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Governors Profiles

Kate Kelly

As a local resident, I first got to know Beckley School when my children were here as very happy pupils and I was elected as a Parent Governor.  Currently a Foundation governor, I chair the governing body and attend both committees.  I am committed to high standards of educational achievement for every learner, and I believe that excellent local schools should be at the heart of their communities.  

My professional background is in organisational development, planning and training – overseas and in the UK, voluntary and public sectors.  I have lived and worked in developing countries in Africa and Asia, where education is almost universally recognised as the greatest asset society can give to children.  Here in Britain, the educational landscape has changed a great deal in recent years and demands on school leaders seem to have grown and grown.  As a governor I must try to balance support and challenge so that the school works effectively for all our community.     

Vanessa Anderson

I have been a long-standing Parent Governor of Beckley CE Primary School and have, therefore, a thorough insight into life here. We chose the school for our three children – two of whom have successfully been through the school and one who is at the beginning of her schooling here – because of its Christian values, and the emphasis placed on the holistic development of each child, as well as its excellent education.

As a qualified primary teacher who has taught at several Oxfordshire schools, I have a sound knowledge of teaching and learning and have a genuine interest in school improvement at all levels. It is my deep-rooted belief that this is based on an excellent partnership between children, parents, staff and Governors, with whom engagement and communication is key.

I am part of the Teaching and Learning Committee and have a particular interest and experience in Special Educational Needs and Disability, thus being the SEND Link Governor.

Laura Cockhill

I have had the honour of working at Beckley Primary School as a class teacher since 2011 and have been the elected staff governor since 2014. I come from a Science and Languages Background, having studied Biological Sciences at University and having taught in a primary school in France, prior to becoming a teacher here at Beckley. I have lived in Oxfordshire all of my life, living in Headington as a child, and moving to Bicester in later life.

I have always had a passion for teaching all children inclusively so that every child can reach their full potential and in 2014, I became Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator at the school. Within this role, I plan for, monitor and evaluate special needs provision at Beckley. In my free time I enjoy volunteering, particularly with disabled children and adults. I try to use the skills I have learnt to support children to be more independent at school, and I have seen the importance of making slight adjustments to activities to make learning accessible for all.

Since I was elected as Staff Governor, I have enjoyed learning about the challenges of the inner workings of a school, and how all stake-holders must work together to ensure that all children can achieve in a safe, secure and happy learning environment. I have had an active role as a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee during this time and have been involved with several recruitment processes. I believe that inclusive, quality-first teaching is essential in enabling all pupils to succeed and make good progress.   I enjoy the opportunity and challenge that goes with being staff governor and I value the importance of working with other professionals from different backgrounds to improve the outcomes and teaching and learning experience for each child.

Christine Marsden

I am a local resident and my children had a really wonderful time at Beckley School when they were pupils. I was associated with the school over a 12 year period and was elected as a Parent Governor during that time. When I originally stood as Parent Governor I wanted to help and support the school and offered my professional experience as a senior manager within higher education. My reasons and experience are the same now (almost 10 years on!). It has been great to return to Beckley School and meet new staff as well as see several familiar faces. My day job in an educational setting is associated with students and research, but there are many aspects of my work which are helpful as a school governor, not least experience of finance, human resource management, facilities and good governance. As a Governor I consider it a privilege to be involved in the education of the next generation.

Gary Chandler

I have been a Parent Governor at Beckley School since March 2019 when my son was in year two. My background is in Industrial Engineering where I have spent 25 years working for Rolls-Royce, including as Chief Engineer designing the Engine Control Systems for Boeing and Airbus aircraft. I currently work as Product Engineering Director for a UK technology start-up that provides Artificial Intelligence solutions into a whole range of industries across the globe. I am a certified LEAN practitioner as well as a High-Performance Culture coach. My passion is in exploring how to help teams engage and adapt to the ever-increasing pace of change that surrounds us all.

I hope I bring a new perspective to what I have seen to be a very professional leadership team at Beckley School and that I can help them to be successful in ensuring the progress of all children across the school and the drive for excellence.

Siobhan Templeton

I am a parent of three children at Beckley school, one of whom has special educational needs. I am also a trained Primary School Teacher and currently teach music in a large Early Years Department. I have experience of dealing with issues with the Local Authority in respect to education matters both as a parent of an child with SEN and as a teacher. I am very interested in the direction of travel for education policy and how it affects children in our school. I am committed to maintaining the strong ethos of pastoral and educational standards at Beckley.

In my Safeguarding role, the Headteacher and I have regular meetings to assess any issues arising in the school.

I volunteer at school as the leader of Beckley School choir and I also teach Reception Music.

Greg Kieran

I am a Beckley resident and avid supporter of our precious local institutions. I was an active advisor to the “Save the Abingdon Arms” project and am keen to see Beckley School continue to grow and flourish. I regularly coach the Beckley & Horton kids Saturday morning football sessions. All three of my children currently attend the school – that coupled with my work-from-home job, means I am local, available and ready to give more time and energy to Beckley School. I have a good understanding of the school system as my mother, sister and brother are teachers. I feel I have the right balance for this role, combining my considerable life experience with a “youthful”, energetic vigour. I have worked in various leadership roles across different industries and understand how to work in teams and get things done.

Anthea Beresford

I am the Vicar of the Four Parishes Benefice, which covers Beckley, Forest Hill, Horton-cum-Studley and Stanton St John, so villages within the catchment area of Beckley School. I am delighted to say that Beckley Church is the School’s Church, where children and staff are exceedingly welcome. 

I am privileged to be a Foundation Governor of the School, by virtue of my role as the Vicar of the Parish of Beckley, but my background fits well with being a school governor. I am an accountant by training, but spent the last twenty years of my career, before entering full-time ministry when I moved here, in assurance and governance in the higher education sector. I therefore have a good knowledge and interest in the education sector, albeit another aspect of it. My assurance, governance and financial background stand me in good stead as a governor. I look forward to continuing to work with the School, and learning more about the primary education sector. I am aware I have a new set of acronyms to learn! I am passionate in aiming to help to ensure all children are able to thrive to the best of their ability, and reach their full potential.

Rhiannon Wilkie

I joined Beckley school as Headteacher in September 2021 and am incredibly proud of our small, thriving community. As Headteacher and governor of the school, my vision is to offer an aspirational and enriching curriculum to all learners at Beckley and I underpin this vision with an unwavering commitment to inclusion, and a view that education is the greatest tool we have in maximising everybody’s life chances.

Narinder Kelay

I have been a resident of Beckley for circa 10 years and have been progressively supporting village and wider community initiatives for most of my time here.  I am a serving member of the ‘Beckley & Area Community Benefit Society Ltd (“BACBS”)’ which is a not-for-profit organisation set up to own and operate the local pub, The Abingdon Arms.

I have been involved in international education, both as a teacher and manager living and working in the UK and overseas since 1995 and my interest in education remains, especially now with a young five-year-old and an older brother who is an experienced Principal.

I currently work from home as a Programme Manager for an international IT company, and I hope to use my varied experience and knowledge to support Beckley School for years to come.

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