The governor’s role is to act as a ‘critical friend’ to the school, by monitoring the activities of the school to ensure that the children receive the best possible education in a safe and stimulating learning environment.
We are fortunate to have so many active and committed governors, many of whom have been connected to the school for many years. As you can see, the governors come from a wide range of backgrounds and bring a diverse range of talents and experience to the school and we rely on these skills to ensure that the governors fulfil their function. We are also very fortunate to have such a dedicated and talented staff of teachers and teaching assistants and the governors work in close partnership with the staff. If you have any questions, queries or comments about the work of the governors please do not hesitate to get in touch. We very much value feedback from parents about their experience and views of the school.
If you would like more details regarding appointments and resignations of governors, please refer to The Propeller Academy Trust website, financial statement:
Fernando Nodal - Chair of Governors
I am a Lecturer in Medicine at St Hilda's College, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Neuroscientist with an interest in how training and perpetual learning are related to neural plasticity. After my graduate studies in Spain and having worked in different laboratories in France and Switzerland, I arrived at Oxford at the beginning of the millennium as has become my hometown.
I became a member of Kingfisher's Governing Body in 2017 and since then I have seen how Kingfisher School has gone from strength to strength, expanding and improving its facilities, but more importantly, raising the standards of teaching to serve better our thriving pupils. I feel privileged to form part of the Kingfisher's community and contribute to its success, especially to that of our pupils. Please get in contact through the School Office if you want to raise any issue or make a suggestion to the Governing Body.
Andrew Clarke - Governor
I'm new to Kingfisher School as a Governor, having joined in the Autumn of 2018. I am an Architect by profession with over twenty years of experience working in the development of school schemes, with Local Education Authorities. Projects have ranged from Nurseries through to Secondary School and sixth forms, including a particular expertise in special needs provision, both in new build and refurbishment. I have spent the majority of my career working in private practice in Oxfordshire with a number of schools completed for Oxfordshire County Council, but overall projects have stretched into London and as far as Kent. I've been responsible for architectural commissions from inception through all design stages to completion, acting as lead consultant for integrated multi-discipline teams, managing client interface and coordinating stakeholder involvement. I have recently joined OCC becoming an expert client and looking at new school developments in the county.
Free time is spent with my wife and children. nI have been married for 18 years. I have twins, Ellie and Joshua who are at primary school and my youngest, Jemma, who has started reception. I attend St Ebbes Church in Oxford.
Cynthia Bartlett - Governor
I am a retired headteacher of a secondary school. During my career in teaching I was a governor at three secondary schools and a primary school before taking up the post of a Community Governor at Kingfisher School. I work as a senior examiner for one of the Examining Boards and have edited GCSE textbooks and other resources for Oxford University Press. I have always had a particular interest in children with special educational needs and am delighted to be a Governor at Kingfisher School. I live in Abingdon and am a member of Trinity Church.