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Welcome to the Governors section! 

The role of the school governor is demanding but very rewarding and is a good way to give back to your local community.  School governing bodies are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education. Together with the headteacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management, they set the school's aims and policies. Some of the typical roles and responsibilties of a governor are outlined below:

Key roles of governors:

  • To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

  • To hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff

  • To oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent 

They also carry out a number of other important duties, which include:

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  • Determining how the school's budget is spent

  • The appointing and dismissing of staff

  • Hearing appeals and grievances

  • Forming policy on the school's curriculum and collective worship

  • Setting standards for pupils' behaviour and discipline

  • Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe

  • Setting and monitoring the school's aims and policies  


Who can be a school governor? 

You don't have to have children at the school to be a governor. However, you do have to be over 18, and pass a formal check for your suitability to be within a school.  No specific qualifications are required but there are certain expectation.  Contact the school office for more information on becomming a Governor. What's really important is that you have the skills, time and commitment to help drive school improvement and the passion and ambition to achieve the best possible education for children and young people.

Oakfield Governing Body


Category of Governor

End of tenure

Mrs Joanne Makin (Head)


Ex Officio

Mr Eric Burke


1 July 2027

Mrs Julie McIntosh


18 October 2026

Mrs Louise Goodall


1 September 2025

Mrs Laura Bevan


11 October 2025

Ms Samantha Tyrer

Staff Governor

8 Jan 2028

Mr Eddie Dourley

LA Governor

25 February 2027

Ian Green

Parent Governor

19 December 2027

Jane McCabe

Parent Governor

18 October 2026

Mr Geoff Porritt


5 February 2028


Our link governors


Finance and Resources Committee

Curriculum and Standards Committee

Finance- Budget/SFVS

Joanne Makin (Head teacher)

Kim Clare ( Finance secretary)

Eddie Dourley (Governor)

Curriculum & Standards

Teachers (Curriculum Leaders)


Premises, Health & Safety

Eric Burke (Governor)

Paul Lewis (Site manager)


Laura Bevan (Governor)

Behaviour, Welfare & Safeguarding

Laura Bevan (Governor)


Pupil Premium/ Sports Premium

Joanne Makin (PP Leader)


Staffing & HR

Joanne Makin (Head teacher)

Eddie Dourley (Governor)

Eric Burke (Governor)


Sam Tyrer (EYFS Leader)

Louise Goodall (Governor)


Contact Information

Contact with the governing body can be made through the school office:


This link to the webpage which is dedicated to our school on the schools financial benchmarking service

Schools Financial Benchmarking Link



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Who We Are


Community Primary School & Nursery

Where We Are

Oakfield Community Primary School & NurseryEdinburgh Road, Widnes,
Cheshire, WA8 8BQ

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Mrs Middleton | Office Secretary

Mr E Burke | Chair of Governors

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