiative supporting children to be creative in all areas of the curriculum and beyond. I’m looking forward to this post and learning more about how I can support the whole school and I feel it’s a great opportunity for governors and staff to develop stronger links together.

Hannah White: Staff Governor

Hello, I’m Hannah White. I have worked at Witney Community Primary school since 2019. I moved to Witney in 2017 after living in Oxford for University. My family live in Wales and I love to spend time there in my holidays with my husband.

Growing up I experienced education in America, England and Wales. From this experience I met teachers who inspired me, gained a passion for the arts and learnt about the impact a school experience can have. My reason for being a governor is that I want to be part of the vision of building a school that will help children to flourish and succeed.

Sharon Bark: Community Governor

I have recently left my role as School Business Manager at The Batt C of E Primary School, where I worked for 21 years. Previous to this I worked for Barclays Bank for 12 years and Blackwells Bookshop in their cashiers office for a few years after having children. I also volunteer as a Samaritan and I am now taking some time out to help care for my 95 year old father in Chipping Norton, and to travel more. I live with my husband Alan in Witney, and we have two grown up boys who live in London and High Wycombe.

I am keen to utilise my skills and to support Witney Community Primary School where possible. I understand the need to challenge when necessary but, more importantly, to support and be a critical friend to the school.