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Small school, big hearts. Wise, Responsible and Kind like the Good Samaritan.

'Governance is excellent. Governors meticulously ensure that pupils have all their needs fully met and no one is left behind. They champion the school because they assiduously check it is as good as it can be.' Ofsted, 2016

On this page you will find details of the names and terms of office for all of our Governors, together with details of their category of Governor, positions of responsibility and details of any additional committees that they serve on. We have also included details of the business and financial interests of each Governor and information about any Governance role they play in other schools, as well as a full breakdown of the structure and responsibilities of the governing body of our school and its committees.  All governors sit on the local governing committee (LGC), each governor then sits on either the resources or quality of education committees.  The pay committee meets once per year and is usually made up of some or all of the resources committee.  


To contact the governors please email: 


The Board of Trustees at Faringdon Learning Trust


The structure and remit of the FLT Members, Trustees, and its committees including the LGCs is available on the Trust website and can be found here

The Local Govering Committee Governors 

Ms Louise Warren (Current Term Began – Sep 2009) – Headteacher 

Committees: LGC, Pay

Key Responsibility: Oversees all responsibilities 

Term: 01/09/2009 - ongoing 

Business, Personal and Pecuniary Interests: Director of Education - Faringdon Learning Trust, Employee - Faringdon Learning Trust 

Meetings Attended 2022/23: 100%


I have been Head teacher at Buckland for 11 years. I am also the Director of Education for 2 days a week at the Faringdon Learning Trust. I have been a teacher for over 30 years and worked in a wide variety of settings with children from 3-18 years old. I am passionate about every child being loved as an individual throughout their school life and believe that academic success will come from high levels of nurture and care. My role in school is to ensure that each child is able to thrive as a result of high quality provision and that the whole community flourishes through enjoying life in all its fullness.



Mrs Rosamund Willis - Chair

Committee: LGC (Chair), Headteacher Appraisal, Disciplinary Panel, Pay Committee

Key Responsibilities: English, History, Art and DT, Leadership and Management, Attendance, Finance, GDPR

Term 20/03/2024 - 19/03/2028 Parent Governor  

Business, Personal and Pecuniary Interests: None Declared

Meetings Attended 2022/23: 83%

Since joining the school community in 2014 when my eldest daughter started in Beech Class, I have been deeply impressed by the dedication and effort of our teachers. Their commitment inspired me to become a governor and support the school.


I am now proud to serve as the Chair of Governors. My background is in project management and change management consulting, where I specialise in performance improvement and business change. This experience helps me contribute effectively to the school's ongoing development.


With three daughters having completed their journey through the school and my youngest currently in Oak Class, I am passionate about ensuring that every child receives the best possible education. As Chair, I work closely with our leadership team and staff to support high-quality teaching and learning, monitor educational performance, and ensure strong financial management.


I am committed to using my skills and experience to help our school continue to be a welcoming and outstanding place for all our children.


Mr James Stevens

Committees: LGC      

Key Responsibility: Assessment 

Term: 01/09/2021 - 31/08/2025 Staff Governor 

Business, Personal and Pecuniary Interests: Employee - Faringdon Learning Trust 

Meetings Attended 2022/23:  83%


I am the year 5 & 6 Oak class teacher and have taught at Buckland School for over 9 years. During my time here, I have also gained experience teaching throughout KS1 and KS2. I have enjoyed many responsibilities across school. I am currently the Maths, Computing and Assessment lead. I have also been PE subject lead, Maths Academy lead and been responsible for overseeing remote learning during the pandemic. I am passionate about teaching and inspiring children, and I believe that learning is a lifelong journey that does not stop when you leave school. Over recent years, I have completed a Mathematics Specialist Teacher degree and am in the process of working towards my NPQML. In my role as governor, I aim to represent my teaching colleagues whilst supporting the development of the school to ensure all children receive the best quality education.



Dr Tim Saunders 

Committee: LGC, Disciplinary Panel 

Key Responsibilities: Achievement, Pupil Premium, Geography, Pupil Premium, Looked After Children

Term: 10/07/2022 - 09/07/2026 Community Governor 

Business, Personal and Pecuniary Interests: None Declared

Meetings Attended 2022/23: 100%


Tim has been a community governor since 2018.  His four sons previously attended the school having now moved on to secondary.  Tim is a Consultant at The Great Western Hospital, Swindon.  Tim leads on progress, assessment and achievement in school.  



Mrs Lucy Gildersleeves 

Committee: LGC, Disciplinary Panel

Key Responsibilities: PHSE, Science, Collective Worship, Mental Heath and Well Being, Personal Development 

Term: 27/03/2012 - 26/03/2026 Foundation Governor 

Business, Personal and Pecuniary Interests: CHAFT Trustee

Meetings Attended 2022/23: 83%


My name is Lucy Gildersleeves and I am one of three Foundation Governors appointed by the Church to the school’s governing committee because Buckland School is a Church of England primary school.

My professional background was as a librarian and in training future children’s and schools’ librarians, where my specialism was in evaluation of outcomes and impact.  I am an authorised lay member of the local benefice ministry team.  I have a particular interest in the place of creative reflection and prayer within the development of children’s spiritual awareness and wellbeing.  I became involved with Buckland School through helping with the Prayer Space, and then as Governor because I was inspired by the strong sense of the school’s ‘whole family together’ commitment to its vision and values.

I am a member of the Quality of Education sub-committee and am subject link governor for PHSE and for science.  I also have a supporting subject link role for RE.



