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.
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
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 12 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.
The Full Governing Body meets 4 times per year
The GB has sub-committees to take responsibility for specific areas:
Our Governing Body details - please see document below:
THE OAKS PRIMARY SCHOOL GOVERNING BODY ARRANGEMENTS
Date of appointment
Term of Office
End date (where applicable)
Attendance record 2020/21
|Rosalind Venables||13/07/2021||4 yrs||Co-opted||Learning & Achievement||n/a|
4 yrs + 4 yrs
|Claire Brett||09/01/2018||4 yrs||08.01.2020||Co-opted Governor||Safeguarding||60%|