Please find below details of;
Mrs A. Woodgate Headteacher
Mr R Flack Staff Governor
Mr P Sharman Ex-Officio Foundation Governor
Mrs J Butcher-Weisner PCC Foundation Governor
Mrs N Povey Parent Governor
Mrs S Wilson Parent Governor
Mrs B Shaw (Vice Chair of Governors) Co-opted Governor
Mrs J Ibbetson-Revell (Chair of Governors) Co-opted Governor
Finance Vacancy Co-opted Governor
Mrs S Burwell Local authority Governor
Mrs J Myhill Clerk to the Governing Body
The Governing Board is currently looking for a Co-opted Governor with specific experience in finance. Training in school finance is available but the ability to handle budgets and experience with financial regulations is preferable. We keen to hear from people who are able to give time after the school day to attend meetings.
The Board is also always open to having new Associate Governors that can add something to the overall skills and expertise. An Associate Governor is not required to attend meetings (unless they want to) and is not eligible to vote in Governor decisions but would be called upon by the Head and Chair as necessary. Some examples of pertinent experience might be finance, legal, data protection, safeguarding, HR or religious.
Please contact the Chair, Jen Ibbetson-Revell via the school office if you, or someone you know may be interested. It’s a good way to become involved in governance without committing a lot of time.
In May 2016 we decided to adopt a Governor Bear to be our representative at School Council meetings and to act as a conduit between the Governors and the children. We chose three names which had some meaning for us as a school;
We attended collective worship with the children, introduced the Governor Bear and asked them to vote on the name. Because British Values forms part of the curriculum, we were keen for the voting process to be aligned with the way that democracy works for adults in the UK and because our school hall is used as a Polling Station during elections we asked KCC if they would allow the children to have their own polling booth to elect the name.
KCC were magnificent - they provided us with a proper polling booth, a sealed box for the ballot papers and even printed the polling slips for us.
The children participated in their first adult election and showed great maturity. Their choice?
So welcome to Oakley, our permanent Governor Bear (with no voting rights!)
The children have decided that Oakley should spend time in each classroom with a box into which children can put examples of when they see their peers demonstrating the christian value of the term. Oakley has very much enjoyed reading these examples, as have the other Governors!
The school received an Ofsted inspection during the summer term 2017 and 9 out of the 10 Governors were able to attend the meeting with the inspector.
We were well prepared and it was clear that we know our school and are involved in school improvement, working hand in hand with the Leadership team and the staff.
We knew that our school was good and that we are on a journey towards an 'Outstanding' rating and we were pleased that the Ofsted Inspector confirmed this in her report.
We now have lots of work to do in the next 3 years to attain that 'Outstanding' classification!
Staff and Governors attended an inset day in school on the 19th February. This is the third year that such an inset day has taken place and is part of our strategy to continue to improve the way we all work together to develop our school.
This year we are keen to define our vision for the school, looking ahead to the future, and so spent time discussing and analysing what makes us unique and what we are really good at. We will use this to inform our vision statement and strategic plan.
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