The Governing Body of Wychwood C of E School welcome you to our school. We are a committed and passionate group, excited about our staff and pupils, and proud of who we are as a school community. We hope you enjoy visiting our website.

The governors are made up of staff, parents, community and church representatives, and work together across all aspects of school life. If you would like to talk to any of us, we would be very happy to hear from you.

Contact with John Witts, Chair of Governors can be made at: jpwitts@hotmail.com

Foundation Governors (nominated by the Diocesan Board)

Iain Russel-Jarvie

I have been a governor at the school for more than 4 years. I joined the School Governing Body as a Community Governor to help link the school with the local community. Now as a Foundation Governor I am appointed by the Diocese to represent the Church. I have two grandsons in school and take a keen interest in school activities both in and out of the class. My particular interest is in Modern Foreign Languages and I like to attend classes during French lessons. I serve on the Finance Committee and Chair the Head Teacher Performance Management Committee.

Mr Richard Smith

I have lived in Shipton under Wychwood since 2003 and I am a retired police officer and hospital voluntary service organiser. I am married, with a son and a daughter and I have two grandsons who attend this school. I am the safeguarding governor.

Parent Governors

Mrs Hannah Wessel

I have five children aged between fourteen and four and I have been coming to Wychwood Primary School for over ten years! This is my second term as a parent governor, and I am currently chair of the Curriculum Committee. I am aligned with the Maths and Teaching and Learning priorities in the School Development Plan and I am particularly interested in the Growth Mindset and the way that children learn. I feel privileged to be a governor in our happy, vibrant school and I am at the school gates most days, so please feel free to approach me if you have any questions at all, especially about the governing body and the role we play in the school.

Mrs Sophie Banks

I live in Milton under Wychwood and have two sons in the school. Being the newest governor, I am still learning the ropes but have joined the Curriculum, Pupil and Parent sub committee and am understudy to Rachel Bellars as SEN governor. I also listen to individual children reading each week, join school trips and lifeguard.

Mr John Walker

I am John Walker and run a family farm near Burford. I have two children at Wychwood School. I became a parent governor in April 2014 as I was keen to give something back to the school. Since then, I have been involved in setting up the wildlife/forest school area, which has been very rewarding. I also attend regular meetings and visit school to help with sporting events, walking children to church and accompanying the children on trips. In addition to the full governing board meetings, I am a member of the Premises and Finance Committee, where I am involved with ensuring the school complies with Health and Safety Regulations.

Ruth Seymour

I became a parent governor in 2018. My husband and I live in Fulbrook and have two daughters at the school, in Reception and Year Two.
I used to be a primary school teacher and continue to work in the education sector. I am part of the Curriculum, Pupils and Parent sub committee and will be taking up the position of SEND link governor.

Co-opted Governors

Mrs Jill Mavin

I have lived in Shipton for 35 years and I provide a link with the Parish Council. I am also a member of the PTA and I help with fundraising activities  as well as helping out with sports activities, Spelling Bees etc. 

Mrs Danielle Wilden

I have two boys who both attend Wychwood School and live locally. I am a co-opted governor and have been a member of the governing body since 2015. I work as a building surveyor and have a background in H&S and project management in the education sector so I am able to help the school with practical matters.

Mr John Witts

John has been a Governor for over 4 years. He is married to Ali and has two (soon to be one) girls at the school. He is Pastor of the local Baptist Church which gives him flexibility to help as needed. He jointly chairs the FPP committee along with Iain Russel Jarvie, and is Lead Governor on the ‘Teaching & Learning’ priority of the School Development Plan.


Mr Joseph Rubba

Teacher Governor

Mrs Dee Loader

Associate Governor

Mrs Julie Hemming

Clerk to Governors

Ms Mary Arnell