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Meet the Governors

Catherine Griffiths - Chair of Governors

My involvement with The Oaks started 4 years ago when I finished working in the National Health Service. I began as a volunteer with Beanstalk, a charity which promotes literacy in primary schools. I work with children to give them more confidence in reading. I was delighted to become a Governor 2 years ago so that I can now make a wider contribution to the excellent work of the staff.
I value the Oaks’s approach to inclusiveness and supporting all children to make progress and feel a sense of achievement. The Governors are able to ensure funding is targeted to areas of most need and that it has good impact.
I also volunteer at Birmingham Magistrates Court supporting vulnerable witnesses and help out at a local Beavers Group.

My interests include travelling, learning French, swimming and walking. I have just started a B.A in History and Politics with the Open University.

Mark Newton - Vice-Chair of Governors

I am a retired property professional with expertise in all aspects of general property management. I have a background of legal training and management expertise in different commercial environments. As a property manager I was responsible for managing the property portfolios of Dollond & Aitchison Opticians, Boots Opticians and Barclays Bank and led small and dedicated teams of Estate Managers and Administrators.

In retirement, I’m a Pension Trustee of the Dollond & Aitchison Pension Scheme and I also volunteer as a guide for the blind and partially sighted with the Guide Dogs for the Blind. My interest in education stems from my family background, with both parent and two brothers either teaching or in an education authority and I am pleased to have this opportunity to make a contribution towards the development of The Oaks and its children.

Angela King – LEA Governor

I have worked for Birmingham City Council for over 25 years in Children's services .I am now a Registered Manager for a Children's Home working with children with Disabilities.I sit on the resource committee and take an active role in setting and monitoring the schools budgets. I am also link governor for special Educational Needs.

I believe we owe it to our children to try to provide them with the very best chance to lead a happy, healthy, fulfilled life.

A good Primary school has an essential part to play in developing firm foundations which what attracts me to a school like The Oaks.

Gemma O'Neill - Parent Governor

Julie Meakin - Parent Governor

Mary Cummins - Clerk to Governors

I have been part of The Oaks staff team since 1997. I'm currently the School Business Manager and have been clerk to governors for 10 years.  
I have seen huge change here over the last 20 years, however the special ethos and caring community has remained consistent and that is why I love this school.  The skills and experience I have developed as SBM transfer to my position in the Governing Body, and I really value being able to support the governors in their role.  
Outside school I enjoy playing badminton, pub quizzes and travel.  As a product of 2 teachers, I have always had great interest in education and giving the best opportunities possible to young people.


The Oaks Governing Body has a constitution made up of 11 governors:

6 x co-opted governors

2 x parent governors

1 x staff governor

1 x LEA (Birmingham) governor

1 x Headteacher


All governors serve a 4-year term of office with the exception of the HT who remains on the GB as long as he/she is in post


The GB is able to appoint additional Associate Members to improve its skills and expertise in specific areas.  Associate Members do not serve a set term of office and are not able to vote in full GB meetings; in all other respects however they contribute in the same way to the GB.  The Oaks currently has 1 Associate Member.  The GB appoints a clerk to take responsibility for administration and taking the minutes for all meetings.


Governors serve the school on a voluntary basis with the exception of the clerk who is paid a termly fee. 


  • Parent governors are elected by school parents following a nomination process
  • Staff governors are elected by staff members following a nomination process
  • Co-opted governors are appointed from the local community by the GB in relation to their skills and expertise
  • LEA governors are recommended to the school by the LA following a central appointment process


The Full Governing Body meets 4 times per year

The GB has sub-committees to take responsibility for specific areas:

  • Resources Management committee (premises/finance/staffing) - meets 4 times per year
  • Learning & Achievement committee - meets termly
  • Pay committee - meets as required (minimum annually)
  • HT performance review panel - meets as required (minimum twice a year)
  • Hearings committee - meets if required
  • Appeals committee - meets if required
  • Exclusions panel - meets if required


  • All governors are required to sit on either the Resources Committee or the L&A committee and the HT sits on both.  Governors sit on other committees as required (restrictions apply to staff and parents). 
  • Governors are allocated specific responsibility areas where required
  • We currently have one parent governor vacancy


Our Governing Body details - please see document below:


Governor Name

Date of appointment

Term of Office

End date (where applicable)

Governor Type


Committee Membership

Attendance record 2019/20

Janet Weston



4 yrs




  • Learning & Achievement

Michelle Calloway


4 yrs


Co-opted (staff)

  • The Arts
  • Learning & Achievement (Vice-Chair)


Catherine Griffiths


4 yrs + 4 yrs




  • Chair GB
  • Publication of key achievements
  • Literacy
  • Resources
  • Pay (Chair)
  • HT Perform Management


Angela King




4 yrs



  • Safeguarding
  • Resources
  • HT Perform Management


Mark Newton


4 yrs



  • Vice-Chair of GB
  • Chair of Resources committee
  • Premises
  • Resources (Chair)
  • Pay


Adam Hickman


4 yrs



  • Mathematics
  • Curriculum
  • Chair of L&A committee
  • Learning & Achievement (Chair)


Julie Meakin


4 yrs



  • Pupil Premium


Julie Secker


4 yrs




  • Learning & Achievement











Adele Kershaw


4 yrs



  • S.E.N.D.
  • Learning & Achievement


Janine Dodds






  • Resources
  • Learning & Achievement


Mary Cummins






  • All





4 yrs



  • Parental engagement
  • Learning & Achievement


Claire Brett 09/01/2018 4 yrs 08.01.2020 Co-opted Governor Safeguarding
  • Resources
  • Pay
James Hill 01/01/2013 n/a 19.04.2020 Headteacher  
  • Resources
  • Learning & Achievement


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