Our Governors

Welcome to the governors’ section of the school website.

Here you can find out about the role of governors, the composition of our governing body, who the governors at Comper are, and more about them. The governors support the Co-headteachers and the staff in building on the considerable strengths of the school and in so doing ensuring all aspects of the school - quality of teaching, leadership and management, behaviour, safety and the achievement of pupils - continue to improve.

If you would like to contact either of the Co-Chairs (Hester Crombie & Suzy Dixon) you can do so  via the office email: office@comper.oxon.sch.uk


Copies of the minutes of all governor meetings are available to read in the school office should you wish to see them.


What is the role of the governing body?


Good governance at a school is of huge importance and can have a considerable impact on the success of a school.

At Comper, governors play an active role in school life, champion ambition and high educational standards and work in strategic partnership with the headteacher and staff to ensure our school continues to improve. Governors, as a corporate body, have a legal responsibility for the school.


The role of the governing body is a strategic one and its key functions are to:


  • set the aims and objectives for our school
  • set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend)

The Headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing body.


Governors have statutory responsibilities such as safeguarding, health and safety compliance, effective curriculum planning and delivery, equality, inclusion, admissions and attendance. Specific strategic responsibilities include headteacher recruitment, the school staff structure, performance management and pay, and oversight of the school budget. Our aim is to raise standards in the interest of continuous school improvement.


The governing body has representatives from parents, the Local Authority, teaching staff and  the community. 


The full Governing Body meet six times a year (each half term) at Comper. Between those meetings sub-committees and working groups come together formally so that the governors can learn how the School is working.
The sub-committees are as follows:
Teaching & Learning
Pay Committee
Hester Crombie

Local Authority Governor/Co-Chair of Governors

Resources Committee, Pay Committee, Wellbeing Lead

Suzy Dixon

Parent Governor/Co-Chair of Governors

Chair of Resources Committee, Pay Committee, Health and Safety Lead, Whistleblowing Governor

Janette Chow

Co-opted Governor/Vice Chair of Governors

Resources Committee, Pay Committee, Community Links

Alison Base

Co-opted Governor

Teaching and Learning Committee, Pay Committee, Pupil Premium Lead

Kathy Sylva

Co-opted Governor/Chair of Teaching and Learning Committee

Teaching and Learning

Lisa Roberts

Teacher Governor

Teaching and Learning Committee

Lucy Kempton

Parent Governor

Teaching and Learning Committee, Inclusion Lead Governor

Sarah O'Leary

Co-opted Governor

Teaching and Learning Committee, Safeguarding Lead Governor

Rosanna Levermore

Parent Governor