Meet the Governors

Who are the Governors?

The Governing Body play a vital part in the running of the school.  They are a group of volunteers who are responsible for holding the school’s leadership to account and make sure that the school is performing and improving. 

A full copy of details about the Governing Body including minutes of meetings, visit the Governor page on KLZ.  Alternatively, copies of all minutes can be found in the school office and are available on request.

If you would be interested in joining the Governing Body, contact the school for more information.   

What do Governors do?

Governors form part of the Strategic Leadership of the school.  For more information on Governors and their role in school, please read the Oakland’s Code of Conduct.

 

How do I contact them?

You can use the contact form opposite to contact the Clerk to the Governors.  They will respond as soon as possible and within one working week.  It is important that in the event of a complaint, the school’s complain policy has been followed that that you have spoke to the school directly. 

 

School Governors

Nikki ASHBY

Nikki ASHBY

Chair of Governors, SEND and Whistleblowing.

Term of Office
1 Sept 2020 – 31 August 2024

Business Interests
Works for Medway Council within the audit and enforcement team.  Husband is employed by Sharps Signs.  

Biography
As a parent of a child at Oaklands school, I became a Governor in September 2016 and this is my first Governor role.  I work for a local authority in an audit and enforcement role which has been really useful.  I am keen for all children to maximise their abilities and reach their full potential.

Levi AKEHURST

Levi AKEHURST

Term of Office
1 Sept 2020 – 31 August 2024

Business Interests
Employed as class teacher at Oaklands

Biography
Hello, I’m Mrs Akehurst (Formally Miss Winton!).  I am a Key Stage 1 teachers and I am in my firth year of teaching.  Before joining the Oaklands TEAM I worked at Heathrow Primary School.  I have a passion for teaching maths and ensuring that all children are able to access all areas of the curriculum.  

 

Shenda WEST

Shenda WEST

Term of Office
1 Sept 2020 – 31 August 2024

Business Interests
None

Biography
As a parent to both adult and a pre-school child, I have had a long term involvement in the schooling process. I applied to be a governor as I would like to make a difference. This is my first governor role and I have a lot to learn! I have a keen interest in data protection and a background in maths and I hope my knowledge will be useful. Every child is different and it’s important to recognise that and help the child grow and develop.

Emma MILLER

Emma MILLER

Term of Office
1 Sept 2020 – 31 August 2024

Business Interests
None

Biography
This is my first role as a school governor & I was delighted when I was offered the opportunity to join Oakland’s School. I work full time for the Ministry of Justice and part of my role is training and development. I am very focused on developing people to reach their full potential. I see my role as a governor at Oakland’s to assist the school with all that they need to develop each child to their full potential at each stage of their development.

Caroline WEBBER

Caroline WEBBER

Curriculum

Term of Office
1 Sept 2020 – 31 August 2024

Business Interests
Educational Consultant for Medway Early Years Ltd.

Biography
Caroline has a wide range of experience in both Governance and education, with particular focus on Early Years Education.  Caroline has been a governor as several Medway schools and has worked as a qualified teacher and as the Early Years Child Care Manager for the Local Authority.  Caroline currently works as an Early Years advisor to schools and Private Voluntary Independent settings across Kent and Medway.  

Christie RANSOM

Christie RANSOM

Pupil Premium

Term of Office
1 Sept 2020 – 31 August 2024

Business Interests
Teacher at MGGS
Child attends Oaklands School

Biography
I have worked in education and associated services for 15 years, having served as a staff governor in a previous school. As an ex Oaklands student myself, when my eldest child joined the school I was keen to join the governing body as a parent governor and did so in January 2020. I believe that every child should be supported and encouraged in their learning and that health, wellbeing and safety must be prioritised to ensure children achieve their potential. I am keen to serve and support the Oaklands community in this role. 

 

Barry SYMONS

Barry SYMONS

Headteacher

Term of Office
Governor as long as still in post

Business Interests
Trustee at FTPT Academy Trust.
Wife employed as a class teacher in a Kent Primary School.
Local Leader of Education as part of the MTSA

Biography
I joined the school in April 2015 as the Headteacher  and have become incredibly proud of the school and its community.  Prior to joining Oaklands, I have worked in a variety of schools in many places including Yorkshire, Kent, Medway and internationally in America.  Over my career, I have worked in several roles including Headteacher, Senior Leader, SENco and as a class teacher. 

Daniel MORE

Daniel MORE

Chair of Finance, KS1 and Safeguarding,

Term of Office
1 Sept 2020 – 31 August 2024

Business Interests
Works for the KEMN Academy Trust 

Biography
Daniel has over 6 years experience as a School Business Manager and 13 years experience working in education across both the primary and secondary sector.

Outside work, he runs a large charitable theatre group.  He is passionate about helping young people and seeing them succeed. 

Structure of the Governing Body

The Oaklands Governing Body has no committees and the Full Governing body look at all items for the school.  They meet each term and agendas and minutes are available upon request.  

Attendance Record 2019-20

The table below shows a record of who attended (Y), those who did not attend but sent apologies (A) and those who did not attend and no apologies were sent (N).  Anyone not required to attend the meeting are marked as (-) for that meeting. 

 

 

 

FGB
06.11.19

Finance
22.01.20

FGB
22.01.20
Finance
11.03.20
FGB
11.03.20

Finance
06.06.20

FGB
15.07.20

FGB
Term 1 TBC

FGB
Term 2 TBC
FGB
Term 3 TBC

FGB
Term 4 TBC

FGB
Term 5 TBC
FGB
Term 6 TBC
L WintonAAAAA

Y

      
N AshbyYYYYYY      
A GulvinAYYYYYYEnd of office     
R HoldingYYYYYYEnd of office     
D MoreYYYYYYY      
V RamaYYYYYYYEnd of office     
B SymonsYYYYYYY      
R TaylorYYYYYYEnd of office     
C WebberYAYYYY      
E MillerYAYYYY      
S WestYYYYYY      
C RansomYYYYYY      

 

Associate Members without voting powers & Clerk

Mrs Allison MITCHELL

Clerk to the Governors

Mrs Catherine McLAUGHLIN

Deputy Headteacher

Mrs Louisa JONES

Assistant Headteacher

Mrs Carla BROADAWAY

School Business Manager