The Governing Body is currently made up of seven Governors including one representing the staff.  In addition we have two associate governors. 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 [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 made a nil return with the exception of Ben Thaler – he is a Foundation Governor at Freeston Foundation and School Governor at Outwood Academy – Freeston

Co-opted (appointed by the governing body)

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

Term of office as Chair 11/09/2019 to 11/09/2021

Ben Thaler – 08/02/2018 – 08/02/2022

LA (1) (appointed by the LA)

Margaret Burgess – 28/11/2017 – 27/11/2021

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

John Hayton (Vice-Chair)  11/09/2019 – 11/09/2023

Term of office as Vice Chair 11/10/2019 to 11/09/2021

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


Andrew Hodkinson

Staff (1) (appointed by staff)

Katie Hurley  – 13/03/2019 – 12/03/2023

Associate Members (appointed by the governing body)

Keeley Murray (no voting rights) 13/03/2019 – 12/03/2023

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

Committee Membership

Business Planning

John Hayton (Chair)

Margaret Burgess

Andrew Hodkinson

Ben Thaler

Keeley Murray (Associate)

Helen Hudson (In attendance)

Liz Mason (In attendance/clerk)

Standards, Achievement and Safeguarding 

Elaine Hampson (Chair)

John Hayton (Vice-Chair)

Andrew Hodkinson

Sue Towers (Associate)

Terence Karran

Katie Hurley

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)

John Hayton

Ben Thaler

Premises and Health and Safety 

Margaret Burgess (Chair)

Elaine Hampson

Ben Thaler

Katie Hurley

Andrew Hodkinson

Ian Buckland (in attendance)

Liz Mason (Clerk)

Governor Responsibilities

Child Protection/Safeguarding  – Elaine Hampson

Pupil Attendance – John Hayton

Children Looked After – Ben Thaler

Pupil premium- John Hayton/Terence Karran

Sports premium – Ben Thaler

Equality – Terence Karran

SEN governor  – Elaine Hampson

EYFS – Elaine Hampson/Keeley Murray

Governor Training – John Hayton

Health and Safety – Elaine Hampson

Complaints – Elaine Hampson/Ben Thaler

Committee terms of reference

These are described in the attached document


Attendance at Committee Meetings 2019-2020