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 can be found in the school office and are available on request.

For Governor Business Interests, please click here for The Westbrook Trust Business Interests Register.

For Governor Attendance Records, please click here.

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 Code of Conduct.

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.

If you are interested in becoming a Governor, get in touch with the contact box below.

Nikki ASHBY

Chair of Governors
Inclusion (including SEND)
Pupil Premium
Quality Teaching

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.

Emma MILLER

Co-Opted Governor
Attendance (incl. EYFS)

Biography
I work full-time for the Ministry of Justice; 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 as assisting the school with all that is needed to develop each child to their full potential, at each stage of their education.

Daniel MORE

Co-Opted Health & Safety Governor

Finance & Sports Premium

Biography
I have 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, I run a large charitable theatre group. I am passionate about helping young people and seeing them succeed.

Matthew OPENSHAW

Co-Opted Governor
Personal Development

Biography

This is my first role as a school governor, and I am very excited by this opportunity to help the students and Oakland’s develop. I come from a family of ex-governors, so I have always seen the impact that good governance not only has on a school, but on the students. I am keen to play a positive role in helping the young people at Oakland’s succeed and fulfil their full potential.

 

Christie RANSOM

Parent Safeguarding Governor
Safeguarding (incl. Online Safety)
EYFS Planning

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.

 

Joanne PINNOCK

Parent Governor
Curriculum & GPaS

Biography

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Louisa JONES

Head Teacher

Biography
I joined the school in April 2015 as the Deputy Head Teacher and have become incredibly proud of the school and its community. Prior to joining Oaklands, I 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 Senior Leader, SENCo and Class Teacher.

Jess BEER

Staff Governor

Biography

I have been a teacher in Kent and Medway for the last 13 years, the last 6 being at Oaklands. I have worked across all Key Stages and held leadership responsibilities that include KS1, Early Reading lead, EYFS lead and different subject leadership roles. I have also supported trainee teachers for the last 4 years.

This year I was delighted to be appointed as Assistant Headteacher in charge of Teaching and Learning at Oaklands. I was pleased to join the Governing body in 2023 and look forward to developing not only my own understanding of how a school operates but also continuing to help our fantastic school go from strength to strength.

Associate Members without voting powers & Clerk

Mrs Steph ENGLAND

Clerk to the Governors

Miss Sam COOMBER

Assistant Headteacher

Mrs Carla BROADAWAY

Business Manager

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How do I contact the Governors?

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.

 

The following documentation is available from the school office upon request:

  • the agenda for every meeting of the Local Governing Body and Committees
  • the approved minutes of each meeting
  • any report, document or other paper considered at each meeting