Governor Pen Portraits

Ms Jean Holderness

Jean has been appointed as Chair of Governors and Chair of the Resources Committee. She was until recently a foundation governor and chair of a large primary school elsewhere in the county. As a senior civil servant in the Department of Health and then as a management consultant, her background is in strategic healthcare planning and large capital projects. She is also a churchwarden.

Term of Office: May 2016 - May 2020
Mrs Sarah Gordon-Weeks - Parent Governor and Vice Chair of Governors

I am delighted to be a parent governor at John Henry Newman and have been for the past year and a half. As well as being a mum to a pupil here, I am also a Vice Principal at a Primary Academy in Banbury. I feel strongly that all children have the right to a ‘really good deal’ at school; they need to be challenged and given opportunities to develop both academically and as a considerate member of society. I am committed to ensuring that John Henry Newman is a safe and inspiring place for all its members to learn. I am really excited about the developments that have already taken place and in supporting its future goals.


Term of Office : July 2016 to July 2020

Dr David Thomas

I am a chartered chemical engineer, and work as the principle water engineer with international consultants Mott MacDonald. I graduated in mathematics from Corpus Christi College, Oxford in 1994. I returned to Oxford in 2001 and now live with my two daughters - both of whom attend JHN Academy - in East Oxford. I have worked as a humanitarian engineer with Oxfam, volunteered at night shelters, credit unions, and currently help out on several community action projects around Oxford. For a time I ran Oxford’s Ethiopian Pop-up Restaurant, and I have been Linacre College's rowing coach for several years. I joined the governing body as a Parent Governor in 2014.

Term of Office: 1 April 2017 - 31 March 2023
Miss Jessica Broome

I have been a Governor at John Henry Newman Academy for two and a half years and I am in my fourth year of teaching here, currently in Reception. I am passionate about giving children the best possible start to their education and preparing them fully for the next chapter in their lives. I really believe that supporting children and their families in all aspects of their development and education is crucial in order to achieve this. I am really excited to be on the journey with the school as both a member of staff and a governor. I feel enthusiastic about the changes that have been made already and excited for the future of the school.

Term of Office: March 2016 - March 2020

Mrs Ellie Payne

I have been a governor of John Henry Newman since 2007 and more recently have taken on the link role supporting pupils with SEND. Our eldest son is currently at The Oxford Academy, having previously attended John Henry Newman , where he was very happy. Our two youngest children are currently at the school.  I am an English teacher at Wheatley Park School and also a governor of Rose Hill Primary School, where I have developed expertise in supporting all pupils to achieve their full potential. I strongly believe that communities should have access to good local schools. My ambition is to work closely with the school community to ensure that this is a reality for the people of Littlemore.

Term of Office: September 2016 to September 2020

Mr Martin Bayliss

Martin is the Schools Support Officer for the Oxfordshire Diocesan Schools Trust. Martin is an AAT qualified accountant and previously worked for Hampshire County Council as an Education Finance Advisor and prior to that with Oxfordshire County Council as a Schools Finance Support Officer. Martin has recently joined the Governing Body and is heavily involved in setting the School's budget for the next three years.

Term of Office: May 2016 - May 2020