Mrs Mary Lines 

Committee: LGC, Disciplinary Panel 

Key Responsibilities: SEND, EYFS, Safeguarding, Whistleblowing, Prevent, Equality, Behaviour and Attitudes, PLAC

Term: 23/07/2022 - 22/07/2026 Foundation Governor

Business, Personal and Pecuniary Interests: Wesley Memorial Methodist Church Trustee, Westminster College Oxford Trust Trustee, Oxford Phab Club Trustee

Meetings Attended 2022/23: 100%


I have been an active member of Buckland Governing Committee for many years. I was appointed as a Foundation Governor in September 2014 when I retired from teaching and am now in the second year of my second term of office.

Prior to retirement I was a teacher and staff governor at Buckland.

My 37 years of teaching have given me a good background for being a Governor. My experience teaching a range of age groups from 3 to 11, also as a SENCO and Designated Safeguarding Lead have given me relevant experience for my specific Governor Roles.

I am Early Years Governor, SEND Governor and Safeguarding Governor.

I was appointed as a Foundation Governor and have come in to school regularly to lead assemblies and Prayer days.

I am keen to develop good links with the village and church.



Rev Talisker Macleod 

Committee: LGC

Key Responsibilities: RE

Term: 31/10/2019 - ongoing

Business, Personal and Pecuniary Interests: Charney and Lyford Educational Trust Ex Officio Trustee 

Meetings Attended 2022/23: 100%


I am the Rector of St Mary's Church in Buckland (part of the Benefice of Cherbury with Gainfield), and as Rector, I am an ex-officio Foundation Governor of Buckland Church of England Primary School. Prior to ordination, I was a Classics teacher at a secondary school, and so have experience of educational settings. As a Foundation Governor, I work closely with the Headteacher and with the other Foundation Governors in particular on the spiritual life of the pupils and staff, looking at the RE curriculum, and helping to prepare the school for the SIAMS inspections. I also play a key role in planning and preparing assemblies for major Christian festivals, Open the Book assemblies, and other aspects of spiritual and mental wellbeing. I see part of my role as an ex-officio governor as being someone who can offer a long term vision, and from a Christian perspective can help to keep the emotional, mental and spiritual health of both pupils and staff at the very core of the school's vision. 



Mr Steven Houston 

Committee: LGC, Pay

Key Responsibilities:  Health & Safety, PE

Term 03/02/2021 - 02/02/2025 Community Governor  

Business, Personal and Pecuniary Interests:  None

Meetings Attended 2022/23: 67%



Mrs Phillippa Rivero Bosch

Committee: LGC

Term: 12/7/23 - 11/7/27  Support Staff Governor 

Business, Personal and Pecuniary Interests: Employee - Faringdon Learning Trust 

Meetings Attended: 2022/23 100% 

Having completed a degree in Childhood Studies, I went on to do a Masters in Education and am passionate about children’s leaning and development. I have been a Teaching Assistant in the EYFS at Buckland since 2021 and understand that each child is unique and that a supportive and secure environment at school is key to encouraging a lifelong love of learning.


I have over 10 years experience working in Art Galleries and alongside this worked as a tutor for The Little Grand Tour which gave me the opportunity to take children around museums and galleries to learn about different exhibitions including Vincent Van Gogh at The Tate Britain and Pierre Bonnard at the Tate Modern and enjoyed supporting children's learning in these environments. 


Alongside art, I am passionate about the impact reading has on children from a young age and think stories play an essential role in their development. I have volunteered at the ‘Barnes Children’s Literature festival’, which is London’s largest dedicated children’s literature event and won The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS).



Adam Solley

Mr Adam Solley

Committee: LGC

Term: 04/10/2023 - 03/10/2027

Business, Personal and Pecuniary Interests: None


I am a devoted husband and father of 2 young children (with a 3rd due May 2024) and am excited to be a part of the Buckland Board of Governors to be able to help shape the learning foundation for my children as they go through this fantastic school. I will use the experiences I have gained in my career and personal life to help inform and guide my inputs and challenges to the curriculum and school management topics, whilst taking a hands-on approach to being an active member of the wider school community. Since moving to Oxfordshire and Buckland in 2021, the welcome me and my family have felt from those associated with the school and the Buckland villagers alike has been incredibly warm, friendly and inclusive and that is how I aim to govern.



Mr Paul Cullinan

Committees: LGC, Pay

Term: 04/10/2023 - 03/10/2027

Business, Personal and Pecuniary Interests: Zurich Engineering


Hi, I’m Paul and I am a parent governor at Buckland Primary School.

I have been part of the Buckland School community since 2015 when my eldest daughter started in Acorns. My youngest is now in Sycamore.


After serving in the military for 24 years, I now work for Zurich Engineering in the insurance sector. During my time in the RAF, I held a variety of roles, including instructing apprentices at the Defence College of Aeronautical Engineering and working alongside the Air Accident Investigation Branch. I finished as an onboard engineer on the C130 Hercules aircraft, until it retired, and so did I!


I have a keen interest in education, having worked in a college and completed numerous engineering and teaching courses. I am a STEM Ambassador for Zurich and carry out graduate mentoring for the Royal Academy of Engineers.


In my position as a parent governor, I hope to be able to assist with a variety of topics and be a liaison between parents and the governing board itself.

Associate Governor 

Mrs Emma Brown, Deputy Headteacher

Meetings attended: 2022/23 83% 

Resignations in the past 12 months:

Andrew Comfort - 22/03/23

Georgiana Siedle - 01/04/2023

Samantha Brady - 31/08/23

Clerk - Mrs Georgiana Siedle


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