North Leigh C of E Primary School
North Leigh C of E Primary School
North Leigh C of E Primary School
Governors: Who We Are

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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

Governors as at September 2020
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 and have been Headteacher at North Leigh since 2015. I have been working in education for over 25 years, initially as a secondary school teacher and then in tertiary education and family literacy before moving into primary education 15 years ago. Throughout my varied roles 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. I also believe that primary education is definitely where the 'magic' of education really happens and feel privileged to spend so much of my time at North Leigh with such enthusiastic and energetic children. Outside of school, I have a family that keeps me very busy, but when I do get time off I am a vociferous reader; a keen gardener; and I love walking and running and attempting to play the saxophone (which I do quite badly!).
Deborah Seccull
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
Chris Hawthorne
Hello. My name is Chris Hawthorne and I have recently become a Parent Governor for North Leigh Primary. I love our school – the teachers, the students, the community... I wanted to do whatever I could to help this continue to be a place where all our children (I have a daughter about to start in Holly, another daughter about to start in the pre-school and a 1-year old boy waiting in the wings) can learn and thrive in a safe and caring environment. As a member of the School Improvement committee, I will be focused on doing whatever we can to take this lovely school from strength to strength.
Chris Hawthorne
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
Campbell Mackie
Hello, my name is Campbell Mackie. I am a member of the Finance & Resources Committee and as of September 2019, I will have three children at the school. I am a mechanical engineer and a project manager and I hope to use my 20 years of experience in these areas, to help with the continuing development and growth of the school. I look forward to supporting the school and enabling it to operate for the good of all its children and I hope to encourage stronger links with the wider community.
Campbell Mackie
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 over 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 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
Fiona Watts
I'm Fiona Watts and I am a Foundation Governor appointed by The Diocese of Oxford and my appointment is for 4 years. In my role I hope to support Margaret and Sophie in maintaining and improving the strong relationship that exists between the school and church communities.
I have previous experience of being a governor at the primary school in Yorkshire where my two sons were educated, a role I held for a number of years.
Since retiring from my career as a Dentist I have devoted much of my time to various charity projects. I have a strong link with a charity that educates children in one of the poorest areas of Kenya. I firmly believe that a good education is the best start in life we can give any child and that it is through education that our hopes of a better world for all can be achieved.
In my spare time I like going to the gym and walking. You may sometimes see me in school listening to Year 1 read and I also work as a Volunteer Assessor for Citizens Advice.
Fiona Watts

Governors: What We Do

The Governing Body is a group of people who work together to support the headteacher in developing the school. North Leigh has Foundation, Parent and Community Governors and can also co-opt Governors if seeking a particular skill. Governors are involved in areas such as setting the budget, recruiting staff, ensuring maintenance of the buildings and grounds, and assisting the headteacher in monitoring the quality of educational provision offered to the children. The strategic direction of the school is shaped by the Governors.

Governors are specifically trained in data assessment, schools finance, safeguarding, Prevent training, performance management, safer recruitment and admissions management. All Governors also receive induction training.

The Full Governing Body meets at least four times a year and there are regular sub-committee meetings. Every governor serves on one of the two main sub-committees: School Improvement and Finance & Resources. Other committees (e.g. Pay & Performance, Admissions) are held when needed.

Register of Pecuniary Interest Forms 2020-2021

The following information is available in web page format on screens where the width of the web site is 990 pixels or larger - Governor Attendance Record 2020 - 2021. The download for this information is also available below.
Governor Attendance Record 2020-2021
Governor Attendance Record 2019-2020
School Improvement Committee Attendance 2019-2020
Resources and Finance Committee Attendance 2019-2020
Admissions Committee Attendance 2019-2020
Pay & Performance Committee Attendance 2019-2020
North Leigh Church of England (Controlled) School
Governor Attendance at Local Governing Board (LGB) and School Improvement Committee (SIC)
Y = Attended, N = Apologies Accepted, NR = Not Required
    LGB SIC LGB LGB SIC LGB LGB SIC LGB
Governor Governor Type 28 Sep
2020
9 Nov
2020
23 Nov
2020
25 Jan
2021
22 Mar
2021
29 Mar
2021
10 May
2021
21 Jun
2021
12 Jul
2021
Rev Margaret Dixon Foundation Ex-Officio Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Mr Chris Hawthorne Parent governor N Y Y N N N Y N N
Mr Steve Lane Parent governor Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N
Mr Campbell Mackie Community governor N NR Y Y NR Y Y NR Y
Mrs Liz (Elizabeth) Mason Staff governor Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Mrs Anna Poole Co-opted governor Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N
Ms Deborah Seccull Headteacher Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Mrs Sophie Warner Foundation governor Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y
Mrs Fiona Watts Foundation governor N NR Y Y NR Y Y NR Y


Governor Attendance Record 2020 - 2021
Governor Attendance Record 2019 - 2020
Governor Attendance Record 2018 - 2019
Governor Attendance Record 2017 - 2018
Governor Attendance Record 2016 - 2017
Governor Attendance Record 2015 - 2016

Governor Attendance Record 2020 - 2021
Governor Attendance Record 2019 - 2020
Governor Attendance Record 2018 - 2019
Governor Attendance Record 2017 - 2018
Governor Attendance Record 2016 - 2017
Governor Attendance Record 2015 - 2016

North Leigh C of E Primary School
Park Road
North Leigh
Witney
OX29 6SS
01993 881525
email office.3128@north-leigh.oxon.sch.uk