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Governing Body




Alongside our school ‘learning and life’ values and motto at High Oakham Primary School, our Governing body commit to the following vision:

We believe that education is more than just knowledge. We want our children to be well behaved, to co-operate and share, respect differences, be safe, valued, independent and successful through:



GovernorTerm of OfficeDesignationRoleFinancial/Business Interests
Mr C Banton13.10.16 - 12.10.20Local AuthorityChair of Governors/Chair of F&GP&P&P Committee/SD Committee/Safeguarding/Inclusion/School sport/DataNone
Mrs J Halstead1.3.15 - 28.2.19Co-optedChair of SD Committee/F&GP&P&P Committee/PSHE inc School Food and Anti BullyingNone
Mr R Collins1.3.15 - 28.2.19Co-optedSD Committee/F&GP&P&P Committee/Mathematics/ComputingNone
Mrs N Phillips1.3.15 - 28.2.19Co-optedStaff/SD CommitteeNone
Mr N Teal27.9.16 - 26.9.19ParentSD Committee/F&GP&P&P CommitteeNone
Mrs T Hall16.10.17 - 15.10.20ParentSD Committee/F&GP&P&P Committee, SENNone
Mrs J Martin16.10.17 - 15.10.20ParentSD Committee/F&GP&P&P Committee, ScienceNone
Mr J Key16.10.17 - 15.10.20ParentSD Committee/F&GP&P&P Committee, EYFSNone
Mrs K Boaler12.1.15 - 11.1.19StaffSD CommitteeNone
Mrs S Astle07.01.19Headteacher None
Mrs R Ward Parent  
Mrs R Hussain-Mills Parent  


Governor Pen Portraits

Find out a little more about our Governors at High Oakham Primary School


Name and type of Governor 

Reason for becoming a GovernorA glimpse into my life ....

Stephanie Astle



As the Headteacher of High Oakham Primary School, I work closely with the Governing Body in ensuring that we have a clear strategic direction and vision and that we endeavour to provide the best education for our children which surrounds them with aspiration, respect, kindness, nurture and stimulation. My dream is to work together to enable and empower children to become the best adults that they can be, so that they can contribute  and make a difference to the community, our country and the world! I support the mighty Reds, enjoy eating all kinds of tasty food and taking time out in the great outdoors. My family are my all and we love to laugh (a lot), learn and live life to the full!

Taryn Hall

Parent Governor

I became a Governor because I wanted to give a “parent's voice” at Governor meetings, but also to understand better how our school works. I didn’t want to be a parent in the playground voicing my opinions when I didn’t actually know what is involved and what a hard job it is!


I am passionate that all children and parents feel that High Oakham is the best it can be. I want to make sure that we all work together to achieve this and it’s been great to see the community spirit coming together since Mrs Astle started. It’s exactly what I wanted to see and reinforces why I wanted to join the team.

I am mum to Seren and Esme, both pupils at High Oakham. Seren has recently moved up to Brunts. I have had a recruitment business for the last 8 years which keeps me very busy. My free time is mostly spent taxiing my kids to their hobbies and friends. But I also enjoy going to the gym, eating out and walking my dog Lula.

Jenny Martin

Parent Governor

I have over 25 years experience in HR and I became a Governor so I could bring my experience of strategy deployment to support the governing body in translating it's vision into clear measurable objectives within the school, that will make a positive and enhanced difference to children's lives.I'm a working mum of two boys (year 10 Brunts and year 4 HOPS) and long suffering wife of a Derby County supporter (no Judgements please)! When I'm not at work you will find me generally ferrying my kids around to football or going for a run.

Rebecca Ward

Parent Governor

I decided to apply to be a parent governor during the COVID-19 pandemic as I could see the hard work the school were putting in to keep our children safe and I wanted to help make this happen. I was also intrigued to see a little bit more of what was being done 'behind the scenes'. I want to make our school a safe, productive, happy place were the children feel comfortable, supported and can learn to the best of their ability at all times. I currently work with children who are not in school, either through exclusion or medical grounds and really enjoy tailoring their learning to meet their individual needs. I hope I can use this knowledge to aid the teaching and learning developments in school.I am a primary school teacher by trade and a mum to two, who are my world. I'm also chair of the PTA (HOPPERS) and enjoy making fun activities for the children to enjoy after school and raising money at the same time. I don't get much time for personal interests, but when I do I enjoy reading, going to the gym and walking my crazy dogs. I enjoy spending time with family and baking, but my cooking is terrible, ask the kids!

Robana Hussain-Mills

Parent Governor

I became a Governor because I have a strong commitment to improving outcomes not just for my own three children, but for all children regardless of background, attending High Oakham Primary School. In addition it was also important to me to have that 'honest parent voice' heard at governor meetings - not all decisions are popular nor understood by many. I think we have an opportunity to continue to work together with parents/carers and wider partners in ensuring that any decisions made by the school or governors are clear, transparent and meaningful.I am mum to Nyla, Nadine and Zara, who have been or are current pupils at the school. My working life involves working in front line services for the NHS and in more strategic roles, giving me the opportunity to improve outcomes for our most vulnerable citizens and improving the health or our population. My free time is mostly spent with my family and together we care for our two rescue dogs (Oscar & Theo) and rescue cat (Freddie). I also enjoy running, watching TV and baking.


Governors' Attendance

Instrument of Government