We, the members of the Governing Body, are extremely proud of our successful small school and encourage any enquiries.

The school was originally founded in 1811 and there are strong links with the Oxford Diocese. It opened officially in 1841 and now consists of the original school building which is currently used as a hall, and a more modern block which houses the classrooms, library and offices.  Our light airy classrooms are very well resourced with the latest technology for learning including interactive whiteboards in each classroom area. We are very fortunate to have wonderful outdoor facilities with an extensive activity area, a Sensory Garden and a large secure playing field.

The school has a reputation for high levels of achievement and attainment, with standards consistently above national and local averages.

The school had a very successful Ofsted Inspection in February 2014.

Summary of key findings -“ This is a good school”.

“Whatever their starting points, pupils make at least good progress and by the time they leave the school many reach levels of attainment which are above average. Attendance is high. Pupils of all ages enjoy coming to school and like the topics they study. Pupils’ behaviour is of a very high standard owing to the very positive relationships they have with staff who they know will look after them. The school’s curriculum is rich, vibrant and exciting. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural education of the pupils is a strength of the school and underpins everything it does. Teaching is good overall and some is outstanding. All members of staff form an effective team where every pupil is known as an individual and all of them thrive in the school’s nurturing environment. Pupils say, and their parents and carers agree, that they feel safe in the school. The school is well regarded in the community. Leadership and management at all levels, including governance, have a direct impact on the quality of teaching together with pupils’ achievement”.

 A copy of the full 2014 Ofsted report can be found on our website:

Our friendly, caring and dedicated staff work hard to sustain these high standards and to help pupils develop and progress as responsible individuals, happy to be part of our extended family. We have a close relationship with parents and the local community which is central to the ethos of the school.

Fortnightly newsletters keep parents fully informed and parents are always welcomed as a partner in their child’s education.

Should your child attend Whaddon School we look forward to working with you and intend that you will find your relationship with the school happy and rewarding.


Our Governors




Parent Governors

Mr Paul Williamson (Chair)

Mr Edward Mitchell



Foundation Governors

Mrs Clare Garland (Vice Chair)

Mrs Rachael MacIntyre

Mrs Philippa Markwick


Local Authority Governors

Miss Charlotte Page


Staff Governor

Miss Helen Nash


Headteacher Governor

Mrs Selina Davies


Co-opted Governors

Mrs Liz Julier

Mr Guy Birch-Jones

Mrs Helen Wallace-Fisher


Governor Meeting Attendance & Interests

Governor Profiles

Paul Williamson (Chair)
Paul is a parent governor who attended the school himself and now has one child at Whaddon School with another starting in September 2017. He returned to live in Whaddon in 2014 with his wife and two children and works in Telecommunications for a large multi-national company. He joined the governing body in December 2015 and is Chair of the General Purpose & Finance Committee as well as the governor responsible for Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND) and Safeguarding.


Clare Garland (Vice Chair)

Clare is mum of 3 children, all of whom have attended Whaddon School. Her eldest is now at The Royal Latin School, Her middle child at Great Horwood School and her youngest has just moved from Whaddon School to Great Horwood school.. She has lived in Whaddon for 10 years and has a great deal of experience of our school, through being a parent, as the previous Chair of the Friends Committee for 4 years and also as a Governor for the past 4 years. Clare's Governor roles include Numeracy, Early Years and Performance Management. Prior to having her family, Clare worked for News International in a managerial role within the circulation department and she now runs her own business as a furniture restorer.


Rachael MacIntyre

Rachael is a Co-opted Governor and lives in the Village.  Rachael was originally a parent governor when her daughter attended the School and decided to maintain her role as Governor when her daughter moved to her next school.  Rachael has a second child who currently attends Whaddon School.  Rachael is a Solicitor by profession and has advised and represented Schools in various matters during her work.  Rachael’s skills sit well with the General Purposes and Finance Committee, which deals with the finance and management of the school.  She is also a Governor for Performance Management.


Guy Birch-Jones

Guy has lived in Whaddon for 10 years and his daughter has recently moved on from our school, following in the footsteps of her mother who was born in the village and also attended the school. Guy has worked in the food and animal feed industry in various technical, commercial and managerial roles for 27 years, currently as Sales Director for a cereal processing business.  His experience in business and industry benefits our General Purposes and Finance committee greatly.   He is also our Governor responsible for Health and Safety, Equality and Diversity and PSHCE.  Guy was a member of the Friends of Whaddon School committee for three years and served as Secretary in 2015-16.  Guy was Co-Opted as a Governor in 2016,   
Edward Mitchell
Since returning from Singapore Ed has lived in Whaddon for five years with his wife and three children, all three of which have benefited from attending Whaddon as their first school. Ed works in financial services and brings a diverse skillset to the group given his international experience having held a number of positions with global responsibility and lived in Asia with his family for four years.   He joined the governing body in February 2018 and is a member of the General Purpose & Finance Committee. In addition, Ed has governor responsibility for GDPR and Sport as well as being a member of the Performance Management team of governors.