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Meet the Governors of Wheatley Nursery School & John Watson School

Meet the Governors



Stephen Passey, Headteacher (Governor ex-officio)

Stephen has worked across a number of First schools and Primary schools in and around Oxford, taking his first Deputy post in 1996. In 2011 he took up the Headship of Bishopswood School, near Henley. He became Headteacher of Wheatley Nursery School and John Watson School in September 2013.  He is married with three children of his own at school/university and has lived in Oxford for over twenty five years.





Sarah Simmonds

Sarah became Joint Chair with Sarah Coleridge at the end of September  2017, previously Sarah had been the Vice Chair of the joint governing body since June 2014 . She has had a long association with both Wheatley Nursery and John Watson going back over 16 years, as one of her daughters attended both schools. Prior to the formation of a single hard federation Sarah had enjoyed a successful reign as Chair of Wheatley Nursery. She has a particular interest in inclusion and is active within the local community .





Sarah Coleridge

Sarah became joint Chair with Sarah Simmonds at the end of September 2017, Sarah has been a Governor since June 2014 and is the Health and Safety Governor, an area of school life in which she has had an ongoing interest. She has had prior experience working as a Teaching Assistant on a supply basis for John Watson School. She lives locally and is an active member of Wheatley Parish Council. She has five children and a grandchild.




Bethany Farr

Bethany is a digital communications specialist currently working as the Social Media Manager for a large publishing company in  Oxfordshire. Previously she has worked in the non-profit sector including roles in international development, campaigns, education and community development. She holds a BA in Philosophy and Psychology and an MA in International Relations. Bethany joined the governing body in 2018





Clea Lees

Clea has been on the governing body since 2015. She holds a co-opted governor role and has particular interest in family and community engagement. Prior to taking up the promoted post as head of sixth form at a local special school, she had enjoyed over 12 years teaching at John Watson School teaching across the age groups.





Carol Quartermaine

Carol is a Safeguarding Governor and parent governor with a child in KS4 and another child in an Oxfordshire comprehensive school. She works as a primary teacher in Buckinghamshire where she is a full time class teacher in a large school. In addition Carol co-ordinates maths throughout the school,  manages trainee teachers and is also a member of the senior leadership team.




Sharon Bond introduction

Sharon Bond

Sharon has worked at John Watson school and Wheatley Nursery School for  13 years. During this time I have mainly been based in nursery, however I worked in KS1 and KS2 in the afternoons when the nursery was only opened in the mornings. I am a Family Links parents course facilitator and run  10 week parent groups with the Maple Tree children’s centre for parents of  children in WNS and JWS and the local community. I have two sons and a daughter and one grandson.





Please find below a link to our register of Business Interests.

Business Interests 2017