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Messages from the Chair of Governors
Published 17th July 2015 - Click to read
Minutes of Meetings
Full minutes of meetings can be found here
List of Governors
|Mr P Heuff||Acting Headteacher|
|Mr S Weatherall||Chair of Governors, Governor|
|Mr T Darr||Vice Chair of Governors, Parent Governor|
|Mrs S Basson||Parent Governor|
|Mr M Bentham||Governor|
|Dr N Chatten||Governor|
|Miss M O'Doherty||Governor|
|Mr D Giles||Governor|
|Mr S Morris||Associate Governor|
|Mrs K Ogden||Parent Governor|
|Mr B Raynes||Governor|
|Mr N Regan||Parent Governor|
|Mrs V Robinson||Staff Governor|
|Mr K Ward||Governor|
|Miss M Roberts||Staff Governor|
Governor Member Profiles
Mr S Weatherall - Chair of Governors
I joined Oldfield School's governing body in March 2012 and was elected as Chair in March 2014. My aim is to work with my colleagues on the Governing Body to build a high performing team which challenges and supports the head teacher and all staff in order to make Oldfield a great place to learn and work while maintaining its status as an outstanding school. When not engaged on governance matters, I work as a consultant project manager at Army Headquarters and as a company director. Work brought me to Bath in 2006 where I still live with my wife and five children.
I have a considerable amount of general management experience from my 30 years service in the Army which has equipped me with a range of relevant skills including project management, performance management, planning, budget management and HR to undertake the challenging role as Chair. To improve my knowledge I also participate in ongoing governor training provided by B&NES.
I am particularly interested in working with parents and other stakeholders to ensure that the school has a positive and important profile in the local community, that we have a culture of openness and constant improvement and that the talents and efforts of our students and staff are nurtured, valued and celebrated.
Mr T Darr - Vice Chair of Governors
I have recently been appointed Vice Chair of Governors and have been a Governor since 2011 on the Finance and General Purposes committee.
I have three children of which two attend Oldfield School so have a vested interest in the success of the school. I have been an airline pilot for 20 years and have run my own various businesses.
I have enjoyed getting to know the excellent staff at the school and admired their dedication and professionalism in the challenging environment of the school.
Mrs S Basson - Parent Governor, Chair of Personnel Committee
I have been a parent governor at Oldfield School for several years. I am currently Chair of the Personnel Committee. I have three daughters; my eldest finished sixth form in 2013 and is now studying at Reading University. Two are still at Oldfield.
Before having children i worked in retail management for 12 years. I was a department manager for Debenhams then managed shops for The National Trust. As the children grew up i trained in stained glass and qualified to teach adults this craft, which is what i now enjoy doing. I also volunteer for Bath Sea Cadets. Where we have cadets from age 10 to 18 taking part in many and varied activities. In my spare time i like to do my own stained glass work and look after my garden, dog’s hens and bees.
I am looking forward to working with the other Governors to support the dedicated Head and staff at Oldfield School. To ensure the students continue to receive an outstanding education, and to promote a nurturing and supportive environment for the whole school community.
Mr M Bentham - Governor
I joined Oldfield School's Governing body in September 2014 bringing with me a particular interest in special educational needs. When not a Governor I am the Principal of a specialist FE college which supports students with Autism (and associated difficulties) achieve their academic potential and to improve social, communication and independence skills. With over 10 years experience of working with in this field, 7 years of which have been at Senior Management level, I am very keen that my role within the Curriculum Committee will help focus our ability to improve the support and performance of pupils with any kind of additional need. Living locally with my own young family I am keen that my skills and knowledge help shape the future of Oldfield School so that it goes from strength to strength in offering good quality education and schooling experience for the local community.
Miss M O'Doherty - Governor
I became a Governor at Oldfield in September 2014 and am a member of the Curriculum committee. I am also on the Governing Body at Newbridge Primary School in Bath, where I have been the Chair of Governors since April 2014.
For the past 12 years, I have worked in publishing and I also work as a cello teacher and I am involved in Scouting, where I might do anything from climbing trees and lighting fires to taking computers apart!
As a Governor at Oldfield, I am really keen to strengthen the school's links with the local community and to help maintain Oldfield's excellent academic standards. Most importantly, I am looking forward to helping to promote Oldfield as an excellent place to learn and work.
