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Governing Body

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.

The Governing Board employs Fiona Stagg, a National Leader of Governance, to professionally clerk all of the Full Governors meetings.

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 3 100%
Health and Safety 3 100%
Leadership & Management 6 100%
Curriculum 3 100%

Andrew is a trained accountant. He has managed the Staffordshire County Council’s largest IT implementation system and specialises in business transformation.  A parent Governor since September 2011, he has also been 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 in November 2015 and again in November 2017. On a personal note, most of his life revolves around his 3 young children and he manages his eldest boys’ football team.

Pecuniary Interests:

None

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

Sue works in Human Resources Management and has been an Oakridge Governor since 2009.  She is currently Vice Chair of 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 who 'graduated' from Oakridge in 2010 and 2012 and 2016.

Pecuniary Interests:

None

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

Sarah joined 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 has completed 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 has edited and co-written a book; “Teaching the Primary Foundation Subjects” with Open University Press.

Pecuniary Interests:

None

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

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 2 100%
Health and Safety 2 100%
Leadership & Management 3 75%
Curriculum

Kate was co-opted as a Governor in January 2019 and is now Chair of the Health and Safety Committee.  Professionally, Kate works as Operations Director for Stafford based IT Consultancy, risual limited.  In this role, Kate sits on the Board of Directors overseeing the operations of the organisation, with specific responsibilities that include Human Resources and Finance.  Kate has lived in Stafford since a young age, has two daughters who both attended Oakridge and now attend Walton High School.  In her spare time, Kate enjoys time with her family, exploring new places and has a keen interest in local art and handmade crafts.

Pecuniary Interests:

None

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

Mr Fisher became Headteacher at Oakridge Primary School in April 2002.  He is Executive Lead for the Alliance of Leading Learning, delivering NPQH training to aspiring headteachers.  He also leads on the NPQML.  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:

None

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

Miss Homer has taught at Oakridge for the last 11 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 the Alliance of Leading learning and leads courses on the NPQML program. She also leads on the schools direct program for Staffordshire University.

Pecuniary Interests:

None

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

Dom was originally elected as a Parent Governor in November 2015 and again in 2019.  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 20 years which is a very different career path to his original plans, having initially studied Hotel Management at University!  Dom has two daughters who both attend Oakridge and 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.  Dom is also Chair of the Leadership and Management Committee as well as being a part of the Headteacher Performance Management Committee.

Pecuniary Interests:

Treasurer of PTA

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

Cathy was elected as a Parent Governor in October 2020.  Cathy currently has a daughter and two sons at Oakridge.  After finishing law school, she worked in corporate finance, banking and property finance.

Pecuniary Interests:

None

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

Simon Awbery was also elected as a parent Governor in 2019. Simon has one son and one daughter currently at Oakridge.  He is a Science Teacher where he has led whole school initiatives as well understanding the workings of a thriving school.

Pecuniary Interests:

None