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Oakfield Local Governing Body
Welcome to Governance at Oakfield Primary Academy
Please see below details of The Galaxy Trust's governance arrangements along with information for each of our Governors who has served at any point over the past 12 months and, where applicable, their full name, date of appointment, term of office, date they stepped down, who appointed them, and relevant business and pecuniary interests including governance roles in other educational institutions. This information complies with the requirements of the Academies Financial Handbook.
The Chair of the Board of Trustees is Mr Philip Vander Gucht
The Accounting Officer of the Trust is Mr Garry Ratcliffe, Chief Executive Officer
The Chair of the Local Governing Body is Mrs Julie McCullie
The Named Safeguarding Governor is Mrs Julie McCullie
The three core functions of governance are:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
- Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.
Details of the Members, Board of Trustees, the Articles of Association, Scheme of Delegation and Financial Accounts of the Trust can be viewed via the following link to The Galaxy Trust website:
Meet our Governors
Gary Fairman (Vice-Chair, Parent Governor)
I am a Dad to two girls who both attend Oakfield. They also happen to be two of the most interesting people I have ever met (apart from their mum of course). I work as a graphic design project manager in a small design team at the heart of a big corporate firm. I am lucky enough to be able to work from home a couple of days a week, so I can do the school run and have dinner with the kids.
I am passionate about family, vinyl records, trying and failing to get fit, especially by bike -- although these days I am more likely to be running beside one of my daughters' bikes as I hold them upright!
I joined the school's local governing body to make a contribution to the local community as we raise our family. I am learning lots of new things which is challenging and inspiring at the same time.
Alicja Jedrzejewska (Board Appointed Governor)
Headteacher and ex-officio Governor
Lively, enthusiastic and passionate is how I would describe myself. My name is Mrs Kaur-Gill and I have been teaching at Oakfield since 2008. I come from a large family of which many are also teachers.
As much as I love working with children, I also enjoy watching and playing sports such as netball, cricket, volley ball and football (I am a Man U supporter) as well as travelling and socialising with family and friends.
To find out more, come visit me in my classroom where you’ll see humour, happiness and hard-working children!
Adam Legah (Parent Governor))
Julie McCullie (Chair, Community Governor)
I work as a PMO Manager for a large Housing Association, based mainly in London and the South East. I have over 10 years experience within the housing sector, mainly within projects and transformation where I focus on planning and assurance. I have also worked within governance and audit, as well as procurement. Prior to this, I worked for a number of property companies, including international surveyors and letting agents.
I have one son who previously attended Oakfield and I enjoy being involved in his education. Oakfield gave him such a great start, it feels good to be able to give something back! My son is borderline ASD and the staff at Oakfield were particularly supportive when he was attending tests prior to his diagnosis and supporting him once we had identified his needs. From my experience as a parent, I feel it is so important that a primary education is engaging for every child so they can grow in confidence and challenge themselves, whatever their personal circumstances.
I also take a keen interest in safeguarding, both in my professional life through the work my company does caring for vulnerable adults and through to my role as a Governor. I am looking forward to working with the team at Oakfield to ensure that every child feels supported throughout their time at primary school and achieves all they can.
Joanne Murrock (Staff Governor)
I joined The Galaxy Trust in 2015, working in the school office and extended services. I am currently the School Business Manager at Oakfield Primary Academy which I am enjoying very much. My main responsibilities are ensuring the business support teams throughout the school run smoothly to ensure that we provide a professional, comprehensive service to the whole school community as well as continuing to keep school site compliant and safe environment to work and learn in. I am married and have 2 teenage daughters who previously attended Temple Hill Primary Academy and have since both succeeded well within their career journeys, in which I am very proud mum.
As a Staff Governor, I am keen to ensure that the views of the staff, the governors, the parents and, most importantly, the children are shared and valued.
Amanda Pauvaday-Rush (Parent Governor)
My two boys joined Oakfield when they were in Years 1 and 2 from previously being in Switzerland. Finding a new school when they were already well and truly settled at school was a daunting prospect. When visiting Oakfield I was immediately struck by the warmth of the children and staff and was impressed by the school’s ethos and dedication to inclusion and opportunities for all, an ideal that, in my view, is important to meet. I knew straightaway that this would be the right move for the boys.
I myself attended primary and secondary school in Dartford and so being part of the governing body as a Parent Governor has allowed me to contribute to a community that I know well. I have an interest in inclusion and SEND provision within the school, across the Galaxy Trust and in education as a whole.
I currently work as a civil servant and also as a freelance copy-editor. I previously worked as an international civil servant within the UN system, and prior to that I worked for an international publishing company. I have also had the opportunity to run a local community‑based business.
Nichola Perez (Community Governor)
Sarah Steven, Clerk to the Local Governing Body