Mrs Sharon Bark
I have worked at The Batt School since 2000 and have been the School Business Manager for the last 14 years. I consider myself extremely lucky to be working in a challenging, yet varied, role, with every day bringing something different. I have been married for 28 years and have two grown up sons. In my spare time, I enjoy going to the gym and travelling the world!
Mrs Emma Dunstan
I live in Aston with my husband and two children Charlie 18 and Holly 15. I have been teaching for 22 years and am privileged to have been part of The Batt School since 2014. I was a Parent Governor at Aston and Cote for 8 years when my children attended the school and loved being involved in all aspects of the school.
I teach in Reception and strongly believe that it is so important that the children and parents have the best start to their education as possible. Every child is unique and I thoroughly enjoy building the firm foundations for all of the children for their future education.
I am very much looking forward to being part of the Governing Body so that I can support the staff, children and parents at The Batt School.
Mrs Eileen Gartside
Vice-Chair of Governors
I have a BA in Education and have worked in the Further Education sector for over 20 years during which time I have been responsible for teacher training, mentoring and staff development. I have a passion for education and am delighted to be a Foundation LGB Governor of the Batt School to experience the excellent educational experience that younger children receive. I live in Witney, have two grown up children and have 4 young grandchildren between the ages of 1 and 6 years. I am Link Governor for the lovely Year 2 children and very much enjoy spending time in the classroom with them, as well as attending many of the amazing activities which the school provides for all children.
Mr Jeremy Lasman
I am a Londoner, born and bred (quite a rare beast these days) having been brought up in Harrow, and more recently living and working in Central London. I moved to Witney at the beginning of 2017 to cultivate a more peaceful and measured lifestyle, but I still enjoy all that my home town has to offer.
I am delighted to be part of the governing body of the Batt school, to help maintain its already excellent educational and operational standards.
I have worked in the Financial Services sector for most of my career, and have specialised in Strategy definition and implementation, Organisational Transformation and Change. My last paid role was as a partner in a specialist Management Consultancy with clients as wide ranging as the Cabinet Office, the BBC, a number of Footsie 100 companies and the English Football Association. I now spend my time working as a volunteer in the charity sector, and most recently, as the warden of the Parish of Witney.
While I don’t have a background in Education, I hope that my experience in financial and operational management will complement those of my governor colleagues.
Dr Tracey Mills
Clerk to the Governors
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Mr Chris Payne
I am married to Sue, also a teacher at The Batt, and have two children. I celebrated my 25th year teaching in Oxfordshire. I previously taught at St Nicolas Primary School in Abingdon, Tower Hill in Witney and Edith Moorhouse, Carterton. I have been Headteacher at The Batt since 2003 and enjoy the opportunity to work with wonderful children, staff, parents and governors. In my spare time, I enjoy an occasional round of golf and conducting Oxford Operatic Society.
Rev Toby Wright
Toby is the Team Rector of Witney. Toby has served on other governing bodies in Peckham, South London and in Hampshire and is passionate about education and inspiring lasting values in young people. He is involved with regular Collective Worship at the School and involved in the SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools).
Mrs Cathy Burch
I am delighted to become a governor at The Batt. I have two children at the school, one in Year Six and one in Year Three. Following a career in operations management, I retrained as a primary school teacher and taught for six years. I now work in teacher training as a senior lecturer at the University of Gloucestershire.
Miss Jo Fisher
I grew up locally in the village of Hailey and have lived in Witney for the last 14 years with my partner Dan and our two children, Barney who is currently in Year 5 at The Batt and Sienna who is 2 years old.
I work full time and have been a Sales Manager for the past 17 years, originally within Newspaper Advertising & Events and for the last 8 years I have worked for Scholastic who are the world’s largest children’s publisher and also supplier of Book Fairs and Clubs into Schools.
Many of you will know me as I was the Chair of the BSA for many years, I stepped down due to other commitments but still actively play a big part on the committee.
When I was asked to become a Foundation Governor I felt very honoured. I enjoy giving as much as I can back to our school as an appreciation for the outstanding education support along with enjoyment Barney has in his school life. When looking at schools for my son I was extremely impressed with the school's Christian values and ethos, this was the main reason I wanted to send my son to The Batt and since becoming a Foundation Governor, I feel I can fully support this in every way.
Mrs Jill Franklin
I grew up in South Yorkshire, but moved to Witney at the start of my degree in Mathematics and Educational Studies. I have lived in Witney for 20 years with my husband Paul and two children Katie (year 5) and Emma (year 3). I have been teaching maths for 16 years and I currently work at Wood Green School. I am an active member of the BSA and hold the position of Treasurer. I am proud that my two daughters are pupils at The Batt School and I am excited about using my experience in education to take on the role of parent governor.
Rev Ross Meikle
I mostly grew up in Yorkshire in the area around Northallerton, though I lived in Kenya as a teenager for three years. I studied Writing, Directing and Performance at the University of York and spent a few years working a couple of small jobs whilst considering my call to ordained ministry in the Church of England.
I trained for ordination at Cranmer Hall with the University of Durham, and I have recently started my curacy in the Parish of Witney training under the Revd Toby Wright. Throughout my training I have had lots of experience of schools ministry, and I am looking forward learning about my role as a governor.
Mr Chris Mitty
I live in Witney with my partner, Sophie. Our daughters are Lily (at Henry Box) and Florence who is in Year 1 at The Batt. I was educated at Abingdon School and De Montfort University, and I am currently Operations Manager at Breckon & Breckon. I have a strong interest in sport having played national and international hockey and still play for Cumnor Cricket Club in the Cherwell league. I hope my skills in the property business will be of use to the school and am very excited about taking on the role of parent LGB governor.
Mrs Marilyn Trigg
Chair of Governors
I am a retired head teacher, still very enthusiastic about education - caring very much for children and also staff. I feel privileged to become a governor of such a wonderful school and will work hard to ensure I am a proactive and active member of the governing body.