Governors are well informed about the work of the school. They offer expert and insightful challenge to you and your senior team. The Chair of the Governing Body is rightly very proud of the school and he ensures that the governing body now offers very good strategic support for its development”. – Ofsted, 2016

School Governors are there to ensure that schools are well run. They are volunteers who help to decide on the direction, focus and ethos of schools. Each school has between 9 and 20 Governors who together form ‘The Governing Body’, our school has 16 Governor positions. Governors represent people from many walks of life: school staff, parents, the local community and even organisations connected to the school. This means that decisions are made by people with a wide range of views and experience.

Our current Chair of Governors is Mr Adrian Dodwell and can be contacted via our Clerk, Jane Scott (

What do the School Governors do?

They are there to give a long-term strategic direction to how the School is run; to be critical friends to the school and to ensure the school is accountable for its actions. They are there to give a long-term strategic direction to how the school is run; to be critical friends to the school and to ensure the school is accountable for its actions.

Governors discuss and have input on:

  • school policies, such as discipline, uniform, homework, bullying etc.
  • long-term plans and the future of the School
  • how the school budget will be spent
  • how the school will try to reach performance targets
  • Our Governing Body also has sub-committees of Governors to look at specific areas such as Buildings & Finance; Curriculum, Students and Personnel.

How much time do Governors give?

Normally governors serve for four years, but as volunteers they can leave at any time. Previous Governors can normally apply to be re-appointed or re-elected if they wish to return. A Governor’s main task is to attend meetings of the full governing body (normally 2.5 hours once a term). In addition, a Governor will be appointed to a sub-committee whose meetings take place once a term and last approximately 2 hours. Governors are also committed to carrying out a school visit to their linked department to observe a lesson and familiarise themselves with this department and how it works.

Meet the Governors

Adrian Dodwell

Adrian is the Chair of Governors and also sits on the Buildings & Finance Committee and Personnel Committee.  He has been a governor at Oriel since November 2013.  Adrian has had long experience in education and as a senior manager in a further education college, most recently as a Deputy Principal.

Kristine Pollock

Kristine is the Chair of the Personnel Committee. She joined the governing body in June 2015 and also sits on the Teaching & Learning and Performance Management Committees.  Kristine has wide ranging experience in HR, change management and employee relations.  She is currently serving as Group HR Director for a local highways maintenance organisation.

Steve Harris

Steve joined the governing body in June 2015 and is the Chair of the Pay Committee. He also sits on the Buildings & Finance Committee.  Steve is a fully qualified chartered accountant working for one of the UK’s leading insurance companies in a senior management role.

Angela Parkinson

Angela joined the governing body in 2018 and is the Chair of the Buildings & Finance Committee. She also sits on the Teaching & Learning Committee. Angela brings considerable experience in finance, HR and Health and Safety after working in management roles in the banking industry for over 20 years.  She currently works in a large primary school as a school Business Manager.

Lorraine Grigg

Lorraine is the Child Protection and Safeguarding Link Governor. She joined the governing body in 2018 and sits on the Teaching & Learning Committee.  Lorraine has been a Police Officer for last 24 years following on from nursing training where she qualified as a registered general nurse. Lorraine brings a vast experience in safeguarding children which is her current role in the Police.

Darren Taylor

Darren is the Pupil Premium Link Governor. He joined the governing body in 2018 and sits on the Teaching & Learning Committee.  Darren is part of the Policing Team based at London Gatwick Airport. Darren has a great knowledge and understanding around partnership working, community engagement and operational planning. Darren started his Policing career at Crawley and was the Neighbourhood Police Officer for Pound Hill, Maidenbower and Worth for a number of years.

Ben Chubb

Ben joined the governing body in 2018, having previously served between 2011 and 2014 on the governing body of a local infant school. Ben is now Oriel’s Vice Chair of Governors, taking over the role in September 2020. He is the Vice Chair of the Building & Finance Committee and is also the Careers Link Governor. His current role, working for a global bank testing Proof of Concepts and finance innovation with small businesses and entrepreneurs, has evolved from a previous role and passion in which he had a national role in the bank promoting education and entrepreneurial mindset/activity in schools, colleges and universities, which is where his passion still lies, supporting a number of young entrepreneurial projects.

Philip Stack

Philip Stack is the Headteacher Governor at Oriel and also is a governor at Gresham Primary School, Croydon. Philip sits on the the Buildings & Finance, Teaching & Learning and Personnel Committees.

Ben Cleaveley

Ben is Oriel’s Staff Governor and sits on both the Teaching & Learning and Buildings & Finance Committees.  Ben has been a governor since 2012. Ben is an IT teacher and a senior pastoral team member at the school.  He has also had substantial private sector experience in the publishing industry.

Josef Kane

Josef joined the governing body in June 2015 and sits on the Personnel and Pay Committees. He is a paramedic and has had substantial experience in the health and care industry.  Josef has extensive knowledge of employment law and has played a leading role as a union negotiator in the health industry.  He currently a quality assurance manager in the Care Quality Commission.

Governors Committee Structure, Meeting Schedule and membership