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Governance at Great Oaks

On 1st September 2017 Great Oaks School became an Academy forming the Solent Special Educational Trust with Rosewood School.

The School retains its own Local Governing Body who have delegated responsibility for teaching and learning and curriculum at Great Oaks School.

Details of the Solent Special Education Trust can be found on the next tab. Details of our Local Governing body are below:

Sue Williams
Chair of Governors

Sue Williams worked in Education in Southampton for 27 years and for the last 15 years was responsible for SEN at the School where she worked.

After retiring she became a Governor at Great Oaks as her Grandson was then a student there, it gave her opportunities to learn more about ways of supporting the very special young people at Great Oaks.

Sue enjoys the Gym, the W.I, gardening Book Clubs, grand-children and being a Governor! 

Neville Button
Vice-Chair of Governors

Neville, an accountant, has been working in Financial Planning at Southampton City Council since April 2009, and prior to that spent 18 years with the Audit Commission.

In his spare time he enjoys watching most sports, and, although a Chelsea supporter, is a Saints season ticket holder.

Tony Boyle
Chair of Finance Committee 

Tony is married to Mary, has two children, Alex and Amy and is a parent governor. He is a chartered architect and runs his own design company in Southampton.

A passionate Saints supporter, he is a regular at St. Mary's stadium where he and Alex are season ticket holders.

Tony is also a Trustee at Rosewood Free School.

Len Mockett
Chair of Health and Safety Committee

Len is a retired Laboratory Manager at the University of Southampton.

He was previously Vice-Chair and Chair of Great Oaks Governing Body and has been a Governor at the school for the past 15 years

Andy Evans

Andy joined Great Oaks as Headteacher in 2007. He has worked in the field of Special Educational needs in schools and colleges for the past 27 years.

Andy is married to Zoe and has 4 children He enjoys swimming, music, walking and time with the family. 

Debbie Fredericks
Co-opted Governor

Debbie Fredericks, married to Dave.  2 children Kayley and Tyler.

Has worked for Great Oaks School for  5 years. Works as an :

ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) and completed her HLTA (Higher Level Teaching Assistant)  in August 2014.Has

Phil Orchard
Co-opted Governor

Phil has been a secondary school teacher and Church Pastor.

More recently he has been involved in delivering person-centred planning to people with various disabilities.

He is married with two daughters and a granddaughter. His interests include films, reading and walking.

Claire Sorfleet
Parent Governor

Claire is married and has two sons, one of whom is Jack who attends Great Oaks Post 16.

Claire is a Consultant Needs Assessor for the Disabled Students' allowance. This provides Government funding to support students with a disability to access and succeed in Higher Education. Prior to this Claire was a researcher for an American Merchant Bank in London. She has also set up her own business providing a translation service for people owning properties in France. 

Sharon Cooper

Parent Governor 

Sharon has worked in Special Educational Needs since 1998 and is currently a Team Leader for Portsmouth City Council SEN Team.

She lives with her partner, Andy and has two sons, the youngest of whom has attended Great Oaks School since 2016.

Sharon's interests include music, cooking, cars and archery.

Governor Attendance Record 2017 - 18

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