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Oakhill Primary School

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Governors

Welcome to the Governors' section!

 

Our Governors work extremely hard to ensure that Oakhill Primary continues to be a fantastic school. Their remit is as follows:

 

  • Strategic leadership: defining a vision, fostering a culture and championing the strategy.
  • Accountability and assurance:  providing robust and effective oversight of operations and performance.
  • Engagement: strategic oversight of relationships with stakeholders.

 

During our inspection in October 2023, Ofsted agreed that our Governors do an excellent job of the above and they stated the following in their report, "The trust and local governors provide strong support for the school."

 

As well as the full governing body, we have 3 committees. These are as follows:

Strategic committee (Full Governors) - Chair: Mr Jason Toft

Audit, Finance and Premises committee - Chair: Mr Jason Toft

Curriculum, Standards and Quality committee - Chair: Mrs Margaret Tatton 

 

Further information about who the governors are, and which committees they are a member of, can be found below. Also below is a report of the work the Governing Body have undertaken each academic year (2021 onwards).

 

The following acronyms are used for the different committees:

AFPC = Audit, Finance and Premises Committee

CSC = Curriculum and Standards Committee 

 

All Governors attend Full Governors meetings.

 

For further information on the structure of our Multi Academy Trust including the profiles of our Trustees please follow this link to the Orchard Community Trust website: https://www.orchardct.org.uk/governance-structure-1/

 

 

 

Name

 

Appointment

Date

 

Term of Office End Date

 

Type of Governor

 

Committee

Membership

 

Pecuniary

Interests

Membership

of Other Governing

Bodies

 

Personal

Relations in School

 

Chair of Committees

 

Margaret Tatton

 

 

15/07/2021

 

14/07/2025

Co-opted

AFPC

CSC

None

Alexandra Junior School

 

Trustee for OCT

Niece (staff)/great nephews (pupils) in school

CSC

 

Jason Toft

(Chair)

 

09/02/2021

 

08/02/2025

Co-opted

AFPC

CSC

 

None

None

Close friend of a member of staff/parent in school

Full Govs

 

Sharon May

(Vice Chair)

 

11/03/2020

 

10/03/2024

Co-opted

CSC

Principal of Ormiston Packmoor Academy

Ormiston Packmoor Academy

 

Black Firs Primary School

None

N/A

Rhiannon Buddin23/11/202222/11/2026Parent

 

AFPC

CSC

NoneNone1 child in schoolN/A

 

Beth Else (staff)

 

30/03/2023

29/03/2027

Staff

CSC

Staff member

None

None

N/A

Sherin Vorajee

4/11/2021

3/11/2025

Co-opted

TBC

Assistant Headteacher at Forest Park Primary

None

None

N/A

Andrew Kirby

12/7/22

11/7/2026

Co-opted

AFPC

TBC

None

None

N/A

Hilary Bathgate

30/3/22

29/3/2026

Co-opted

AFPC

TBC

None

None

N/A

 

 

Our Governors are appointed by the following:

  • Headteacher: Ex-officio by virtue of the role of headteacher
  • Co-opted: Appointed by the Local Governing Board
  • Parents: Elected by parents (or appointed by the Local Governing Board if there are not enough parent volunteers and therefore there is no requirement for an election)
  • Staff: Elected by staff (or appointed by the Local Governing Board if there are not enough parent volunteers and therefore there is no requirement for an election)

 

The following individuals were members of our Governing Board and left within the last 12 months. They go with our sincere thanks for their contributions to Oakhill.

  • Katie Heath (staff governor) stepped down from the board 21st December 2022
  • Olufemi Koyi (co-opted) left the board 22nd July 2023

 

 

Find Out More About Our Governors!

 

Jason Toft - Chair of Governors

 

I have been a Governor at Oakhill Primary School for over 20 years, initially starting as a Parent Governor. I was appointed vice chair of governors in 2017 and became chair in September 2019.
I worked for Staffordshire County Council for over twenty five years in project management and transformation roles. In August 2019 I had a change of career and became an Investigative Officer for Staffordshire Police. I have two sons who have both attended Oakhill and have one grandson who is now attending the school.
I care passionately about the staff and children of O
akhill Primary School and I will always strive to give them the very best.

 

 

Sharon May - Vice Chair of Governors

 

I have been the Principal at Packmoor Ormiston Academy since 2016, prior to that I was a headteacher at another local school in Stoke on Trent. I have worked in Education for over twenty years, predominantly in Stoke, Staffordshire and Cheshire. I became vice chair of the Governing Board in September 2021.

 

Margaret Tatton

 

I am a co-opted governor. I chair the “Curriculum and Standards” Committee 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 trustee of the Orchard Academy Trust which Oakhill is part of. 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 volunteer at Foodbank which is part of the Trussell Trust and I am Safeguarding Officer for a local church.

 

Rhiannon Buddin

 

I became a Parent Governor at Oakhill Primary School in 2018, I currently sit on 2 of the committees. I live in Oakhill and I have one child who attends Oakhill Primary School and two older children who attend local High Schools. I also volunteer in the school working with pupils a few days a week. I graduated from Staffordshire University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature and I am a qualified teaching assistant with a special interest in Special Educational needs. I am currently studying both a Special Educational Needs and disability Diploma and a Speech Therapy course to enable me to use these skills to support pupils further in the future at the school.  

 

Beth Else

 

 

I am really pleased to have recently become the new Staff Governor. I began teaching at Oakhill in September 2022, but I have taught for an additional three years at Hempstalls Primary School. I am currently teaching in Year 3 and lead Design and Technology for the school, which I thoroughly enjoy. I am enthusiastic about encouraging creativity in the classroom and often convey this through the use of drama and performance across the curriculum. I am also extremely passionate about reading. I love to express this by sharing my favourite books and authors with the children and consistently promote a love of reading, both in my classroom and around school. 

 

Sherin Vorajee

 

I am delighted to take up my first Governors role at Oakhill Primary School. I am currently Assistant Head Teacher and Curriculum Lead at Forest Park Primary School  where I have worked for the last 20 years, with many wonderful youngsters and their families, in a range of roles. I am passionate about helping young people achieve their potential through education and ensuring youngsters have the best opportunities to succeed whilst growing into responsible and caring individuals. I am really looking forward to working with the children, staff and families within the school community.

 

 

Hilary Bathgate

 

I’m pleased to take up my first governor post at Oakhill Primary School. I am a curriculum leader for sciences at a local further education college. I am passionate about STEM being accessible to all students throughout their education and ensuring students are given the best opportunities to succeed. I have a background in forensic science before moving into education and have experience in curriculum development, quality assurance and mentoring new and trainee teachers.

 

 

Andrew Kirby

Pen portrait to follow

 

 

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