Rapid Improvement Board at Eynsham Community Primary School

Following the school’s Ofsted judgement in May, the Eynsham Partnership Academy (EPA) has been working closely with the school and governing body to bring about rapid improvement.  In order to further strengthen the school’s leadership team, the decision has been taken to replace the existing governing body and establish an Rapid Improvement Board (RIB), the purpose of which is to fulfil the strategic functions of the Governing Body, and, more importantly, to ensure the school secures high standards of educational achievement for all pupils as soon as possible.

The RIB’s main function will be to provide a sound strategic base for school improvement moving the school out of ‘requires improvement’.  The RIB will be required to work to an agreed timeline for completion of these aims, and to then secure the transition to a strong Governing Body once the school has been judged to be ‘good’, either by the EPA or Ofsted.


RIB Members

Dr Hilary Emery

Hilary is a Diocesan nominated Director for the Eynsham Partnership Academy.  Initially a primary teacher, her research interests have been in assessment and she sits on AQA’s Curriculum and Assessment Committee.  She led teacher training at the University of Worcester, worked for government on teacher education policy and children’s services and was CEO of the National Children’s Bureau.  Recently she has developed resources to help schools in managing children and young people’s wellbeing and mental health.  She is a Norham Fellow at the Oxford University Department of Education; and a trustee of Oxford United Community Trust.

Paul Davies

Paul has worked in education for 20 years as a materials writer and curriculum developer.  He has been a member of the school’s Governing Body for 5 years, most recently as Chair of the Curriculum and Standards committee.  He lives in Eynsham and currently has two children at the school.

Anna Poole

Anna has worked in education for just over fifteen years.  She has held a number of roles within Oxfordshire; including as a Primary Learning Consultant for the Local Authority, and for the last eleven years as a Deputy Headteacher and Teaching School Director of a local outstanding primary school.  Anna’s role as Teaching School Director is to lead on School-to-School support for the Oxfordshire Teaching Schools Alliance, which enables her to have a secure insight into school improvement needs across schools in Oxfordshire.


James Clark

James is a Director of a local company and runs his own educational consultancy specialising in behaviour.  He has worked in education for 15 years across 3 Oxfordshire secondary schools, including being an Assistant Headteacher leading on behaviour for 5 years.  He has served a full term as a governor for a West Oxfordshire secondary school and has completed an MA in Educational Leadership.  James is an Eynsham resident and has two children at Eynsham Community Primary School.



Lisa has worked at the School for the past 17 years in the admin office and for the last 5 years as School Manager. Her role is to manage the finance, support services, admin and premises teams and to provide a back up to the Headteacher.


Communication with the RIB

The interim board will continue to keep all parents and carers regularly informed of the progress ECPS is making through the school’s newsletters and website.

If you have any queries regarding these changes please contact the school directly or via the Clerk to the RIB at eynsham.governors@gmail.com


Further Information

Governors letter 13 July 2020

Governors letter 29 June 2020

RIB News