We have committed and enthusiastic governors on our Local Governing Body (LGB), who work effectively in partnership with the school leadership team. Governors meet regularly to review the leadership and management of the school and take a strategic lead in school development. Governors also take a lead in monitoring and challenging the school leadership team on specific areas and make regular visits to the school on this basis.
As part of the Vale Academy Trust (VAT), the LGB works under a Scheme of Delegation from the VAT Directors and Members and represents the school on various VAT Committees.
The most recent minutes from LGB meetings are held in the school office and posted on the school notice board. Parents and carers should feel free to contact Governors to discuss school matters if they wish to do so; contact details are available from the school office.
Local Governing Body Members
Alan McPherson – Chair of Governors
Director appointed governor
I have been a governor at Charlton Primary School since January 2016 and was elected Chair of Governors in October 2018. My granddaughter is a pupil at the school. I am a regular volunteer at Forest School and do some gardening around the school.
I am retired from full-time employment, having over 40 years international HR experience primarily in energy companies. I am a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development.
I became a governor with the intention of making a difference to the life chances of children. I had no expectations of what it meant to be a school governor and have found it to be a rewarding and challenging experience. There is always more to do.
Each governor is encouraged to take a lead role for an aspect of school governance. I have taken a general lead on HR matters including a review of school policies, staff development and the appraisal process. I have also undertaken the safeguarding lead role since September 2016 and have attended external training courses, bringing back questions and observations to the school.
An important task for the LGB is to provide strategic clarity and direction, and I have worked with the Head Teacher and the LGB to develop a vision and strategy for Charlton to become a top performing school. I believe that a top performing school deserves a top performing governing body and continue to work with Governors to achieve that. I have developed my knowledge by attending the NGA Development for Chairs programme.
Charlton is one of eight schools forming the Vale Academy Trust and I attend meetings of Chairs of Governors from the other schools, as well as Governor development sessions, to share knowledge and best practice. I participate in VAT working groups.
I am hugely optimistic about the bright future for Charlton, the LGB, the staff and mostly for the pupils. We have a real opportunity together to make a difference to children’s lives and futures.
Leads on Inclusion
Director appointed governor
I’m Karen Harrington and I became a governor at Charlton Primary at the end of February 2019. My key responsibility is SEND and Pupil Premium. My desire to a school governor at Charlton School derives from a genuine interest in education and a wish to be involved in the community to help a local school to ensure good quality education and outcomes for all their children. I am truly passionate about the education that children receive and have a desire to ensure that every child gets the best possible education and opportunity to succeed in life. I share the school’s view that all children are individuals and should be supported and encouraged to develop to the very best of their ability and without any disadvantage.
I was a primary school teacher for twenty years and then a head teacher within Oxfordshire for nine. I left the teaching profession to support the development and organisational growth of our family agricultural consultancy business however, I maintain my interest in education locally and nationally. I like to think that my past and current experience and skills will be of benefit, and I fully welcomed the opportunity to join the existing dedicated governors to support the school.
Outside of work, I am a keen gardener, and utterly enjoy the natural environment, plants, and wildlife that this hobby promotes. I also enjoy a range of crafts.
Leads on Teaching and Learning, and Early Years Link
Director appointed governor
Hi, I’m Fiona Assersohn. I have been a director appointed governor since October 2015. In September 2018 I took on the lead responsibility for Teaching and Learning, which I am really enjoying. This involves developing an overview of the curriculum, how it is being taught, how pupils are learning and their attainment.
I used to be a secondary school teacher in Yorkshire and then for an online school. Due to ill-health I was unable to continue. However as a governor I have found a way to use my experience and knowledge to contribute to Charlton School and its continuing success. I enjoy being a governor and really appreciate the opportunity to contribute to school life.
Aside from being a governor I volunteer in the school library, which is great fun.
Director appointed governor
I’m Bally Khinda and am I Director appointed Governor at Charlton Primary School.
I visited Charlton Primary as potential school for my daughter for when she reaches school age. I was so impressed with the school and ethos that I applied for the Governor role and was appointed in June 2018.
My day job is Senior Compliance Manager for a well known financial services firm. The skills and experience I have obtained throughout my career can be transferred to my role as Governor, helping to continuously develop the school, and ensure our pupils are provided with the best opportunities to develop into bright young adults.
My key responsibility working with other members of the LGB is Finance and Fundraising.
