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Message from our new Chair of Governors - Mrs J. Handley


Firstly, I would like to thank Mr Turner, our previous Chair of Governors and newly appointed Vice Chair, for his outstanding contribution to Oakham. During his term of office he has successfully and strategically led the governing body in a fresh direction whilst maintaining Oakham’s traditional values. Thank you Mr Turner and good luck with your future projects! 


I have been an active parent governor supporting the vision of Oakham for the past five years, during which time I have held many positions from Parent Governor, Vice Chair of Governors, Chair of the Staffing and Finance Committee, English Curriculum Governor and most recently the Chair of Governors.


I feel privileged to be appointed as Oakham’s new Chair of Governors. I believe that I bring two strong elements to this role. One is that I work within education so understand the importance of the curriculum and meeting the learner’s needs, but secondly and most importantly, because I am also a parent.


I see my role as both supportive as well as challenging by supporting the schools leadership team in making the right decision for our learners. A school is shaped by the vision, principles and values of the Head Teacher, supported by a strong Senior Leadership Team who share the Head Teacher's philosophy.  It is only right that I support this journey as these are the people making decisions based upon the day to day knowledge of the pupils and their needs. That said, I also see my role as one to challenge if I feel that Oakham’s values are being compromised.


I am also keen to work with the schools “successful learners” directly, to listen to what the children’s views are and taking their voice directly to the rest of the Governing Body.


I am more than happy to listen to your voice on whole-school issues in general and in particular any positives you want to share with me. Community input is instrumental if we are to continue with the successes Oakham has achieved in the past.


Looking ahead, I am very much looking forward to another great year at Oakham! 


Mrs J C Handley

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