Who are the Governors?
The local governing body is made up of the Headteacher and people from various different groups who have an interest in the success of the school, including parents, staff and the local community. The governors welcome a range of viewpoints, and make decisions together about a variety of issues. Between them governors have a wide breadth of skills and experience to enable the governing body collectively to support and challenge the school leadership. As vacancies arise specific skills are targeted to fill gaps in the governing body. As a result, key professional skills are represented from law, accountancy, architecture to educational skills.
All governors attend the Local Governing Body meetings.
Joint Chair of Governors: Sarah McHugh & Paul Stockdale
Headteacher: Jon Gray
Clerk to Governors: Jenny Dyer
Parent Governors (Voted for by Parents)
Phillip Evans (30/4/2018 to 29/4/2022)
Danielle Ballantine-Drake (14/12/20 to 13/12/2024)
Camilla Ip (4/5/2020 to 3/5/2024)
Leila Whitworth (14/12/2020 to 13/12/2024)
Community Governors (Appointed by River Learning Trust)
Sarah McHugh (25/9/17 to 24/9/2022)
Barnaby Perkins (7/9/2020 to 6/9/2024)
Chris Phillips (2/3/2020 to 1/3/2024)
Sarah Pugh (2/3/2020 to 1/3/2024)
Paul Stockdale (21/9/2019 to 20/9/202023)
Staff Governors (Appointed by Staff)
Sara Zumbuhl (Support Staff Governor) (12/7/2021 to 11/7/2025
Governors who have stepped down in the last 12 months
Natalia Trendler (Teaching Staff Governor) (13/7/2020 to 18/10/2021)
Nick Dolan (Support Staff Governor) (13/7/2020 to 12/7/2021)
Sourovi De (Community) (13/3/19 to 20/4/2021)
Samantha Birket (Community) (4/4/20 to 6/9/20)
Ray Weston (Parent Governor) (16/11/20 to 6/9/20)
Introducing the Governors
Paul Stockdale (Co-Chair of Governors & Community Governor)
My name is Paul Stockdale. I am a Community Governor and one of the Co-Chairs of the Local Governing Board. I originally joined the Larkrise Governing Body in 2015 as a co-opted governor with specific responsibility for finance and chaired the Resources Committee before becoming Co-Chair of Governors in September 2017. I am a Chartered Accountant and work as Chief Financial Officer at an Oxford-based biotech company. My three children attend the school.
Sarah McHugh (Co-Chair of Governors & Community Governor)
My name is Sarah McHugh and I am a co-opted Governor and Co-Chair of Governors.
Phillip Evans (Vice-Chair of Governors, Chair of Resources Committee & Parent Governor)
Danielle Ballantine-Drake (Parent Governor)
My name is Danielle Ballantine-Drake. I am a parent governor with two children at Larkrise. My link role is EYFS and I am on the Impact Committee. In my working life I am the Head of Early Years & Voice at a music hub, which involves a combination of managing a team of music teachers and also teaching music to children from birth to 7yrs.
Camilla Ip (Parent Governor)
Since mid-2020, I have been a Parent Governor with specific responsibility for Communications and Public Relations, and the Friends of Larkrise. I have one child at the school and work in biomedical research at the University.
Chris Phillips (Community Governor)
My name is Chris Phillips. I am a Community Governor appointed in March 2020. I am a former primary headteacher and educational consultant. I am delighted to have the opportunity to be involved at this exciting time for the school.
Leila Whitworth (Parent Governor)
Leila is a parent governor and has one child at Larkrise in Robin Reception class. Her professional role is Head of Research Strategy and Funding at the University of Oxford. In this senior leadership position, she manages a team responsible for strategy, planning, financial management and research assessment. She is also a writer and has a particular interest in good communication.