Clare Silvester- Parent Governor, Chair

Clare has worked in education for twenty years across a number of schools within Oxfordshire initially as a Teacher and later as a Headteacher of a local successful primary school. Clare lives in Burford and has three small children, two of which attend our school, and currently works as a School Improvement Advisor for a Trust in Gloucestershire. Clare joined the governing body in 2019 and has recently become Chair. She is passionate about ensuring we offer the very best quality of education to the pupils at our school and sits on the Quality of Education committee with a focus on Maths. Clare is also part of the Resources, Finance and Facilities committee, Headteacher Appraisal committee and has a responsibility for Health and Safety. Contact-

(Dr) Joanna White- Community Governor, Vice Chair

Jo has been a community governor at Burford Primary School for a year and this is her first Governor appointment. She has lived in Burford for 13 years with her husband and two young sons. Her eldest has recently joined the school. She is the Vice Chair of the Board of Governors, Chair of the Resources, Finance and Facilities Committee and is involved with Head Teacher Appraisal. She is the nominated Governor with responsibility for Safeguarding, PE and Sports Premium.

Jo has worked for the RAF for 22 years and her current posting is as a Consultant Anaesthetist and Intensivist at RAF Brize Norton and the Centre for Defence Medicine in Birmingham. She works clinically in the Nuffield Department of Anaesthesia at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.


Adam Clark – Headteacher

Adam has been headteacher at Burford Primary School since January 2021. Following a number of years of working in environmental education, Adam chose to begin teacher training in a in a large, inner city primary school in Nottingham. Since then, he has taught in Leicestershire and Gloucestershire, where he began his Headship journey.

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Holly Docherty – Staff governor 

Holly is the Early Years Lead, Early Reading and Phonics Lead, SENCo and Staff Governor at Burford Primary School. Holly has been teaching for twenty years, five years of those at Burford Primary.  Last year, Holly completed a Masters Degree in Vulnerable Learners and Inclusion which is something she is incredibly passionate about. Holly is a member of the Quality of Education Committee with a focus on SEN and Reading.


Sally Hunt- School Business Manager- Resources Committee

Sally started working for Burford Primary School in the school office in 2004.    She studied an 18 month course in School Business Management with the National College of School Leadership and after gaining her qualification became our School Business Manager in 2009.


Alison Marshall -Community Governor

Alison moved to the Cotswolds three years ago after living in Buckinghamshire where she worked as a primary school teacher. While living there, Alison was a school governor for twelve years at the Royal Grammar School in High Wycombe and eight years at the school where she worked. After moving here, Alison felt she’d like to use her experience in education as a governor at Burford Primary School. Alison has responsibility for SEN and Inclusion and is part of the Quality of Education committee, with a focus on Reading.


Liz Jackson- Community Governor

Wanting to give something back to the local community, Liz joined the governing body in 2022. Liz has been involved in education for over 30 years, initially as a teacher of modern languages and later delivering PHSE workshops and training for teachers. She now runs her own counselling and training practice and is a volunteer youth worker in Burford church. Liz is very much looking forward to getting to know the school better by regular visits, attending special events and helping out in the classroom. Liz is particularly interested in whole school well-being and supporting the pupils to thrive. Liz is part of the Quality of Education committee, with a focus on Writing.


Erling Lindoe- Community Governor

Erling runs a successful local estate agency business here in Burford.  He is passionate about supporting the local community, of which a strong primary school is such an intrinsic part, hence his decision to join the board of governors in 2022. Erling is part of the Quality of Education committee, with a focus on History and Geography. He is also part of the Admissions Panel, Headteacher Appraisal and has responsibility over Pupil Premium.


Gemma Rodgerson – Community Governor

Gemma and her husband have a daughter Darcy, in Year 6 here at Burford Primary, and 2 other daughters at Burford Secondary School. To add to the chaos of family life, they also have 2 rather mischievous dogs called Murdock and Sybil!

As a family, they moved to Oxfordshire 5 years ago from the North East and love the area. Gemma is a Receptionist at St Hughs and she is passionate about improving opportunities for young people. Gemma is delighted to be a Community Governor to support Burford Primary School in its values and vision, and to support the community as a whole.

Hannah Lake – Community Governor

Hannah has taught in state secondary schools in Oxfordshire and London, working in the classroom as an English subject specialist, and also in leadership. Hannah lives in Burford with her family; her children all attend, or have attended, Burford Primary. As a parent, educator and member of the community, she is invested in making Burford Primary the best it can be.

Current Vacancies-

Parent Governor

Community Governor

Community Governor

Community Governor


Declarations of interests summary 2022-2023