Jon Pain


François Delbaere

Finance Governor

Tom Massie


Darren Jackson

Operations Director (Education)
Wanda Green Web

Wanda Green

Safeguarding Governor

Esther Williams



Parent Governor


Learner Representative


Careers Governor


RSE Governor


The Board of Governors is ambitious for all learners and infused with a passion for education and a commitment to continuous college improvement that enables the best possible outcomes. Governance is grounded in reality as through collation of both high-quality objective data and a full understanding of the views and needs of learners, staff, parents and local communities.

The board provides a wide range of skills and are focused on the key strategic issues and conduct their role with humility, good judgement, resilience and determination.

The key features of governance are:

Strategic leadership that sets and champions vision, ethos and strategy.
Accountability that drives up educational standards and financial performance.
Compliance with statutory and contractual requirements.
Evaluation to monitor and improve the quality and impact of governance.

Key Roles and Responsibilities of the Governing Body:

  • Setting the Vision and Strategic Direction of the College
  • Agreeing the Colleges Aims and Values as described in the Statement of Purpose
  • Agreeing Governing Body powers and duties
  • College Strategic Development Planning
  • Setting Performance management targets for the Principal
  • Agreeing Policies/Procedures
  • Holding the Principal to account for the colleges educational performance
  • Monitoring and evaluation of data/reports
  • Assuring themselves of the rigour and validity of the teaching assessment process
  • Visiting the college
  • Seeking and acting on the views of Parents/Learners to evaluate their satisfaction
  • Challenge and support offered through tasks and activities in response to the Principals report which will result in the improvement to the education provision and outcomes
  • Ensuring financial resources are well spent
  • Budget setting (demonstrating spending choices made in line with college priorities)
  • Strategic and Reflective budget planning for spending
  • Any exploration of “best value”
  • Ensuring Statutory duties are met and priorities approved
  • Ensuring the college website is up-to-date and complies with regulations
  • Ensuring agenda’s/work programmes annual cycle of timely discussion, review and approval of key compliance requirements (e.g. Learner Protection Policy and Single Central Record)
  • Ensuring safeguarding responsibilities are met
  • Monitoring the delivery of the curriculum offer and the effectiveness of the Social, Moral and Cultural mix
  • Checking that all training is valid, authorised and available as required


Oakwood Specialist College is owned by the Phoenix Learning & Care Group. A South West based company with a range of specialist care and education services throughout the South, South West and South Wales.

Phoenix logo Full Crop

Registered Office:

Phoenix Learning and Care Group
5 Chinon Court
Lower Moor Way
EX16 6SS

t. 0330 135 8 135

Oakwood has its own dedicated management and teaching team under the leadership of the College Principal. The Oakwood team are complemented by Phoenix Group support functions covering areas including Quality and Compliance, Marketing, Human Resources, Finance and IT.

Oversight of the Oakwood management is provided through an Operations Director (Education) who is responsible to the Group Quality & Service Delivery Director.

Key decisions are referred to the Phoenix Learning & Care Board consisting of the Phoenix Group CEO, Group Finance Director, Group Quality and Operations Director, an independent Chairman and non-executive directors.

In addition the Group continues its robust governance through a bespoke College Governing board which meets termly.

Feedback from last Academic year

Philosophy on feedback

As part of our approach to reflective practice Phoenix Learning and Care recognise and embrace the importance of developing a culture of continual learning and development.  We welcome feedback on our achievements and the opportunity to share best practice, however we equally understand the importance of learning from our shortfalls. As such we welcome hearing about where we may have not lived up to our high standards and we truly value the opportunity to reflect and learn about areas that we need to develop further.

Within the last academic year we have received the following number of compliments and complaints.  


If you would like to provide feedback to the school or wish to make us aware of a compliment or complaint then you can email the school direct.

Alternatively, you may contact our Operations Director for Education, Darren Jackson on:

We treat all concerns appropriately and all complaints are investigated thoroughly following our complaints policy and procedure which can be found within the Policies section of this website.  


Our proprietors Phoenix Learning and Care, welcome enquiries for placements in any of our services.

Please call us on 03330 150331 or email

We will provide an initial response to all enquiries as soon as possible, advising the options available and indicative dates of admission.

The referrals team can discuss the local offer and where appropriate, put you in contact with the respective Registered Manager or Head Teacher to discuss the practical areas in greater detail.

The Young Person and/or Student are openly encouraged to visit along with parents, guardians or Social Workers to see if the placement is suitable.

Once the placement is confirmed, we work to ensure a smooth transition including the completion of required documentation.


We work closely with our children/young people, their families and professionals to create bespoke programmes of learning for students, which are tailored to their educational and social and emotional needs, supporting them to achieve their full potential. This means that we deliver a personalised curriculum, which, where possible, acknowledges the national curriculum and meets the individual needs of our students, whilst also supporting them to meet the outcomes identified in their EHCPs.

To achieve this, every student has an individual education plan which identifies their areas of need and how we can best address them, both in terms of staff approach and the curriculum that they are provided.  Our goal is to provide access to the best academic outcomes possible as well as preparing our students for adulthood and the next stage of their education by equipping them with the skills required to achieve personal success.