Academy Committee Members 2019-20

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John Bellasis

Foundation Governor


Appointed 2017, appointed chair in 2020

Freight Transport has been the theme of John’s career and it involves more than you might think. He was awarded a Certificate in Management by the Open University to enhance his experience as a Commercial Manager. Prior to that he was a Systems Analyst designing and writing high level computer programs. He has had some involvement with National Vocational Qualifications as an Assessor and an External Verifier and relates his experiences in this with coaching. For a short time John ran his own manufacturing business making gutters for large premises, and this required expertise in forecasting, budgeting, costing and monitoring.  In addition, he has driven trucks at a class 1 level, and this kind of work requires effort, accuracy and a great deal of consideration.

Sally Reckless

Foundation Governor

Vice Chair

Appointed 2014, renewed 2018

Becky Considine

Parent Governor

Elected Sept 2018

I believe as one of the Parent Governors’ I am a voice for the parents and carers of St Thomas More. Independent of this, I run my own business that helps other businesses with administrative tasks. I have two children in the school and manage my work around my family. I am passionate about helping out within the school, getting to know the children, parents and carers. Over the last few years I have taken the time to help children particularly within KS1 with assisted reading. I also spend a fair amount of time working on various projects with the Friends of St Thomas More, implementing fundraising events for the school. The school is wonderful, but there is always room for improvement and I feel honoured in helping the school to achieve its goals.

Anna Capilli Francis

Foundation Governor

Appointed May 2018

I have been governor since May 2018, even thought I have been part of the school and the school community since 2009 when my daughter joined the nursery at St Thomas More.
I joined straight away Friends, PTA committee and I manage, twice a year, the Craft Fair on behalf of Friends, to raise money to buy extra equipment for the benefit of our pupils.
I am as well the link between the school and our Parish as Foundation Governor.

Lucy Hampton

Staff Governor

Appointed 2017

I am a Reception Teacher and the Foundation Stage Coordinator at St Thomas More School. I have always had a passion for Early Years and have worked as a Nursery Nurse and Nanny before training to become a teacher. I am always striving for the best possible outcomes for young children and this is why I decided to become a Staff Governor; so that I could help to ensure that St Thomas More School gives all children the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Paige Newmark

Parent Governor

Elected Sept 2018

Rhian Pye

Additional Representative

Sept 2019

Sofia Massa

Foundation Governor


Chris Robins

Additional Representative

June 2018

Chris Robins first became a Governor of St Thomas More School in 2001.  Originally appointed by the County Council, he has continued to serve as an independent observer since the transition to Academy status.  He is retired from the civil service, before which he had experience as a manager in the then National Bus Company.  He served as a Kidlington Parish Councillor from 1995 to 2015.  He has been part of the editorial team of the local magazine Kidlington News since 2005.  He is very active in Kidlington Baptist Church, of which he is currently a trustee, member of the leadership team and Treasurer.  He is actively involved in ecumenical working between different churches, and is currently Treasurer of Churches Together in Oxfordshire.


Shirin Kumar

Foundation Governor

May 2020

I am honoured to have been appointed as one of the Foundation (Catholic) Governors of the school. I joined the St Thomas More School family since my son started in Reception in 2017. After graduating in Law, I have since worked in numerous challenging roles in the public sector including the Royal Courts of Justice and the NHS. I currently work part time at the John Radcliffe Hospital and also run my own cake design business. I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of the school community and have increasingly wanted to use my skills and experience to help the school in their journey of continuous improvement. I look forward to the positive contributions I can make to the School in achieving their mission.

Foundation Governor Vacancy

Contact the school or email if you would like to know more about becoming a school governor.



Judy East

Previous Clerk to Governors – Left 2020

Sophie Upellini

Previous Staff Governor – Left February 2020

Julia Hamper

Previous Co-opted Governor – Left February 2020

Eamonn Bennett

Previous Parent and Co-opted Governor – Left

Emma Rhodes

Previous Parent Governor – Left July 2018

Gabriel Nicolaou

Previous Co-Opted Governor – Left July 2018

Stephen Finn

Previous Foundation Chair of the Finance/Committee – Left July 2018


Our Committee                         

  Name                        Role



Date Joined







Stephanie Cottriall Principal Jan 2020  Leadership
John Bellasis F Chair

Headteacher Performance Management, Finance, Recruitment & Resources (Chair), Mental Health Link, Pupil Premium Link, Collective Worship Link

Oct 2016 Management Induction (Oxford 3/17 and Diocese 1/17)

Finance 5/18

Preparing for Ofsted 4/18

Section 48 3/18



Sally Reckless    F Vice-Chair

Safeguarding Link, SEN Link, Health & Safety Link, More Able Link, Curriculum & OFSTED

June 2014 renewed 2018 Healthcare, Management, Parent Induction 1/15

Finance 9/14

Preparing for Ofsted 5/17

Section 48 3/18

Chair 1/17

HT Appraisal 3/17

Engaging Parent 6/17

SEN 5/17

Anna Capilli-Francis F  

Curriculum, RE Link, Catholicity, Catholic Life & Parish Link, Friends Liaison, PE Link

May 2018 Organisational, Parish links, PTA, Parent Induction /18

New Ofsted /19


Lucy Hampton S Curriculum & OFSTED, Policies, Whistleblowing Link March 2017 Education, Well-being, Policy Review Preparing for Ofsted 5/17

Engaging Parent 6/17

Section 48 3/18

Becky Considine P Finance, Recruitment & Resources, Health & Safety, Literacy/Reading Link, Friends Liaison, PE Link Aug 2018 Organisational, coordination, PTA, Parent Induction 9/18

New Ofsted /19

Engaging Parent 6/17

Sofia Massa F Finance, Recruitment & Resources Jan 2020
Paige Newmark P Curriculum (Chair), OFSTED Working Group Aug 2018 Education, Arts, Drama, Parent Induction 9/18


Rhian Pye A Curriculum & OFSTED Sept 2019 Education, Science, Parent Induction /19
Chris Robins A Finance, Recruitment & Resources, Data Link Sept  2012O/June 2018C Previous councillor, finance Section 48 3/18
C Clerk to the Committee
Judy East C Clerk to the Committee 2020
Sophie Upellini S Previous Staff Governor February 2020 (stepped down)    
Julia Hamper A Previous Co-opted Governor February 2020 (stepped down)    
Eamonn Bennett P Previous Parent Governor July 2018 (kitchen project)    
Emma Rhodes P Previous Parent Governor July 2018 (term finished)    
Nicola Rogan F Previous Chair Jan  2018 (Stepped down)    
Susan Pollard S Previous Staff Governor Sept 2017(Stepped down)    
Vacancies   4 Foundation Governors As of Sept 2019    
F: Foundation  P: Parent  S: Staff  A: Additional