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The Governing Body

Burford-Logo_blue Pse use thisThe full board of Governors meets five times a year and holds a meeting of Parents and Governors in Term 3. Committees meet five times a year, making appropriate reports and recommendations to the full Board of Governors. Each Committee elects a Chair who sits on the Strategy and Development Committee. In 2016 the Governing Body were re-awarded the Governor Mark for a further three years. Governor Mark identifies national standards for good governance.

The Chair of Governors is Mr Derek Grimsley 

The Company Secretary is Mrs S Reeve:

Full details of each Committee’s remit, copies of non-confidential minutes and any Governors’ Register of Interest are available from the Company Secretary. The Governors follow a Code of Conduct  which is reviewed annually and signed by each member upon appointment.


Parent GovernorsOrdinary GovernorsStaff GovernorsCo-optionsAssociate MembersObservers and Secretary
Mr Derek Grimsley

Chair of Governors

Mr Stuart NorridgeMrs Andrea BirdRev’d Dr Robert WainwrightLara Hillyard
Head Girl
Mrs Katie Shires
1st Deputy Headteacher
Mr Steven CarrollMr Richard Martin

Vice-Chair of Governors

Mrs Kathy Haig HeadteacherEddie Gripper
Head Boy
Mrs Suzanne Reeve
Company Secretary
 Mrs Karen SimpsonMrs Sarah MatthewsMr Richard Dampney


Beth Carter
Deputy Head Girl
Mr Alan Staniforth
Business Manager
Ginny RenwickMr Andrew Pitman

Safeguarding Governor

 Mr Chris Cowley Joe Jenkins
Deputy Head Boy
Mr James Pilgrim
2nd  Deputy Headteacher & Director of Boarding
 Cheryl BraceyMr John White   
 Vacancy Vacancy


Governors’ Attendance at meetings 2016-17

Safeguarding Governor role

Code of Conduct 2017-18


Governor Links with Departments 2017-18

DepartmentLink GovernorDepartmentLink Governor
ArtKaren SimpsonBusiness StudiesAndrew Pitman
Careers/Business linkStuart NorridgeSafeguardingAndrew Pitman
DramaSarah MatthewsEnglish
EALAndrew PitmanGeography Stuart Norridge
Gifted and TalentedAndrew PitmanHistoryRichard Martin
ICTLearning ZoneAndrew Pitman
LibraryJohn WhiteMathematicsRichard Martin
Modern LanguagesRob WainwrightMusic
P.E.Steven CarrollPSHE/CareersJohn White
Religious EducationJohn WhiteScienceSteven Carroll
Sixth Form and Post 16 EducationDerek GrimsleyTechnologyKaren Simpson
Pupil Premium GovernorDerek Grimsley Student Council Andrea Bird


Governor Committee Structure 2017-2018


Boarding CommitteeCurriculum & Standards CommitteeFinancial Management, Premises, Health & Safety CommitteeStaff & Student Development CommitteeStrategy & Development Committee
 Mr S  Norridge (Chair)Mr D Grimsley (Chair)Mr R Martin (Chair)Mr A Pitman (Chair)Mr D Grimsley (Chair)
Mrs S Matthews (Vice-Chair) Mr S Carroll (Vice-Chair)Mrs K Simpson (Vice-Chair)VacancyMr R Martin (Vice-Chair)
 Mr A Pitman Mrs K Haig Mr J White Mrs K HaigMr A Pitman
 Mrs K HaigVacancy Mr C Cowley Mrs S Matthews Mr S Norridge
 Rev’d R Wainwright Vacancy Mrs K Haig Mr R Dampney
Boarding Terms of Reference 2017-18Curriculum & Standards Terms of Reference 2017-18Finance & Premises combined Terms of Reference 2017-18Staff & Student Terms of Reference 2017-18Terms of reference

Governor Details, Pecuniary & Personal Interests

GovernorStart dateTerm of officeFinishing datePecuniary & personal interests
Mrs A Bird03.04.2017Four years02.04.2021Finance Manager at Burford School
Mr S Carroll11.11.2016Four years10.11.2020None
Mr C Cowley03.04.2017Four years02.04.2021Burford School Staff
Mr R Dampney01.03.2015Four years 28.02.2019Teacher at Burford School
Mr D Grimsley01.01.2012Four years 31.12.2019Royal Air Force
Mrs K Haig01.01.2009Until conclusion of Headteacher roleN/AHeadteacher of Burford School/ Director-Wysdom Touring Park/ Trustee-Burford Foundation Governors
Mr R Martin01.08.2016 Four years31.07.2020 None
Mrs S Matthews 01.04.2015 Four years 31.03.2019Parish Councillor, Shipton-under-Wychwood Parish Council
Mr S Norridge 01.09.2014 Four years 31.08.2018 None
Mr A Pitman 01.01.2017Four years 31.12.2020 Director-Pitman’s Optometrists Ltd/

Links to-Shipton-under-Wychwood Parish Council


Mrs K Simpson01.11.2014Four years31.10.2018Karen Simpson Designer/ Architects Registration Board
Rev’d R Wainwright01.10.2015Four years30.9.2019Curate, St John the Baptist Church, Burford/

Trustee-Burford School Foundation

Mr J White01.04.2014 Four years31.03.2018Governor of Burford Primary School & Trustee of Burford Pre-school
Mr A Frew03.04.201705.06.2017
Mrs S Jagger – resigned01.09.201431.07.2017
Mr S Rae – resigned11.11.201609.10.2017
Mr D Pullin – resigned01.03.201515.9.2016
Mr R Connelly – resigned01.10.201230.9.2016
Mrs M Alcock – resigned01.01.201006.03.2017
Mr C Mowbray – end of term01.01.201330.9.2017
Mr T Leach – resigned11.11.201614.11.2017
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