All schools have Boards of Governors, made up of members of the school staff, parents and participants from the local community. Their main job is to support and challenge the school management team in their delivery of the highest-possible standards of teaching and care for all pupils.

School governors are all (aside from the Headteacher) volunteers. New Marston Primary School currently has two vacancies on its governing body. Governors normally serve for four years. No previous experience is necessary, and the average time commitment is around one hour a week. If you would be interested in joining the governing body, please contact the school office.

Meet the Governors

Nick Chatrath

Chair of Governors Parent Governor

Nick has a daughter in year 2, two more (younger) daughters, and a passion to see the school flourish in this new chapter.

Nick is a Director of Artesian Transformational Leadership Ltd, which involves coaching leaders and facilitating transformation, in large businesses and other organisations. Previously he worked for McKinsey & Co. and led a tech startup. Nick is a member at Emmanuel Church and in 2014 completed a D. Phil. in Oriental Studies (Islamic Law) at the University of Oxford. Nick entered his first two triathlons in 2017 and got the bug!

Term of office ends: March 2020


Nigel Chapman

Local Authority Governor

Nigel Chapman is one of the Local Authority Governors. He is one of the City Councillors for Headington Hill and Northway and as the school is the only one in his ward, he wants to see it thrive and offer excellent educational opportunities for all the children. Education is a passion from his time as a BBC editor and World Service Director and as the Chief Executive Officer of Plan International where children’s education was the key programme in the fifty counties where the charity works. He now has a portfolio of roles including being an Non-Executive Director in the Health Service, and chair and Trustee of a number of national and international charities.

Term of office ends: March 2021



Chris Jinks

Parent Governor

Chris and his wife Antonia have two boys, Solomon and Reuben, at New Marston in Reception and year two. He also has two older children – Harry who is 16 and Scarlett who is 14. He works for a flavour company called McCormick which produces herbs, spices, seasonings and sauces where he leads the business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

He is keen to ensure that the children at our school are helped to develop in a healthy, happy, supportive and safe environment.

Term of office ends: July 2021



David Johnson

Staff Governor

I am a teacher of Year 2 at New Marston and have been a member of staff here since September 2016 and have been teaching since 2013. I have responsibility for P.E., Eco-Council and Educational Visits throughout the school. I also have experience of working with children and adults with learning, behavioural and mental difficulties through my work prior to teaching with Oxfordshire County Council’s Adult and Social Services.

Term of office ends: March 2021




Jake Jones

Community Governor

I am an Assistant Headteacher at Wheatley Park School (part of the River Learning Trust), leading on teaching & learning and professional learning. I have been a teacher for 10 years, training at Oxford University Department of Education and working at the Cherwell School and Wheatley Park. I was a staff governor at Wheatley Park for four years, before becoming a community governor at New Marston.

I have lived in Oxford for 14 years, having originally moved here to work for Oxford University Department of Plant Sciences as a postdoctoral researcher in the field of Molecular Microbiology.

Term of office ends: March 2021



Clare Rowntree

Parent Governor

I have two daughters at New Marston who are both enjoying their time here. I am committed to supporting the school and seeing all of the children develop and grow during their time here.

I have a background working with vulnerable young people and have worked for charities and local government. I currently work in the Children’s Services department at Oxfordshire County Council.

Term of office ends: March 2021




Rachel Vlachonikolis

Staff Governor

Rachel is married to George, and they have two beautiful children, Iris & Rosa. She has taught at New Marston for the last 10 years and loves it here! Her roles have ranged from teaching (Y2/3, Early Years) to working with the inclusion team, supporting pupils with SEN, amongst other things! She trained in Sheffield and have just completed the National Award for SEN with Oxford Brookes.

Term of office ends: July 2021





Additional Governors

Kirsten Robinson (KR) (Chair of RLT – to Chair meeting)

Tracey Smith (TS) (Headteacher)

Farida Anwar (Community)

Gillian Standing (Community)

Marya Marriot (Clerk)


Trust Board of the River Learning Trust

The Trust Board of the River Learning Trust is responsible for the functions of the Local Governing Body until a new Local Governing Body is put in place. More details will be published shortly

Details about the River Learning Trust Board can be found here: https://www.riverlearningtrust….

If you have any questions about the Trust Board, please contact


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