Meet the Governors

The Local Governing Body is a group of volunteers who help by overseeing the running of the school.

The Governors meet at least once each term. Agendas and minutes of meetings are available in the school for reference.

Staff Governors

Mr P Palmer | Joint Headteacher

Mr J Pentreath | Joint Headteacher

Chair of Governors

Mrs E Casey

I am Eddie Casey and have been a governor at the Oaks for 12 years although my connection with the school goes back much further than that. My career has been in education and when returning to Suffolk in the 70s, after teaching on Merseyside, my first post was at Chantry Infants School, later to become the Oaks. 

I was delighted to have the opportunity to renew my ties with the school and I am currently Chair of Governors. It is a privilege to work with the school team to provide the very best learning opportunities for the pupils at the Oaks. It is a positive and energetic school that provides an exciting range of activities that encourages the children to thrive and achieve in all areas of their life. My current areas of responsibility are SEND and curriculum development.

Vice Chair

Mrs Chamberlain

I am Erica Chamberlain and I have been a governor at the Oaks for just over 2 years, I grew up in Ipswich and currently have two primary aged children.  I am passionate about ensuring all young people are inspired and prepared for the world of work, so that they can access the best opportunities for them.  I currently work as a Business Partnerships Senior Manager at Careers & Enterprise Company where I work with businesses across the country. I work with them to understand their talent pipeline requirements and guide them on how best to work with schools, colleges and young people to build awareness of the variety of roles and opportunities available in their business and their industry and develop the skills and aspirations of young people.   

At the Oaks I take on the role of Vice Chair of Governors and my current areas of responsibility are the development of the curriculum development and the Complete Human Strategy.

Trust Appointed Local Governing Body Members

Mr B Gough - Governor

Reverend Livingstone - Governor

Mrs B Hammond | Parent

I am Bronwenne Hammond, one of the parent governors here at The Oaks. I am a Mother to three children who are all currently enrolled at the school. I became a parent governor because I have always been passionate about sharing knowledge and improving processes. I feel that by doing so, will ensure that all the children at The Oaks will get the best start in life from their time at this school. My previous professional managerial experience has given me a broad but vital knowledge of finance, training and development. These skills I transfer to my current areas of responsibility for development of early years, finance and premises.

Mrs J Hewes | Parent

I am Julie Hewes and one of the Parent Governors. I am Mum to two children who both attend The Oaks, my eldest is in year 5 and youngest recently started nursery. My role is to represent the parents in providing the best opportunities for their children. I currently have responsibility for SEND, Pupil Premium and English. My work background has always involved children, particularly those with additional needs and I am very passionate about all children's mental wellbeing.

If you would like to be involved with our Local Governing Body and are able to spare a few hours a term, please contact our Chair of Governors Mrs Eddie Casey, via the school. Telephone 01473 684994 or email

ASSET Local Governing Bodies

Listed below are documents available on the ASSET Education website -

Please note that copies of any documents can be obtained from the main school office.