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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:

Sally Lynch

I have recently been appointed Head of School from January 2024. 

I have over thirty years teaching and leading across the Early years in various roles. I have had the opportunity to develop ideas, make suggestions for change and take a lead in projects and new initiatives developed both locally and nationally. I have had experience of creating an environment supportive of individuals in the process of change and been successful in developing teaching and learning and improving outcomes. I strongly believe that outstanding leadership means to empower others and develop practitioners at all levels. I am also currently a Lead Practitioner with Early Years responsibility for the Societas Trust.

Other roles have included modelling, action planning, introducing new initiatives and working closely with colleagues to implement change, reflecting on current practice encouraging self-evaluation, moderation and supporting with the implementation of the new EYFS and National curriculum. I am also vice chair of the Staffordshire Professional Network and committee member of the Midlands Early Education group.

I am passionate about Early Years and driven by working in an environment which aims to make a difference to the lives of all children and strongly believe every child has the right to the best start in life. 

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.

Bev Hartley

Details to follow