Name: John McLaren
Role: Chair of Governors

Attendance 2016-2017
FGB 100% Committees 100%

I have been a governor at Oaklands Junior School since 1999. My two sons and daughter have benefitted hugely from their time at Oaklands and I wanted to give something back. As Chair of Governors I see my role as providing leadership to the Governing Body and working with them, our headteacher and all the staff to ensure that the school provides the best of education and pastoral support to every individual child whilst also developing their creative thinking and enquiring minds.

Name: Barbara Paige
Role: Chair of School & Community

Attendance 2016-2017
FGB 86% Committees 100%

With past experience as a secondary school teacher and as a parent and PTA Secretary, I maintain a strong interest in education.
I became a governor at Oaklands in 2012 and have found it both challenging and rewarding to support the school in providing the best possible education in a safe and caring environment. I am the governor responsible for Safeguarding and also serve on the Staffing Committee and the Joint Sites and Buildings Committee.

Name: Carolyn Pyke
Role: Chair of Staffing

Attendance 2016-2017
FGB 100% Committees 100%

I have been a Governor since 2012. I also serve on the School & Community Committee. I have three adult children, all of whom attended Oaklands and were very happy there, so my connection with the school goes back quite a long way.

Name: Charlotte Kieran
Role: Co-opted Governor

Attendance 2016-2017
FGB 100% Committees 50%

I possess a personal drive to contribute to the ongoing success of the school and wellbeing, progression and advancement of its pupils. We have two young children and will be in partnership with Oaklands Junior School for the next 10 years. I would like all children to feel the way I did about my education and enjoy it to the fullest, being nurtured, encouraged and supported at every opportunity.

Name: David Whitfield
Role: Co-opted Governor

Attendance 2016-2017
FGB 100% Committees 100%

I trained as an engineer and have lived for nearly 30 years in Crowthorne. My two sons were educated locally and I was a governor at their first school. After a career as a manager in the IT Services industry, I now have the opportunity to help the school. My great interest is in how we make the best use of all of our resources (people, facilities, finances) to benefit the children.

Name: Debby Griffiths
Role: Developement Governor

Attendance 2016-2017
FGB 71% Committees 100%

I am a Co-opted Governor and my role within the governing body is the Development Governor. I am a HLTA and currently work in year 6.

Name: Duncan Holland
Role: Staff Governor

Attendance 2016-2017
FGB 83% Committees 100%

I joined Oaklands Junior School in September 2015 and am the Deputy Headteacher and year 6 class teacher. I have taught in schools in England, Germany and New Zealand, combining my teaching with a semi-professional rugby career at Leicester Tigers and Nottingham: sport has always been a large part of my life. Among my responsibilities is leading on Thinking Schools, an area of education for which I have a particular passion and enthusiasm.

Name: Hiten Joshi
Role: Parent Governor

Attendance 2016-2017
FGB 60% Committees 50%

My primary reason for becoming parent governor is to make a difference to our community. I relish the opportunity to positively impact our next generation.
I understand that everyone learns in a different style and at a different pace and am committed to help develop a school that allows the children to be the best that they can be in safe, supporting and nurturing surroundings.
I currently run my own Coaching and Management Consultancy, focussing on change management and learning. I work with a range of individuals, coaching everyone from school leavers to senior executives.

Name: Hazel West
Role: Headteacher

Attendance 2016-2017
FGB 100% Committees 96%

I first joined Oaklands Junior School in September 2009 as Deputy Headteacher. When I first visited this school I was captured by the beautiful setting with such a unique outlook on to a huge field, pond and woodland area, that changes in beauty with each season. Throughout my career I have always had a love of learning and creativity, which I hope that all pupils will gain. I am a mother of 3 grown up sons and I am now very proud to be the Headteacher of Oaklands Junior School.

Name: Justine Waight
Role: SEND, EAL and Most Able & Talented Governor

Attendance 2016-2017
FGB 86% Committees 83%

This is my 4th year as a parent governor. I have two children, one in Year 8 at Edgbarrow and one in Year 5 at Oaklands. I’m a former Operations Manager and now work part-time as a Project Manager. I am currently the SEND Governor and Most Able and Talented Governor and sit on both the Curriculum and Schools and Community Committees. I am also the PE Governor.

Name: Kevin Davis
Role: Schools Link Governor

Attendance 2016-2017
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I am a father of four, with 2 younger ones at the Oaklands schools. I am the Vice Chair at the Infants, having been a Governor for 2 years and a part of the Academy Working Group during the recent academy conversion. I work within the Engineering Construction Industry, in Construction and Project management on major projects, and have at last managed to settle down in one place, which has given me a great opportunity to be involved in the local schools and contribute to the community and our childrens’ futures..

Name: Liz James
Role: Vice Chair & Chair of Curriculum

Attendance 2016-2017
FGB 86% Committees 100%

I retired from my teaching career over 4 years ago, my last post being teaching A Level Psychology & Sociology at Edgbarrow where I spent 9 years. As I also live in Crowthorne, I decided that I wanted to continue to be involved in a school community but in a different capacity. I combine my Governor role at Oaklands with that of a volunteer with the NSPCC Schools Service, which entails visiting Primary Schools delivering assemblies & workshops. In addition to my teaching experience, I also spent a number of years in the recruitment of managerial & professional staff.

Name: Michelle Hall
Role: Associate Governor

Attendance 2016-2017
FGB 67% Committees 63%

I have been a governor for the past 8 years. I have had 3 children through Oaklands Junior School, all of whom are now at Edgbarrow School. I am a qualified teacher and wanted to be able to give something back to the school which has served my children so well. I sit on the Curriculum committee and I have a governor responsibility for both English and MFL

Name: Roger Blake
Role: Co-opted Governor

Attendance 2016-2017
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I have lived in Crowthorne for 40 years and all of my 3 children were educated at Oaklands Junior School. I still work in the IT Industry, now as a part-time consultant, and have just retired as a magistrate, so have the time to give back to an institution that gave my children an excellent start in life.

Name: Susanne Kaps
Role: Local Authority Governor

Attendance 2016-2017
FGB 71% Committees 83%

I was born and grew up in Berlin Germany, after a career as an actress for 20 years, I decided to try something completely different after finishing my MA in Geography and North America Studies. I moved to Manchester in 2007 and did my MSc in Management, where I got the job offer for Hewlett Packard in 2008 where I’ve been since as a Project Manager in the Enterprise Service business looking after the support and delivery of Telco projects.

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Oaklands Junior School,
Butler Road, Crowthorne, Berkshire, RG45 6QZ
Telephone: 01344 773496