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Neal Carrier

Chair of Governors

Date Appointed by

Governing Body

Chair since October 2018, Governor since November 2017.
Term of Office expires 6 November 2021
Why did you want to become a Governor at Oaklands School?
  1. To serve the local community.
  2. I have a particular interest the provision of education for people with learning difficulties.
  3. The imminent changes at Oaklands make it a particularly exciting time to be working with the school.
Professional Background I am the Head of Religious Studies & Philosophy and the Assistant Head of UCAS at Hampton School. Prior to that, I took a BA in Philosophy at University College London, an MPhil in Politics at the University of Oxford, and a PhD in Philosophy at the University of Cambridge. I was a J. E. Procter Fellow at Princeton University for the academic year 2010-11. I continue to teach undergraduates for various colleges at the University of Cambridge on an ad hoc basis.
What skills do you bring to the role?
  1. An understanding of secondary education, tertiary education, and the transition between the two.
  2. A knowledge of the needs of teachers, schools, pupils, and parents.
  3. An understanding of how to develop and implement strategic goals.
  4. An appreciation of how and why senior leaders ought to be accountable.
Committee Membership

Teaching, Learning and Curriculum (previously Staffing and Curriculum)

Finance and Staffing (previously Finance and Premises)

Declared financial / business / material interests None.
Attendance at meetings

Full Governing Body – 5th November 2019 – Attended

Finance and Premises Committee – 8th October 2019– Attended

Staffing and Curriculum Committee – 8th October 2019 – Attended

Full Governing Body – 11th June 2019 - Attended

Staffing and Curriculum Committee – 24th May 2019 - Attended

Full Governing Body - 3rd March 2020 - Attended

Full Governing Body - 9th June 2020 - Attended

Ann Neath

Vice-Chair of Governors, Safeguarding Governor and

Chair of Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Committee

Date Appointed by

Governing Body

I was co-opted at the full governing body meeting on 6th November 2018. I had been a parent governor at my daughter's school, Orleans Park LB Richmond for 2 years during the early 2000s.
Term of Office expires 5 November 2022
Why did you want to become a Governor at Oaklands School? Maximising learning opportunities and educational experience for all children and young people with SEN or disability, has been at the heart of my professional life. Becoming a governor at Oaklands is an opportunity to continue making a small contribution to this end. Further, it is an opportunity for me to learn and develop skills in the area of governance and widen my perspective of schools. 
Professional Background I am an educational psychologist, now retired. Before my professional training (M.Sc 1981-82) I had been a primary school teacher for several years. I have worked as an E.P for the boroughs of Richmond and Ealing, and as an independent E.P. Part of my work included special schools, notably Clarendon and Strathmore schools in Richmond, and John Chilton school in Ealing.
What skills do you bring to the role? My Career as an E.P has enabled me to gain good understanding of the stresses and difficulties teachers and parents face. Although I have learned the need for rigorous enquiry I am sympathetic, non-judgemental, work effectively as part of a team and am very supportive of the school. I am very much a 'people' person and much look forward to getting to know the school and it's staff well. 
Committee Membership Teaching, Learning and Curriculum (previously Staffing and Curriculum).
Declared financial / business / material interests Personal friendships with two members of staff.
Attendance at meetings

Full Governing Body – 5th November 2019 – Attended

Staffing and Curriculum Committee – 8th October 2019 - Attended

Staffing and Curriculum Committee – 24th May 2019 - Attended

Full Governing Body - 3rd March 2020 - Attended

Staffing and Curriculum Committee - 19th May 2020 - Attended

Full Governing Body - 9th June 2020 - Attended

Fadeel Cornelius

Co-opted Governor

Date Appointed by Governing Body 9 June 2015
Term of Office expires 4 November 2023
Why did you want to become a Governor at Oaklands School? Employed at Oaklands School
Professional Background School site manager for the past 10 years
What skills do you bring to the role? Excellent DIY skills and site maintenance
Committee Membership

Finance and Staffing (previously Finance and Premises)

Premises and Health and Safety (previously Health and Safety)

