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Please click on the links below for "Governor information", "Governing Body Structure", "Code of Conduct for Governors" and "Scheme of Delegation".  Further down the page are details about our Governors.

The Governing Body

Governors are a voluntary body of people who are responsible for working with the nursery to ensure that it delivers a good quality education. Together with the Head Teacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management, the Governors set the nursery's aims and policies.  Their contribution to the running of the nursery is highly valued.


 Key roles of Governors:

  • To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.

  • To ensure accountability for the performance of the nursery and its pupils.

  • To oversee the financial performance of the nursery and ensure value for money.

  • To support and challenge and undertake the role of ‘critical friend’.

The governor responsible for Safeguarding is Paula Pattison - see details below.

Our Governors:

More information about our Governors:

Nadine Key

I’ve been the Lead teacher at Oaklands since 2006 and was appointed Head of School in September 2021. I am an Early Years specialist and as a Specialist Leader of Education I have supported other schools and settings with the development of their Early Years practice and I continue to support Early Years settings within the Societas Trust.  I am passionate about developing trainee teachers' understanding of Early Years pedagogy and have recently worked more closely with KNSTE (Keele and North Staffordshire Teacher Education) at Keele University supporting delivery on their Early Years specialism.

Paula Pattison

I became a Governor when my children attended the nursery here and I live and work locally. I started out as a Parent Governor and have now taken on the role as Chair of Governors. Within the Governing Board we each have areas of responsibility and I monitor the area of Safeguarding. I feel it is important to support the school, so that future generations can have the wonderful experience my children had here.

Graham Cook

Having had a background in scientific and analytical roles I became a governor when my son attended the nursery. I saw first hand the important role Oaklands nursery had in my child’s early development and wanted to help safeguard this amazing resource for future generations.

Victoria Cadwallader

I became a Governor when my child was at Oaklands Nursery in 2018. I am an experienced Primary School Teacher. My specialist areas are Early Years and SEND which I feel can help to support the wonderful provision at Oaklands. I am on the committee for Teaching and Learning and I am the SEND Governor.

Gema-Opal Goldstone (Associate member)

I became a governor at Oaklands when my eldest attended in 2018. I’ve wanted to work in childcare for a while and feel this is a great insight into the ins and outs of a nursery setting. I feel passionately about the parent voice being heard and would like to bridge the gap between the parents and the staff. I also feel it’s important to support the nursery so my younger child gets to enjoy the experience as much as my eldest.

Danni Bailie (Parent Governor)

Details to follow

Bev Hartley

Details to follow