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"Working Together for Success"

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Victoria School

Working Together for Success



Meet the Governors


Welcome to our Governors’ section.

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.


NGA Awards for Outstanding Vision and Strategy 2019

WINNERS - NGA National Awards 2019



Federation of Cherry Oak School and Victoria School

 Annual Governance Statement 2018-2019


I had the honour of being elected to the Chair this year. The board is grateful to Mrs Christine Dalby-Ali who has served as Chair for six years and we are glad that she continues to serve as Vice-Chair of the Finance Committee.

This year we have welcomed our two elected Parent Governors to the Board and co-opted a Governor to the post of HR support. Mrs Anne Barnes left after a long and valued service as a governor and sometime Chair but continues her support as a Trustee for the College. Cllr. Eddie Freeman will replace our Local Authority Governor and we hope to fill our one space at the next meeting.

Focus this year has been mainly on managing finance in the current and austere climate, on ensuring that our governance model is well aligned with the values of the Federation and completion of the building works at Victoria in time to welcome the new students in September 2019.


Thanks to the hard work of our Federation Business Manager and our Finance Committee we have accomplished the following:

  • Both schools have avoided setting a deficit budget.
  • The Site Team has been re-structured
  • The Finance Chair secured sponsorship funding to equip the new classrooms at Victoria
  • Although redundancies have been considered it has so far been possible to avoid them.
  • The Board has been given full and transparent reports of our financial position to allow strategic planning for the future to take place.


  • A working party has met regularly to complete a full Audit of our effectiveness as a board.
  • From this we have produced an amended list of Governor roles and responsibilities
  • Each role has a Job Description
  • A Stakeholder Governor has been appointed to improve communication with parents about the work of the Governing Body
  • A newsletter will be produced at least bi-annually to highlight some of the work we do.


  • The Health Safety and Buildings Committee have successfully achieved all targets set in the 5 Year Plan
  • The new classrooms were completed on time and the Board agreed to 2 extra Teacher days to allow for the move at the start of September 2019.
  •  Members of the Committee had a tour of the buildings and were kept informed of progress throughout the process.
  • Parking issues have been eased by the completion of the new car-park.
  • The Upper School playground has been re-surfaced and windows have been replaced.
  • The committee has completed visits and checks at both schools to ensure safety and discuss future needs.


  • Cherry Oak underwent an OFSTED inspection and retained its Outstanding status.
  • The new Head of School at Cherry Oak has settled well and improvements continue to be made to the Curriculum and provision of a very exciting Arts and Performance element through the alliance with the Hippodrome.
  • Safeguarding, always at the top of the agenda, continues to be a strong point of the Federation. ‘My Concern software’ is now in use across the Federation and the regular reports show that it is supporting our staff and young people by easing the reporting and informing of any incidents of concern.
  • The Governing Body entered a National Governance competition and won the award for Strategy and Vision. We were very proud to go to the Houses of Parliament to receive the award. Thanks to Bill Woodhouse for suggesting the entry and to Anne Barnes, Christine Dalby Ali and Caroline Lane for the work in putting this together.
  • Monitoring the workload of the Senior Leaders shows that in both schools and the College all have stepped up and continue to work tirelessly for the good of our young people. Julie Fardell does an amazing job in being operational Head of School at Victoria and still fulfilling her strategic role as Executive Principal of the Federation.


