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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
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.