Our Governing Body grew to 10 members from 1st December, 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 John Hayton, he 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 (Vice Chair) 15/09/2021 – 14/09/2025

Ben Thaler – 08/02/2018 – 08/02/2022 (Interim Vice Chair)

John Normington from 01/12/2021


LA (1) (appointed by the LA)

Sally Goodall  27/11/2021 to 26/11/2025

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

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

Term of office as Chair 15/09/2021 to 14/09/2022

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

Headingley parent from September 2022


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

Committee Membership

Business Planning

John Hayton (Chair)

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

Terence Karran

Sally Goodall

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 

Elaine Hampson

Ben Thaler (Interim Chair)

Katie Hurley

Andrew Hodkinson

Aaron Aznar-Perez (in attendance)

Liz Mason (Clerk)

Governor Responsibilities

Child Protection/Safeguarding  – John Hayton

Pupil Attendance – John Normington from December 2021

Children Looked After – Ben Thaler

Pupil premium- Terence Karran

PE and Sports premium – Ben Thaler

Equality – Terence Karran

EYFS – John Hayton

Governor Training – John Hayton

Health and Safety – John Hayton

Complaints – John Hayton/Ben Thaler

Committee terms of reference

These are described in the attached document

West Oaks Governing Body Membership and Meeting dates – September 2021

Attendance at Committee Meetings 2020 – 2021 

West-Oaks School -GB-Attendance-2020 to 2021