Our Governing Body grew to 10 members from 1st December 2021, due to the expansion of the school. In addition, we have one associate governor.

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 Ben Thaler, he can be contacted at [email protected]

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 have voting rights.

All governors made a nil return with the exception of Ben Thaler – he is Director of Normanton Freeston Foundation Limited and Chair of Governors at Outwood Grange Academy – Freeston


Co-opted (appointed by the governing body)

Ben Thaler – 08/02/2022 – 08/02/2026

Term as Chair – 27/03/24 – 27/03/2025

Elaine Hampson (Vice Chair) 15/09/2021 – 14/09/2025

Term as Vice Chair 14/09/2022 – 14/09/2024

John Normington 01/12/2021 – 03/03/2025

Lynne Fickling 01/03/2022 – 28/02/2026

LA (1) (appointed by the LA)

Joy Boyce 12/06/2024-12/06/2028

Parents (3) (elected by parents of the school)

Chris Tolson – 06/12/2023 – 05/12/2027

Terence Karran 01/09/09/2021 – 01/09/2025



Andrew Hodkinson

Staff (1) (appointed by staff)

Katie Hurley  – 13/03/2019 – 10/03/2027

Associate Members (appointed by the governing body)

Keeley Murray (no voting rights) 13/03/2019 – 13/09/2027

Committee Membership

Business Planning

Ben Thaler (Chair)

Andrew Hodkinson

Elaine Hampson

Lynne Fickling

Keeley Murray (Associate)

Helen Hudson (In attendance)

Simon Wilson (in attendance)

Liz Mason (In attendance/clerk)

Standards, Achievement and Safeguarding 

Elaine Hampson (Chair)

Andrew Hodkinson

Terence Karran

Katie Hurley

John Normington

Keeley Murray (Associate)

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

Anna Stevens (in attendance)

Liz Mason (Clerk)

Performance Management and Pay

Elaine Hampson (Chair)

Terence Karran

Ben Thaler

Premises and Health and Safety 

Elaine Hampson (Chair)

Chris Tolson

Katie Hurley

Andrew Hodkinson

Keeley Murray (Associate)

Simon Wilson (in attendance)

Liz Mason (Clerk)

Governor Responsibilities

Child Protection/Safeguarding  – Ben Thaler

Pupil Attendance – John Normington

Children Looked After – Ben Thaler

Pupil premium- Terence Karran

PE and Sports premium – Ben Thaler

Equality – Terence Karran

EYFS – Elaine Hampson

Governor Training – Ben Thaler

Health and Safety – Elaine Hampson

Complaints – Ben Thaler/Elaine Hampson

Wellbeing – pupils and staff – Lynne Fickling

Cyber Security Link Governor – Chris Tolson

Woodhouse Link Governor – Terence Karran

Boston Spa Link Governor- Chris Tolson

Headingley Link Governor – John Normington

Committee membership and meeting dates 

These are described in the attached

As at March 2024 West Oaks Governing Body Membership and meeting dates 2023-2024

Governing Body Attendance 2022- 2023

West-Oaks School -GB-Attendance-2022 to 2023