I would like to welcome you and your family to our school. Ducklington Church of England Voluntary Controlled School is a unique, and holds a special place within our community where we nurture children from their first experience of education on their journey to become lifelong learners. I am proud to be the chair of our Governing Body, working closely with my fellow governors, our Head Teacher Mr Leigh and other staff members to ensure that our school provides the best possible education for its pupils.

Our school is managed by an active Governing Body which is composed of parents, the Head Teacher and other staff, as well as volunteers from the local community, representing the interests of the Church, Parish Council and Local Authority.

I am a new Chair of Governors and bring with me a drive for having a cohesion and clarity to bring together all stakeholders to ensure the educational offer at Ducklington enables all children to thrive.

The staff at Ducklington are committed and hardworking, and through their dedication the school is a successful, welcoming and exciting place for the children.

The remit of the governing body is to:

– sett the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction;

– hold the headteacher to account for the performance of the school;

– oversee the financial performance of the school, and ensure that money is well spent.


We have structured our Committees to reflect this overall remit. These committees report as and when it’s appropriate to the full governing board who meet six times each year.


Main Committees

Performance and Standards: Russell Leigh (RL), Jennifer Pratley (JP), , Alison Spencer-Schoeman (AS), Samantha Wright (SW)

Chair- Alison Spencer-Schoeman


Resources: Russell Leigh (RL), Angela Williams (AW), Rebecca Buckland (RB), Sarah Kerswell (SK)

Chair- Rebecca Buckland


Subsidiary Committees

The governing board is made up of the various stakeholders that the school serves; parents, foundation governors (elected by the church), local authority representatives, staff and members of the local community.  Governors work strategically and do not work at an operational level.  This means that the head teacher has overall responsibility for the everyday management and organisation of the school.

Each governor takes a lead in a specific area, working with staff to monitor the impact of their work. Here are our areas of responsibility:


Governor Leads – this is currently under review 

Chair of Governors: RB
Vice-Chair: AW
Health and Safety: Resources Committee
Safeguarding: AW
Mathematics: RB
Inclusion/SEND/Pupil Premium: AS
Phonics, Reading, SPaG and Writing: AW
Whistleblowing: JP
Data Protection: Resources Committee


There is a link to the National Governance Association website, which includes a wide range of information about national perspectives and initiatives. There is usually a governor or two at school events so do come and introduce yourselves.

If there are any further questions do email at the address below.

Rebecca Buckland

Chair of Governors



Chair of Governors- Rebecca Buckland (parent governor)

I am a current parent at the school with one child here already and another who will soon be too. I am an experienced school leader, having worked in education since 2007. I have been a staff governor at my current school since 2014. This gives me a very good understanding of the current education climate from many viewpoints. I am passionate about all children having the best educational start in life, bringing together curriculum, extra-curricular activities and the vast array of opportunities available through a school community which can shape learners and support a well-rounded education, allowing them to thrive in their individual ways.

  Co-opted governor – Vacancy
  Parent governor- Samantha Wright 

I have been a parent governor since 2023. Although I am new to governing, I am familiar with the education system having been a secondary school teacher. Currently, I am taking a break from school teaching while our children are young. 2 out of 3 of our children are currently at Ducklington School, which they love very much. I passionately believe in our education system and want to see our children thriving through their learning and the opportunities that school gives them.

Parent governor- Jennie Bishop


Co-opted governor Vacancy


  Foundation governor- Angela Williams

I am a retired Primary School teacher. I have three children and four grandchildren, the youngest being five years old.
My hobbies are various and mainly include art, poetry, gardening and walking.
My faith is important to me and l attend St. Bartholomew’s Church.
It is a privilege to be a member of the Governing body of Ducklington Primary School.
  Foundation governor- Alison Spencer-Schoeman

I am a retired primary school teacher and SENDCo with over twenty years’ experience.

After retirement from teaching, I worked for four years in the Special Educational Needs team at local authority level. I have also been both a parent governor and staff governor over the years.

I have therefore a great deal of experience in education and am keen to use that to support my local school. As a practising Christian I was delighted to be invited to join the governing body of Ducklington Church of England Primary School and look forward to strengthening the links between church and school. Although we have lived in Ducklington for less than a year, my husband and I have been made most welcome here and look forward to further involvement in village life.

Foundation governor- Jennifer Pratley

Having moved into the village in June 2018, I was very keen to get involved in the community, and so I attended St Bartholomew’s church and found myself being embraced by opportunity. I have since become a bell ringer, have joined the village WI and was invited to become a governor of Ducklington Primary School. My own experience of teaching, and of being a pastoral leader at Cokethorpe School since 1999, stands me in good stead for understanding how schools strive for excellence and how educational opportunities help develop our youngsters on every level.
I have many interests which keep my mind and soul active and engaged – running, walking, gardening, reading, needlework –  along with spending quality time with my three daughters and the growing tribe of grandchildren that I’m blessed with.

  Local authority governor- Sarah Kerswell

I have had more than 20 years’ experience in primary education, including 11 years as headteacher and three years as CEO of a multi-academy trust. I have extensive experience of supporting schools to improve in a variety of capacities, including acting headships and governance

Headteacher governor- Russell Leigh

I am very proud and privileged to be the Headteacher of this wonderful school and to work with our governors. Together we strive to make the school the very best it can be and to provide a broad and exciting curriculum for the children in our care.




Staff governor- Julia Miles

I have the great pleasure of working at Ducklington school as a TA, and have also joined the school governors. I’ve worked in schools for the past 31 years, in that time I’ve had two boys who have also been through Ducklington school.

Its a delight to watch the children grow each day, and work with the other members of staff to strive to deliver the best curriculum.

I’m proud to be part of the school community.