General work of the Board:

  • The new regulations for GDPR have been adopted with the appointment of Caroline Lane as Officer.
  • All policies have been reviewed and new policies agreed where necessary.
  • The Chair and a committee have carried out the Performance Management of the Executive Principal
  • The Personnel Committee has overseen the Performance Management Process for all staff and has monitored and agreed pay rises to the Upper Pay Scale.
  • A new application process for movement to the Upper Pay Scale has been devised and is in use.
  • The Personnel Committee has also looked carefully at the data for staff absence and has approved the systems put in place by the Senior Management teams. Staff wellbeing is monitored and we are satisfied that support as well as challenge is available for staff requiring extra support.
  • The Teaching and Learning Committee is satisfied that the curricula in use across the Federation is fit for purpose and that pupils are making good progress
  • The Continued Professional Development of all staff is valued and reported on to this committee.
  • Teaching in both schools continues to be mainly outstanding and the committee is aware of where support is being offered to teachers and of their progress.
  • Numbers are healthy across the Federation with Cherry Oak having 110 pupils, Victoria 225 and the College achieving 30 young people for the September start.


We have attended many wonderful examples of the rich extra curricula activities at all sites and continue to enjoy the warm welcome from staff and pupils at our attendance at performances, graduation ceremonies and parent evenings.

Thank you so much to all the students and staff for allowing us to be a part of the daily life of our schools and college.


Clare Mills

Chair of Governors

September 2019


Previous Governance Statement

Memorandum Of Understanding with Victoria College

Governing Body


As Victoria School is in Federation with Cherry Oak School we have one Governing Body for both schools. The Governing Board of the Federation has a Memorandum of Understanding with the Board of Victoria College, enabling the College to benefit from being associated with the Federation.


The Governors have a great deal of experience and offer us both challenge and support as necessary.

All the Governors are extremely dedicated and give generously of their time to both schools in the Federation.


Our Governors are made up of representatives from key stakeholder groups - parents, staff, the Local Authority and the local community.


We generally have two full Governing Body meetings a term and we also have committees for Finance, Personnel, Teaching & Learning and Buildings, Health & Safety (including the Resilience Team).


You can contact the Governing Body through the Clerk to the Governors - Ms Clare Blackshaw on the main school telephone number : 0121 476 9478.


Governor Types and Terms of Office



Governor Type

Term Ends


Clare Mills

Chair of Governors  Co-opted Governor


Charlotte Bull

Vice Chair Co-opted Governor


Julie Fardell

Executive Head Teacher

Ex officio

Mark Cottam

Elected Staff Governor


John Pemberton

Elected Parent Governor


Lisa Wootton

Elected Parent Governor


Councillor Eddie Freeman

LA Governor


Hannah Barton

Co-opted Governor


Sadie Bolton

Co-opted Governor


Martin Carpenter

Co-opted Governor


Christine Dalby-Ali

Co-opted Governor          resigned 27/11/19


Lesley Jackson

Co-opted Governor


Sue McCorkindale

Co-opted Governor


Peter Douglas Osborn

Co-opted Governor           resigned 08/12/19


Kristin Sanders

Co-opted Governor


Bill Woodhouse

Co-opted Governor           resigned 08/07/20


Ann Ellis

Co-opted Governor


Clare Blackshaw

Clerk                                      resigned 08/07/20



Governing Board Committees 2019-2020





Lesley Jackson (Chair), John Pemberton (Vice Chair), Charlotte Bull, Mark Cottam, Martin Carpenter Julie Fardell


Charlotte Bull (Chair), Sue McCorkindale (Vice Chair), Clare Mills, Kristin Sanders, Hannah Barton, Julie Fardell

Teaching & Learning

Clare Mills (Chair), Sadie Bolton (Vice Chair), Sue McCorkindale, Ann Ellis, Julie Fardell

Buildings, Health & Safety

Martin Carpenter (Chair),   John Pemberton, Kristin Sanders,  Julie Fardell, 2 Vacancies


Kristin Sanders,  2 Vacancies

Governing Body Audit

Julie Fardell, Sue McCorkindale, Vacancy

Restructuring Committee Ann Ellis, Martin Carpenter, Sadie Bolton

School Resilience Planning Team

Pauline McKenna, Julie Fardell, John Pemberton, Martin Carpenter, Kristin Sanders

Governors Biographies and Pecuniary Interests
Governors Committee Remits

Instrument of Governance