Five Acres Primary

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Who Are Your Governors?


Zoe Bateman
Co-opted Governor 
Pupil Achievement Committee
I am currently The Home School Link worker at Five Acres and have previously held roles in the school as Pastoral Support and Teaching Assistant.
I have been part of the school team since 2007, when both my son and daughter joined the school in full time education.
Both my children attended the school from Nursery to Year Six and both achieved very well. The time here gave them a positive start in secondary school, both socially and academically.
I thoroughly enjoy my role in school. I enjoy working with the children and supporting them through varying difficult situations, as well offering support to parents who are also experiencing difficulties.
By being a governor I am hoping to help the school continue the work to nurture the potential of every student to the best of our ability.

Nina Hickman
Associate Member
Finance Committee
I joined Five Acres Primary School in February 2019 as school business manager, and I am passionate about being part of a school that strives to create the best possible outcomes for the children.
I hold a degree in Information Systems Management and have worked for various large organisations improving business processes and systems including British Airways and Vodafone.
Previous to my role at Five Acres I taught primary school children from nursery and foundation stage through to year 2.
I have 2 children myself aged 13 and 15 and spend a great deal of time supporting them from the side of the football pitch.

Richie Dowling
Parent Governor
Pupil Attainment Committee
A Governor for over 2 years, joining in 2018 as I headed towards the end of 24 years in the Army with the Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers at St. David’s Barracks.
My wife is formerly a member of staff and previously my daughter attended Five Acres, with her now in Year 9 of The Bicester School.
Now with my youngest son at the school in Y5, I am keen to contribute to the education experience for all the students, ensuring that there is safe and encouraging learning environment, whilst ensuring that the unique aspects of life faced by today’s children including those from forces families are understood, considered and catered for by the school and wider community.
Upon leaving the Army I set up my own limited company, primarily conducting inventories and auctions for various storage companies around the UK. Due to COVID-19 however currently I am fulfilling a temporary role with Cherwell Council.
Having moved several times in the last 20 plus years, including Germany, which has seen the children regularly having to restart school and wider friendships; myself, Michelle, Oliver and Max, not forgetting Luna and Bear the cats, have settled in Ambrosden.
We enjoy the community spirit of the village and the great things can be achieved with teamwork and cooperative efforts. As a veteran I will always champion Armistice commemorations and other acts of remembrance as well as support for the Armed and Emergency services. I’m keen to improve the safety of the roads around the school and the village as a whole.
I feel that the school is fortunate to have a headmaster, staff and governing body that are focused on the best possible education delivery and wellbeing of the students at the school, this has been especially demonstrated throughout the recent tumultuous 12 month period for education enduring lockdowns and revised practices to be able to teach and operate within the school.
I hope to be able to give valuable input to the board of governors and ensure the high quality of education delivery, student and staff morale at the school continues.