The Governing Body

Our Governing Body has 13 members who bring a variety of skills and expertise to their roles on our Governing Body, together with energy, enthusiasm and a real desire to ensure that our children receive the best possible education.

The role of our Governing Body is to set the strategic direction of our school together with our Headteacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management.

The key roles of school governing bodies are:
• To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
• To hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff.
• To oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent.

Our Governing Body operates through two committees - Teaching, Learning and Community (TLC) and  Premises & Resources (P&R). 

These committees meet every half term and report to Full Governing Body meetings which are also held half-termly.





Instrument of Government

The Instrument of Government sets out the arrangements for the constitution of all Governing Bodies of local authority maintained schools.





Our Governors

Joanna Gautam
Chair of Governors
Co-opted
Committees:
All

Responsibilities:

Chair of Governing Body
Safeguarding
Safer Recruitment
Finance
Performance Management
Jo Thompson
Vice Chair of Governors
Co-opted
Committees:
Premises and Resources

Responsibilities:

Vice Chair of Governing Body
Chair of Pay Committee
Performance Management
Recovery Curriculum
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
Safer Recruitment

Deborah Edgell
Co-opted
Committees:
Premises & Resources

Responsibilities:

SEND
Specialist Resource Provision (SRP)
Nurture Provision
Safeguarding
Safer Recruitment

Sarah Jessop
Co-opted
Committees:
Teaching, Learning and Community

Responsibilities:

Recovery Curriculum
Literacy
Single Equality

Luiz Simpson
Co-opted
Committees:
Teaching, Learning and Community

Responsibilities:

Recovery Curriculum
STEM (Maths, ICT)
Jamie Cotton
Co-Opted
Committees:
Teaching, Learning and Community

Responsibilities:
Chair of Teaching, Learning and Community Committee
Recovery Curriculum
Wider Curriculum

William Culling
Co-Opted
Committees:
Premises and Resources

Responsibilities:

Grants and Funding:
PPG
Catch-up Premium
Sports Grant
Ian Taylor
LA -Co-opted
Committees:
Premises & Resources

Responsibilities:

Chair of Premises and Resources Committee
Premises
Health & Safety

Katie Bentham
Headteacher
Committees:
All

Responsibilities:

Oversees Teaching and Learning, Assessment
Health & Safety
Safeguarding

Jessica Stodart
Associate - Deputy Headteacher
Committees:
Teaching, Learning and Community

Responsibilities:

Teaching and Learning

Lesley Johnson
Associate Member
Committees:
Teaching, Learning and Community

Responsibilities:

Pupil Wellbeing
Jayshree Das
Associate Member
Committees:
Premises and Resources


Responsibilities:

Legal
Performance Management

Anne Jones
Clerk to Governing Body
Committees:
All

Responsibilities:

Website
Policies

All of our Governors are committed volunteers who are initially appointed or elected for a four-year term.  Our Governors are generally appointed based on the professional skills they have which can be used to help the school continuously improve,  Additionally, some of our Governors had or still have children at the school so have a good knowledge of King's Oak.

Our current Governors have diverse professional skills and working backgrounds which benefit the school.  These includes skills and experience in accounting, business and change management, human resources, information technology, education, premises management, procurement (obtaining goods/supplies), public sector policy and healthcare.  All Governors also commit to receive ongoing training to ensure they carry out their roles effectively.

The OFSTED Report of December 2018 said that "Leaders and governors have brought about considerable improvement.  They have created a purposeful and caring learning community.  Governance is strong.  Governors monitor leaders' actions successfully and provide good challenge and support".

Portraits by Arnelle and Ruby -  former Year 6 pupils.





Roles and Terms of Office

Listed below are the Governing Body Roles and Terms of Office for 2019/20:

Governor Type Surname First name Start Date End Date Position Voting Rights
Co-opted Gautam Joanna 10/07/2019 09/07/2023 Chair
Co-opted Thompson Jo 29/04/2020 28/04/2024 Vice Chair
Co-opted Edgell Deborah 10/07/2019 09/07/2023
Co-opted Jessop Sarah 10/07/2019 09/07/2023
Co-opted Simpson Luiz 22/02/2018 21/02/2022
Co-opted Cotton Jamie 23/01/2019 22/01/2023
Co-opted Culling William 25/04/2019 24/05/2023
Local Authority Taylor Ian 02/04/2020 01/04/2024
Parent VACANCY
Parent VACANCY
Co-opted VACANCY
Ex-officio Bentham Katie 01/09/2019 N/A Headteacher
Staff VACANCY
Associate Stoddart Jessica 04/09/2019 03/09/2020 Deputy Headteacher
Associate Johnson Lesley 01/09/2020 31/08/2021
Associate Jayshree Das 01/09/2020 31/08/2021
Non-Governor Jones Anne 01/01/2019 - Clerk

The following served during the past 12 months but are no longer Governors:

Governor Type Surname First name Resignation Date
Parent Hancock Alex 18/11/2019
Staff Peardon Laura` 31/08/2020





Register of Governor Interests
Governor Name Katie Bentham Jessica Stodart Jo Gautam Jo Thompson Deborah Edgell Sarah Jessop Luiz Simpson Jamie Cotton William Culling Ian Taylor
Current employment King's Oak Primary School King's Oak Primary School
Businesses (Partner or Sole Proprietor) None None None None None None None None Ferryeater Ltd None
Company Directorships None None None None None None Bray Court Residents Association Ltd. None Ferryeater Ltd Taylor HF Ltd
Charity Trusteeships None None None None None None None None None None
Membership of professional bodies, organisations, public bodies or special interest groups where a position of control/management is held None None None None None None None None None None
Gifts or hospitality offered by external bodies and whether accepted or declined None None None None None None None None None None
Contracts offered for the supply of goods and/or services to the school None None None None None None None None None None
Any other conflict None None None None None None None None None None
Immediate family/close connections to Governor None None None None None None None None None None
Company Directorships or Trusteeships of family/close connections to Governor None None None None None None None None None None
Governor roles in other educational establishments None None None None None None None None None None
Date Governor certified that above information is correct for 19/20 year. 10/10/2019 5/12/2019 10/10/2019 10/10/2019 10/10/2019 30/01/2020 6/10/2019 10/10/2019 23/10/2019 10/10/2019

* Denotes that the Governor resigned during the 2018-2019 year





Scheme of Delegation

The Scheme of Delegation sets out the major areas of responsibility for our Governing Body and who it can delegate each task to.





Teaching, Learning and Community (TLC) Committee

The Teaching, Learning and Community Committee (TLC) is responsible for discharging Governors’ responsibilities with respect to School Standards, the Curriculum, Children, Families and the School and/or wider community. 

TLC Committee TLC Committee Terms of Reference 2019-2020 v3 Sept 2019





Premises and Resources (P&R) Committee

The Premises & Resources Committee (P&R) is responsible for discharging governors’ responsibility with respect to Finance, Resources, Premises and Health & Safety.

P&R Committee P&R Committee Terms of Reference 2019-2020 v2





Meeting Attendance

Attendance at Governing Board meetings is summarised in the following document: Governing Body Attendance Record 2019-2020





News




Contact

The Chair of Governors can be contacted at: chair@kop.rbksch.org

The Clerk to the Governors can be contacted at: clerk@kop.rbksch.org