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Governors

Governing Body 2017 - 2018

Governors have a vital role to play in ensuring our school provides the best possible education for our children.

They are responsible for:

  • Setting the strategic direction for the School
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the children
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the financial effectiveness of the School and funds are well spent

In November 2015 the Governing Body was reconstituted to increase further its efficiency and effectiveness. This now includes a minimum of 7 members (no maximum number) but for Oakridge comprises 1 x Head Teacher, 1 x member of staff, 3 x parents, 1 x LA member and 5 x as many co-opted to add value and bring required skill sets on board

Click below for documents containing the Governors Code of Conduct and the Roles and Responsibilities of the Governors, as well as an overall explanation of the Governing Body by the Chair:

Click below for a list of training that Governors have undertaken

Meeting No of % Attendance
Full Governors 4 100%
Health and Safety 5 100%
Leadership & Management 5 84%
Curriculum 3

Claire Bickley-King is our newly elected parent Governor.  She was born and raised in Stafford, so a local girl although she lived in Yorkshire for some time.  Claire has one son currently in Year 5 at Oakridge and she is a qualified solicitor, working as a civil servant for the HMCTS as a legal advisor, specialising in crime and youth work, consequently working with a variety of statutory bodies.  She has travelled extensively and enjoys exploring new places and experiences as a family.

Pecuniary Interests:

Meeting No of % Attendance
Full Governors
Health and Safety
Leadership & Management
Curriculum

Kate is the Complaints Manager for Staffordshire County Council and has rejoined the Governing Board, after three years away, having previously been a Governor at Oakridge for seven years between 2007 and 2014.  During this time Kate was Vice Chair as well as being a member of the Standards and Curriculum Committee, the Health and Safety Committee and the Leadership and Management Committee.  Kate has two children who attended Oakridge Primary School and who are now at University and Walton High School. Kate brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the Governing Board having worked with a wide variety of schools as well as having an excellent understanding of the current educational climate.

Pecuniary Interests:

Meeting No of % Attendance
Full Governors 4 100%
Health and Safety 5 100%
Leadership & Management 6 100%
Curriculum 3

Andrew works for Staffordshire County Council and is a trained accountant. He has managed the County’s largest IT implementation system and now specialises in business transformation.  A parent Governor for 4 years, he is the Vice Chair of the Governing Body.  Andrew has a specific responsibility for Safeguarding Children. Because of Andrews wealth of experience and skill set that he brings to the school he was co opted for a further two years in November 2015. On a personal note, most of his life revolves around his 3 young children and he manages his eldest boys’ football team.

Pecuniary Interests:

Meeting No of % Attendance
Full Governors 4 100%
Health and Safety 5 100%
Leadership & Management 6 100%
Curriculum 3

Mr Fisher became Headteacher at Oakridge Primary School in April 2002.  Mr Fisher is the Executive Lead for Edgehill University’s Leadership Academy, delivering NPQH training to aspiring headteachers.  Prior to his appointment Mr Fisher was advisory Headteacher at Hempstalls Primary School in Newcastle.  He has also taught at schools in Cannock as well as being mathematics adviser for Staffordshire.

Pecuniary Interests:

Meeting No of % Attendance
Full Governors 4 100%
Health and Safety
Leadership & Management 6 100%
Curriculum 3

Beth has taught at Oakridge for the last 7 years and joined the governing body in June 2013.  Miss Homer is the Deputy Headteacher and sits on the Curriculum committee and the Leadership and Management committee.  During the past 12 months, she has led the implementation of the Oakridge curriculum as well as developing the schools new assessment and tracking system.  Miss Homer is a trained facilitator for Edge Hill University and leads courses on the NPQML program.

Pecuniary Interests:

Meeting No of % Attendance
Full Governors 4 100%
Health and Safety 5 100%
Leadership & Management 6 100%
Curriculum 3

Ben has an expertise in Health and Safety and from September these skills will be utilized fully when takes on the role of Chair of this Committee.  Ben carries out a termly H and S walk around school as well as leading on the schools H and S self evaluation which is submitted annually to the LA.

Pecuniary Interests:

Meeting No of % Attendance
Full Governors 4 100%
Health and Safety 5 84%
Leadership & Management
Curriculum 3

Nicki was a parent Governor for 4 years.  During this time she has taken on the responsibility for E-Safety, DDA and SEN within the School and was co opted onto the Governing body for a further two years in November 2015.  Nicki graduated from university with a law degree and qualified and worked as a solicitor before having her children. In addition to being a Governor, she plays an active role within OSCA. In her spare time, Nicki plays the piano and walks her dog.

Pecuniary Interests:

Meeting No of % Attendance
Full Governors
Health and Safety
Leadership & Management
Curriculum

Sarah joins our Governing Body in January 2018. After a lengthy (and happy) career in Primary Education she moved to Edge Hill University where she worked as a Senior Lecturer in Education & Early Years and led the Primary Foundation Subjects Team before finally “coming home” to Staffordshire University where she is now in charge of postgraduate primary teacher training (PGCE) at Lichfield and Stoke campuses as well as lecturing on all aspects of primary education. She gained degrees in both History of Art & Design and Business Studies before studying Education in a Museum setting at the V&A Museum and the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. Sarah also worked in stage and costume design in the USA and as a Children’s Books Buyer for WH Smith & John Menzies before training as a teacher in 1996. Sarah currently campaigns to raise the profile of the Arts in Primary Education and is involved in the Stoke on Trent City of Culture 2021 bid. As a successful classroom teacher for many years Sarah has robust experience of working across the entire primary age range in mixed and single age year groups, teaching all subjects and in a variety of different schools and areas. She has had specific subject responsibility for most curriculum areas but was particularly responsible for developing curriculum provision for Literacy and the Arts (art, music, dance and drama). Sarah has a Masters Degree in Education and is currently completing a professional doctorate (EdD) with Chester University. Her research is primarily focused around developing more creative and inclusive methods of research (such as the award winning Plastic Ceiling Project www.theplasticceilingproject.co.uk ) which has been chosen to feature in an exhibition of artist-researchers in the Tate Liverpool in March, 2018. Sarah has also published and presented at international conferences on the challenges of juggling work and motherhood and have edited and co-written a book; “Teaching the Primary Foundation Subjects” with Open University Press.

Pecuniary Interests:

Meeting No of % Attendance
Full Governors 4 100%
Health and Safety 5 100%
Leadership & Management 6 100%
Curriculum 3

Dom was elected as a Parent Governor in November 2015.  Professionally he is a Chartered HR Business Partner for Capgemini, a global IT Organisation, with primary focus on strategy and people related priorities.  Dom has been in HR for almost 15 years and is a very different career path to his original plans, having initially done Hotel Management at University!  Dom has two daughters who both attend Oakridge and they are the focus of most activities including skiing lessons every Saturday in Telford.  In his spare time, Dom enjoys reading fiction, history and most sports.

Pecuniary Interests:

Meeting No of % Attendance
Full Governors 4 100%
Health and Safety 5 80%
Leadership & Management 6 100%
Curriculum 3

Sue works in Human Resources Management and has been an Oakridge Governor since 2009. She currently chairs the Leadership and Management Committee, which oversees the budgetary, leadership and staffing/HR aspects of school governance and she is also a member of the Curriculum, Health & Safety/Staying Safe and the Head Teacher's Performance Management Committees. Sue has three children: all have now 'graduated' from Oakridge.

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