Governors

Governing Body Responsibilities

The Governing Body is currently made up of seven Governors including one representing the staff. We come from a variety of backgrounds and bring different skills and expertise, but we are all 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 elaine.hampson@westoaksschool.co.uk

Each year the governors are required to declare any relevant business and pecuniary interests.  This includes business interests in the school, financial interests, being a governor at another school, being related to another member of staff.  All governors made a nil return.

LA (1) (appointed by the LA)

Margaret Burgess (Vice-Chair) – 28/11/2017 – 27/11/2021

Term of office as Vice Chair 23/11/2017 to 23/11/2019

Parents (2) (elected by parents of the school)

John Hayton – 01/09/2015 – 01/09/2019

Terence Karran 01/09/09/2017 – 01/09/2021

Headteacher

Andrew Hodkinson – 1/9/2006 –1/9/2020

Staff (1) (appointed by staff)

Keeley Murray – 26/2/2015 – 26/2/2019

Co-opted (appointed by the governing body)

Elaine Hampson (Chair) 28/11/2017 – 27/11/2021

Term of office as Chair 23/11/2017 to 23/11/2019

Vacancy

Associate Member (appointed by the governing body)

Helen Amor (no voting rights) – 28/11/2017 –27/11/2021

Sue Towers (no voting rights) – 23/11/2017-23/11/2021

Governors who stepped down at the end of the academic year 2016- 2017

Joyce Boocock (parent)

Grahame Robinson (coopted)

Vic  Worth (LA)

Committee Membership

Business Planning

John Hayton (Chair)

Margaret Burgess

Andrew Hodkinson

Sue Towers (Associate)

Helen Amor (Associate)

Sue Towers (In attendance)

Helen Hudson (In attendance)

Sue Twitchen (In attendance)

Liz Lowes (Clerk)

 

Standards, Achievement and Safeguarding 

Elaine Hampson (Chair)

Andrew Hodkinson

Sue Towers (Associate)

Keeley Murray

Teaching and Learning Co-ordinators (in attendance)

Anna Stevens (in attendance)

Liz Lowes (Clerk)

Performance Management and Pay

Margaret Burgess (Chair)

Elaine Hampson

John Hayton

Helen Amor (Clerk)

Premises and Health and Safety 

Margaret Burgess (Chair)

Elaine Hampson

Andrew Hodkinson

Ian Buckland (in attendance)

Liz Lowes (Clerk)

Governor Responsibilities

Child Protection/Safeguarding  – Elaine Hampson

Children Looked After – Margaret Burgess

Pupil premium, Sports premium – Elaine Hampson/Terence Karran

SEN governor  – Elaine Hampson

Governor Training – John Hayton

Health and Safety – Margaret Burgess

Complaints – Elaine Hampson

Committee terms of reference

These are described in the attached document

Governing Body Committee structure 2017-2018

Attendance at Committee Meetings 2016-2017

West OAKS SEN Specialist School and College GB Attendance 2016-2017