Richard holden

Richard Holden, Parent Governor

I have two children in the School and was elected as a parent Governor in October 2018. I joined both Impact and Resources committee in my first year with Garsington which was a great way to learn about being a governor and gain experience. In 2019/20 I took up the role of Chair of Resources committee and was elected as Vice-Chair to the Governing board, with a focus on supporting the Chair of Governors. My role in Resources includes oversight of Finance, budgeting and forecasting as well as and HR/staffing. I am also link Governor for Teaching and Learning which involves coming into School, spending time with the children and working closely with the Head to ensure the School achieves its objectives as set out in the School Improvement plan, particularly linked to our targets on Growth Mind-set. I also sit on the Head teacher Appraisal Panel and I am currently ‘year link’ for Year 6 so I try to spend as much time with year 6 as I can. I have worked at the University of Oxford for over 13 years, most recently as Head of Administration and Finance, based at the University’s School of Geography and the Environment.

Being a governor is a great way of giving something back to the school and supporting the teachers. The best part is that it allows you a unique opportunity to visit the school and see it in operation - not just at drop off and pick up. It is really rewarding to speak with the children in the classroom and see how they are progressing with their learning and, most importantly, how happy they all are. Luckily it's not all about attending meetings and reading reports!