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Meet the Governors

Welcome to our Governors’ section.

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.


Oaklands Governing Body 


Oaklands Governing Body is the school’s accountable body. It is responsible for the conduct of the school and for promoting high standards. The governing body aims to ensure that children are attending a successful school which provides them with a good education and supports their well-being.


The governors adhere to the NGA Code of Practice which has been signed by all members.

Oaklands Governing Body is made up of parent, staff, community, authority and associate Governors to ensure that there is a sufficient diversity of views and experience but once elected they do not represent a particular group e.g. (parent governors do not represent the parents).


Working in partnership with the head and other staff, governors are involved in:


  • setting targets for pupil achievement
  • managing the school's finances
  • making sure the curriculum is balanced and broadly based
  • appointing staff
  • reviewing staff performance and pay


The governors meet twice a term as a Full Governing Body and also attend an additional sub committee meeting:

Resources Committee:

Chair Jeremy Reed

Megan Wilcox

Julie Petitt


School Improvement

Chair Kelly Deacon

Lindsay Smith

Matthew Hudson

Sue Smith

Julie Petitt


Clerk to the governors: Rod Woodhouse


What the governing body do not do


  • Act as a point of contact between parents and the school relating to day-to-day queries.
  • Act as a first contact for any complaints or questions.
  • Make decisions relating to the day to day running of the school.


If you have any issues relating to your child or if you would like to discuss the curriculum, clubs, trips or any other element of school life please see your child's class teacher in the first instance or the school office if more appropriate. An appointment can be made with the head teacher in the event that your query has not been satisfactorily resolved after this initial meeting.


Contacting the GB

If you wish to make contact with the GB then please do so via the Chair of Governors by contacting the school. This can be via email, letter or phonecall. The school will ensure messages are passed on and the C of G will respond to you within 5 working days.


Finance, Pupil Premium and Sports Premium

The school reports a summary of the previous years finance (2014 /15), pupil premium 2014-2015 and sports premium funding. This can be found in the parents resources tab on the home page.

Who's Who?


CHAIR OF GOVERNORS: selected by election from the governing body

Mr Reed is also a Parent governor.

Mr Reed is a UK Project leader for  GE HealthCare

Mr  J Reed


08/11/2016 to 08/11/2020

STAFF GOVERNORS: selected by election from teaching and support staff paid to work at the school

Mrs J Petitt



Mr M Hudson

(Deputy Headteacher)

 01/09/2014 Continuous


01/09/2014 to 31/08/2018

PARENT GOVERNORS: selected by election (or appointment if insufficient people stand for election) and drawn from parents and carers of children at the school


Dr Kelly Deacon, Chair of the School Improvement Committee and our attainment and achievement governor. Kelly  works in the private sector overseeing a team of Research & Legislation specialists and is also a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at Kings College London where she undertakes a range of teaching and research activities.


Lindsay Smith - School Improvement Committee / FGB

My three daughters have different strengths and weaknesses; one has learning difficulties that require additional support. I believe that attending a local, community primary school is one of the advantages of growing up in the UK and that parents have the right to expect local schools to provide the best possible education for each of their children. As a qualified professional with more than 20 years in industry and 15 years running my own business, I have a strong eye for detail and the ability to quickly understand new information. As Governor responsible for SEND & Inclusion, my role is to support the school’s goal for every child to achieve their academic potential, whilst growing up secure and confident in a school where individuality is not only catered for but valued.




Dr K Deacon

(Y2, Y4,)













Mrs L Smith




21/03/2014 to 20/03/2018













21/03/2014 to 20/03/2018


Mrs Smith sits on the Resources Committee and the FGB.

Mrs Smith is the named safeguarding/ early years governor.

Mrs Smith is Manager for the Welywn and Knebworth Children's Centre Group.

Mrs S Smith (Barleyfields Children's Centre)

01/06/2015 to 31/05/2019



Megan sits on the Resources Committee and the FGB

Megan is a trained  teacher, who has worked for Herts for Learning as an early years adviser for several years . Currently she is acting head of Tenterfield Nursery School and Children's Centre. She has been a school governor at many Hertfordshire schools, is a local resident and in her spare time loves gardening!

Mrs M Wilcox

(Early Years advisor at Herts for Learning)

 12/09/2013  to 11/09/2017
Individual governors have no power or right to act on behalf of the governing body except where the whole governing body has delegated a specific function to that individual or where regulations specify a function is to be exercised in a particular way. (DFE 2012)