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 the teaching of reading.

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 and subject leadership and the teaching of Oracy.

Trust Appointed Local Governing Body Members

Mr L Corbould

I am Leigh Corbould and I have been a governor at The Oaks for about four years. I moved to Ipswich about five years ago and was introduced to The Oaks by my wife Anna, the Family Liaison Officer.

I work at the Royal Hospital School in Holbrook as Assistant Head (Pastoral), Head of Lower School and a teacher of mathematics. I have worked in education for 25 years in many roles and I have enjoyed a number of productive visits to The Oaks, meeting children and speaking to staff and have always felt that the school has a busy and positive feel about it.

At The Oaks, my areas of responsibility are Safeguarding, Assessments and Mathematics.

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 curriculum, 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 reading. My work background has always involved children, particularly those with additional needs and I am very passionate about all children's mental wellbeing.

Mrs R Palmer

I am Rose Palmer. I worked for around 20 years in primary schools as a Teaching Assistant and then as Librarian/Reading Advocate. I recently retired after several years developing the library and promoting reading for pleasure here at The Oaks, so I know our school community well. I am very pleased to continue my connection with the school as a governor, with special interest in reading.

Our school has a strong culture of reading for pleasure, with the library as its engine and I look forward to supporting the Librarian and other staff in maintaining this ethos. Developing a lifelong reading habit early has been shown to improve life chances and enhance mental wellbeing. There is so much great children's literature out there I want to make sure our children and staff get to enjoy it!

Mrs K Hawes

I am Kerry Hawes, I have recently joined the Oaks as a governor. I have lived in Ipswich for over twenty years and have two high school aged children. I have worked in the education sector for twenty years as an administrator and I am currently a School Business Manager at an Ipswich Primary School. I am passionate about education and ensuring that all pupils have access to an outstanding education. I am looking forward to being able to share my experience and passion with all at the Oaks.

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 -

  • Audited accounts in full - these must be published as soon as possible after the accounts are signed and no later than 31 January following the year to which the accounts relate. At least two years' worth of accounts should remain on the trust website

  • Annual report

  • Funding agreement

  • Articles of association

  • Current memorandum of association

  • Charity trustees' and members' names

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