On behalf of the Governing Body, I would like to warmly welcome you to Langford Village Community Primary School. We are a large, thriving, inclusive school serving the Langford Village area of Bicester and the local community. Your Governors are committed, passionate people and comprise parents, staff, representatives from the Local Authority and members of the community. We are organised in committees and work closely with the Head Teacher to ensure that all children at our school are given access to the very best teaching, are offered exceptional learning opportunities and above all, enjoy coming to a very happy, respectful environment where creativity thrives.
Our role at the school is that of a ‘critical friend’ – we support the Head Teacher and the staff in developing the very best opportunities for our children, and help keep everything in good working order, continually challenging ourselves to improve, and ensure that every child can reach their potential as a unique individual.
The Governors have a noticeboard which is located just through the main entrance of the school where you can see who we are and read a short biography.
The website is brand new and a lot of effort has gone into make it relevant and current. If you have any comments or suggestions please let us know.
Should you wish to talk to me for any reason, I can be contacted through the school office.
Chair of Governors
Langford Village Community Primary School
I am a Co-opted Governor and also the Chair of Governors. I have been a Governor at school since 2005 and Chair since 2009. I sit on the Finance and Resources Committee and have additional responsibility for IT provision throughout the school, having a professional IT background and an unhealthy love of technology!
Outside of school, I am a very keen amateur photographer and provide images for the National Trust. In the summer I can usually be found on a village cricket ground.
Please talk to me if you wish to discuss anything; I can be contacted via the school office.
My daughter is a pupil here at Langford and like all parents, I want her to feel happy, confident and be the very best she can be. As a parent governor, I believe we have a special role in making this possible for all children.
I hope I can bring a fresh perspective and enthusiasm to the board and make a positive contribution to developing the school's high standards. As well as dealing with any future challenges that may arise.
I work full-time as a designer and try to install the importance of hard work, passion and commitment into everything my daughter does.
Our children's primary education is extremely important and being just a small part of that at Langford is a complete privilege.
I moved to Langford Village with my partner and one small baby in 2004. In the 15 years since I have two sons who thoroughly enjoyed their school days at Langford and have now moved on to The Cooper School.
I’ve been a member of the Governing body since 2011, as a parent governor initially and later becoming a Co-opted Governor from 2015/16.
My aims as a Governor were to understand more about the opportunities, quality of learning, care and encouragement that were being given to all children (including my own). In addition, I felt I could use my experience as a Director of a research company, to aide and support the school's aims and objectives in providing an excellent education.
I’ve been part of the Finance and Resources Committee for the duration of my time as a Governor and continue to serve in this area.
Outside of school, I can normally be seen running round Bicester training for one race or another or running the line at football matches.
I have the honour of being the longest serving Governor at Langford Village Primary School having been a Governor since 1999. Whilst my 3 children were at the school I was a parent Governor and then I became a Local Authority Governor. Now I am a co-opted Governor. I have taught at The Cooper School since 2004 and feel it is useful for the Governors and the school to have a link with our feeder secondary school. I am chair of the Teaching Quality and Standards committee. I believe as a Governor it is my role to work with the school to ensure that the school delivers a good quality of education and help them to set the school's aims and policies.
I have been involved in Education for 40 years as a Teacher, Head of Department, Senior Leader, Headteacher and advisor in Brent, Harrow and Oxfordshire.
I started at Langford Village School in February 2013 as an Acting Headteacher and gained the permanent post after Easter of 2013.
This is my fifth Headteacher post and I have a clear vision of what, with my leaders, I believe that the school could and should achieve.
Currently I serve on the Finance and Resources Committee, but keep an overview of the other Committees as necessary.
I am married with four children and two grandchildren.
I have been a Local Authority appointed governor since April 2008. For the last 4 years I have served as Vice Chairman of the governing body. Alongside being a member of the full committee, I am a member of the Finance and Resource Committee and I sit on the Headteacher's appraisal committee.
I have lived on Langford Village since 1997 and am the mum of two young boys, both of whom are pupils in key stage 2 at the school. I am lucky enough to be able to get into school weekly and spend some time each month as a parent helper in my younger son's class. Prior to becoming a governor, I was treasurer and then chair of the Langford Village Community Association.
In my day job I work in Oxford as a research scientist group manager for the NHS Blood and Transplant Service. My specialism is in writing systematic reviews on the safe and effective use of blood.
I am proud to have been given the opportunity to become a Parent Governor in October 2015.
I have been an LA Clerk since March 2014 and have 20+ years of administration experience. I have clerked for two other schools in Oxfordshire and I am currently undergoing the clerk's accreditation process.
I have lived in Bicester all my life, and been in Langford for the past 16 years. My eldest son attended Langford and is now at Cooper, my youngest son is now in year 2.
We want the best for our children, quality education leading to academic achievements and development of social and life skills. Governors support the School, also hold the leadership ‘to account’ with decisions on the future direction of the school.
I have been a parent Governor since March 2018. In my role as a Finance & Business Support Director, I support stakeholders with strategic changes, and challenge them to ensure the best position for all is achieved. My aim is to be able to bring this to the Governing body and the School.
I have lived in Bicester for around 10 years with my wife and our daughters are both currently at the school. I am a police officer with 23 years service, and work locally as a Roads Policing Sergeant. My basis for becoming a governor was to ensure there is a safe environment for all children at the school where they can fulfil their full potential. As well as my family, my other great loves are my motorbike and rugby.
My name is Sarah Tomlin I am currently the Deputy Headteacher at Langford Village Community Primary School and hope to bring my teaching experience, leadership and safeguarding knowledge to the governing body and for the benefit of all of our pupils.
I have taught at Langford since 2005 and have enjoyed many varied roles such as Literacy Coordinator, FSU Phase Leader, Assistant Headteacher and now Deputy Headteacher.
I have two children, both have attended Langford, one still currently at Langford and both have thrived in the ethos, nurture and expertise offered by the amazing staff at Langford.
I currently serve on the QTS Governors Sub-committee, often presenting up to date school information, progress and attainment, ensuring that as Governors we are accountable for the school as a whole.
My name is Emma Garside and I have been a resident of Langford Village since the estate was first built. I live with my two daughters and have seen first hand the positive influence that Langford Village school has had on their lives. My eldest is now studying at The Cooper school and my youngest is at Langford in year 6. I have seven years previous experience of being a parent governor at Langford and now hold the position of a Co-opted governor.
I am currently the Deputy Police Commander for Cherwell and West Oxfordshire and hope to bring my experience in leadership, partnership working and safeguarding to the governing body. I am keen that all children are given the opportunity to experience their full potential and I particularly hope to be a positive female role model for all our female students supporting them in achieving their aspirations.
In my spare time I am an Ambassador for the Girl Guides Association, I am currently undertaking a formal qualification in Coaching and Mentoring and enjoy keeping fit by ballroom dancing.
For me, the role of a Governor is to support the school in delivering an excellent standard of education, giving all children the opportunity to reach their potential.
I have lived in Langford for over 10 years and have two boys at the school. My eldest has autism, so I have special interest in how the school supports children with additional needs.
As owner of a Customer Experience business, and Trustee of local charity Action4Youth, I enjoy supporting organisations to achieve their goals, and am excited about the opportunity to help the school in the same way.
In my spare time you can usually find me out on a family walk with our crazy dog or running around Bicester in training for my next challenge.