Declared financial / business / material interests None
Attendance at meetings

Full Governing Body – 5th November 2019 – Attended

Health and Safety Committee – 30th October 2019 – Attended

Finance and Premises Committee – 8th October 2019- Attended

Full Governing Body – 11th June 2019 - Attended

Finance and Premises Committee – 24th May 2019 – Attended

Health and Safety Committee – 16th May 2019 – Attended

Full Governing Body - 3rd March 2020 - Attended

Finance and Premises Committee - 9th June 2020 - Attended

Full Governing Body - 9th June 2020 - Attende

Nancy Beesley

Co-opted Governor and Chair of Premises and Health and Safety Committee

Date Appointed by Governing Body

10 November 2015

Term of Office expires 4 November 2023

Why did you want to become a Governor

I have worked as a Teaching Assistant at Oaklands School for 5 years and I love my job! I feel it is very important that the teaching support staff have a voice on the governing body as we work most closely with the students on a day to day basis and we can always offer a useful, informed and practical perspective on key issues. I also believe that support staff are the lynchpins of the school and it is important for them to know that their views are represented and valued.

What is your professional background

I first came to the school on an agency contract, having worked in several other schools in the area. At the time I was returning to work after a career break to raise my own two young children. I knew I wanted to work in education, but I wasn’t sure in what capacity. From the start Oaklands was the perfect fit for me, and I didn’t want to leave. Happily I was able to secure a permanent contract and I’ve been here ever since. When I left university I worked in the newsrooms of several local radio stations in the West Country before moving to London as a researcher for the BBC’s Disability Programmes Unit. Latterly I became an Assistant Director responsible for filming on location. My time in the media was very exciting, but I find my job now much more rewarding.

What skills do you bring to the role

I have taken advantage of training opportunities offered by the school. I am a manual handling trainer. Together with another colleague I’m responsible for all the student moving and handling plans within the school. We also deliver staff training throughout the school. I have completed a course for therapist assistants in speech and language and occupational therapy. I work with every class at Oaklands, but I have a particular interest in profound, multiple learning disabilities (PMLD).

Committee membership

Premises and Health & Safety (previously Health and Safety)

 SEND Governor

Declared financial / business / material interests None
Attendance at meetings

Full Governing Body – 5th November 2019 – Attended

Health and Safety Committee – 30th October 2019 – Attended

Full Governing Body – 11th June 2019 - Attended

Health and Safety Committee – 16th May 2019 – Attended

Full Governing Body - 3rd March 2020 - Attended

Full Governing Body - 9th June 2020 - Attended

 


Jack Talman

Co-opted Governor and Chair of Finance and Staffing Committee

Date Appointed by

Governing Body

5 March 2019
Term of Office expires 4 March 2023
Why did you want to become a Governor at Oaklands School? I visited the school and was so impressed by everything that everyone does here. The school is such an inspirational place with such great facilities and management that so clearly care about the welfare and education of the students in their care. I quickly felt that this was somewhere that I wanted to also devote my time to in order to do what I could to also contribute to the lives of these young people.
Professional Background I have been a teacher since 2007 and have become a pastoral leader in the school where I now work. This means that I focus my time on the welfare and wellbeing of the students in my care. I have become a practising Mindfulness teacher and am the Head of PSHE and ESafety Officer in the school where I work.
What skills do you bring to the role? I care passionately about the safety and welfare of the young people in my care. I am empathetic and sympathetic and always willing to listen and do whatever I can to help. I have a good understanding of PSHE and the issues facing young people today around areas such as online safety and mental health. I am keen to try to use the knowledge and skills that I have developed around these areas to help the students at Oaklands and look forward to learning more while a governor here.
Committee Membership Finance and Staffing (previusly Finance and Premises)
Declared financial / business / material interests None.
Attendance at meetings

