Chair of Governors - Mr Paul Goddard
Welcome from the Oak Cottage Governors. My name is Paul Goddard and I am pleased to be the current Chair of the Governing Body.
The governors are volunteers who are committed to the ethos of our school and ensuring that every child has the best possible experience while they are at Oak Cottage. Getting this right is really important as it means our children will be fully prepared for when they move on to the challenges of secondary school. It has three core strategic functions:
See Terms of Reference below
How we operate
Our role is often described as one of a “critical friend”, governors support both the headteacher and staff and challenge in a constructive way.
From 2019/20 we took a new approach, abandoning the traditional committee approach in favour of monthly meetings of the full governing body, where all issues can be discussed by all governors. Benefits of regular monthly meetings include faster turnaround of actions, no repetition of other committee meetings/minutes, everyone up to speed on everything. Meeting are held on a regular day in the month, with unfinished business carried forward to next month's meeting.
Our Governors - We have fourteen governors on our Governing Body:
1 Local Education Authority Governor – appointed by Solihull MBC - Mr D Price
1 Staff Governors – elected by the school staff - Mrs C Stirk
1 Staff Governor - ex-officio- Mr R Marshall (Headteacher)
5 Parent Governors – elected by parents - Mr Baptiste (Vice), Mr Henderson, Mrs Deffley, Mrs Kemp and Dr Holland
5 Co-opted Governors – appointed by the governing body for skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school - Mr Goddard, Mr Grady, Mrs Hendry , Mrs Stone and Mrs Tarpey.
(1 vacancy - co-opted Governor).
The clerk to the governing body is Mrs Lesley Bullivant. If you would like to contact a school governor please contact the school office on 0121 704 9123.
Interested in becoming a governor?
If you are interested in becoming a governor at Oak Cottage or would like to know more about the role, please contact Mrs Bullivant in the school office. Please find eligibility/disqualification information below and Governors Code of Conduct.
Appointments are carried out in accordance with the governing body's instrument of governance.
Review of academic year 2019-20
In the last academic year, the focus of attention for the governing body has been centred on the core functions of finance, educational performance and strategic issues and policies.
An essential role of the Main Governing Body is to set and monitor the School improvement Plan. The priorities on the School Improvement Plan for 2019 – 20 academic year were:
To review our curriculum offer so that the school's curriculum intent and implementation are embedded securely across the school.
To further strengthen the quality of mastery teaching and learning in mathematics so that even more children achieve the higher standard.
Last year started with a two-day inspection by Ofsted in early September and the “Outstanding” result, in recognition of the incredible team we have at Oak Cottage. Our head teacher Mrs O’Keefe retired at Christmas after leading the school for 18 years, with the Ofsted Report a fitting testimonial. We then recruited a new headteacher, Mr Marshall, who successfully made the transition from deputy headteacher. He was in post for 7 days before the countrywide Coronavirus lock down in March. The school remained open continuously to provide extended hours provision for the children of key workers thanks to the dedication and co-operation of all the staff. Governors held their monthly meetings on Microsoft Teams during this period, an approach that will continue for the start of this year.
In June, the school reopened to Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 children. Oak Cottage had the highest attendance in the borough, reflecting the confidence that parents have in the school and the procedures that were put in place. Staff also worked with Years, 2,3,4 and 5 remotely. All of our staff did a fantastic job in unprecedented times and in very stressful situations. In July, we recruited a new deputy head teacher, Rebecca Lewis, who will start with us in January 2021. School closed in July for the first time since March and Orchids Childcare Ltd, our wrap around provider, returned to run the summer club for children of working parents.
We are pleased and excited about the excellent appointments we were able to make as apart of a successful recruitment procedure that is in place at Oak Cottage.