Meet the Governors
About Our Governors
Mrs Susanne Autenrieth
Subject Link Governor - PSHE, Pupil Premium Champion, Child Protection Link Governor, SEND Link Governor
Susanne joined the Governing Body in May 2017. She says, “Having only recently moved to the village and feeling very welcomed, I am delighted to be able to give something back to the community. I bring an internationalist perspective to Barnabas Oley having worked in schools in the U.K., Germany and Australia. This will enable me to bring a range of different educational perspectives and to understand the individual needs of children. I also bring my professional experience of safeguarding children – I passionately believe that children need to feel safe in order to learn. I believe that children can only learn effectively if they have their needs met and are part of a loving environment at school and at home.”
Mrs Sarah Bonnett
Early Years Link Governor, School Data Champion
Sarah joined the Governing Body in March 2017. Sarah says “Just like every other parent, I want the very best for my children. I want them to have fun while they learn, make strong friendships, be confident and achieve their potential. Having worked at board level in the NHS and a Housing Association, I appreciate the challenges facing our public services, and want to use my experience to contribute to Barnabas Oley succeeding and improving further.” Sarah two children at the school.
Mrs Vivien Corrie-Wing
Subject Link Governor - Science and DT (incl Eco link)
Vivien joined the Governing Body in October 2018. Vivien says "It is a privilege to serve the school community as a parent governor and make a contribution to the school’s strategic leadership team and its ongoing success. We chose Barnabas Oley because of its commitment to excellence in education and its strong Christian ethos which chime with the priorities, aspirations and values of our family. I work as a school-improvement consultant and teach trainee teachers. I was a Deputy Headteacher of an outstanding secondary school and taught science. I worked as an inspector of schools for Ofsted and was a governor of an outstanding secondary school.
Mrs Michelle Downes
Subject Leader - Numeracy, Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Coordinator, Safer Recruitment Governor
The Headteacher chooses to be a full voting member of the Governing Body. Mrs Downes became Headteacher at Barnabas Oley in September 2018.
Mrs Elizabeth Ferreira
Subject Leader - Foreign Languages, Computing, PSHE
Elizabeth joined the Governing Body in June 2018. "I chose to become a co-opted governor to become more involved in the local community in a way that utilised my skills and experience in education. I am looking forward to supporting the school in delivering the best possible education for our local children."
Mr Andrew Kluth
Subject Leader - Art
Andrew joined the Governing Body in May 2018, having lived in the village for almost 19 years. He said, “I will never forget the rounded and enjoyable education I was fortunate enough to receive, and I believe that every young person has the right to such an education. What I learned heavily influenced my professional life, which has been focused on public service, community development and respect for the environment. I want to use my experiences to support the continuing efforts to provide a high quality, enjoyable learning environment which the students will remember positively.”
Mrs Kate Laverick
Elected by staff members.
Mrs Sarah Perry
Subject Link - Geography/History
Joined the Governing Body in February 2018. Sarah says "although I don’t live in the village I chose to send my daughter to Barnabas Oley as I loved the feel of the school and empathised with its values. I chose to become a parent governor to help support the school in delivering those values and ensuring it could be the best possible place for our children’s primary education. As an accountant working in a secondary school I feel I also have useful skills and experience that I can use to help where possible".
Mr John Petre
John joined the Governing Body in September 2010. He says “I believe that having a thriving school in the village is a really important reason why my family chooses to live here and I wanted to do something to support that. I have watched my children's progress at the school and been impressed by the warm and caring attitude shown by the staff. I know that behind the scenes there are many challenges to the smooth running of the school and as a Governor I want to help where I can”. John is currently Chair of Governors.
Mr Andrew Pett
Chair of Finance and General Purposes Committee
Subject Link Governor - Literacy, Link Governor for More Able and Talented Pupils, Safer Recruitment Governor
Andrew joined the Governing Body in September 2013. He was elected to the Parish Council in May 2015 and wishes to encourage greater cooperation between the school and the community in this role. Andrew says “My background in school improvement and especially data management should assist in moving Barnabas Oley forward. I hope to bring some of my educational experience to the Governor post in order to further improve what is already a good school.”
Mrs Stephanie Reardon - Vice Chair
Chair of Curriculum Committee
Subject Link Governor - PE, PE Premium Champion
Stephanie joined the Governing Body in February 2018. Stephanie says “Playing a part in this community, as a parent governor, provides an opportunity to harness my ongoing commitment to developing our school for current and future children, ensuring that each child has the best possible opportunity to achieve their potential.
As parents, we must ensure there is crucial oversight of our school and support it to overcome challenges and foster excellence”. Stephanie has one daughter at Barnabas Oley and her youngest is due to start in 2020.
Mr Iain Strath
Subject Link Governor - RE and Music, Clare College and School Council Link Governor
Iain joined the Barnabas Oley School Governors in October 2015. He says "I believe I was 5 when I said I wanted to be a teacher. I enjoyed school so much I never changed my mind: became one, trained teachers, and as an education officer managed every kind of school and college. I'm now a freelance consultant advising on European Commission education projects. The joy of learning is a lifetime delight and parents and governors by supporting teachers can help kick start that joy and make sure all children experience success in a happy school.
Mrs Karen Whinney - Chair of Governing Body
Chair of Personnel Committee
Subject Link Governor - Mathematics, Safer Recruitment Governor, GDPR Governor, School Council Link Governor
Karen has been a governor since 2008. Karen began her governorship as Chair of the Finance and General Purposes Committee and after four years as Chair of the Full Governing Body is now the Local Authority Governor for the school. During her time as a governor at the school, Karen has seen and been involved with all aspects of the life cycle of a school from recruiting a headteacher through to Ofsted inspections. Karen notes that “the School is always a very busy place both in the classroom and behind the scenes and it never ceases to amaze me how much is going on in the life of a school. I thoroughly enjoy being involved with the school and personally I feel that a good education and creating a thirst for learning in children is key to their future success. Equally I believe that the school’s ethos of involving parents in their child’s education is an important factor in the success of the school”. Karen has one child remaining at the School, her two eldest attended Barnabas Oley and have now moved on to Comberton Village College.
Rev Rachel Blanchflower
Ex-officio Church Governor
PTA Liaison Governor
This role is shared by all school governors on a rotating basis.
Mrs Catherine Fox
Catherine joined the Barnabas Oley Governing Body as Clerk in September 2016. The clerk supports the Governing Body by taking minutes and advising governors and the head teacher on constitutional and procedural matters, duties and powers.