Michael Waine followed a career in education wholly in Oxfordshire, initially a classteacher at Middle Barton Primary School and then St.Edburg’s, Bicester. He was later appointed Deputy-Headteacher at North Kidlington Primary School, and then in 1976 was appointed as the first Headteacher of Glory Farm Primary School.
In his twenty-seven years as Headteacher he saw the school grow from under 200 pupils to 630. During his time in headship he helped lead the Management Training of fellow heads in Oxfordshire and Wiltshire, led the introduction of Local Management of Schools in Oxfordshire, and worked with the Oxfordshire School Improvement Service.
Soon after retirement Michael was invited to join the then Cooper School governing body, and latterly was asked to chair the Governing Body of the federated Cooper and Glory Farm Schools, and then the newly formed Academy.
Michael is a Bicester County Councillor, being first elected in 2005 when he was appointed to the County Cabinet as Member for School Improvement, a post which he held until he stood down in 2011. Since that time he has been Chairman of the County Council, and is currently chairman of the Education Scrutiny Committee.
He holds as his most important local achievement the building of the Post Sixteen Centre at The Cooper School. He has been especially pleased to see the Sixth Form grow to be one of the most successful in Oxfordshire, which represents a massive ‘turn-round’ from the times when most post sixteen pupils looked to continuing their education outside of Bicester!
Michael’s motivation is to serve his local community and town with a very special interest in education.