Mr D Giles - Governor
In 2005 I joined Oldfield School as Head of Year and remained there happily for 5 years. During that time I was fortunate to be part of an inspiring school community that demonstrated excellent commitment and dedication throughout. Oldfield’s student body, its teachers and support staff strove for excellence and it left a strong impression on me, which remains to this day.
When the opportunity to become a governor arose in 2013, I did not hesitate. It felt important to support a school I believed in and work alongside colleagues I trusted and respected. Oldfield was and remains an outstanding school and I believe it as our priority to ensure that does not change. Working together, supporting one another and putting the interests of the school and its pupils at the forefront of everything we do should ensure the schools continued success.
Since leaving Oldfield in 2010 I was appointed Assistant Headmaster at Kensington School, a British curriculum school in Barcelona and more recently as Principal of Baleares International College, Mallorca. My experience in both the classroom and management in addition to working with inter-school bodies such as NABSS, (National Association of British Schools in Spain), BISA, (Barcelona International School Association) and the British Council will hopefully allow me to support my fellow governors, the Senior Leadership Team and the Oldfield community as a whole.
Mr B Raynes - Safeguarding Governor
I became a Governor at Oldfield following the employment of the new head-teacher. I am a parent of a young adult who attended Oldfield school up until 2006. I believe that the main role of schools is to help young people develop into kind, considerate and confident adults. I have considerable experience in safeguarding and I am the governor responsible for monitoring that the school does all it can to ensure children are as safe as they can be at school, at home and in the community. I have started and managed two successful businesses, one of which works exclusively with the public sector and I can therefore contribute to discussions and decisions regarding governance, finance and strategic management.
Mr N Regan - Parent Governor, Chair of Curriculum Committee
As one of the parent governors, I bring perhaps the most important perspective in the school community - that of the parents - to the discussions of the Governing Body.
I am Chair of the Curriculum Committee. My role there is to ask for, and receive, along with the other members, reports from the Senior Team and Heads of Faculty on the students' progress and achievement of targets, and on changes to the curriculum and the impact that they have, to ensure high quality teaching and learning in all subjects. I also ask the Link governors, who have special liaison roles with the academic Faculties, to visit their Head of Faculty in school in order to stay up to date with developments within their subjects, and to report back to the Curriculum Subcommittee.
I have always worked in language teaching, at secondary and university levels; I am a Teaching Fellow in Spanish at the University of Bath. My experience, and the B&NES Governor training, helps me engage properly with teaching, learning and assessment at Oldfield.
Mrs V Robinson - Staff Governor
I have worked at Oldfield School as the Subject Leader of Music since September 2009. Prior to this I taught music at schools in Sheffield and Leeds. I really enjoy working with the fantastic students here at Oldfield and feel very lucky to be able to spend my working day with such talented individuals. I joined the board of governors as a staff governor in December 2014 and through this role I hope to be able to contribute to the continuing success of this school that I am so very proud of.
Mr K Ward - Governor, Chair of Finance and General Purposes Committe
I joined the governing body in October 2012 and became chair of the Finance and General Purposes Committee in May 2014. I have lived in Bath & North East Somerset for the past 10 years and currently live in Keynsham with my wife and two young daughters.
I have worked as a 'big 4' management consultant for the past 10 years allowing me to hold many senior positions across public and private sector organisation in both an advisory and delivery capacity. I bring to the governing body significant experience in programme and project management, strategy development and delivery and change management expertise. My aim is to utilise the skills and experience I have developed over the last 10+ years to support the delivery of Oldfield School's exciting, ambitious and challenging plans over the next few years and beyond. I am also actively participating in the B&NES governor training programme to improve my knowledge and specific skills needed to support Oldfield.
My focus in the short term will be ensuring that we have a balanced budget focussed on delivering the priorities that matter to our children, parents and other stakeholders from across the local community and that we constantly challenge ourselves to deliver value for money in everything that we do.
If you would like to look into the possibility of becoming a governor at Oldfield School please use this link to contact the Clerk of the Governing Body marking your email for the attention of the Chair of Governors.
Any governor queries should be addressed to Mrs M Marriott, Clerk to the Governing Body at the school’s address:
Telephone: (01225) 423582
Fax: (01225) 464986