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Sue Neal  - Chair

3 years ago I moved to Banbury from Warmington, where my husband’s family farmed for many years.  We worship at the Peoples Church and I am a member of the Kids Team.  Until I retired I worked at Banbury school for 20 years, mainly in the areas of SEN and maths.  I have 9 grandchildren of primary school age and younger and am passionate about every child fulfilling their potential in a caring, nurturing and supportive environment.  My particular governor roles are as SEND and Mental Health link and as  chair.  I am a member of the Standards committee.



Geoff Fraser - Vice Chair

Having recently retired, I have joined the governing body for the second time, my first involvement was all too brief as my work got in the way too often.  I am delighted to be a part of Wroxton Primary School again, my son was a pupil from 2006 and through his primary years. My working life afforded me a variety of roles across the commercial sector that should stand me in good stead for the role as Governor. I look forward to giving back all I can in the role. 



Rick Makin

I have lived in Wroxton since 1992 and, although now adults, both of my children attended Wroxton Primary School. I work as an engineer in the Department of Physics at Oxford University.

 I have been a Foundation governor since 2011 and I am Chair of the Standards Committee and the Safeguarding governor.


Laura Robarts

I joined the Governing Board in the summer of 2019 and am now chair of the resources commitee and link governor for Eagles. The school has always maintained a link with the Wroxton and Balscote Parish Council, usually by having one of its members on the board. Currently no member of the Council was available to take on this role, so I was delighted to be able to offer to do this myself. I am married to a parish councillor and although I have never had professional involvement in them, I have always been interested in schools since my own children attended them; I now have five grandchildren at state primaries or secondary schools (the other five being abroad or too young).


I have lived in Balscote since 2001. Before retirement I was a magistrate on a London bench for 25 years, and also a volunteer and one time branch director at Central London Samaritans, both of which have given me what I hope are very useful skills and experiences. St Mary Magdalene in Balscote is my local church.


I really look forward to doing the best I can for the school together with colleagues from the Governing Board.


Marcia Yarborough - Parent Govenor

I joined the Governing Body in December 2019 as a parent governor. I have two children attending Wroxton School and have lived in Banbury for over 20 years. I grew up in Macau and education has always been important to me and my family. It is my sincere belief that every child deserves a good education. I am part of the Resources Committee.  As a full time working mum, I wanted to play an active part in the school and be able to share my skills and experience from my job as a Buyer and be able to contribute back to the community. 


Melanie Fraser

I have lived in Banbury for 25 years and when my son was born, it was always my intention that he should spend his primary school years at Wroxton Primary School. We both made several lifelong friends through his time there and have always had a real affinity with the village through school and attending All Saints Church prior to the current restrictions.

He is now about to make his own way into the world, and I feel I can give something back to help Wroxton Primary School to continue offering young people that chance that he enjoyed.

I was part of the school PTA and always helped in any way I towards fundraising and school events

I have been a governor for 18 months now and as well as a link governor, I sit as part of the Resources Team and assist when time allows for Guided Reading.

I have been with Bibby Financial Services for the last 5 years with responsibility for local Health and Safety and in particular risk assessment, a skill that I hope will be of value to the governor role.



Helen Taylor - parent governor 

I moved to the Wroxton area in 2020 and joined the Governing Body in September 2021. I have one son at Wroxton Primary School and another who we hope will join when he is old enough. I grew up in Kent and my parents were both busy teachers. I have a Geography degree from the University of Cambridge and a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management, and I have chiefly worked in the not-for-profit sector, in Human Resources and Communications. I was Head of Communications at the educational charity Cumberland Lodge, in Windsor, for five years, and I have also worked at the Royal Veterinary College, English National Ballet, Marylebone Cricket Club, an environmental business support service in Manchester, and a PR agency in Preston. I have published a children’s non-fiction book, and volunteered at a primary school in Devon, at children’s holiday clubs in South London and as a part-time English teacher at a Government school in Chennai, whilst living in India. I care deeply about arts and environmental education, and I am a keen advocate of forest school learning. 


Deborah Howe

I have lived in Wroxton for 9 years and until recently, I was employed by Stowe School as the Director of Arts at Stowe. Over the last 35 years, I have worked with children and young people in a variety of settings including schools to develop their confidence, skills and participation through the arts.


In 2006, I was given a national award as Children and Young People’s Champion specifically as recognition of my team’s support for children & young people in the aftermath of the 7/7 London bombings. I continue to support the development of the arts in Banbury as a member the board of a local young people’s Theatre Company.


I am looking forward to contributing to the community life of the School