The role as Governor is exciting and very satisfying, especially when you see the difference the support from the skilled and experienced members of the LGB can make, in helping the school and pupils develop and achieve success.
Outside of work and my volunteering role, I enjoy travelling and learning from new experiences. I enjoy being in the kitchen trying out new recipes and new food. The rest of my time is spent with my little girl from swimming to painting to afternoons in the park.
Leads on Communication and PE and Sports Premium Link
I’m Nick Fisher, and I’ve been a parent governor at Charlton Primary since mid-2017. My key responsibility is Communications, which covers both the school website and communication with pupils and parents. I became a governor because I wanted to contribute my skills and experience to developing the school and the educational experience of its pupils; I can confidently say that while it’s been a steep learning curve, the work I’m involved with as part of the governing body is making a real impact to the school, and the success of the students.
I currently manage the technical training team for an IT security company, based in Abingdon. I’ve spent a large part of my career focused on training and development, both in the education and IT sectors, and this has fuelled a keen interest in developing people’s knowledge and experience. I’ve also had lots of involvement in financial, metric and operational management, along with process improvement. I’m able to use all of this experience within my governor role, and am fortunate to work alongside others who bring different skills and knowledge to form a very strong team.
Outside of work, I am a keen cyclist and runner, and I’m happiest when outside with my family, be it exploring some nearby woods, or venturing further afield to discover new places and experiences.
Suzy Alder – Vice Chair
Leads on Behaviour, Anti-Bullying and School Values
Director appointed governor
I am Suzy Alder and I currently have 2 children at Charlton school and 1 child at pre school. I have been a governor since 2017. My lead role for the governing body at Charlton is behaviour which covers all aspects of ensuring the children at school are happy, kind and responsible and that their behaviour puts them in the best position to maximise their learning and school experience. The role also covers areas like, attendance, pupil and staff well-being, and anti – bullying.
I am passionate about a values led approach and know from experience how vital this is in creating and inclusive, enriching and inspirational environment. I believe the school is unique in having values high on the agenda every day and am always very proud when I see and hear the children talking or displaying our school values – they are a key part of helping us ensure that together we give the very best enrichment to every child at school and that everyone’s potential is recognised and supported.
I work at Oxfam as operational planning and performance lead and have a strong interest in inclusion, diversity and leadership. I also work as a career coach and mentor at Oxfam, and am inspired by working with others to help them overcome challenges and realise their potential. Originally a musician and then lawyer by training I am delighted to have been able to bring a wealth of varied professional experience from these diverse former careers to my current position.
Outside work I love being with my family and adventuring together.
I am Becki Edwards and I have been the staff governor at Charlton since September 2017.
Having had a career in teaching for 24 years, I have worked as a teacher at Charlton since 2009 and since 2015 have had the privilege of being the lead teacher for our Foundation Stage Unit. Prior to working at the school, my own 2 boys attended Charlton. As a military family, we chose to settle in Wantage 17 years ago, in order to give our children security and a place to call home. Charlton school has therefore become a very big part of my life, and the opportunity to work alongside fellow governors as part of the Charlton community, is a role that I feel passionate about.
It is this sense of community that underpins the work of the governing body and its vision reflects that of the school in its core values. The governing body is working hard to ensure that staff are well supported and children at Charlton are making progress in all areas of their school life- both in academic terms but also in preparing them to be well-rounded citizens in society. Outside of school I enjoy dog walking, swimming, reading and meeting up with friends. I am also lucky enough to attend many RAF events and occasions, which are rich and varied experiences and very much appeal to me as a ‘people’ person.
I am delighted to introduce myself as the Executive Headteacher at Charlton Primary School. Having arrived at the school in 2014 to take up the position of Deputy Head teacher, I was lucky enough to work with the previous Head Teacher (Mrs Jenny del a Coze) which gave me a fantastic apprenticeship to leading such a wonderful school. I always intended to ensure that Charlton continued with the same ethos, care and values that it has built up over a long period of time. The school and community are very important to me and I whole heartedly promote our values of Be Happy, Be Kind, and Be Responsible, whilst continually striving to improve the children’s learning experiences.
The role of Executive Headteacher gives me the opportunity to channel into Charlton experiences, roles and leadership positions I’ve held in the past. Having children myself, I really value the opinions and concerns of parents. I hope that together, we can continue to take the school forward and make Charlton Primary School the best it can be.