The Governing Body of Heyford Park School has three core functions:

Articles of Association

Funding agreement

HPFS Charter Deed

Our key behaviours: Accountability, Challenge, Communication, Fairness, Integrity

The core features of effective governance include the importance of the Governing Body having the right people with the necessary skills, time and commitment, and sufficient diversity of perspectives to ensure an internal challenge, all actively contributing in line with clearly defined roles and responsibilities under an effective chair.

Meet the Governors

Simon Morrell
Chair of Governors

Simon, a Cambridge Graduate, works for Dorchester Group as Estates Financial Controller, leading on estate management. As a Chartered Accountant, Simon assists the school in financial training and reviewing its processes and controls. He chairs the committee on the future strategy of The Heyfordian School Trust.  He took over as Chair of Governors in September 2019.

Steve Gee
Parent Governor

Steve is the owner and Managing Director of a local employment business. Steve has been a parent at the school since the school first opened in 2014. He is a parent of a child within the Primary phase of the school and has also had a child attend the secondary phase.
Steve was also a founding member of the school’s Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and is currently the PTA Treasurer.


Emily Boswell

Emily is the Deputy Head (Academic) at Wycombe Abbey School. She has been a secondary school teacher for 18 years and has worked at high achieving schools in Berkshire, Gloucestershire and Buckinghamshire.  Having done a Theology degree at Oxford University, she teaches Religious Studies and Latin; she is passionate about nurturing every pupil’s talents and setting high expectations.  Emily is interested in promoting excellence in both teaching and learning so that all pupils can fulfil their potential.

Jan Maulden

Jan is a former publisher, and founder-director of Multimedia Corporation. Jan lives in Oxford and her daughters attended Steeple Aston school, where she was a Governor for nearly 20 years. She has a special interest in early years, but is also very interested in the development and challenges of secondary education. She was formally a director of OXPIP – the Oxford Parent Infant Project – which helps parents and babies to develop secure attachments in the first critical 1000 days from conception to two.

Steve Burley

Steve is a Head Master with significant experience in education, spanning both state and independent sectors. After studying at Oxford and London, his career began as a teacher of English at The King’s School, Canterbury and then moved on to Sevenoaks School, one of the world’s leading IB schools. After working as Head of English at Headington School, Oxford, he was appointed Deputy Head Academic and, more recently, Senior Deputy at King’s High in Warwick. Steve has been appointed Head Master of King’s High from January 2021. He has served as a Trustee at Heyford Park School since November 2019 and have greatly enjoyed working with the fantastic team and community there. Steve is passionate about the transformative potential of education and working to inspire students to be the leaders of the future, nurturing the skills that will enable them to thrive and succeed. 


Debbie Cotton
Parent Governor

Debbie is formerly a commissioned officer within the Royal Air Force and School Business Manager. She currently works at The Old Station Nursery. Debbie is a parent of two children within the Primary phase of the school.


Jennette Jefferies

Jennette has been involved with education for her whole working life and has a wealth of experience in schools.  She has held a number of positions, including 20 years as a member of the Senior Leadership Team, predominantly as Deputy Head.  She has also worked as an examiner for GCSE and A Level and has been a school inspector, which has enabled her to see the workings of many schools.  Her first love is teaching and she has always felt that working with and helping young people to succeed, is a real privilege.