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

My name is Stewart Needham,  I am the Chair of Governors and my role is to assist the Governing Body in carrying out its duties.  I have served on the governing body since 29th January 2018. I feel very passionate about our school and primary education in general as I believe it represents the most influential years of our children’s lives. I want to ensure that everything we do as the governing board is focused on providing the best possible start in education for all of our children.

The Governors are similar to directors in a business, and act as ‘critical friends’ to the Executive Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team.  Governors work with the Executive Headteacher on strategic and developmental issues, and on target setting, performance management and appraisal.  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.  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 Stewart Needham: chair@oakham-primary.rutland.sch.uk or leave a message at the school office.

An 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.

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.  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 extra governing roles in other schools.

Name Position Appointing Body Date of Appointment Date of Term End
VACANCY Co-opted Governing Board    
Mrs Alison Swinscoe Co-opted Governing Board 23/09/2021 22/09/2025
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
Mrs Diane Wensley Co-opted Governing Board 12/06/2021 11/06/2025
VACANCY Co-opted Governing Board    
Mrs Karen Kibblewhite LA LA 07/03/2019 06/03/2023
Mrs Liz Needham Foundation Diocese 07/07/2019 07/07/2023
Rev Stephen Griffiths Foundation Diocese 07/11/2018 Ex-officio
VACANCY Foundation Diocese    
Mr Steve Cox Staff (Head) Governing Board 24/08/2015 Ex-officio
Mrs Caroline Abdul-Raham Parent (The Parks) Parent Election 15/06/2021 14/06/2025
Mrs Alex Gregory Parent (OCOEP) Parent Election 15/06/2021 14/06/2025
Mrs Caroline Vandoros Associate Governing Board 12/06/2021 11/06/2022
Mrs Mary Darlington  Associate Governing Board 12/06/2021 11/06/2022
Mr Stewart Needham (Chair) Parent (OCOEP) Parent Election 01/02/2022 31/01/2026
Natasja Deacon Parent (OCOEP) Parent Election 01/02/2022 31/01/2026
Mark Davis Parent (OCOEP) Parent Election 01/02/2022 31/01/2026
Mrs Jane Evans Staff (OCOEP) Staff Election 12/06/2021 11/06/2025
Sarah Potrykus Parent (OCOEP) Parent Election 01/02/2022 31/01/2026
Mrs Claire Wade Staff (OCOEP) Staff Election 24/09/2020 23/09/2024
VACANCY x 2 Staff (The Parks) Staff Election    

Committee Structure

Our Governing Body uses a committee structure and Governor Champions to undertake our monitoring and evaluation.  The membership and terms of reference of committees are reviewed annually.  The committees are: Business Committee, Headteacher Performance Management and Pay Review Committee. 

Some of our committees are given delegated powers to make decisions that do not require approval from the full Governing Body as per the scheme of delegation.  In addition, like many governing bodies, we sometimes form working groups to focus on specific projects or areas to develop.