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New Christ Church

Church of England Primary School

Love Each Other, Love Our World, Love Ourselves

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The Governors of New Christ Church come from a variety of backgrounds: some are appointed by the Church, others elected by parents or staff, some are members of the Local Academy Board as a consequence of their job (ex officio governors) and others have been co-opted by the existing governors.


The Academy  Board meets  six  times a year on Wednesday evenings at the school. Our business on these evenings includes hearing a report from the Headteachers about significant events since the last meeting, and looking at the most recent data on progress and attainment for pupils across the school. We also come into school during the day on various occasions to spend time in class or for special events.


All Academy boards have three core roles:

• Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

• Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and

• Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

We are asked to do this as ‘critical friends’ of the school. We are supported in this by advisors from the Oxford Diocesan Board of Education and Reading Borough Council as well as the Berkshire Schools Trust. If you need to get in touch with us, you can leave a message at the school office or email

Name Governor Type Role Term of office Attendance 19-20
Mrs H Jones Foundation

Co-Chair of Governors

Sept 2020

Ms M. Bugri Parent Co-Chair of Governors

May 2021


Mrs J. Laynesmith


Vice Chair

May 2021


David Shepherd Staff School Finance Manager Ex-Officio 0/1
Father Peter Day Foundation Governor Ex-officio 0/1
Graeme Buick Foundation Governor March 2017 0/1
Michaela Singh Co-opted Staff Governor

July 2020

Rev R Bainbridge Foundation Governor

March 2021

Mrs J Turner Parent Governor

Nov 2022

Mrs A Crooks Staff Co-Headteacher Ex-officio 1/1
Mrs J Kitching Staff Co-Headteacher Ex-officio 1/1


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New Christ Church Primary School is a member of the Berkshire Schools Trust.