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Governance

Who are we?

  • Clare Smith - Headteacher

  • Mary Cronin – Foundation governor until Dec2022, Link Governor for Pupil Premium until Dec 2022, Member of Ethos Curriculum and Standards Committee, Admissions Committee and HT Performance Management Committee (all until Dec 2022)

  • Michael Robarts – Foundation Governor, Whistleblowing Governor, Finance Governor, Member of Finance and Buildings Committee

  • Rachel Robinson – Foundation Governor, Early Years Governor, Chair of Ethos, Curriculum and Standards Committee

  • Father Ryan Service – Foundation Governor, Catholic Life Governor, Member of the Ethos Curriculum and Standards Committee and Admissions Committee

  • Sarah Sienkiewicz – Foundation Governor, Chair of Governors, Health and Safety Link Governor, Member of the Finance and Buildings Committee, HT Performance Management Committee and Admissions Committee

  • Rachel Nutt – Foundation Governor, Governor for Pupil Premium and Sports Premium, Writing Governor, Member of the Finance and Buildings Committee

  • Mary Claire Hardie – Foundation Governor, Link Governor for Safeguarding and SEND, Member of the Ethos Curriculum and Standards Committee

  • Anne Marie Wortley – Staff Governor, Member of the Ethos Curriculum and Standards Committee


Clare Smith (Headteacher) - Sept 2014-Current

Having taught in secondary schools for over twenty years I did not expect to find myself as the headteacher of a primary school. Having made the move from BGN School in January 2014, I consider being the Headteacher of St Joseph's Catholic Primary School a huge privilege.

I am also a mother to two teenagers.


Mary Cronin (Chair of Governors, Responsible for Pupil Premium) - Jan 2015-Current

I was a teacher for thirty five years and taught in six different Oxfordshire schools - one secondary and five primary schools. I taught in three different Catholic primary schools and was a Deputy Headteacher in two of them for a total of eight years. I was also an Acting Headteacher for two years in a Church of England primary school.  I am committed to helping St Joseph's continue to develop and improve so that the children entrusted to our care fulfil their potential and are ready and able to take up their role as future citizens of our world. I am married with two children and three young grandchildren.


 Father Ryan – Parish Priest  - Sept 2020-Current

My name is Fr Ryan and I'm one of the foundation governors of our school. My interests are very broad; I studied English at Warwick Uni before working in education and then training to be a priest at the English College in Rome. I completed postgrad studies in sociology and was ordained a priest in 2019 before being appointed to Banbury in 2020. I have been a governor at St Joseph's since 2020 and it's an honour to support the school community. 


 Michael Robarts (Finance committee) – Foundation member  - Jan 2015-Current

Michael was appointed as a Foundation Governor in December 2014 and chairs the St Joseph’s Finance Sub-Committee. He is a Catholic, lives locally and is a Chartered Accountant, having retired from a varied career in the financial services industry. In addition to his role as a Governor and other community work, he is currently a trustee of two significant company pension schemes and also a charity, which provides educational services in Tanzania.


Sarah Sienkiewicz  Foundation Governor (Responsibility for Safeguarding, Marketing and PR, Sports Premium and Whistleblowing, member of Finance and Buildings Committee)

I'm a stay-at-home, working mum and my children are 10 and 12. I enjoyed fundraising for the school and so was a natural progression to contribute my skills on the governing board. I have 15 years experience as an Executive PA and Facilities and HR Co-Ordinator. I have been self-employed for the last 7 years as a Business Coach supporting clients with their Vision, Strategy, Marketing and Personal Development. In my free time I love being creative - I enjoy dancing, writing and making mixed-media collages.


Rachel Nutt -  I studied engineering and worked for two different firms in my early career before staying at home for a few years when my three children were very young. I also had a period of working part time for a local small bookkeeping business. In 2011, I trained to be a maths teacher and subsequently taught at Blessed George Napier School for ten years. My children, who are all young adults, went to BGN as well. Now I teach at a secondary school in north Oxford. In my free time I love to read books and I also enjoy hiking and cycling.


Mary-Claire Hardie - I worked as a primary school teacher for 14 years, spending more than half that time as Deputy Head at St Joseph's.  I now work for Oxfordshire County Council in Children's Services.


Rachel RobinsonI have been a primary school teacher for 17 years, of which 8 have been in Catholic Schools. Furthermore, I have spent my teaching career teaching in schools in London. Prior to being a teacher, I worked in finance. I have three children and two grandchildren. In my free time I love reading historical novels and walking my dogs.  I feel privileged and honoured to be a member of the governing body at St. Joseph’s. 


Ann-Marie Wortley - I studied Archaeology at university and after graduating, worked in a series of jobs from community development projects in Peru, as a logistics officer for an international development agency, to a finance officer for a lettings company.  I finally got into teaching, completing my PGCE in 2008.  I have been a teacher for 14 years, working in schools in Oxford for 9 years, teaching in both KS1 and 2, leading subjects and working as an Assistant head for 3 years, before coming to St Joseph's as a Year 4 teacher.   I am now Deputy Head and incredibly proud to serve our wonderful school community. 


The Pope Francis Catholic Multi Academy Company (PFMAC)

Our school is part of The Pope Francis Catholic Multi Academy Company (PFMAC), the family of Catholic schools in Oxfordshire, who work together to promote the teaching of Christ and the Catholic faith.  

We believe each person is a unique creation made in the image of and likeness of God, called by name, with a special vocation and gifts to bring to the world.  We seek to develop these talents in each individual by being a beacon for Catholic education in Oxfordshire. 

The Local Governing Body is entrusted, by the Board of Directors, with delegated authority within our school. Details of our responsibilities are laid out in the Scheme of Delegation.  

The Pope Francis Catholic Multi Academy Company is a company limited by guarantee and an exempt charity registered in England and Wales with company number 9113542 and registered address Addison Road, Banbury, Oxon, OX16 9DG. 

For more information about The Pope Francis Catholic Multi Academy Company please visit their website

Past Governor

Fran Jenkins - Term of office ending July 2022 Responsible for SEND

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