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Susan Newman – Chair of Governors


I retired 4 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 Curriculum, Standards & Achievement committee and the Strategic 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

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I have been a governor at Oakhill School for almost 23 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 a member of the Resources Committee.


Margaret Tatton


I am a co-opted governor. I sit on the all three of the Committees and am the link governor for Pupil Premium 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.



Jason Toft - Vice Chair of Governors


I was appointed initially as a parent governor in 1999 and am now currently serving as a co-opted governor. I sit on all three of the Committees as well as the Head teacher Performance Management group. I have recently been elected vice-chair of the Governors. 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 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.


Stephen Cotton

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I have recently been appointed as a co-opted Governor. I work within the Children’s Services department at the Local Authority, which has been my role for the last 8 years. In my spare time, I enjoy playing football and have coached/managed teams ranging from ages twelve to adults. I feel privileged to join the Governing Body at Oakhill Primary School, and I am looking forward to working and helping with the School and it’s Community to continue to achieve the very best for all children.


Ben Wilson

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I have recently been appointed as a co-opted governor. I currently work for VOICES as a Community Development Manager where I support people who have had experiences of mental ill-health, homelessness, offending and addiction to move into volunteering opportunities within in the community. So, I have a lot of experience working with different statutory and voluntary sector partners to produce beneficial opportunities for everyone. I am excited at the opportunity to be a governor for Oakhill. I am really looking forward to supporting the work of the fantastic staff, parents and children who are so driven to make their school and community even better.


Steve Smith


I am a co-opted governor at the school and have been so since July 2015. I am the 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.



Peter Dawes - Staff Governor


I became a staff governor in September 2017. I qualified as a teacher in 2007 from MMU and have worked in a number of schools before I came to Oakhill in 2011. During my time at Oakhill I have taught in Reception and Year 1. I am currently the P.E co-ordinator, however before that I was responsible for History. I enjoy teaching P.E, History and Geography.


Sue Croxton - Associate Member


I work in the school as a member of staff in the breakfast club and as a lunchtime supervisor. I have spent 12 years as a parent at Oakhill and all of my 5 children have done extremely well at the school; I am looking forward to being a voice for the parents and being a part of Oakhill's progressive development.