Full Governing Body – 5th November 2019 – Attended

Finance and Premises Committee – 8th October 2019 – Attended

Full Governing Body – 11th June 2019 - Attended

Finance and Premises Committee – 24th May 2019 - Attended

Full Governing Body - 3rd March 2020 - Attended

Finance and Premises Committee - 9th June 2020 - Attended

Full Governing Body - 9th June 2020 - Attended

Gayle Russell

Co-opted Governor

Date Appointed by

Governing Body

5 March 2019
Term of Office expires 4 March 2023
Why did you want to become a Governor at Oaklands School? I visited Oaklands on the recommendation of a colleague and I was so impressed by all of the amazing work which goes on at the school. As a teacher myself, the skills set required to work at Oaklands has many similarities to my own role, which I felt I could put to use in my role as governor. However, Oaklands is a very different educational setting to the one in which I teach and so I also see it as a wonderful opportunity to learn about the work that happens in a different sector to my own and a chance to contribute to the community in which I live.
Professional Background I have been a teacher for seven years. I currently work as an Assistant Head of Year at Hampton School and I will be moving on to take up an Assistant Head post at a London prep school in September 2019.
What skills do you bring to the role? I believe my experience as a classroom practitioner and pastoral leader will ensure that I bring specialised insight in these areas which I can apply to my role as a Governor at Oaklands. I also have experience of contributing to the development of school-wide strategy from my experience as a Head of Department. Most importantly, I believe that I am empathetic and proactive in my dealings with others and I hope that people will find me a personable and approachable Governor.
Committee Membership Premises and Health and Safety (previously Health and Safety)
Declared financial / business / material interests None.
Attendance at meetings

Full Governing Body – 5th November 2019 – Apologies accepted

Health and Safety Committee – 30th October 2019 – Attended

Full Governing Body – 11th June 2019 - Attended

Health and Safety Committee – 16th May 2019 – Attended

Full Governing Body - 3rd March 2020 - Attended

Full Governing Body - 9th June 2020 - Attended

Ruth Price

Staff Governor 

Date Appointed by

Governing Body

November 2018

Term of Office expires 5 November 2020
Why did you want to become a Governor at Oaklands School?

To learn, and to provide input based on my experience as a class teacher at Oaklands.

Professional Background I joined Oaklands as a Newly Qualified Teacher in 2014. Before this I worked as a teaching assistant in an SEN school.
What skills do you bring to the role?

My teacher training is in English, and I lead the Communication curriculum team. I have worked in the Autism provision at Oaklands throughout my career here.

Committee Membership Teaching, Learning and Curriculum (previously Staffing and Curriculum)             
Declared financial / business / material interests None
Attendance at meetings

Full Governing Body – 5th November 2019 – Attended

Staffing and Curriculum Committee – 8th October 2019 – Attended

Full Governing Body – 11th June 2019 - Attended

Staffing and Curriculum Committee – 24th May 2019 - Attended

Full Governing Body - 3rd March 2020 - Attended

Staffing and Curriculum Committee - 19th May 2020 - Attended

Full Governing Body - 9th June 2020 - Attended

 

Dr Melvyn Tatters

Local Authority Governor

Date Appointed by

Governing Body

11 June 2019

Term of Office expires 10 June 2023
Why did you want to become a Governor at Oaklands School?
  • To support the local community
  • To offer my skills as an experienced professional
  • To help the school, staff, parents and children to achieve their aims and goals
  • To help, and give something back, to the local community.
  • To learn and enhance my own skills
Professional Background
  • Doctorate in teachers’ professional development
  • Headteacher for over 15yrs, 11 of them in Hounslow.
  • Knowledge and experience of SEND
  • Qualified Challenge Partner Reviewer – reviewing and supporting other schools
What skills do you bring to the role?
  • Expert in professional development
  • Years of experience of working with Governing Bodies
  • Experience of leading change and leading schools
  • Experience of working with diverse communities
  • Experience of designing and leading on new school buildings.
  • Experience of leading Academy schools
  • Experience of supporting other schools for the last 5 years  
Committee Membership

Teaching, Learning and Curriculum (previously Staffing and Curriculum)

Declared financial / business / material interests Head Teacher, Westbrook Primary School, Hounslow
Attendance at meetings

Full Governing Body – 5th November 2019 – Attended

Staffing and Curriculum Committee – 4th February 2020 - Attended

Full Governing Body - 3rd March 2020 - Attended

Staffing and Curriculum Committee - 19th May 2020 - Attended

Full Governing Body - 9th June 2020 - Attended

Mata Ayoub

Parent Governor

Date Appointed by

Governing Body

I had been a parent governor for three years at another school. I was appointed to this role June 2019.

Term of Office expires 10 June 2023
Why did you want to become a Governor at Oaklands School?

I want to contribute to the ongoing narrative here at Oakland’s School and its drive for continued improvement. I believe that parent governors bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to schools.

