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.

Claire Chaundy - Parent Governor

Term of Office - Claire joined the governing body in 2017

Claire has two children who attend Orchard Fields Community School and her eldest daughter has now moved on to secondary school.

Claire helps her partner to run a local Air Conditioning business smoothly and have also been a qualified hairdresser for twelve years.

Claire thoroughly enjoys spending her spare time helping out with school trips and has got to know many of the wonderful and polite children of Orchard Fields - this was her drive into becoming a parent Governor.

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

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.

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.


Elaine's main governor responsibilities are Safeguarding and Health & Safety.

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.

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, Health & Safety and swimming in school.

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.

Joe Walsh - Chair of the Finance sub-committee

Term of Office - Joe joined the governing body in 2011.

Joe works on multi-national projects for the Blavatnik School of Government.

Joe's main Governor responsibility is finance.

He has two fat cats and definitely enjoys cycling up the hill to the school for meetings!

 Tom Halford - Staff Governor 

Tom has been a Primary teacher since 2014 and has taught in both Oxfordshire and Essex. 

Tom currently leads Maths and Computing within school. When he is not teaching, Tom is either running or competing with his local judo club.