Co-opted Governors

Victoria Atkinson 

Victoria Atkinson

My involvement in Oakwood Infant School began in 2008 when my oldest son started his reception year.    All three of my boys have benefitted from going to Oakwood and they have all now moved onto the next stages in their education.   I became a parent governor in 2012 as I was so impressed by the enthusiasm of all the staff to achieve ambitious levels of attainment as well as always bringing new and exciting experiences to the children.    As Oakwood has grown over the last few years it has been a privilege to be involved in supporting the school to maintain its focus on inspiring learning for life.   

I am now a co-opted governor and I sit on the School Improvement Committee.   I have a particular focus on writing and vulnerable children.   This allows me to support the delivery of a curriculum that is challenging and effective and ensures that all pupils are supported to make their expected progress.   I work in local government as a project development officer supporting vulnerable people within the housing service which allows me to bring some relevant experience and expertise to the role. I really enjoy the challenge of being a governor and working alongside a great team of people.

Catherine Vine 

Catherine VineI joined the Oakwood governing body in 2015. I am hugely impressed by the school, particularly by the enthusiasm of the staff and the quality of the teaching. I am delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to an excellent school which works in partnership with parents and with a real sense of purpose. 

I sit on the School Improvement Committee helping to review the curriculum provision, with a particular interest in reading.

Charles Corn

Charles CornI joined Oakwood as an Associate Governor in 2015 after moving to Hartley Wintney and being impressed by the vibrancy, quality and enthusiasm of the school, its staff and the children.

My professional background is in public sector strategy, and I felt it fitting that I should contribute to the school and village by joining the governing body. I sit on the Resources Committee, helping and guiding all aspects of the school's finances, personnel and premises.

Andy Barron 

Andy BarronOakwood Infant School provides an outstanding level of education to its pupils and has an excellent reputation within the community. Being a parent of a pupil, friend of other pupil’s parents and as a member of the community, I am keen to see the school maintain this valuable reputation.

I became a governor following my son starting Oakwood Infant School in 2015 and I sit on the Resources Committee with a particular focus on health and safety. I currently work within the construction industry and hope my experience within this will assist me with my role in the Resources Committee by ensuring a safe school environment is maintained, which will help promote happy and safe learning for all the children. 

It is exciting to be part of such an experienced and strong governing body and I am committed to assisting the other governors and teachers continue to and build the educational reputation the school has.

Janice Botwright 

Janice BotwrightI became a Parent Governor when my two daughters attended Oakwood Infant School and the experience can not have been too bad because I then went on to become a local authority governor. After a short break I joined the board of governors again, this time as a staff governor.

I have recently moved from a staff governor to a co-opted governor. Although I was no longer working at the school I still wanted to be part of that ‘vision’ for Oakwood and when a vacancy as a co-opted governor became available I jumped at the chance to still be involved.

I am a member of the School improvement committee which deals with all aspects of the curriculum. I am also the special educational needs (SEN) governor.

John Humphries 

I’m a co-opted governor and have been a member of the governing body for over 11 years serving in various roles. I started my association with the school back in 1993 through the Friends of Oakwood, getting involved in building Santa’s Grotto at the North Pole for when he visited the school that Christmas, and doing videos of “Around the Isles in Song and Dance” in the pre digital days for all the proud parents.

Through the years, the school has seen considerable structural change, three head teachers, numerous staff, various Friends of Oakwood committees and governing bodies, but the spirit of Oakwood Infant School is much bigger than all of that put together. Over a thousand children have passed through the school while I’ve been there, including my own and we governors have a duty of care, which we share with the exceptional staff at Oakwood, to ensure that each and every one of them receives the best possible start to their education in a safe and friendly environment. It’s a privilege to be able to help in any way.