Governors

Oxford Spires Academy has the following Governors in post.

Marianne Blake – Principal

Marianne has been teaching since 1999. Throughout her career she has been a Head of Year, Head of Design & Technology and Head of Art & Design, A senior leader of Pastoral and Student welfare and a Local Authority lead for STEM collaboration. Her most recent role before becoming our Principal at Oxford Spires Academy was as a Deputy for Achievement, Standards and Curriculum.

Marianne presently lives in North Oxfordshire. In her “spare time” she is an avid supporter of both the Saints and Bath Rugby and a keen runner.

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Tony Brett (Chair of Governors)

Tony is a local resident and runs a Residents Group for the Reliance Way and Saunders Road area. He is a chemistry graduate and a manager, leading several hundred IT Staff around Oxford University.

He is keen to help improve the attainment of all who attend Oxford Spires Academy and believes that a good solid education is a basic building block of equal and fair society.

Tony is also the Chair of the City of Oxford Choir, served for 9 years on Oxford City Council, finishing as Deputy Lord Mayor of Oxford for 2013-14. He has an allotment next to Oxford Spires for leisure!

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Pamela Sammons (Vice-chair of Governors)

Pam is a professor of education at the Department of Education University of Oxford and a senior research fellow at Jesus College, Oxford. Previously she worked  a professor at the University of Nottingham and the Institute of Education in London. Pam is a geography graduate and has been involved in research on school effectiveness and improvement for nearly 30 years. She has a strong interest in promoting greater equity in education and better outcomes for students of all backgrounds and ages. She has contributed to a number of reviews of curriculum and assessment policy. She enjoys gardening, walking and visiting art galleries and museums.

Nigel Molden

Nigel attended the City of Oxford High School between 1960-66 and was at Oxford School during its first year, 1966-7 following the COHS and Southfield merger. During that year he was a School Prefect and the Head of Trevelyan House. He later became Chairman and President of the Old Boys Society.

Nigel holds an Honours degree in Sociology, a Masters degree in Management Studies and a PhD for research work in the long cycle of business activity. During the 1970s he was General Manager of Warner Music in the UK and founded his own company, Synergie Logistics/Magnum Music in 1980 which he continues to run to the present time. He was a Magistrate for 22 years, a Town and District Councillor and has held the position of Chairman of HM Courts Board for the Thames Valley. He is a Governor (and former Chair of Governors) at Claremont High School Academy in Harrow and has served as Governor at the Wycombe Royal Grammar School and Windmill Primary School. He is currently undertaking the Foundation Certificate in History, at Oxford University and was recently awarded the Certificate in Higher Education.

Barbara Watson (Parent Governor)

Barbara is a parent-appointed Governor and has lived in Oxford for 25 years, previously having been brought up and having worked in Edinburgh. She has children in years 10 and 12 at Oxford Spires Academy, and has two younger children who hope to come to Oxford Spires in the future. Barbara lives very close to Oxford Spires Academy, and has seen the improvement in behaviour since the Academy was launched. She is particularly happy that Oxford Spires is setting high expectations for its students, and is keen to see everyone achieve their full potential. Barbara’s children are keen footballers, and she supports Hibernian and Kidlington Youth Football Club. Barbara Watson

Siuli Kadir (Staff Governor)

Siuli has been a home-school community link worker for the past nine years and currently works for Oxford Spires Academy. She has served as a youth worker for the Bangladeshi community in the past and has also worked with various Asian women’s groups in the community.

The mother of two beautiful children, Siuli is very involved with the community and at present is supporting an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) class at Oxford Spires Academy for our students’ parents who have very limited English.

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Mrs Joanna Van De Poll

Joanna has lived and worked in Oxfordshire for over thirty years.

Having graduated in Geography and Sociology from the University of Hull she has worked in careers guidance, further education and prison education until retirement in 2010.

She is interested in ensuring that all young people have good and appropriate learning opportunities which maximise their chances of a fulfilling working life. In her spare time Joanna likes to travel, garden, read and go walking in the beautiful Cotswold countryside. She also serves as a Director of a local charity which provides day centre opportunities for the elderly and which involves cooking lunch for thirty every month.

Colin Aldridge (Parent Governor)

Colin is a parent-appointed Governor. He is a father, husband, youth mentor and a practicing Buddhist. He won’t sit back and watch life from the sidelines. He will jump up, grab life by the horns and swing it around until it submits or at least sees things from his point of view (which is always right). One day these children in our care will be the ones to rule the world and take it over, invent things to make life better and cure diseases.

Colin feels it is our duty to make sure children have strong foundations to build on, educationally, socially and emotionally. He thinks it is important we help children believe in themselves so the phrase ” I can’t” is forgotten.

Jeremy Finch (Teaching Staff Governor)

Jeremy is Head of Maths at Oxford Spires Academy, teaches Maths and Economics and kitesurfs as often as possible. JeremyFinch

Chris Scrivener (Oxfordshire County Council-appointed Governor)

Chris is an education consultant, and until recently a School
Improvement Leader with Oxfordshire County Council, with a specialist
responsibility for working with leadership teams supporting school improvement.
Chris is one of Oxford Spires Academy’s two Local Authority-appointed Governors.
He has been associated with Oxford Spires, and its predecessor school, for a
number of years. Chris spent many years in teaching and leading schools before
joining Oxfordshire County Council as a school’s adviser.
In addition, he is the Chair of a locally based charity which grew out of the
school partnerships between Oxfordshire schools and schools in Uganda, and now
spend much time in Uganda where he works with national and local groups on
improving the quality of education.

Councillor John Sanders (Oxfordshire County Council-appointed Governor)

John is one of Oxford Spires Academy’s two local
authority-appointed Governors. He has lived in Oxford for 36 years. He is a
retired IT project manager and has worked for local authorities and public
utilities as a consultant. He is married to Gill who is a City and a County
Councillor and they have two grown-up sons. John is a County spokesman on
transport and the environment.

Clerk – Sandra Jaggers