Governor Information

John Christie Chair of Governors  

Oxfordshire County Council appointment

Term of Office - John joined the governing body in 2013.

John was elected to be Chair of Governors in September 2013.

John is a former primary and secondary teacher and retired Director of Education and Children Services. 

He has two children and four grandchildren all educated or to be educated in local Oxfordshire primary and comprehensive schools.

Martyn Simmonds - Governor


Term of Office - Martyn joined the Governing Body in 2017.  


He qualified as a teacher in 2000, following 20 years in business management.


Martyn has worked at Orchard Fields Community School for more than 15 years as a part-time teacher and intervention tutor. Now, on retirement he welcomes the opportunity to contribute as a Governor to the continued success of the School.


Martyn's main Governor responsibilty is GDPR regulations.

Elaine King - Governor


Term of Office - Elaine joined the Governing Body in 2017


Elaine is a qualified Social Worker and for the past seventeen years has worked at Banbury Academy where she is the Welfare Manager.  Elaine has three children aged 7, 11 and 23.

Jeannette Law - Co opted Governor, chair of the Curriculum Committee 

Term of office - Jeannette joined the governing body in 2008, originally as a Community Governor  

Jeannette is a former Junior School teacher (in Dagenham for 9 years). 

For the past 14 years she has been working as the Children and Families worker for St. Paul's church, Banbury.  Orchard Fields Community School is in the Parish of this church.

Karen Foreman - Staff Governor, e-safety and inclusion Governor

Term of office - Karen joined the governing body in 2012  

Karen has been a primary teacher since 1996. She began teaching at Neithrop Infants School and has taught at Orchard Fields since it began in 2002. Karen currently leads assessment across the school but has previously led maths, science and computing.

Claire Chaundy - Parent Governor

Term of office - Claire joined the governing body in 2017

I have two children who attend Orchard Fields Community School and my eldest daughter has now moved on to secondary school.

I help my partner to smoothly run a local Air Conditioning business and have also been a qualified hairdresser for twelve years.

I thoroughly enjoy spending my spare time helping out with school trips and have got to know many of the wonderful and polite children of Orchard Fields, this was my drive into becoming a parent Governor.

Claire's main governor responsibilities are supporting health and safety.

Anna Munday - Parent Governor  


Term of Office - Anna joined the governing body in 2009.


Anna's two oldest children are at second school and her youngest son is still a pupil at Orchard Fields Community School


Anna works full-time as a Registered Nurse supporting older adults in Banbury with their own mental health concerns. 


Anna's main governor responsibilities are supporting the curriculum and health and safety.


Joe Walsh - Chair of the Finance sub-committee

Joe works on multi-national projects for the Blavatnik School of Government and brings financial, project management and marketing experience to the governing body. He has two fat cats and definitely enjoys cycling up the hill to the school for meetings.