Mr Scott Orchard (Co-opted)
I am a retired School Teacher. I taught at Banbury School for 37 years, starting as a PE Teacher and finishing as Operational Headteacher. I am married with 2 daughters. My wife was a Teacher, my daughters are a Teacher and a Surgeon. I am a tour guide at Hook Norton Brewery – well someone has to do it. My interests include having an allotment, sport, walking and making my keep fit class suffer.
Mr Justin Stone (Staff Governor – Head)
I have been Head of Hook Norton Church of England Primary School since September 2019. I have taught for twenty years across all the primary age ranges. I was previously a Head Teacher in Warwickshire and a Deputy in Solihull. I have three children aged between 17 and 20, all studying for various qualifications. I am happily married to a secondary English teacher.
Mr Derek Brotherston (LA Governor)
I have lived in Hook Norton for 18 years and have spent my working life in and around Computer and IT support. I now own and run a local computer and IT consultancy business and have a keen interest in the use of technology within education.
Mrs Nellie Crouch (Associate Member)
I have twenty years of teaching experience having taught in London and Kent before moving to the Cotswolds. I have taught across all three key stages of the primary phase: Foundation Stage and Key Stages One and Two. I am Deputy Headteacher at Hook Norton, enjoying the combination of leadership and class teacher responsibilities for our successful and thriving school. I have been actively involved in voluntary work including leading children and family activities at large conventions and charitable trips abroad. I enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, entertaining friends and being actively involved in a church. I particularly enjoy spending time with my husband, daughter, son and daughter-in-law.
Mrs Hazel Hope (Associate Member)
I moved to Hook Norton with my family in April 1995 and became a member of staff at the School that September as School Secretary. During my 23 years’ service I have progressed to become School Business Manager, have been involved with the Governing Body first as Clerk and latterly Associate Governor, and an active member of the Friends of the School.
Both my children attended Hook Norton CE Primary School as pupils and thoroughly enjoyed their time here – in fact, my daughter has returned to become a member of staff as she was appointed as a Teacher a number of years ago! Out of school, I enjoy spending time with my family, playing netball, entertaining, and especially cooking and baking (handy for any cake sales!).
Mrs Sara Peters (Staff Governor – Teaching)
Mr Hugh Protherough (Co-opted)
Hugh has lived in Hook Norton for 40 years and his children attended this school. After a career as teacher and headteacher he built a successful business managing school inspection contracts on behalf of Ofsted. As Deputy Director of Inspections for Prospects he sat on Ofsted’s Regional and National Quality Assurance Boards and was involved in benchmarking the quality of inspections and delivering training to audiences as diverse as local authorities, schools and Her Majesty’s Inspectors. A grandfather to three children, he continues to work part time as an adviser in primary schools across the midlands.
Joe Williams (Chair – Co-opted)
I am currently Chair of governors having rejoined the governing body at Hook Norton in 2017, previously a governor for over 10 years including 3 of those as Chair of governors. I am currently managing partner in the Village Shop and the postmaster for Hook Norton Post Office, a director of the independents board of the Association of Convenience Stores which includes lobbying and advising government on issues affecting the convenience and retail store sectors, I am also an elected member of the meridian & welsh Guild of Spar UK. I have also previously spent 16 years as an operational firefighter at the village fire station and a former parish councillor. Outside of these work activities The rest of my time is mainly taken up walking and looking after my 2 lively & loveable Jug dogs.
Sally Newman (Co-opted)
My family and I have loved living in Hook Norton for the last 23 years. Until retirement my husband taught at the village school, and both our daughters attended. For 35 years I taught in primary schools in East London, Essex and Oxfordshire, spending the last 14 years of my career as headteacher of a school in Banbury. Despite being retired, I have retained my interest in, and passion for, education so I feel that becoming a school governor will be an exciting and, hopefully, useful role that I can undertake. I enjoy a variety of hobbies; keeping active through dance, gardening and playing netball, as well as watching sport, reading and spending time with my friends and family.
Helen Lewis (Parent Governor)
I am one of the parent governors of Hook Norton Primary School. I am married with 3 children - all of whom attend Hook Norton Primary School. I have been involved in education for twenty years - having taught History in Suffolk, Lincolnshire, and Sussex. Since moving to the Cotswolds, I have taught trainee teachers at Sussex and Worcester Universities on their PGCE courses. I am currently back in the classroom teaching History in a secondary school in Oxfordshire.
Claire Watmore (Clerk to Governing body)
Claire Watmore is the Clerk to the Governors at Hook Norton and some other local schools. Claire’s key roles include taking the minutes at the meeting and circulating these to governors once the Chair and Headteacher have checked them. She also provides guidance on school regulations, instrument of government, duties, powers, procedures, governors’ terms of office and timely elections and appointments.
Contact the Governors
Letters addressed to the Chair of Governors C/O the School will be forwarded. Alternatively email email@example.com making the email for the attention of the Chair and the school will forward the email on.
For governing bodies to carry out their role effectively, governors must be:
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