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Pennington, Emma

Rev'd Dr Emma Pennington

As part of my role as Vicar of Garsington, Cuddesdon and Horspath I sit on the governing bodies of both Garsington and Horspath Church of England Schools as a Foundation Governor. There are two other foundation governors which are elected by the diocese of Oxford to represent and celebrate the Christian heritage and distinctiveness of the school. As a group we regularly meet together to discuss and monitor issues pertaining to the spiritual, moral and ethical aspects of the school and play an important role in the diocesan SIAMS inspection which takes place every five years. This inspection considers the school's effectiveness as a church school, ie does it celebrate it's Christian heritage, uphold values and promote respect and tolerance of all faiths and none. It also looks at the manner in which collective worship is inclusive and sincere.

Every other week I lead collective worship and also play a part in other events which take place in the school and at the church such as the Leaver's service, Easter and Harvest services and Remembrance Day. I very much value the close working relationship which we have as a school and church, and which has resulted in a number of innovative ventures, including the Harvest loaf project with Dr Sarah Bearchall, the Experience Easter exhibition and the choir's role at our Christmas Carol service. As RE link Governor I also support the work of the religious education co-ordinator and meet regularly with the Head to discuss collaborations over the year and offer pastoral care to parents, staff and pupils when needed.

I have lived in Garsington village since 2008 and both my children, Thomas and Katie, have attended the school. Katie is at the moment in year five.