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Susan Newman – Chair of Governors


I retired 3 years ago, following 40 years of working in the Professions Allied to Medicine. I finished my career as Head of the Radiotherapy service at UHNS.

I was appointed as a parent governor in 1986, as I wanted to support my daughter’s school and be involved in the decision making processes - to achieve the best education for our children. I am now an LA governor and was first elected Chair in 2001. I chair the Resource committee (finance & personnel) and am a member of the Achievement committee. Since I became a governor, I have seen some amazing development and changes to primary education, which our school has embraced enthusiastically. Our inclusive school has a strong nurturing ethos, allowing all children to reach their full potential and feel happy and safe in school.

I sincerely want Oakhill Primary to be recognised as a school which truly encourages its pupils to succeed and shine.



Stephen W Furnival – Vice Chair of Governors

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I have been a governor at Oakhill School for almost 22 years initially as a Parent Governor whilst my son and daughter attended the school and for the past 14 years as a Co-opted Governor.

I have worked in the construction since leaving school and I am a Member of the Chartered Institute of Building.

I was involved with the original refurbishment of the buildings when it was altered from the old high school into the new primary school which means I remember the original timber framed school buildings.

I serve as a member of a number of committees and I am currently Chair of the Premises Committee and Vice Chair of Full Governors.



Margaret Tatton


I am a local authority co-opted governor. I sit on the Personnel Committee and am the link governor for Year 6. I have a great attachment to the area as I have always lived in Oakhill and both our daughters attended Oakhill Primary school.

I am a retired deputy head teacher; I worked in a large inner city high school. I had particular responsibility for training new teachers as well as the appraisal and professional development of all staff both teaching and support. I was a member of SACRE which is responsible for writing and monitoring the Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. I am a member of the consultative management group of one of the largest examination boards.



Ian Crawford


I have worked as a Senior Leader in post 16, a Curriculum Advisor in Cumbria CC and Sandwell MBC, and since 2011 I have run my own Education Projects Business in the West Midlands. Work has focused on STEM Careers, European Projects around NEETs and Science, Mental Health and Wellbeing projects in prisons, bid writing and data analysis support for the Post 16 sector. I have significant experience as a senior examiner, moderator and advisor working with the main UK Awarding Bodies. I have been a governor at Oakhill for four year and chairs the Achievement Committee.



Jason Toft


I was appointed initially as a parent governor in 1999 and am now currently serving as a local authority co-opted governor. I sit on the Resources and Premises Committees along with the Head teacher Performance Management group. Both of my boys have attended Oakhill Primary school and I have lived in Oakhill for over 25 years.

I work for Staffordshire County Council within the Transformation Team as a Project Support Officer and I have recently finished a 2 year secondment with Staffordshire Police where I worked on their transformation programme.

I work voluntarily as a trustee of the West End Methodist Church where in July of last year (2016) I helped pull together a bid for Big Lottery Funding. This bid was successful with the project being awarded £467,365 enabling us to offer services that reach out in to the community to assist dysfunctional families, people who are lonely or isolated and others who find difficulty in fitting into the local community.



Kate Searle


I have served as a local authority co-opted governor at Oakhill Primary School for the last 15 years. I sit on the Resources and Premises Committees.

I have worked at Oakhill as the Business & Operations Leader since 2001, having had previous experience in Business Administration with the Local Authority. I am a member of the schools' Strategic Leadership Team am responsible for the Administration Team, Breakfast Club staff, Catering Team, Premises Team and Lunchtime supervisors within school. I am also responsible for Health and Safety and the management of the budget.



Steve Smith


I am a staff governor at the school and have been so since July 2015. I am currently the acting deputy headteacher and I teach in Apple class which is one of our year 6 classes. I have been at Oakhill for 6 years having taught for a previous 5 years at Abbey Hulton Primary School. My main academic interests are in maths and computing and I also enjoy teaching (and playing) a wide range of sports. I lead data and assessment for the whole school and present this to both governors and other agencies on a regular basis.