Kate Kelly

As a local resident, I first got to know Beckley School when my children were here as very happy pupils and I was elected as a Parent Governor.  Currently a Foundation governor, I chair the governing body and attend both committees.  I am committed to high standards of educational achievement for every learner, and I believe that excellent local schools should be at the heart of their communities.  

My professional background is in organisational development, planning and training – overseas and in the UK, voluntary and public sectors.  I have lived and worked in developing countries in Africa and Asia, where education is almost universally recognised as the greatest asset society can give to children.  Here in Britain, the educational landscape has changed a great deal in recent years and demands on school leaders seem to have grown and grown.  As a governor I must try to balance support and challenge so that the school works effectively for all our community.      

Julie McCulloch

I have worked in education policy for many years. My current role, as Primary and Governance Specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders, involves supporting school leaders and working with the Department for Education on issues relating to primary education and school governance. Previously, I worked for the education company Pearson.  

I am also a trustee of a local multi-academy trust, and a former board member of the Cambridge Primary Review Trust, a not-for-profit company dedicated to advancing the cause of high quality, research-informed primary education. 

I’ve been a Beckley parent since 2007, with one daughter still at the school and another now at secondary school. 

Chloe Borton

I am amazed to realise that I am now in my twelfth year as a parent at Beckley School: it seems no time at all since I was delivering my eldest child to her first day in reception! Both of my daughters have passed through the school and I still have a son in Year 5.  I live in the village and work as a Senior Partner in a GP Practice in Oxford city centre.  In the past I have also been a primary school teacher and I still teach medical students and doctors regularly.  Education matters and I am committed to providing the best possible start for every child in our community.  I chair the Teaching and Learning committee and have relevant experience in child health and development, safeguarding, teaching and education, critical appraisal of data,  running a business and coping with the challenges of providing public services in the current climate – but, most importantly to this mix, I am a parent.

Vanessa Anderson

I have been a long-standing Parent Governor of Beckley CE Primary School and have, therefore, a thorough insight into life here. We chose the school for our three children – two of whom have successfully been through the school and one who is at the beginning of her schooling here – because of its Christian values, and the emphasis placed on the holistic development of each child, as well as its excellent education.

As a qualified primary teacher who has taught at several Oxfordshire schools, I have a sound knowledge of teaching and learning and have a genuine interest in school improvement at all levels. It is my deep-rooted belief that this is based on an excellent partnership between children, parents, staff and Governors, with whom engagement and communication is key.

I am part of the Teaching and Learning Committee and have a particular interest and experience in Special Educational Needs and Disability, thus being the SEND Link Governor.

Colin Badger

I have served as a community governor at Beckley School since November 2006 and was co-opted on in 2014.  I live in Horton cum Studley where I am a sheep and cereal farmer.  My five children all attended Beckley School and I now have a granddaughter attending.

I have in the past served as chairman of FOBS and would like to support the school in any way I can in the future.

Laura Cockhill

I have had the honour of working at Beckley Primary School as a class teacher since 2011 and have been the elected staff governor since 2014. I come from a Science and Languages Background, having studied Biological Sciences at University and having taught in a primary school in France, prior to becoming a teacher here at Beckley. I have lived in Oxfordshire all of my life, living in Headington as a child, and moving to Bicester in later life.

I have always had a passion for teaching all children inclusively so that every child can reach their full potential and in 2014, I became Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator at the school. Within this role, I plan for, monitor and evaluate special needs provision at Beckley. In my free time I enjoy volunteering, particularly with disabled children and adults. I try to use the skills I have learnt to support children to be more independent at school, and I have seen the importance of making slight adjustments to activities to make learning accessible for all.

Since I was elected as Staff Governor, I have enjoyed learning about the challenges of the inner workings of a school, and how all stake-holders must work together to ensure that all children can achieve in a safe, secure and happy learning environment. I have had an active role as a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee during this time and have been involved with several recruitment processes. I believe that inclusive, quality-first teaching is essential in enabling all pupils to succeed and make good progress.   I enjoy the opportunity and challenge that goes with being staff governor and I value the importance of working with other professionals from different backgrounds to improve the outcomes and teaching and learning experience for each child.

Alison Finch

I have been serving as a Foundation governor at Beckley School for almost eight years and sometime before that I was a Parent governor.  Both my children attended Beckley, where they discovered learning was fun, and cool, and something to be valued.  I believe that a really solid start at Primary school instils long lasting values that will take a young person throughout their years in education and I know that Beckley school provides that solid start.  The community that the school provides, to the children but also to us parents and the staff, is a key part of the ethos of Beckley.  I am proud to be involved at a place where kindness and consideration is as important as the fun of learning.  

Laura Soden

I have been an HR professional for over twenty years and I am a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. My professional experience has focused on staff and organisational development; career and talent management.

 I am a qualified executive coach and registered career consultant and I serve on the committee of the CIPD Thames Valley Coaching and Mentoring group.  I am committed to education and personal development and I have previously worked in the further and higher education sectors. I volunteer  in the role of Enterprise Adviser with OxLEP working with Wheatley Park School on careers education.

 My son attended Beckley School from foundation to Year 6 and thrived both personally and academically.  I am therefore keen to serve as a governor as a way of giving back to the school.

Mark Szortowski

As Headteacher, I have been a Governor at Beckley School since September 2016. Previously, I taught in schools in Herefordshire and Worcestershire, undertaking a wide range of roles during that time. I am married with a son and therefore fully appreciate the demands of working full time as well as raising a young family. I find myself in the tremendous position of leading a happy, friendly school with polite, well-behaved pupils, and a committed and dedicated team of staff.