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Our School Governors


The Governing Body has a range of duties and powers, and a general responsibility for the conduct of the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement. This includes monitoring targets for pupil achievement, managing the school’s finances, making sure the curriculum is balanced, appointing senior staff, reviewing staff performance and pay and deciding how, in strategic terms the school should be run.


The Governing Body has considerable discretion as to how to discharge its responsibilities but is required to constitute itself in line with the regulations and to appoint a chair and vice chair. The Governing Body may delegate certain of its responsibilities to individual governors or committees of governors, although in general, it is not compelled to do so.


Our Vision


The Governing Body supports the vision of Oakley School by ensuring that the school provides a safe, caring and stimulating learning environment where every pupil can realise his or her full potential.

We will achieve this through both an active involvement in the life of the school, and by working closely with the school’s leadership team:


  • Setting challenging aims and objectives for the school

  • Agreeing policies, priorities and performance targets for accomplishing these objectives

  • Looking for evidence that these objectives are being achieved, asking challenging questions of the leadership team

  • Ensuring that the pupil premium is used effectively for those pupils it applies to

  • Ensuring that best value principles are followed

  • Actively supporting and promoting the school's fundraising within the local community  


Our actions are rooted in the best interests of the school and its pupils, and we are always prepared to explain our decision openly and honestly to staff, parents, pupils, government and anyone else in the wider community with an interest in the conduct and standards of the school.


Our Objectives


  • To set high standards for all pupils, students and staff and to set clear targets for improvement

  • To be a critical friend in this process

  • To help the school be responsive and pro-active to the needs of parents and the community

  • We are here to ask challenging questions, which are non-confrontational and to work with the Head and the staff

  • Our governors are not involved in the day to day running of the school and respect the professionalism of the Head and the staff


How Do We Achieve Our Objectives?


The agreed working document for school improvement is the School Development Plan (SDP). The SDP is the mechanism by which we can monitor how well the school is doing its job. The SDP has clear goals and clearly identifies success criteria, which the governors monitor and review, at regular intervals. 


Although raising standards is our key objective, governors also monitor many other aspects of school life:


  • The achievement of different ethnic groups

  • Attendance of pupils, students and staff

  • Behaviour

  • How our school performs in comparison with other special schools


Governors are linked with members of the senior leadership team to regularly monitor and review the four strands of the School Development Plan:


  • Quality Education
  • Behaviour and Attitudes
  • Personal Development
  • Leadership Management


Each Governor is also linked with a key area of the School and has regular meetings with the leader of that area:-


  • Safeguarding & Children in Care

  • Pupil Wellbeing

  • Pupil Tracking

  • Pupil Premium
  • Pupil Voice 
  • Communication (including website & social media)

  • Health & Safety

  • Staff Training & Development

  • Therapy Provision


Governors also accompany members of the Extended Leadership Team on Learning Walks, so that they can observe the teaching and learning in our classrooms. Governors are not permitted to make judgments on the quality of the teaching and learning but will report back to their respective committees on any observations.


In addition, representatives from our Governing Body attend the majority of school events; primary concerts, Annual Year Leavers' Celebration Evening, Easter Church Service, Christmas Lunch, Summer & Christmas Fairs etc and participate in other fundraising activities throughout the year.


Governor Structure 2023 - 2024


ForenameSurnameStart of Term DateEnd of Term DateAppointment

Co-opted Governor and Chair of Governors

Finance, Personnel & Resources (FPR) Committee


Local Authority Governor

Finance, Personnel & Resources (FPR) Committee

GeorgieKing-SmithTBCTBCStaff Governor / LSA
David Martin06/12/202205/12/2026

Co-opted Governor and Vice Chair 

Chair of Teaching, Learning & Assessment (TLA) Committee


Parent Governor

Teaching, Learning & Assessment (TLA) Committee

SamPerrymanongoing Staff Governor / Headteacher
Michelle Patterson05/06/202104/06/2025

Co-opted Governor

Teaching, Learning & Assessment (TLA) Committee


Co-opted Governor

Finance, Personnel & Resources (FPR) Committee


Co-opted Governor

Teaching, Learning & Assessment (TLA) Committee


Parent Governor

Chair of Finance, Personnel & Resources (FPR) Committee


Co-opted Governor 

Chair of Leadership and Strategy Committee

AdamBlakemore  Clerk to the Governors


Governors’ Pecuniary Interests


Please find listed below any registered business interest for the Governing Body at Oakley School



Governor title

Business Interests

E Bentley Bowers

Co-opted Governor


A Bernstein

LA Governor


G King-Smith

Staff Governor

Staff at Oakley School

D Martin

Co-opted Governor

  • Trustee of Skills for Independence & Employability Ltd T/A The Oaks College

  • Director of Martinek Ltd, The Business of Drinks, Interpreters Portal Ltd, Interpreters on Call Ltd, Whym Global Ltd

M Patterson

Co-opted Governor

Deputy Head at Nexus School

S Perryman

Staff Governor

Headteacher of Oakley School

N Ralph

Parent Governor

 Partner at law firm - Kingsley Napley LLP
 E SpiersCo-opted Governor 
  H Tatlock

Parent Governor

Child at Oakley School

Rev R Thomas

Co-opted Governor


J Vanns

Co-opted Governor


All governors can be contacted via the Clerk to the Governors by letter (Oakley School, Pembury Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN2 4NE), phone 01892 823096 or email