Oxford High School is administered by the Council of the Girls’ Day School Trust and our School Governing Board is appointed by the Council. All members of the OHS Governing Body take an active interest in the daily life of the school.

To contact our Chair of Governors please email the Clerk to the Governing Body – j.biggs@oxf.gdst.net.

To read more about each of our governors, please click on the names below.

Katherine Haynes – Chairman

Katherine Haynes – Chairman

Katherine Haynes BA Hons MEd NPQH is an alumna of Oxford High School, 1980-1987. She has been Head of The John Lyon School in Harrow, Middlesex, an HMC independent day school with 600 boys, from 11 to 18 years, since 2009. The John Lyon School, with Harrow School, is part of the John Lyon’s Foundation alongside John Lyon’s Charity. From 2014 to 2017, she chaired the national Forum of Independent Day Schools, and she holds the National Professional Qualification for Headship. Previously, Katherine taught at Warwick School as Head of Mathematics and at Edgbaston High School for Girls in Edgbaston, Birmingham. She is a Reporting Inspector with the Independent Schools’ Inspectorate and has previous experience as a Governor of a coeducational London preparatory school. Katherine joined us as Chair of Governors from the 1st January 2020.

Robert Gullifer – Co-Vice Chairman (including EYFS)

Robert Gullifer – Co-Vice Chairman (including EYFS)

Robert Gullifer M.A. (St Catharine’s College, Cambridge), F.R.S.A., read English and was a Choral Scholar at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge. He did his postgraduate education certificate at Oxford University’s education department. Robert is Head of New College School, Oxford and has taught at senior schools and prep schools in London, Bristol and Oxford. He is also an independent schools’ inspector. He has a particular interest in music and drama and in the history of charitable and independent education. He is married to a GDST alumna and their two daughters also studied at Oxford High School.

Mark Knowlden – Co-Vice Chairman and Parent Governor

Mark Knowlden – Co-Vice Chairman and Parent Governor

Mark Knowlden attended Maidstone Grammar School. Initially undertaking a career in Banking and Finance, he worked first with Lloyds Bank, then with JP Morgan Investment Managers in International Fund Management. Following a year in Australia playing rugby and working with a property development company in Sydney, he graduated in Construction Management BSc (Hons) at Coventry University, and has had 25 rewarding years in construction, architectural and structural design management. Mark settled in West Oxford 13 years ago, and has enjoyed seeing his daughter grow into an Oxford High Girl.

Dr Anne Knowland

Dr Anne Knowland

Dr Anne Knowland started her academic career as a Lecturer in Modern English Literature at the University of Ghent, Belgium, where she obtained a BA in Germanic Philology. She came to Oxford as a British Council Fellow and studied for her DPhil in English at Linacre College, while also raising her children, one of whom, Sara, was a pupil at OHS between 1990 and 2000. She became the first Divisional Secretary (Head of Administration) of the newly established Mathematical and Physical Sciences Division and is a former Senior Tutor and Tutor for Admissions at University College (from 2004). Having retired in 2015 to pursue her interests in academia and the arts, she now brings to bear extensive experience of academic strategy and planning, student academic welfare and academic recruitment.

Mr Robert Montgomery

Mr Robert Montgomery

Robert Montgomery is a Chartered Architect and Managing Director of an Oxford-based architectural practice. He is a chartered member of the Royal institute of British Architects and is Accredited in Building Conservation, specialising in the conservation and restoration of historic buildings. Educated at Burford Grammar School and with Honours degrees in Architecture from London and Nottingham, Robert has been practising in Oxford since 1981 and has won many awards for his work, including the RIBA Conservation Award, the Almshouse Patrons’ Award and Oxford Preservation Trust Awards.

