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Who are we?

  • Clare Smith (Headteacher)
  • Mary Cronin (Chair of Local Governing Body, Responsibility for Pupil Premium)
  • Michael Robarts (Responsibility for Finance and Premises and Health and Safety)
  • Rachel Robinson (Chair of Ethos, Curriculum and Standards Committee, Responsibility for Early Years and Catholic Life)
  • Father Ryan Service (Parish Priest, RE link, member of Standards, Ethos and Curriculum Committee)
  • Sarah Sienkiewicz Foundation Governor (Responsibility for Safeguarding, Marketing and PR, Sports Premium and Whistleblowing, member of Ethos, Curriculum and Standards Committee)
  • Rachel Nutt (Member of Ethos, Curriculum and Standards Committee)
  • Ann-Marie Wortley Staff Representative (member of the Standards, Ethos and Curriculum Committee)
  • Marie-Claire Hardie - Foundation Governor (responsibility for SEND)


Clare Smith (Headteacher) - Sept 2014-Current

Having taught in secondary schools for over twenty years I did not expect to find myself as the head teacher of a primary school. Having made the move from BGN School in January 2014 though I haven’t looked back for a moment and I am thoroughly enjoying the younger children and the primary setting. What a privilege to be part of children’s lives at such an early stage in their development.

When I am not being Headteacher at St Joseph’s I am being mum to my own two children aged 11 and 8 and I am also a Catechist in my home parish and teach on the First Holy Communion programme.

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

Update to follow.

 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.

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


ECS Attendance 2021-2022 

LGB Members Attendance 2021-2022