The Governing Body of Combe School
The responsibility of the Governing Body is to support and challenge the head teacher, holding them to account for the performance of teachers and pupils. They ensure that public funds are spent diligently.  

Martha O'Curry - Co-opted
Joint Chair, Safeguarding, Health & Safety
I have been a parent at Combe school since 2011 and a governor since 2017. I teach at Oxford Brookes University and am passionate about Education. I am particularly interested in how to make learning inclusive so that everyone benefits. I have three school aged daughters.
Jo Willis-Bund - Foundation
Joint Chair, Head Teacher Appraisal, School Development
I grew up in Combe and moved back to the village 10 years ago with my family.  I have three children:  the youngest is in Year 6 at Combe School, and the elder two both went all the way through the school.  I am also a teacher myself, of English at secondary level, so I have a strong interest in education. I spent several years on the FOCS committee, one as Chair, and am delighted now to be helping with another side of the school by joining the governors.
Sharon O'Brien - Foundation
 Joint Chair; School Development
I have been a parent governor since April 2014,  and am the chair of the Health & Safety Sub-committee.  I have one son at the school and have lived in Combe for over  10 years.   I have always been very proud of our school and am delighted to see how children seem to thrive and develop in confidence in the school environment, whilst remaining polite and respectful to each other and the wider community.  I have never had a morning when my children said they didn’t want to go to school! I am a qualified solicitor and work 3 days a week in private practice. I think parent governors can and should provide that important link between parents and school, providing helpful and hopefully constructive feedback and advice so that the school can continue to provide an excellent all-round education for the  children, fully supported by the governors and parents.
Rachel Joannou - Headteacher
Sangita Legge - Staff
School Development
I am a long-standing teacher at Combe Primary School and I am privileged  to be a part of the Lead Teacher team. I see my role as staff governor as being one of support, knowledge and value. The school and its stakeholders are at the heart of my daily practice.  I have been teaching Year 1 and 2 here for sixteen years and find it a lively, enjoyable and purposeful environment to work in.
Rev Roy Turner - Foundation
Foundation Governor
Rui Gao - Parent Governor
Corinthian Partnership & Academisation, Finance & Resources
I have joined the Governing Body in April 2018 as a parent governor. I have two children at Combe School and they enjoy every school day. I work for Department of Physics, University of Oxford as a Senior Electronics Engineer, and I took an interest in STEM education. I am willing to support the teachers to provide a safe, enjoyable and stimulating environment in the school.
Helen Gittos - Parent
Corinthian Partnership & Academisation
I moved to Combe in 2017 and have a son in year 2 and a daughter who is currently at pre-school and I teach medieval history at Balliol College, Oxford.  I became a governor because I wanted to be involved in the life of this brilliant village school and to support its hardworking staff to help all Combe's children thrive.
Andrew Walker-Brown - Parent
Finance & Resources
I’m a relatively new member of the governing body, joining in 2018.  I have two sons, one in year 3 and the second working his way through pre-school and hopefully into reception next year.  I became a governor simply because I wanted to try and help and support this brilliant little school, it in whatever way I can.  I work in Internet security as Director of Sales Engineering and I’m also a director and trustee of Combe Community Hub.
Charlie Birkett - Parent
School Development, Corinthian Partnership & Academisation
I joined the Governing Body in 2016 and have a son in Year 3 and a daughter in Year 1. I am a teacher and run my own tutoring business based in the village. Prior to this, I was Head of English at The Downs School, Compton, Newbury. I am passionate about education and look forward to using my experience to support our school, staff and children. My husband, Sam, was on the committee of FOCS and has helped raise much needed funds for our school. We are both committed to ensuring that all children in our community have the very best start in their school careers.
Matthew Neilson - Parent
Health & Safety and Finance & Resources
I joined the Governing Body in Autumn 2018. I moved to Combe in 2016 and have a daughter in reception class and a son who is at Combe pre-school. I am a Chartered Surveyor and work as Head of Property and Development for Blenheim Palace. I am passionate about education and I’m interested in the school’s role in our wider community. As a parent governor I hope to support the staff, offer my skills and most importantly, make it a caring, positive and thriving environment for our children to learn so it can be the best it can be.
Sharon Williams - Co-opted
Finance & Resources
I have lived in Combe for the past thirty years. I have three children who all attended Combe Primary School. I have had links with the school for many years as parent, volunteer and childcare provider. I became a governor as I wished to be more involved with supporting the staff, children and parents of Combe School. I am always striving to do my very best for the children, helping them to have a safe and healthy environment in which they can thrive. I am always willing to listen and help where needed.
Deborah Woudhuysen - Local Authority
Headteacher Appraisal