General Information


We actively encourage good attendance so that pupils can benefit from the curriculum we offer. If your child is unwell we ask that you ring school and either speak to a member of staff or leave a message. Please inform teachers in advance of forthcoming appointments.


We give all families a list of holiday dates well in advance in the hope that this will help them to book holidays out of school time


Support and encouragement from parents and carers at home can enhance the progress of all our pupils. Through our curriculum newsletter we inform parents and carers of the curriculum theme for the term ahead and ask that you support the learning as appropriate. More formal homework may be set in some classes by the teacher, if it is suitable.

Charges for School Activities

The cost of many educational visits and activities are met from school funds. Parents and Carers are sometimes asked to contribute towards the cost of an educational visit. No pupil will be excluded from an educational visit if parents/ carers are unable to make a contribution.


Positive attitudes towards learning and good standards of behaviour are encouraged in school. The school has a Positive Behaviour Policy which is shared with all.

Compliments, Concerns and Complaints

Most concerns can be resolved by direct discussion with the class teacher or staff involved.  Any parent or carer encountering major difficulties or problems with aspects of their child’s education should, in the first instance, contact the Head of School, Vice Principal or Principal.  A copy of the schools procedures can be found in our policies/documents section on this website.   

School Council

Our school council is group of young people who are elected to represent the views of all pupils and to improve their school. Each year, every class will elect a representative to be a member of the school council. The aims of the School Council are:

• To promote the views of pupils through discussion about issues raised by students and staff which affect the life of the school both in the present and in the future

• To give pupils an opportunity to understand and participate in a democratic process

• To encourage pupils to understand the negotiation of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in everyday life.

• To enable pupils to participate effectively in school and debate and address issues of concern to you both in and out of school

• To give pupils a real say in how they learn and achieve

• To undertake projects that will improve the quality of the school


West Oaks SEN Specialist School and College Academic Year 2019-2020


The Governing Body has seven members drawn from various groups including staff, LA representatives, parents and co-opted members. Governors come from a variety of backgrounds and bring different skills and expertise. All are committed to ensuring that West Oaks provides a safe, happy learning environment and that our pupils receive the best education possible.


The Governors are responsible for:


  • ensuring that the visions, ethos and strategic direction of the school are clearly defined
  • ensuring that the senior leadership team performs their responsibilities for the educational performance of the school;
  • ensuring the sound, proper and effective use of the school’s financial resources.


The chair of the governing body is Elaine Hampson, she can be contacted on


Each year the governors are required to declare any relevant business and pecuniary interests. This includes business interests in the school, being a governor at another school, being related to another member of staff. None of the governors declared an interest.


There are usually four full governing body meetings each year, two in the Autumn Term, one in the Spring Term and one in the Summer Term. At these meetings, information and reports are received, discussed and decisions made. Occasionally an additional meeting is required to deal with urgent business.


Each year an annual visioning day is held where strategic priorities for the coming year are agreed.


Committee Membership


Much of the work of the Governing Body is delegated using a committee structure. Each committee agrees its’ terms of reference at the start of the new academic year.



Business Planning

John Hayton (Chair)

Margaret Burgess

Andrew Hodkinson

Ben Thaler


Keeley Murray (Associate member)


Helen Hudson (in attendance)

Liz Mason (in attendance/clerk)


Standards, Achievement and Safeguarding

Elaine Hampson (Chair)

Andrew Hodkinson

Terence Karran

Katie Hurley

John Hayton

Sue Towers (Associate member)

Keeley Murray (Associate member)


Teaching and Learning Co-ordinators in rotation (in attendance)

Anna Stevens (in attendance)

Liz Mason (in attendance/clerk)

Premises and Health and Safety

Margaret Burgess (Chair)

Elaine Hampson

Andrew Hodkinson

Ben Thaler

Katie Hurley


Ian Buckland (in attendance)

Liz Mason (in attendance/clerk)



Performance Management

and Pay

Elaine Hampson (Chair)

Margaret Burgess

John Hayton

Liz Mason Clerk)

Headteacher Performance Management

Elaine Hampson (Chair)

Margaret Burgess

John Hayton










Each committee meets during the 4 weeks prior to the full Governing Body meeting and the minutes form their reports which are always agenda items at that meeting.


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