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Click Here to Meet our Local Monitoring Council Representatives

We currently have spaces for co-opted and parent representatives. If you are interested please email or write to Emma Tench, Clerk to the LMC and hand to the school office.

Anne Ryback

Chair of the Local Monitoring Council

"I am the Chair at the Oaks, where I have been a Governor since 2009. I have a particular interest in Special Educational Needs, but I want all the children to get the best out of their education at The Oaks.

I’ve lived  and worked in Sittingbourne for over forty years.  I worked as a scientist at Shell Research, now the Kent Science Park, and later retrained as a secondary school science teacher.  I taught in Medway and Sittingbourne for nearly twenty years before retiring."

Julia Youens

Vice Chair of the Local Monitoring Council

"I am a mum of two boys, both of whom have attended The Oaks. My career and passion is sport and getting young people interested and involved with PE and School Sport. I run my own Education company working with teachers, young people and sports coaches to 'learn through sport'. I hope that I can bring a parent's perspective to the Local Monitoring Council, as well as support using my 'educational' background."

Emma Tench


"I am a mum of two; one in secondary education and the other at University.  I have 10 years experience within Education, both in the classroom and with outside agencies.  I am passionate about schools in our local area as I believe they are among the best in the country."

Lyndsey Wood

Staff Representative

"I am the Headteacher at The Oaks Infant School. I have been teaching since 2004 and I enjoy every minute of it. As Headteacher I feel I have a good standing to be a supportive and challenging member of the Local Monitoring Council."

Leigh Bacon

Parent Representative

"I am a Mum of two boys who keep me busy and active. I have recently changed careers and I now work as a Teaching Assistant at another School, which I love. I hope I can represent parents' point of view while having some understanding of the education sector."

Melissa Prince

Staff Representative

"I’ve been a member of staff at The Oaks since 2016. I started at The Oaks as a 1-1 TA in reception and now I support children across the school with interventions in Speech and Language, Social and Emotional communication, Nurture sessions and WILD. I help support the Breakfast Club the school offer each morning, where pupils have a welcoming environment, a yummy breakfast and activities.

Before I started at The Oaks I was the manager of a local Early Years Nursery, offering full day care for children aged between 3mths and 4yrs of age. It was while I was in this position I gained my 2:1 degree in EY’s management.

I am very much interested in developing my professional skills around children’s well-being and mental health to further support the pupils at The Oaks."

Tim Harwood

Co-opted Representative

"I have been teaching since 2000 predominantly in Early Years and some in Key Stage 1.  Recently I have become a Deputy Headteacher within a primary school in a local academy, but my passion is still ensuring that the early stages of a child’s education are as strong as they can be, to give them the best possible start.
After working on a project with the Senior Leadership team and staff at The Oaks, I was excited to have the opportunity to become a LMC representative as I think the ethos of the school is great, and I am looking forward to working as part of the team.  I hope my experience provides me with the background to both support and ask challenging questions in my time within the school."

Tom Manktelow

Parent Representative

"I am a Dad of three girls, my oldest started at The Oaks in September 2019 and my three year old will start nursery in September 2020.  I have spent my career in business and global digital sales but originally my degree is in Biology. To me, capturing a love for education in the first few years will set you up for life. I was a passionate scout leader for 15 years and I believe in guiding a well rounded and diverse approach to education."