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Meet the Governors

Welcome to the Governors section of our school website. We thought you might like to know a little bit about us and what we do and how to get in touch.

The Governing Body (GB) together with the Headteacher and senior staff, forms the school Leadership and Management team, and share responsibility for the school.  The GB must hold the school to account for the standards it achieves.  It must ensure that all resources (including the school budget and staff) are properly used to meet the needs of all children and provide value for money.  Governors help to form the school development plan and are responsible for monitoring all aspects of its effectiveness in terms of outcomes for pupils.    

The GB appoints the Headteacher, and delegates to her responsibility for the day to day running of the school.  Governors meet termly and scrutinise closely the work of the school.

We welcome any ideas or suggestions you have regarding your school and how we can improve it.  If you wish to contact us please write to: 

The Chair of Governors                                                                                                                      
Oakdale Primary School
Oakdale Avenue

The Governing Body

Parent Governors

Christine Browne (Literacy Governor)

Sub Committee: Standards Accountability, Resource & Stakeholder


I currently work as a Product Manager in an IT company and I was appointed as a Parent Governor for Oakdale in November 2013 and became chair in October 2016.

I was previously a Temporary Governor for St Michael's church school where I assisted the Temporary Governing body to get the school built and ready to open in September 2012.
I have previously run a Guide group and now assist in the running of a Brownie unit and occasionally help at the Rainbow group which my daughter attends.
My daughter is currently in Year 1 and I am really pleased to be appointed as a Parent Governor for Oakdale as I am keen help all children achieve their full potential. I hope my skills at work and through brownies will help the school to achieve all that I know they can.

Ruth Bates (SAC)

I currently have 2 girls at Oakdale and wanted to become more involved in their education, the education of all pupils and the development of the school in a more in-depth way and am delighted to have been given this opportunity.


In the past I was a committee member at St Michael’s Pre-school for 2 years and thoroughly enjoyed being involved in the running of the preschool and an active member of their fundraising committee. 


I work as a Paralegal at a publishing company and hope that the skills gained at work and as a preschool committee member will assist me as a Parent Governor. 


In my spare time I love spending time with my girls and baking!

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Co-opted Governors 

Caroline Hall

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Kirsti Britton (Deputy Headteacher)

Sub Committee: Standards Accountability.

I have worked at Oakdale since the completion of my BA Honours degree in Education with QTS in 2000.

I have taught in both Key Stage One and Key stage Two and I became Deputy Head at Oakdale in 2007. 

I am extremely proud and passionate about our school.  Together we drive school development and I feel privileged to be a part of a team which strives to achieve the best for the pupils in our care.  In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my three children, travelling and retail therapy.

Diane Ward (Chair, RSC, Health and Safety)

My name is Diane Ward and I have joined Oakdale School Governors this year. I have lived in Oakdale Avenue for 40 years so the school has always been part of the community and my own two children attended in the 1980's.

I have a background of working in the NHS for 39 years as a District Nurse, Nurse Educator and Manager and hope to transfer my knowledge and skills to support the staff and children at the school. As the school enters an exciting phase with the expansion it is important that its links with the community are maintained, and I as a new Governor look forward to being a part of this. 

Donna Flynn (SEN, Pupil Premium and Safeguarding)

My name is Donna Flynn, I joined Oakdale Primary School as a School Governor in September 2018.

I have worked in and supporting schools for over 20 years!  I currently work for Cambridgeshire Local Authority, working primarily with maintained Schools ensuring they have robust systems in place so that they can be fully compliant with their monitoring visits and have access to all the information they need when Ofsted are in attendance.  More recently, I have been supporting schools with ensuring they are working towards compliance with the Data Protection Act 2018 (and associated GDPR legislation); this was my introduction to Oakdale School.

I have been extremely warmly welcomed to the Governing Board at Oakdale: I am extremely proud to be associated with such a dedicated team of staff, who go above and beyond making the children’s journey through the school a very happy and memorable one.  I always enjoy my school visits and looking forward to many years supporting the school in this role.

I have always lived in Peterborough, I love it here.  I enjoy going to plays at the local theatres as well as at least a weekly jog around Ferry Meadows.

Teacher Governor

Charlotte McGurk

My name is Charlotte McGurk and I am a staff governor. I joined the Governing body to expand my own knowledge of the wider aspects of school and to support me as a teacher. Out of school I enjoy spending time with friends and socialising.

Clerk to the Governors

Isabel Clark

My name is Isabel Clark and I am the Clerk to the Governing Body of the school.

I work for Peterborough City Council as a professional Governance Clerk and work at various other schools across Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire.

My background is Education having previously been a third tier officer for Peterborough City Council responsible for school place planning, school assets, school admissions and transport.

I suppose I am semi-retired, but am kept busy with all the demands of the schools I work for.

I love working with the governors of Oakdale School, who are committed to ensuring that all children attending this school have not only the academic education they should have, but also learn the life-skills required for moving on into further education and beyond whilst still having a good time in school!


Ilona Wrigley (Headteacher)

Sub Committee: Resource & Stakeholder.

My name is Ilona Wrigley. I was appointed Head of Oakdale School in September 2013.

I was a member of the Governing Body at my last school for 10 years. I have been in education for sixteen years and have taught all primary age ranges during this time.

I was Deputy Head at Nene Valley Primary for 5 years and spent two terms there as Acting Head before coming to Oakdale.

I am passionate about teaching and learning and love the challenges that headship brings. I am very excited about the future and all we can achieve as a Governing Body for the benefit of the school.

I live in Stamford with my daughter who is now at University.  When I have free time I enjoy films, shopping, crime drama ( I'm a massive Columbo fan!), eating out and I would be lost without my Kindle!