The governors of our school are a very hardworking and dedicated group of people who are passionate about improving the education and school life of our children. On this page we have introduced ourselves and would welcome any feedback or questions you would like to put forward.
If you would like to find out about how to join the Governing Body or if you have any questions or feedback, please contact Catherine Musgrove, Clerk to the Governors at The Warriner School
Introducing the Governors
Christopher Colombo has been a Trustee appointed governor since December 2012. His career has been in the Motor Industry at Ford of Europe and Jaguar, where he had a number of senior roles in Finance and Marketing & Sales, as well as Director of Product Planning and Engineering Operations. He is now semi-retired. He read Classics at Reading University and subsequently qualified in Accountancy and took an MBA at London Business School. He is married with two grown up children and has lived in Bloxham for 30 years. This is his first experience as a school governor and he is very enthusiastic to bring his experience to support the growth plans of The Warriner School. His focus is primarily on Finance, Business, and funding aspects of the School including the Farm. He is chair of the Farm Committee.
Claire Connell is a Trustee Appointed Governor. Claire has been teaching at The Warriner School since 2010 as a History Teacher. During this time she has been acting Head of Department for both History and Geography, Head of Year for seven years and recently also took on the role of Designated Teacher for Looked-After Children.
Jonquil Chapman has been a Parent Governor since October 2020. She has over 30 years’ experience working in the policing service; within in Intelligence, Analysis, Policy and Project Management, Criminal Justice and is currently a strategic lead for Digital Transformation. She is enthusiastic about the Parent Governor role and keen to bring her experience and skillsets to the governing body. She currently has one daughter studying at The Warriner School and another in the last year of primary school.
Natalie Dayer has been a Trustee appointed governor since May 2015. She is the SEND Link Governor and Careers Link Governor. Natalie graduated in Materials Engineering and has worked within research and development, marketing and sales roles prior to retraining after having a family. She currently supports children, young people and their families at a local Special School. She has a child in Year 10 at The Warriner School. Natalie is a member of the Curriculum and Data Committee and The Warriner MAT School Improvement Committee.
Cara Hedges has been a Parent Governor since June 2019. She has formerly worked as a Maths teacher taking on various roles including Numeracy Coordinator, Acting Head of Maths and coordinating a programme for reintegrating excluded students. Over the years she has studied and worked abroad in a variety of contexts and currently works in education in the UK as an Examiner, Counsellor and Tutor. She also works supporting home educating families covering a range of subjects including History, Science and MFL. Cara is focused on education being an enriching experience for all children and is a proud supporter of The Warriner School and its Farm. She currently has two children at the school.
Lotty Keys is a staff Governor at The Warriner and has been teaching here since 2010. She sits on the Curriculum and Data Committee. Originally appointed as Head of PE for 5 years, Lotty is now Assistant Headteacher and Head of Year 11. She is in charge of the delivery and monitoring of A Level Physical Education in the Sixth Form. In her spare time she is dedicated to physical training and has to date completed 5 full Ironman Triathlons.
Mike Lowdell is the Head of School.
Jocelyn Merris became a Governor in July 2019 and is the link Governor for Maths. She was previously a governor of a primary school in Fleetwood. She teaches Maths at Bloxham School and has taught for over 20 years in a variety of schools: state, independent and abroad. Outside of school she is involved in her local church, St Mary's Bloxham, and tries to go to the gym. She assesses Gold DofE expeditions in her summer holidays in the Lake District where she grew up. Jocelyn lives in Bloxham.
Martin Noble-Bowers. Martin was appointed as a Parent Governor in November 2020. He has four children, the eldest of which is at The Warriner School. Martin is a partner in a midlands law firm and enjoys looking after businesses – tackling a wide range of day-to-day issues with a pragmatic and no nonsense approach! Martin has previous experience as a governor in a Stratford upon Avon secondary school. He enjoys the opportunity and the challenges of being a governor and is committed to supporting The Warriner School.
Gareth Owen has been a Parent Governor since October 2020. He has two sons studying at The Warriner School. He has more than 25 years of experience in industry, and currently works for a European healthcare company in a strategic role. He is passionate about how education, community, sport and exercise can improve quality of life, especially for young people in their formative years. Gareth is keen to bring his experience and skills to the role of Parent Governor to help support The Warriner School.
Duncan Raper is a Trustee appointed Governor. Duncan has been the Chair of Governors since October 2015. Duncan is a Chartered Accountant who has worked in Industry for over 30 years. Duncan was also part of the steering group that ultimately formed The Warriner MAT. He is a Trustee and The Chair of the Board of Trustees and as such is also a Member of The Warriner MAT.
Janet Watts has been a Governor at The Warriner since March 2011. Both her daughters attended The Warriner and are now at university. Prior to becoming a governor she was Chair of Deddington Primary School PTA for 5 years. After many years of managing large Customer Service teams in the financial services industry she has spent the last 15 years working for a small but dynamic local gastro pub company handling a variety of areas such as recruitment, IT, H&S, compliance and facilities management, as well as managing their Healthy Eating initiative for primary school children. She feels that all children should have a strong, supportive framework at school which can guide and help them to reach their full potential. She is Link Governor for the Sixth Form, chairs the Admissions Committee and sits on the Curriculum and Data and Disciplinary committees.
Sarah Wilson–Medhurst has been a Governor since March 2018. Sarah has one child at The Warriner. Sarah is a university lecturer and staff developer with particular interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education. This includes encouraging more girls and women into those STEM related subjects and careers where they are under-represented. Sarah is a member of the Curriculum and Data Committee.
Graham Wyeth has been a Governor since March 2018. He has three daughters studying at The Warriner School. He has 29 years’ experience working in the public sector, in the UK and overseas. Whilst his early university studies lay in the earth sciences, he gained his MBA in 2014. He is keen on sport and adventurous activities and spent many years within, supporting and chairing youth organisations. Graham is Link Governor for Science and a member of the Admissions Committee and the Curriculum & Data Committee.