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Oak Lodge School


Oak Lodge School is a converter special academy managed by Barnet Special Education Trust (BSET). Companies House holds and publishes certain information about the Trust and its officers. Available on this link. BSET is a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT). As of September 2023, BSET controls both Oak Lodge School and The Windmill School.


The three founder members established Barnet Special Education Trust as a company limited by guarantee. The members meet annually and at other times as required with a role to ensure the Trust fulfils its founding principles and to receive the company’s annual report and accounts. They also have responsibility for the appointment of trustees.



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Relevant business or pecuniary interests
Judith Charlesworth (Chair)
Founder Member
March 2016   Education Consultant
Anne Etherington
Founder Member
March 2016   Education Consultant
Desirée Lodge-Patch
Founder Member
March 2016   Retired Principal, Woodfield Special Academy, Brent; Company Secretary, LP Construction London Ltd; Trustee, The Avenue Free School
Steve Palmer July 2019   Communications Manager, Social Care Institute of Excellence.


The Board of Trustees steer the strategic aims of the Trust.  They appoint the Chair and community governors of each Local Governing Body, whilst ensuring the election of staff and parent representation for each to keep a general overview of the work of the Trust and its schools.  They hold the Executive Headteacher to account and be accountable in turn to the Members, DfE and ESFA for results, finances and management.



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Relevant business or pecuniary interests
Judith Charlesworth (Chair) March 2016   Education Consultant
Lynda Walker (Accounting Officer) November 2016   Headteacher, Oak Lodge School
Ola Ajadi December 2020   Financial Sevices Executive, London Stock Exchange Group
Tom Burns December 2020   Chartered Accountant, Pearson plc
Dr. Laura Crane July 2018   Associate Professor; Deputy Director, Centre for Research in Autism Education (CRAE), UCL Institute of Education.
Janet Dobney November 2016   Retired SENCO and Manager of Specialist Autism Resource Provision, Broadfields School, Edgware
Richard Weisfeld July 2019   Financial Consultant
Val White July 2018   Retired senior local government officer

Local Governing Bodies:

The Trustees establish a Local Governing Body (LGB) for each school in the MAT. A scheme of delegation will afford each member school control of internal budgets, following agreement with Trustees as to the level of commitment to centrally shared resources. The LGB reports to the Trustees and takes a strategic role in the governance of their school to hold the Headteacher and other senior leaders to account in respect of safety and wellbeing, educational standards and achievement of agreed plans and objectives. Click here for Oak Lodge Local Governing Body


BSET Scheme of Delegation

Local Governing Body

Oak Lodge School is a Special Academy managed by Barnet Special Education Trust, who have appointed a Local Governing Body (LGB) to the School, as a sub-committee of the Academy Trust Board. The main purpose of the LGB is to ensure that student progress and outcomes are the best they can be, to promote the safeguarding and wellbeing of the school community and to ensure compliance with all relevant regulations including equality, health and safety matters.


Term Expires

Other Committees

Julian Cole
Appointed by GB/Board
February 2025    
Janet Dobney
Appointed by Board of Trustees
July 2027 BSET Board of Trustees  
Emmet Giltrap (Chair)
Appointed by GB/Board
December 2025 BSET Finance, Audit & Risk Committee  

Dr. Ella Rachamim
Appointed by GB/Board

June 2025    
Bridget Rudder
Elected Staff Governor
November 2026    
Jo Swimer
Appointed by GB/Board
October 2027    
Anita Talwar
Elected Parent Governor
October 2025   Resigned February 2024

Lynda Walker
Headteacher (CEO)

BSET Board of Trustees


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