West Kidlington Local Board of Governors

A very warm welcome from the LBG of West Kidlington Primary School and Nursery. In this section, you will find an introduction to who we are and what our role is.

Charlotte Christie (Chair)

Charlotte worked for many years for Oxfordshire County Council and is now an independent Education Consultant. She has wide experience of working with Headteachers and Governors in all types of schools and has also frequently delivered training for governors. She has been a member of 4 IEBs, one as Chair. In the past she worked with the school as the Local Authority Adviser.

Clare Harris

Date of appointment: 30th November 2017

As a parent governor, I have a keen interest in supporting the school, to create an environment that is safe, inspiring and encourages everyone to contribute to the school’s success.  I want to ensure that all children move through the school not only achieving their academic best, but also understanding and practicing broader life skills such as confidence, kindness and curiosity.  I have two children at the school, but see this role as one that supports all our children.

Mairi Gibbs

Date of appointment: 30th November 2017

Mairi is a parent governor and has two children at West Kidlington, currently in Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 1. Her family has also used Nursery, Skips, and Magpies so has experienced all parts of the school. Mairi has a scientific background and works in Oxford as a senior manager, with a particular interest in developing a strong organisation backed by pragmatic and effective processes.

Simon Bissett

Simon is an independent Professional Development Consultant. He works with educationalists to ensure all pupils achieve their potential and staff are developed to become the best they can be. He has previously been a primary school Headteacher and has also worked as adviser to schools and governors in several local authorities.

Simon Cowley

Simon delivers training, leadership support and challenge to principals as well as developing whole White Horse Federation systems for assessment and portfolios of evidence. He takes the lead for ensuring the White Horse Federation is a values-based organisation. Simon is a School and National Leader of Education.

Simon Isherwood: Principal

Date of appointment. 5th September 2016

I joined West Kidlington Primary School as the Principal in September 2016. I am highly motivated to improve the education provision for all children in the school. I see a tremendous spirit throughout the school. I would like to provide, through my role as Principal and Governor, a school that is current, inspiring and pioneering. Prior to this appointment, I was headteacher at Bladon CE Primary School for five years. I have also worked as a School Improvement Advisor for the Local Authority. My wife is a teacher and my two children attend Oxfordshire primary and secondary schools. We talk school a lot in my house!

Alison Cook: Clerk to the LGB

Alison works as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant at West Kidlington Primary School. Initially appointed as Clerk to the Governing Body in January 2016, she has more recently undertaken clerking duties for the IEB and more recently the TMB. She now acts as clerk for the LGB.