Every school is required to have a Governing Board: our governing board is made up of volunteers from the local community, parents, the Headteacher and a staff member. Together we have a collective responsibility for making sure that all children in our school receive the best education possible in a safe, caring and as a Church of England primary school, Christian environment. The Headteacher is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school. The Governing Board is strategic, which means that we plan for the future and consider how the school can achieve its targets and aspirations.
We hope that you will find the following information and links informative. If you require any further information or would like to contact us, all governors can be contacted through the school office or email the Chair of Governors, Kevin Moyes email@example.com. Your comments and suggestions are always welcomed, we would very much like to hear from you.
The Governing Body is appointed by Oxfordshire Local Authority
The Board of Governors for St Blaise do not have Committees, but have Lead areas. All Governor positions, their Lead areas and other details are shown below.
Kevin Moyes – Chair of Governors
Co-opted Governor, Term of Office ends 31st March 2019
I work for Save the Children International in a very demanding role as Global Head of Reward. I am a full member of the Chartered Institute for Personnel Development (CIPD) and also have Finance and Premises experience. As the Chair of Governors I am responsible for helping the governing body to work as a team and to challenge, support and contribute to the direction of the school. My wife has recently joined the team and is working as a Teaching Assistant for the school. I enjoy spending quality time with my wife and two daughters, walking our dog and gardening. I am also Chair of Governors at Marsh Baldon C.E Primary School, a member of the Oxfordshire Schools’ Forum and Oxfordshire Governors ‘national’ association.
Foundation Governor, Term of Office ends 5th November 2022
My father was the village schoolmaster so I and my three sisters were all born in the village schoolhouse. After leaving school I spent six months in Germany and then went to Birmingham University to read German with subsidiary Russian followed by PGCE. My first teaching job was in Nottingham, my second at a Forces school in Germany and my last was as Deputy head at King Alfred’s in Wantage. I have been a governor at St Blaise since 2000. You could say I have been in education all my life! My main interests are church and music. I play the piano and enjoy singing. I play the organ at church, conduct a small village choir and belong to the Abingdon & District Musical Society choir. I also enjoy cooking, gardening and needlework.
Ruth Leach – Headteacher
I am Ruth Leach, Headteacher at St Blaise. I have been working at the school, as a class teacher, acting Head and now Head teacher since 2009. I have been teaching for 22 years and have worked with all of the primary age ranges. I am currently the lead safeguarding representative, SENCO and RE co-ordinator. As a governor I attend all working group meetings and work closely with the lead Pupil Premium and SEN governors.
Staff Governor, Term of Office ends 11th September 2021
I am the teaching staff governor. I teach foundation stage and Year 1. I am Literacy co-ordinator and am responsible for Early Years and music. I work closely with the Headteacher on safeguarding issues. I have worked at St Blaise for many years and have taught all year groups.
Mark Smith – Vice Chair of Governors
LA Governor, Term of Office ends 31st July 2021
I have been a governor at St Blaise for many years in two separate terms of office. I also have previous experience as the Chair of the Red Dragon Pre School and Chair and
Representative of the Abingdon Communication Workers Union Branch.
Co-Opted Governor, Term of Office ends 12th March 2023
As my title suggests, I am the parent of a child whom currently attends the school. My role involves contributing to both the school’s success and all the children’s wellbeing by working with staff and governors, other parents and the wider community to achieve common goals which benefit the school and surrounding area.
Prior to becoming a governor, I previously held the role of Chair of the Red Dragon Pre-School, which is independent of the school but utilises the same premises and is a natural feeder for the school’s intake. Whilst you are most likely to see me around the school, we are a very outdoor orientated family, so you are equally likely to bump into us all, in one of the nearby villages either on foot or on our bikes, no matter what the weather!
Associate Member, Term of Office ends 31st July 2019
I was head teacher of Milton C of E, now St Blaise, from 2000 to 2007. In 2011 I came to visit colleagues at the invitation of the then acting headteacher Ruth Leach and am now, once again, very much part of the School family. As an associate member of the governing body I support the School in much the same way as other governors; additionally I am able to offer my expertise from many years in education- as a teacher, head teacher and Ofsted inspector. I have a strong connection to the area having grown up in Steventon. This is perhaps where my passion for the survival and success of small schools stem, as I attended the village school
Co-opted Governor, Term of office ends 5th November 2022
My husband and I have recently moved to Milton and I was keen to get involved in the local community. I have been teaching for nearly 30 years, including two headships in two very different primary schools. I hope I will be able to support my local school and am looking forward to getting to know everyone better. I have two grown up sons and my husband is a hospital Chaplain.
Parent Governor, Term of office ends 14th November 2021
I was born in Sydney Australia and have lived in the UK since 2007. I am a father of two and a Design Engineer working in the motorsport industry with a passion for science, engineering, technology and maths. I look forward to contributing in these and other areas as St Blaise grows in the future.
Reverend Phil Sutton
Ex-Officio Foundation Governor, Term of Office ends 5th November 2022
1. Instrument of Government
2. Full Governing Board minutes
Copies of Governors board minutes are available in the entrance hall and we can provide a paper copy is requested.
- St Blaise FGB Minutes 11.12.18
- St Blaise FGB Minutes 13.11.18
- St Blaise FGB Minutes 11.10.18
- St Blaise FGB Minutes 18.09.18
- St Blaise FGB Minutes 10.07.18
- St Blaise FGB Minutes 19.09.17
- St Blaise FGB Minutes October 10th
- St Blaise FGB Minutes 14th November
- St Blaise FGB Minutes 12th December
- St Blaise FGB 16th January Minutes
- St Blaise FGB Minutes February 8th 2018
- St Blaise FGB Minutes 13.03.18
- St Blaise FGB Minutes 26.04.18
- St Blaise FGB 08.05.2018
- St Blaise FGB Minutes 12.06.18
- St Blaise FGB Minutes 04.04.17
- St Blaise FGB minutes 06.06.17
- St Blaise FGB Minutes 27.04.17 Budget Approval
- St Blaise FGB Minutes 04.07.17
- St Blaise FGB Minutes 07.03.17
- St Blaise FGB Minutes 07.02.17
3. Schedule of Full Governing Board Meetings 2018/19
4. Register of Pecuniary Interests, Governor roles and attendance
5. Governor Policies
Governor policies can be found on the policies page.
6. Governor Communications
The latest SEND report can be found on the SEND information & report page.
7. Long Term Vision Map 2016 3-7 year plan
This plan is for school use and is a living document (it will be reviewed and updated at key points in the year) but governors felt that in the spirit of transparency we would make it available on the school website. It is aspirational and sets out the areas we would like to change over time and those areas such as our ethos and family feel which we want to retain.
Details can be found on the School Future page.
8. Governor Contact Details
Kevin Moyes (Chair of Governors)
9. Governor Code of Practice
10. Standing Orders
11. Delegation Planner
12. Department for Education Governors Hand Book:
13. Oxfordshire County Council Governor Information:
14. Ofsted Website:
15. Training Resources:
- https://www.gelregistration.co.uk (Contact Chair of Governors for Login Details)
- https://www.moderngovernor.com (Contact Chair of Governors for Login Details)
- Training Needs Analysis
16. National Governors Association: