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St Francis Church of England School




Geoff Bayliss

Currently the Rector of Cowley Parish (St James and St Francis churches). Born in North London in 1960. Geoff Moved out of London having completed an Ecology Degree. He has worked in outdoor education (teaching and managing youth activity sites) then education (20 years as a science teacher and faculty manager in Norfolk and Essex schools). The last 5 of those years of was spent as both science teacher and Revd. “As a follower of Jesus I want people to find ‘life in all its fullness’. I believe our School has an important role to play in helping that happen. I am always happy to talk and chat to people about school or anything else.” Until Nov 2015 Geoff was serving communities in Essex.

Elena Hesse

Elena Hesse has a wealth of experience in teaching and learning, pastoral care and safeguarding from different educational settings. She has worked in a co-educational school in Cambridgeshire, a girls' boarding school in Kent and a co-educational all-through school (day-care and nursery, junior school and senior school) in Surrey. She currently serves as a Vice Principal Pastoral and Designated Safeguarding Lead in a co-educational, day and boarding sixth form college in Oxford. She is a qualified teacher of Biology and English Language and Literature and is passionate about supporting students on their journey to achieve their goals and be the best that they can be.  Elena is also a member of the Safeguarding in Education Subgroup in Oxfordshire and regularly inspects independent schools as a part of the ISI inspection team. She feels privileged to be a governor at St Francis school and is committed to ensuring that St Francis students are safe, progress academically, have many opportunities for personal development and have a strong sense of belonging to the St Francis 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.