Ms Helen Morton – Finance and Health & Safety

Ms Helen Morton – Finance and Health & Safety

Helen Morton, MA (Eng Sci), MSc (Business Admin), CEng, read Engineering at New Hall, Cambridge, trained as a civil engineer and worked on the Thames Barrier before moving to BP to work on offshore oil platform projects in the North Sea, refineries in Europe and Australia and various corporate roles, including Company Secretary for BP Oil. While at BP, she completed a part time MScBA with Boston University. She left the oil industry in 1992 to work in the charity sector, including VSO, Marie Stopes International and 5 years as Finance & Administration Director at Trinity Hospice, London. In 2000, she moved to Oxford to become the Treasurer (Finance & Estates Bursar) at Somerville College, Oxford. She took early retirement at the end of 2012 to give herself more time to concentrate on her musical interests and take on further trustee and non-executive roles.

Professor Andrew Carr

Professor Andrew Carr

Professor Andrew Carr DSc FRCS FMedSci is a clinical scientist and the Nufffield Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Oxford, where he directs the Botnar Research Centre, one of the world’s leading musculoskeletal disease research Institutes. He has focused his research on the development and evaluation of surgical implants and technologies, including joint replacements, minimally invasive surgery and tissue engineering scaffolds. He has held senior leadership positions in the University, NHS and charity sectors in the UK and has had advisory role at a number of Universities and Research Councils internationally. His three daughters are all alumnae of Oxford High School.

Dr Caro Godlee – Safeguarding and Child Protection

Dr Caro Godlee – Safeguarding and Child Protection

Caro Godlee was educated at Bedales School, and qualified in medicine from Trininty College, Cambridge. She worked for twenty-eight years as a GP at Summertown Health Centre, Oxford (latterly as Senior Partner). The practice covered four local boarding schools, and Caro was the Oxford High School doctor for fifteen years until her retirement from general practice in 2015. She is the co-author of two medical textbooks and is particularly interested in adolescent and women’s medicine. She now works as a coach and mentor and is a Council member of Wycombe Abbey School. One of her daughters attended Oxford High School and went on to study History at Cambridge.

Miss Kate Mitchell – Prep School (including EYFS)

Miss Kate Mitchell – Prep School (including EYFS)

Kate Mitchell was Head of Wimbledon High Junior Scchool GDST from 2003 until 2019. With a Bed Hons from Warwick and an MA from York, she has spent thirty-five years in education, teaching in Stamford School, Ashville College and Alleyn’s Junior School. She has experience in boys, girls and co-education, boarding and day schools, and is an independent schools’ inspector. Having attended Wells Cathedral School, she has a particular interest in music. Working for the GDST since 2003, she is passionate about girls’ education and enabling young ladies to go out into the world to make a difference.

Mr Stephen Huxter – Finance

Mr Stephen Huxter – Finance

Stephen read mathematics at St. Anne’s College, Oxford. Following a short spell as a management consultant, Stephen co-founded his own business specialising in logistics and supply-chain technology. Following the sale of the company in 2018, Stephen founded a new venture dedicated to solving public sector challenges using mathematics and machine-learning technologies. Stephen is a trustee of the Compass for Life Foundation and his daughter is a current OHS pupil.

Mrs Elizabeth Crawford - Finance

Mrs Elizabeth Crawford - Finance

Mrs Crawford is the Interim Bursar at Regent’s Park College Oxford and was formerly Domestic Bursar and Fellow at University College Oxford.

Professor Helen Small

Professor Helen Small

Helen Small (FBA) is Merton Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford and a fellow of Merton College, Oxford. Helen writes about the connections between literature, intellectual history, and philosophy (especially moral and critical philosophy), primarily since 1830. Her most recent book, The Value of the Humanities (2013), is a critical account of the claims standardly employed to defend the public value of the humanities. Her previous book, The Long Life (2007), explored the view that to understand old age we have to consider more fundamentally what it means to be a person, to have a life, to have or to lead a ‘good’ life and to be part of a just society. Professor Small also writes regularly on Victorian fiction, poetry, and public moralism and she is the editor of several nineteenth-century works including Vanity Fair, Wuthering Heights and The Lifted Veil. Professor Small teaches mainly on Victorian and later literature and Critical Theory.

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