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Welcome to the Governors' section


Find out a little more about the work of the Local Governing Body…


We work together to help ensure all of the pupils at Oakthorpe Primary School are safe, happy and achieve their very best.


All of the Governors at Oakthorpe committed to this goal and, through volunteering, bring a variety of different skills and experiences to help support the leadership of the school. We work closely with the Senior Leadership Team - but our role is a strategic one rather than the day-to-day running of the school.


We have three core functions:

  1. To ensure the school has a clear vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. To hold the Headteacher to account for the school’s educational performance, and the performance management of staff;
  3. To oversee the financial performance of the school and ensure its money is well spent.


This includes tasks such as:

  • contributing to the School Improvement Plan and helping to decide priorities for development
  • discussing and ratifying school policies
  • ensuring the children are taught an appropriate curriculum
  • analysing school data
  • managing the performance of the Headteacher
  • agreeing the allocation of resources


We meet together as a full Governing Body at least once a term and hold a number of committee meetings between these to focus on more specific issues; at Oakthorpe we have four committees – Personnel, Finance, School Improvement and Health and Safety. We always act as a group, not as individuals, and accept collective responsibility for all decisions made. Find out about our different roles in the document below.


We try to play an active role in school life, attending events such as assemblies, performances and open days. We also carry out a number of more formal monitoring visits throughout the year. These could include talking to children, holding discussions with teachers and looking at the children’s workbooks.


We welcome ideas and feedback from all members of the school community – please come and talk to us at events or attend our termly ‘Parent Forum’. If you would like to contact us more formally, please hand any correspondence to the school office (addressed to Chair of Governors, c/o Oakthorpe Primary School) or email us at

Vicki Giffard, Chair of Governors



Mrs V. Giffard (Chair) - Parent Governor
Rev. B. Dryden (Vice Chair) - Co-opted Governor

Mr C. Keeley - Co-opted Governor

Mr J. Jack- Parent Governor
Vacancy - Co-opted Governor

Vacancy - Parent Governor

Mrs J. Ellis  - Staff Governor

Mr Nick Antill-Holmes - Co-opted Governor

Mr M. Foote - Parent Governor
Mr K. Ellis- Headteacher

Governor Attendance at Meetings

Governor Details