Professional Background I’m a Director in Higher Education with an academic support and enhancement role. My work involves supporting all students and providing strategies for students who may have barriers to learning. 
What skills do you bring to the role?

Good communication skills: the ability to listen and talk to families and staff.

A passion for Education: a willingness to spend time in the school to learn and support its aims and successful outcomes. 

Committee Membership

Premises and Health and Safety (previously Health and Safety)     

Head Teacher's Performance Management    

Declared financial / business / material interests None
Attendance at meetings

Full Governing Body – 5th November 2019 – Attended

Health and Safety Committee – 30th October 2019 - Attended

Full Governing Body - 3rd March 2020 - Attended

Full Governing Body - 9th June 2020 - Attended

Sheila Roberts

Co-opted Governor

Date Appointed by

Governing Body

July 2019

Term of Office expires 10 June 2023
Why did you want to become a Governor at Oaklands School?

I am able to commit to this role, my children have grown and no longer need my input, I have an interest in children with any special educational need or disability for my own experience as I have a nephew who was born at 24 weeks gestation and had global delay and autism – with this experience came the palpable understanding of parents needs and care also being a sensitive but high  priority.

Professional Background RSCN/RGN Registered Children's Nurse
What skills do you bring to the role?

20 years paediatric nursing at West Middlesex University Hospital .           
2 ½  years’ experience managing care packages for children with complex needs in the community,which included ensuring satff were competent in their roles.         
3 years’ experience as a Senior Nurse at Shooting Star Chase          
 for the last 5 years I have been the Clinical service manager of immunisations across south London and manage 7 teams of staff.  

Committee Membership

Teaching, Learning and Curriculum (previously Staffing and Curriculum)

Premises and Health and Safety (previously Health and Safety)          

Declared financial / business / material interests None
Attendance at meetings

Full Governing Body – 5th November 2019 – Attended

Staffing and Curriculum Committee – 8th October 2019 - Attended

Staffing and Curriculum Committee - 19th May 2020 - Attended

 

PREVIOUS GOVERNORS - Left during past 12 months

 

Maria Landers

Parent Governor 

Date Appointed by

Governing Body

28 February 2017

Date Term of Office Ended

10 February 2020
Why did you want to become a Governor at Oaklands School?

I do want to help the school to be as effective and productive school for our students and to be able to help to build an outstanding school for our vulnerable students.

To make sure it is also a healthy working environment for all employees and students of the school.

Professional Background Professionally I’m a Midwife , Certified Bookkeeper and a Businesswoman.
What skills do you bring to the role? Financial skills, I am the mother of a child with special needs, art and craft, skills for running a business.
Committee Membership Finance & Premises, Health & Safety.
Declared financial/business interests None.
Attendance at meetings

Full Governing Body – 5th November 2019 – Apologies accepted

Health and Safety Committee – 30th October 2019 – Apologies not received

Finance and Premises Committee – 8th October 2019– Apologies accepted

Finance and Premises Committee – 24th May 2019 – Attended

Health and Safety Committee – 16th May 2019 – Apologies accepted

 

Eswarprasath Jayaraman

Co-opted Governor

Date Appointed by

Governing Body

November 2017
Date Term of Office ended 9 June 2020
Why did you want to become a Governor at Oaklands School?

As someone who values education and continuous learning I was looking at ways I could help support schools in my local community.
I came to know about School Governing Body and the role of Governors within a School.

When I visited Oaklands, I could see the challenges in running a Special Needs School and I wanted to contribute where possible to help children meet their learning needs.
Professional Background I  am a Computer Science Engineer and am currently working as a Software Test Consultant.
What skills do you bring to the role?

Share lessons learned from delivering commercial software projects.

Contribute to School’s Digital Service Infrastructure development and computer literacy.

An interest in learning and education and its effect on individuals, children in particular. 

Committee Membership Staffing and Curriculum.
Declared financial/business interests None.
Attendance at meetings

Full Governing Body – 5th November 2019 – Attended

Staffing and Curriculum Committee – 8th October 2019 – Attended

Full Governing Body – 11th June 2019 - Attended

Staffing and Curriculum Committee – 24th May 2019 - Attended

Full Governing Body - 3rd March 2020 - Attended

Staffing and Curriculum Committee - 19th May 2020 - Attended