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Governors' Welcome
Governors have an important part to play in the running of the school through supporting our head teacher and staff. Our prime aims are to raise standards in pupil achievement and create a happy environment that is conducive to learning. To this end we fully support the school’s strong priority to provide a well-rounded education for our young people, enabling them to value the rich diversity of life within their immediate surroundings and out in the wider community. We have high expectations for all of our pupils and will continue to challenge them to fulfill their potential in line with our vision and values.

Governors take an active interest in all aspects of the school and together with the head teacher continually look for ways to build on the school’s successes. This leadership team provides managerial and financial stability with a clear sense of direction to take the school forward.

Some of our projects for the forthcoming year include:
  • Work with partners both from inside and outside the local schools’ partnership and ODST to help deliver the highest possible standard of teaching and learning
  • Continue to raise pupil achievement across the curriculum through exciting creative work
  • Help children to understand what they do well and what they need to do to improve
  • Promote independent learning throughout the school
  • Form closer links between the Governing Body, PTA and North Leigh School Trust to look at joint projects to benefit the children in the school.
Children who leave North Leigh School take with them a sense of self-worth and high levels of achievement. The children know that they are respected as individuals, and respect others equally, and can continue their education well supported by our core Christian values of respect, honesty, perseverance, creativity and community.

Sophie Warner
Chair of Governors
Sophie Warner
I am Sophie Warner and I am currently Chair of Governors. I am Foundation Governor reporting to St Mary's and was appointed by the Oxford Diocese. I have been a Governor for 8 years and really enjoy my involvement with the school in my capacity as Chair and specifically on the School Improvement and Pay and Performance Committees. As a Governor I have responsibility for Special Educational Needs. My term of office is four years.
There is always something new to learn and it is a privilege to work with such dedicated and skilled staff.
I have four adult children, the youngest of whom is still at university. I am involved with running a visitor centre and play area at a local prison. I am also a sheep farmer.
Sophie Warner
Deborah Seccull
I'm Deborah Seccull, the Headteacher. I have been involved in education for over 20 years, first working as a secondary school teacher and then in tertiary education and family literacy before taking up a teaching role in primary school. This is my first headship and prior to this I worked for 10 years at another Oxfordshire primary school. Throughout my work in education I have been committed to ensuring the best learning outcomes for all individuals and am passionate in my belief that education improves life chances and that everyone deserves the education best suited to them. Outside of school, I have two teenage girls of my own who also keep me very busy, but when I do get time off I am a vociferous reader, a keen gardener, and I love walking and playing the saxophone (quite badly!).
Deborah Seccull
Jon Bennett
Hello, my name is Jon Bennett. I have been a Parent Governor at the school for 4 years now and have 2 years remaining under the current appointment to the School Governing Body. In my work as a structural engineer I am involved in delivering many new build school and refurbishment projects. I am the Chair of the Resources Committee, which is focused on developing and continuously improving the physical environment for the benefit of the pupils, teachers and parents, in line with our school vision.
Jon Bennett
Dr Tim Bush
Dr Tim Bush, Parent Governor and responsible for Finance on the Resource Commitee. Tim received his Ph.D in Physics at the University of Kent at Canterbury and subsequently was a post-doctoral fellow at the The Royal Institution and Oxford University, though is now a Software Consultant. He lives in North Leigh and is actively involved with local rugby and cricket teams as well as Scouts. He doesn't seem to have any spare time currently, but if he did he'd spend it sailing.
Dr Tim Bush
Rev Margaret Dixon
I'm Margaret Dixon, the Associate Minister in charge of St Mary's Church, North Leigh, where I have been for a year. Before training as a priest I worked in education as a Youth and Community Worker, initially in Calderdale and then with Bucks County Council. During a career break while I had my twins, I studied for a degree in Archaeology. I then began working in a Church of England primary school involved in ICT, library and supporting pupils. I remained at the school for over 10 years as I continued to use my archaeological photography skills in the summer holidays on an excavation at Silchester in Hampshire. I served as a curate in a benefice of four churches in Buckinghamshire before moving to North Leigh. I serve on the School Improvement Committee, have a role as Community Link Worker, lead weekly Collective Worship, and fortnightly St Mary's Lunch. My hobbies include photography, archaeology, church history and walking my dog, Rylie.
Rev Margaret Dixon
Steve Lane
Hello, my name is Steve Lane, I am a Parent Governor, and have been since October 2014. As of September 2015 I will have three children at the school. I am a member of the School Improvement Committee and Chair of the Finance Committee. I hope, in a small way, to help ensure that that our school continues to provide our young people with an environment to thrive and leave with a love of learning which will see them achieve their potential.
Steve Lane
David Marsden MRICS
Community Governor and member of Resources Committee. David qualified as a Chartered Building Surveyor in 2000 and currently works for University Partnerships Programme as Senior Transaction Manager specialising in the design, build, finance and operation of on campus student accommodation. David lives in North Leigh and is Chair of the North Leigh Scouting Group Executive Committee. David enjoys most sports in particular snowboarding, surfing, football and can occasionally be spotted struggling to run up St Mary’s Road.
David Marsden
Elizabeth Mason
Hello, I'm Liz Mason. It is a privilege to serve as a staff representative on our Governing Body. I have been a teacher for 25 years and continue to be passionate about providing quality teaching and learning experiences for all our children, enabling them to flourish and grow as happy and fulfilled individuals, full of curiosity about the world around them and a desire to grasp all that life has to offer as they move on from our school. At home I have a husband and three teenage sons who make me laugh and the cutest dog that likes no end of love and attention. I enjoy reading, baking, watching a gripping drama on TV and dreaming about learning to sew one day (probably when I retire!).
Elizabeth Mason
Anna Poole
I recently became a Governor of North Leigh Primary School in October 2016, bringing a real passion to help create an exciting and thriving future for the school. As a parent with a child at the school I was keen to look beyond the classroom and work with the governors and staff to make their ideas and ambitions a reality. I’m able to draw on my background in education to support the school in its desire to do the very best for the children in their care.
Anna Poole
Maureen Trotman
Hello my name is Maureen Trotman and I am a newly appointed Foundation Governor here at North Leigh Primary School appointed by St Mary's Church at North Leigh.
I am serving on the School Improvement Committee and I am also the Governor responsible for Safeguarding.
Maureen Trotman
North Leigh C of E Primary School      Park Road      North Leigh      Witney      OX29 6SS
01993 881525               email