Matthew Coolin, Chair of Governors,
I have lived in West Oxfordshire since 2014 and have two children, one of whom attends the school. I joined the governing body in September 2019, becoming Vice-Chair and Chair of the Performance and Standards Committee in July 2020 and Chair of Governors in July 2021. I am the Governor for the Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) and Whistleblowing, as well as being the link governor for English and Science curriculum areas. Away from Freeland, I have worked in secondary education since 2008 and am currently Head of English at Abingdon School.
Sophie Dawes, Vice-Chair of Governors & Parent Governor
Penny McCarthy, Headteacher
I have thoroughly enjoyed working at Freeland School for the last five years and more recently in my role as Headteacher. Teaching was something that I wanted to do from being a very small child and after qualifying nearly 30 years ago I taught in schools in London before moving to Oxfordshire in 2001. I taught in Oxford City before coming to Freeland School. My role is exciting because it is different everyday. Our dedicated and dynamic team are a pleasure to lead and I look enjoy working with staff, governors and the wider community to continue developing the school over the coming years.
Outside of school, I love spending time with family and friends, walking my sausage dog called Alfie and singing in a choir.
Don Nash, Clerk
Mr J Lambert, Staff Governor
I have thoroughly enjoyed working at Freeland School for the last four years and I have enjoyed the challenge of becoming the Assistant Headteacher. I taught in Exeter before coming to Freeland School. My role is exciting because I get to help the school be the best it can be. I love working with the staff and supporting all the children in the school. Outside of school, I love spending time with family and friends, walking my dog called Winnie and watching my favourite football team Tottenham Hotspurs.
Ryan Stewart, Director-Appointed Governor
I have lived in Oxfordshire for the majority of my life, only recently moving to South Buckinghamshire. My family live local to Freeland School and I return regularly to see them.
For the past five years, I have been Head of Pre-Prep at The Beacon School and from September 2022 I will be moving to St Martins Preparatory School in Northwood. It is an all-boys school for ages 3 to 13 years old.
I am a Director-Appointed Governor and I look forward to being part of the Freeland community.
Faith Hanks, Director-Appointed Governor
I grew up in a small village in West Oxfordshire and moved to Witney almost two years ago, so I have always been connected to the area. I am a new Director-Appointed Governor at Freeland School, having joined the Governing Body in April 2022, and I am incredibly passionate about education and its ability to transform lives.
In my day-to-day role, I am a governance professional for a large group of further education colleges across Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Surrey. I closely support our Governing Board and Executive Team, acting as Clerk to our Committees. I have worked in governance for over three years and prior to this I graduated from the University of Hertfordshire with a BA in History and French.
Alice Harden, Foundation Governor
We have been Freeland residents since 2014 and our family has since grown to include 2 children, one of whom is now old enough to attend Freeland School. We love being part of a village with such an active, welcoming and generous community. I am now serving a second four-year term as governor at Freeland school having joined the board in January 2015.
I enjoy being able to support and challenge the school on many aspects of school life so that it improves for pupils and staff. I love to see and hear first-hand the passion the teachers have to develop the character and raise the achievements of their pupils.
As a foundation governor I share particular responsibilities with Janet Faulkner for the Christian nature of the school; and am link governor for foundation stage. I am also currently the clerk for the performance and standards committee. Our family are part of the church congregation that meets at Hanborough Manor School.
Vicky Mann, Parent Governor
I moved to West Oxfordshire in 2015 and feel very fortunate to raise my family in such a warm and welcoming community. My two eldest children attend Freeland School and my youngest is due to join the pre-school in the not-too-distant future.
I am new to the Governing Body, having joined as a Parent Governor in October 2021.
I have worked in a range of commercial, not-for-profit and public sector settings, including both primary and secondary education, and look forward to using my experience to contribute toward the growing success of the school and its pupils.
|Chris Wood, Parent Governor|