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The Warriner School

Governors

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.

We are always interested to hear from potential new governors committed to raising outcomes for all our children. If you would like to find out more about becoming a governor please contact the Clerk to the Governors Lauren Hayes by email at l.hayes@warrinermat.org.

Our Clerk to the Governors is part of a team of Governance Professionals, employed by the Trust, to provide advice, guidance and administrative support to ensure effective governance. If you are an experienced clerk or are keen to learn a new area of expertise please contact Catherine Musgrove by email at c.musgrove@warriner.oxon.sch.uk to find out more about joining our Governance Support team.

Please click here to see the Register of Business Interests of Governors as Declared September 2020 and here for the attendance at meetings for 2020-2021.

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 is also the 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 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. 

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. Originally appointed as Head of PE for 5 years, Lotty then moved into a pastoral role as Head of Year and is now Assistant Headteacher. She remains 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 five full Ironman Triathlons.

Sharon Nicholls is Head of School. Since joining the school in 2011 Sharon has been Head of English, Assistant Headteacher and Deputy Head of School, within which roles she was also Raising Standards Lead for Key Stages 4 and 5.

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.

Neil Wallis has been a Trustee appointed governor since December 2020. He has a son in year 9 at The Warriner and a long-standing interest in education. He was a primary school governor for eight years. He now works as a consultant specialising in communications in the areas of energy, transport and climate change. He previously worked in a variety of roles including economic researcher, university teacher and freelance journalist. For over 25 years his work has been focused on environmental issues, mainly in the areas of energy and transport.

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 chairs 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.