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Welcome from the Chair of Governors

On behalf of the governing body I'd like to welcome you to St Nicholas School. My name is Simon Newton and I’ve been a governor since October 2013 and Chair of Governors since September 2015.


We are an academy within Oxford Diocesan Schools Trust (ODST) who delegate responsibility for the strategic management of the school to us as a Local Governing Body. We are committed to ensuring that St Nicholas provides everyone here, children and adults alike, with an environment where they are able to become the best they can be.


I am constantly amazed (but not surprised) by the level of dedication and commitment shown by the school leadership team, by our teaching and support staff, and by our children. I am privileged to be able to come into school very frequently and see first hand the brilliant learning and the happy atmosphere everyone works hard to provide.


As a governing board we work together to ensure that our school is always focused on providing the best possible start in education for all of our children. As a Church of England school we also ensure that our children can grow and learn within a school community based on distinctly Christian values that welcomes pupils and parents of all faiths and of none.


We are responsible for ensuring the school constantly works towards its vision, for providing strategic direction and financial oversight, and supporting and challenging school leaders in equal measure to ensure a focus on continuing success.


There is more information about the role and membership of the Governing Body on these pages, but if you have questions or would like to speak to me then please do so if you see me in and around school, or leave your details with the school office and I will contact you.


With best wishes


Simon Newton

Chair of Governors

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If you wish to contact the Chair of Governors, please address it to Simon Newton, care of the school's address.  Follow the link to be directed to our contact details:



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