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Oaklands Infant School

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Welcome to our Governors’ section. 

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


Bridge Academy Trust

Oaklands Infant School joined Bridge Academy Trust on 1st September 2018.


To view our Member and Trustee information, please follow this link:  Members and Trustees.


To view the Bridge Academy Trust Annual Accounts and other information please follow this link:  Bridge Academy Trust. 


To view the Bridge Academy Trust Strategic Plan please follow this link:  BAT Strategic Plan 2024 - 2029.


Our Governors

The school’s governing body is consists of eleven volunteers whose main responsibility is to set the strategic vision for the school and promoting high standards of educational achievement.


The Local Governing Committee holds the school’s leaders to account for the quality, standard and effectiveness of the teaching and learning. Through the Local Governing Committee, the school is accountable to Bridge Academy Trust, the parents of the pupils and to the wider community.


The Local Governing Committee is also responsible for ensuring that the school fulfills its legal obligations, for the provision of the curriculum, staffing, the social care and development of the pupils, and other statutory requirements such as developing school policies, setting targets, managing performance and so on. It is also responsible for evaluating the progress of the school, making sure that effective monitoring is taking place and making strategic decisions on the basis of this evaluation.


Governors are most useful to the school by being supportive yet challenging. If the governing body gets the balance right it can both support the school and promote its improvement effectively.



The Governing Committee meet at least once a term, with one of these meetings often devoted to moving forwards the strategic vision of the school.

The Oaklands Infant School Governors:


Mrs Cath Williams


Chair of Governors
Mrs Helen Craig
Non-Elected Governor
Term of Office:  05.10.22 - 04.10.26
To contact the Chair please contact the school office or

Clerk, Mrs E Park - [email protected]


Mrs Nicki Freshwater

Non-Elected Governor

Term of Office: 07.04.2024 - 06.04.2028


Mr Matthew Burt

Parent Governor

Term of Office:  09.01.2023 - 08.01.2027


Mr Steven White

Parent Governor

Term of Office:  09.01.2023 - 08.01.2027


Miss Sam Jones

Staff Governor 

Term of Office: 01.09.2022 - 31.08.2026


Miss Gemma Cranstone

Staff Governor

Term of Office:  29.09.2021 - 28.09.2025



Mrs E Park

[email protected]

Bridge Academy Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with company number 07663795.

Registered Office: Community Building, Bridge Academy Trust, Brian Close, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 9DZ.

Tel: 01245 202 937

Email: [email protected]