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
Mr Nick Cooper Co-opted Governing Board 12/06/2021 11/06/2025
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 29/01/2018 28/01/2022
VACANCY Parent (OCOEP) Parent Election    
VACANCY Parent (OCOEP) Parent Election    
Mrs Jane Evans Staff (OCOEP) Staff Election 12/06/2021 11/06/2025
VACANCY Staff (The Parks) Staff Election    
Mrs Claire Wade Staff (OCOEP) Staff Election 24/09/2020 23/09/2024
VACANCY Staff (The Parks) Staff Election  

Committee Structure

Our Governing Body uses a committee structure to undertake our monitoring and evaluation role.  The membership and terms of reference of committees are reviewed annually.  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.  In addition, like many governing bodies, we sometimes form working groups to focus on specific problems or issues.

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