Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.
As the Chair of Governors, I would like to extend a warm welcome to all of our prospective parents and their families of children in Forster Park and Rangefield.
There is one governing body across the federation of the two schools. You will see what a wonderful broad range of people they are in our pen portraits. Governors have responsibility for the management and organisation of the schools and an oversight of their performance. Their role is strategic and does not focus on the day to day organisation. Governors take an active role in the schools and we all have responsibility for a particular area such as safeguarding and health and safety.
The schools have skilful, hardworking members of staff who are dedicated to ensuring that our children receive an education of the highest quality, in a safe and inspirational learning environment. We are all passionate about giving our children a wide variety of opportunities and experiences, so that we can equip them with the skills they need to progress through to secondary school and into life.
Chair of Governors
I am passionate about giving our children a variety of opportunities and experiences, so that they can enjoy their learning and we can equip them with the skills they need to progress through to secondary school and into life. I have been involved as a governor in Lewisham schools for many years and have been Chair since 2011 and enjoy working with Forster Park and Rangefield staff and fellow governors to achieve the best for our pupils.
I am now retired but I have been a lawyer and trainer, served as a local councillor, a board member of a health trust and a housing association.
I began my professional career at Southwark Council as a trainee accountant in 2007, and I was invited to join the Chartered Institute for Public Finance Accountants (CIPFA) in 2010. My area of focus at Southwark was Schools finance, working with the Local Authority schools on a wide range of financial issues. From Southwark, I joined London Borough of Redbridge as Group Finance Manager for Children’s Services, which continued my involvement in schools finance, as well other Children’s Services. In April 2016 I moved out of Local Authority finance and now work for the Department for Transport finance team.
My wife and I moved close to Foster Park School in October 2013 and had our first child in February 2015. I joined the governing body in September 2016, and sit on the Resources committee.
Adrienne Jones - Co-opted Governor
I have been a co-opted Governor with the Oakbridge Federation since 2013, with a particular interest in the curriculum. During this time the two schools within the Federation – Rangefield and Forster Park, have grown from strength to strength. This is due, principally, to a well-led Senior Leadership Team, enthusiastic staff and the committed support of the Governing Body.
My background has always been in education. From my early days in the primary classroom, as a Primary Advisor and, later, as an Education Officer with Channel 4 Schools, I have been associated with schools and teachers in either an advisory, training or support capacity. At Teachers TV, I managed a team of Regional CPD Advisers whose role was to promote professional development. I currently work with trainee teachers, supporting their progress in becoming qualified.
The Governors have recently had the privilege of appointing an Executive Headteacher to build on the work that the inspirational Senior Leadership Teams have established. I am pleased to be involved in such caring learning environments and grateful to have been linked with Forster Park’s metamorphosis to the beautiful building it is now and the ‘good’ judgement awarded from a recent Ofsted inspection. Equally, Rangefield continues to sustain its ‘Outstanding’ status, working hard through its creative curriculum to encourage ‘outstanding’ writing.
When I have had the opportunity to take a ‘learning walk’ round either of the schools, I am both amazed and delighted at the engagement of the pupils with their learning and the level of articulate thinking they reflect. Both schools provide an environment that is conducive to this and where the pupils are motivated to make more than expected progress. Both schools also successfully guide children to make the right choices, thereby building resilience and supporting well-being. As a Governor, I welcome the development of these qualities.
I would like the children in the Oakbridge Federation to achieve the best they possibly can and leave us happy, successful, confident and guided by a strong moral compass.
Hello. My name is Jenny Marshall and I live in Forest Hill. I have been a resident of the London Borough of Lewisham for over 35 years and have watched our schools improve and grow into the very successful places they now are.
For many years I was a headteacher in Greenwich and have developed a comprehensive understanding of all areas of school life but my main passion is for learning and teaching. Over the past four years I have been a governor for Oakbridge and served on panels which have appointed the highly motivated and professional staff who plan and deliver the curriculum to your children and ensure that they progress and enjoy their learning.
Now retired, I enjoy travelling and all the leisure activities I now have time to try. However, a puppy has transformed my life and I now explore 'the great outdoors' with great pleasure.
I joined as a Parent Governor in September 2015. Having two children start the school that year and one grown up child who had been to school in the Borough, I felt it was important to give back and to get involved as much as I could with my children’s educational journey.
I am a Writer, currently doing an MA in Screenwriting, with a background working in EBD schools. It is my aim to assist others where I can and point them in the right direction if they are in need of help.
Primary school plays a fundamental role in the shaping of our children’s development, education, and confidence. I have been continually pleased with the schools commitment to keep improving and to help the children that attend achieve their best.
I joined the Oakbridge Federation governing body in July 2015, when my eldest daughter was just finishing Reception year at the Forster Park campus; the following academic year, my younger daughter joined the Nursery. I am passionate about our schools, and hope to contribute to the Federation’s work towards ensuring that all of our children have an outstanding education in a caring, child-centred environment.
My professional background is in publicity and communications in the art, design and architecture sectors. After working as a freelance consultant for five years following the birth of my first daughter, I now have a part-time role as the head of marketing for a furniture design company in central London.