As a Hard Federation, both Oakham C of E Primary School and The Parks School share a Governing Body which meets each term.

The Governors are similar to directors in a business, and act as ‘critical friends’ to the Executive Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team.Β  Governors work with the Executive Headteacher on strategic and developmental issues, and on target setting, performance management and appraisal.Β  They visit the schools to meet members of the Senior Leadership Team and to carry out their responsibilities in terms of monitoring and providing oversight.Β  However, the Executive Headteacher alone is responsible for the day to day management of the schools.

Minutes of Full Governing Body meetings and committee meetings are available, on request, from the school office.

If you have any comment for, or need to contact, the Governing Body please email:Β chair@oakham-primary.rutland.sch.ukΒ or leave a message at the school office.

AnΒ Instrument of Government is the legal document for Local Authority schools that records the constitution of the governing body and the term of office for each category of governor as well as the name of the schools.

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Governors of Oakham Church of England Primary School and The Parks School

All governors are required annually to declare any interests they may have in relevant businesses or other educational establishments.Β  All information relating to this as well as details of all current governors can be found below.

Declaration of interests and further relevant information.

  • Mary Darlington is the manager of The Ark Nursery.
  • There are no other relevant business interests for our governors to declare.
  • None of our governors have declared that they have any extraΒ governing roles inΒ other schools.

Name Position Appointing Body Date of Appointment Date of Term End
Mr Nick Cooper Co-opted Governing Board 12/06/2017 11/06/2021
Mrs Mary Darlington Co-opted Governing Board 12/06/2017 11/06/2021
Mrs Victoria Maxwell Co-opted Governing Board 24/09/2020 23/09/2024
Mr Ben Searle Co-opted Governing Board 24/09/2020 23/09/2024
VACANCY Co-opted Governing Board Β  Β 
VACANCY Co-opted Governing Board Β  Β 
Mrs Karen Kibblewhite LA LA 07/03/2019 06/03/2019
Mrs Liz Needham Foundation Diocese 07/07/2019 07/07/2023
Rev Stephen Griffiths Foundation Diocese 07/11/2018 Ex-officio
VACANCY Foundation Diocese Β  Β 
Mr Steve Cox Staff (Head) Governing Board 24/08/2015 Ex-officio
Mrs Caroline Abdul-Raham Parent (The Parks) Parent Election 15/06/2017 14/06/2021
Mrs Alex Gregory Parent (The Parks) Parent Election 15/06/2017 14/06/2021
Mrs Caroline Vandoros Parent (OCOEP) Parent Election 12/06/2017 11/06/2021
Mrs Caroline Johnston Parent (OCOEP) Parent Election 08/11/2017 07/11/2021
Mrs Diane Wensley Parent (OCOEP) Parent Election 12/06/2017 11/06/2021
Mr Stewart Needham Parent (OCOEP) Parent Election 29/01/2018 28/01/2022
VACANCY Parent (OCOEP) Parent Election Β  Β 
Mrs Jane Evans Staff (OCOEP) Staff Election 12/06/2017 11/06/2021
Mrs Kay Smith Staff (The Parks) Staff Election 04/11/2018 03/11/2022
Mrs Claire Wade Staff (The Parks Staff Election 24/09/2020 23/09/2024
VACANCY Staff (OCOEP) Staff Election Β  Β 

Committee Structure

Our Governing Body uses a committee structure to undertake our monitoring and evaluation role.Β  The membership and terms of reference of committees are reviewed annually.Β  The committees are: Provisions, Resources and Pay Review.

Some of our committees are given delegated powers to make decisions that do not require approval from the full Governing Body.Β  In addition, like many governing bodies, we sometimes form working groups to focus on specific problems or issues.

Committee Members
Resources (Finance, Personnel) Caroline Johnston (Chair)
Jane Evans
Nick Cooper
Ben Searle
Stewart Needham
Alex Gregory
Mary Darlington
Stephen Cox
Provisions (Pupil Outcomes, Health & Safety, Safeguarding) Diane Wensley (Chair)
Liz Needham
Karen Kibblewhite
Claire Wade
Victoria Maxwell
Stewart Needham
Stephen Cox
Kay Smith
Caroline Vandoros
Caroline Adbul-Raham
Nick Cooper
Mary Darlington
Caroline Johnston
Head-Teachers Performance Management Caroline Abdul-Rahim
Mary Darlington
Karen Kibblewhite
Pay Review Committee Nick Cooper
Diane Wensley
Ben Searle

Committee Terms of Reference


The Governing Body is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We expect all staff, volunteers and visitors to share that commitment.

If you are interested in becoming a school governor and would like to know more about the role please contact any of the Governors or the school office.