Meet the Governors

Stephen Passey, Headteacher (Governor ex-officio)

Stephen has worked for the Local Authority since 1989, first teaching in the Primary sector becoming Deputy in 1996. Whilst completing his Masters in Education and National Professional Qualification of Headship he worked in several local special schools. He became headteacher at Bishopswood Special School in 2011 and has been headteacher of John Watson School and Wheatley Nursery School since September 2013.

Sarah Simmonds, (Chair of Governors)

Sarah is our chair of governors, 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.

Clea Lees

Clea is the Vice Chair and also our equality governor. Clea has had a long connection with the school, with over 12 years teaching experience across the age range here and has been on the governing body since 2015. Clea has returned this term to take up a part-time temporary teaching post after several years as head of a sixth form at a local special school. She holds a co-opted governor role and has particular interest in family and community engagement.

 Bethany Farr

Bethany is our Safeguarding Governor WNS/JWS, she 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.

Lois ward

Lois Ward joined John Watson School in September of 2018. She was initially a Teaching Assistant and progressed to the role of Higher Level Teaching Assistant in KS1. She is now based in Wheatley Nursery School with the JWS children.  Lois completed a degree in Psychology in Barbados and during this time volunteered at a special school there. She then moved to the UK in 2016 and has worked in schools in Oxford. She is currently pursuing a career in teaching and will commence training through the SCITT programme in September. Lois became staff governor in May 2019.

Mr Alex CH Lee PhD FRCSEd(Paed.Surg.) FRCSEng FRCPCH

Alex is a general paediatric and neonatal surgeon at the John Radcliffe Hospital. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, the Royal College of Surgeons of England, and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. He is a honorary senior clinical lecturer at the University of Oxford. He received his clinical training in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, and Nottingham. He carried out his PhD research on surgical ergonomics at Imperial College London. He was a National Surgical Fellow at the Great Ormond Street Hospital prior to taking up his consultant position in Oxford in 2011. He was previously a Foundation Training Programme Director in the Oxford Deanery and the Divisional Educational Lead for the Women’s & Children Division. He also held previous national roles including as the Honorary Treasurer and Trustee of the British Association of Paediatric Surgeons. He specialises in upper gastrointestinal surgery in children especially paediatric surgical enteral feeding. He has specialised interests in ergonomics/human factors and patient safety. Alex joined Wheatley Nursery School as a parent Governor from May 2019

Shah Chaudhry

Shah is our parent governor and also the chair of resources committee. Shah has been working as a Head of Clinical Coding at Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust since June 2016. From January 2011 to May 2016 he worked as a Clinical Coding Manager at Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Shah moved to Oxford in January 2011. Apart from medicine he holds Masters in Education and MSc in Computer Science. Shah joined the John Watson School governing body in September 2018.

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