St Francis C.E. Primary School

St Francis C.E. Primary School

  • “Governors share the passion of senior leaders to secure the best possible outcomes for pupils.”OFSTED June 2016
  • “Relationships between teachers and pupils are excellent.”OFSTED June 2016
  • “Teachers make activities fun and relevant, which captures pupils' interests and ensures their good learning.”OFSTED June 2016
  • “There is a strong and positive ethos in the school.”OFSTED June 2016
  • “Pupils make good progress across the school, particularly in writing and mathematics.”OFSTED June 2016
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Co-opted

Sam Derby:  Chair of Governors

I've been a governor at St Francis since February 2014, Chair since September 2015 and have lived in Oxford since first coming here as a student in 1993. I live with my wife, Caroline, and our daughter Hattie. I have worked in education for almost 20 years, in educational publishing companies and more recently co-founding and running an educational publishing consultancy. Working with teachers and learners is something that inspires me every day, and I am very proud to be supporting the great things that are happening at St Francis.

Aoife O'Higgins

I have been a co-opted governor for St Francis since May 2014. I am PhD student in Education at the University of Oxford. My research and expertise focus on the education of children from migrant backgrounds and those who are or have been in care. I am also a freelance consultant and provide training to charities and teach in various universities on migration, education and social work. Before coming to Oxford I worked with children and young people in London for 8 years. 

I am half French, half Irish and have lived with with my family in East Oxford since 2011. As a governor and member of the curriculum committee I want to bridge the gap between research and practice to ensure all children can do well and get on in school, and in so doing make a positive impact on my community.

Shaista Aziz

Shaista Aziz is a former BBC News, Al-Jazeera and CNN journalist and has worked as a communications specialist for a number of international organizations including Amnesty International, Doctors without Borders (MSF) and Oxfam. She has worked extensively across the Middle East, Pakistan, East and West Africa. Her writing and journalism has been published in a number of international publications including The GuardianGlobe and Mail, Huffington Post and New York Times. She regularly contributes as a guest on national radio and TV panel discussions including reviewing the newspapers for BBC Radio. She is the founder of the Everyday Bigotry Project, an anti-racism, anti-bigotry digital platform, and co-founder of the Women’s Advancement Hub, Pakistan and Intersectional Feminist Foreign Policy. She is also a newly elected councillor for Oxford City Council.