Welcome from the Chair of Governors

I first discovered Grandpont Nursery & Children Centre when I moved to Oxford with my two pre-school children some years ago. They are no longer pre-school but we all remember fondly the time they spent in Grandpont’s daycare, nursery and the children’s centre. For young families this is a fantastic setting where children can play, explore and learn in a safe and nurturing environment. And when they move on to their next setting you can be sure that they’ll have happy memories of Grandpont and a great preparation for whatever comes next.

I can only agree with the Ofsted inspectors and say that this an outstanding setting and that children and families like mine that are lucky enough to come here benefit from a great start to their journey through childhood and education.

Phil Doubtfire
Chair of Governors


These are the members of the governing body for the whole centre. They can be contacted via the office.

Mr Phil Doubtfire

Phil has lived in Grandpont since 2008 and was coopted onto the Governing Body in 2009. He's been trying to escape ever since!! Both of his children have happy memories of their time in Grandpont having been regulars at the Family Room, Daycare and Nursery. Phil combines his main job of minding the kids with a second job as a charity administrator. He really likes spreadsheets and spends lots of time poring over the Nursery's finances.

Local Authority Governor & Acting Chair, Finance, HR and Health & Safety

Mrs Teresa Murphy

Staff (Support) Governor


Mrs Lisa Fern

Staff (Headteacher)


Mr Yan Wong

Yan Wong is a local dad often seen out and about in Marlborough Road. He carried out much of the childcare for his two daughters during the time they were at Grandpont, where they benefitted from the fantastic provision in the Family Room, Daycare, and the Nursery School. He has been a governor at Grandpont since 2013, with a focus on Grandpont’s role in the community. Yan is a scientist, who has had multiple jobs including university lecturer, popular science writer, and presenter of science on TV and radio. His specialist area is biology, focussing on natural history and genetics.

Community Governor 


Marie Tidball

I have studied and worked in Oxford since 2002 and have lived in Hinksey Park Ward for four years. I am a City Councillor for our area and I am also Oxford City’s Mental Health Champion. I have been a governor at Grandpont Nursery School and Children’s Centre since Autumn 2015 and I am Member of the South Oxford Community Association. Last year, I finished my doctorate on the treatment of people with autism in the justice system and I am currently working on a project about disability and the law at the University of Oxford. My mum was the head of a Nursery School in South Yorkshire, when I was growing up - this is why I am passionate about early years education.  Outside of work I enjoy swimming, growing things on my allotment and painting - especially face painting!

Community Governor and Vice Chair


Sarah Dorling 

I live in New Hinksey and have two young children; one who currently attends Grandpont Nursery school.  I have been teaching for 17 years, and am currently working in Early Years in the position as Assistant Headteacher at an Oxford City Primary School.  As parent governor, I want to support Grandpont Nursery school by sharing some of my experience and expertise to enhance the achievement of all who attend.  My current role within the governing body includes being lead governor for Teaching, Learning and Assessment.

Parent Governor and Curriculum Governor


Neal Tucker 

I moved to Oxford 10 years and lived in the Grandpont area for the past 3 years.  I am a local general practitioner working in the city centre and provide medical education to GPs and nurses around the country.  I have a 2 year old son at Grandpont in the Mulberry Room.  Outside of work I am a keen cyclist, unashamed science fiction fan and beginner guitarist, although my aspiration to be in a famous rock band is thankfully over.

Parent Governor and Daycare Management Group Link, Chair of Finance and HR Subcommity


Lynne Nottage



Sarah Disley

I have lived in South Oxford for eight years and have two sons. My family was lucky to be able to make great use of the Family Room and then the Nursery School at Grandpont during my eldest son’s early years. My youngest has also benefitted enormously from the time we have shared at the Family Room and I am committed to supporting the continuation of family services in our local community. I am an editor and writer (principally in the international development sector) and have been self-employed for seven years.

Parent Governor (Children's Centre Link)

Anna Doffman 


I am now a retired Social Worker having worked in Children's Services in Oxfordshire for the last 30 years.I currently live in South Oxford and have done for the last 25 years. I have two sons, now both grown up. They attended nursery and first school in South Oxford and I have many happy memories of that period in their lives.I am interested in having a role in early years nursery provision. I know from experience that this time in a young child's life is a very significant one in providing the foundation for the rest of their life.I am looking forward to being a Governor at Grandpont and to meeting the children and parents. I would like to offer my support in any ways I can be of assistance.

Child Protection and Safeguarding Governor


Nicola Friend

Associate governor and School Business Manager