Welcome to our Governors' section.
Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.
…Governors are people like you!
School governors are people with a common belief that children should receive the best possible standard of education. School governors do not need to be parents, know about education or be particular types of people. It is in fact critical that volunteers represent all age groups and the diversity of the communities in which the schools are situated.
If you want to help children achieve the best possible education, please consider becoming a school governor. If you have any of the following skills these will also add value:
Steve Woodley - Chair of Governors Chair - Co-opted
We moved to Woolaston in 2009 and both our sons attend Woolaston School. I am passionate about education and was a secondary school science teacher before joining the Royal Navy. I jumped at the chance to join the Governing Body in 2012, staying until I was posted away in 2014. Having returned home, I rejoined in 2015, have been Chair since 2016 and currently serve on all committees.
My drive in being a governor is having the opportunity to help shape the school so that it can provide a great education that genuinely prepares our children for secondary school and beyond. Becoming a governor also gives me an inside view on just how committed our staff are to provide the best start to all pupils, and how they continually strive to improve the school.
I am also involved in education in my current RN role and manage an engineering apprenticeship scheme. This includes outreach work with schools, supporting a variety of science and engineering initiatives such as the Big Bang events - for 2018 helping to judge Year 7 and 8 science projects. It is very rewarding seeing how well pupils progress into their secondary education and making sure our children are ready for that step.
Sarah Williams – Clerk to the Governors
Richard Heys - Co-opted Governor
I am Eleanor and Julia Hey's father and have experience as a school governor, as a parent governor and chair of governor at my daughters' previous school in Surbiton, Surrey, where we successfully achieved a "Good" rating at the schools' first inspection, where the governing body received a positive assessment from Ofsted.
I am a professional economist with seventeen years experience in undertaking analytical work from varying government departments, and in the private sector, including the Department for Education and Skills where I had responsibility for evaluating varied school and children's services policies - such as Excellence in Cities and Sure Start, alongside allocating budgets for Sure Start and childcare to local authorities.
In my role as Deputy Chief Economist at the Office for National Statistics, I have responsibility for productivity statistics and economic statistics research. I am a member of the Government Economic Service Board, the Government Statistical Service, the Government Statistical Service Methods Advisory Committee, and the UK's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) Balancing Panel, with responsibility for setting monthly and quarterly estimates of the UK's GDP. I am a member of the Royal Economic Society.
I have recently taken on a role as a Parish Councillor In Alvington.
Sophie Jones - Co-opted Governor
I am a co-opted governor with responsibilities for Curriculum, Governor Visits and Marketing. I also serve as the Deputy Literacy governor. in this role, I have closely monitored standards of writing across the school, with a particular focus on the school's handwriting strategy and on improving outcomes in the Key Stage 2 writing assessment at the end of Year 6. I have also monitored the transition to new phonic teaching methods in Year 1, which are designed to increase pupils' chances of reaching the expected standard in the phonics screening check. In the coming academic year, I am hoping to broaden my focus to other areas of the curriculum to ensure the school is offering a broad, balanced and effective education for all pupils. I would also like to promote the school more widely in the local area. It is always a privilege and a pleasure to visit the school and to see the dedication and enthusiasm of both pupils and teachers. I am very proud to be a governor at Woolaston School.
Kevin Robb - Parent Governor
My name is Kevin Robb and I have lived in Woolaston for the last five years with my wife Alice and two daughters, Isobel (Endeavour) and Maddy (Atlantis).
I have been a STEM ambassador since 2014 and I am very proud to have been elected as a parent governor in 2016.
As the chair of the school's Business Committee I work with governors and staff to review building plans, manage finances and look at how we can improve communication with parents/carers. I was responsible for the design on the website we launched last year. I believe that through collaborative discussion and community involvement our vibrant governing body can find new ideas and innovations that will make Woolaston Primary an even better school for all staff and pupils.
My professional role is programme delivery for a global technology company. This has an overlap with key skills required for my contribution to the governing body; strategic planning, financial accountability, continuous feedback and assessment, and communication to different stakeholders.
Anne Prior - Co-opted Governor
I'm Anne Prior. I was elected as a Co-opted Governor in June 2016. I wanted to help and support this welcoming school after our son and daughter came here after moving to Woolaston 6 years ago. our daughter has flourished and gone on to Wyedean. Our son is still in Yr 5. My enthusiasm to become a governor comes from a genuine interest in education; I get a real kick our of seeing people and children achieve their dreams and aims in life. My professional background has been primarily in management roles within the gas and chemical industry, but I now work in the education sector looking after colleges and universities, providing the education network JANET, and supporting them with digital solutions in teaching and learning, and I love it.
I hope my skill sets I bring, working with people, knowledge, advice and the guidance I have at my disposal, will help and develop our school in a digital age. I hope to help our school continue to go from strength to strength, making sure our pupils, staff and leadership team reach their potential and achieve their very best whilst having a wonderful experience at Woolaston School.
Georgina Harris - Parent Governor
I am now in my second term of being a Parent Governor and alongside being Joint Director of an ever growing Tree Surgery company, running a household of five humans, three dogs. four fish and a chicken, and helping run an outdoor activity and skills club for kids I keep myself pretty busy.
I was schooled in Kent where I took English, French and Classics A levels and went on to study Politics and History at university in Bristol where I settled for 10 years. My professional career was based mostly in property sales and management until I moved over the bridge and initially got a job with what was the Early Years and Childcare Services and then in insolvency with Price Waterhouse Coopers. I moved back into property sales when I decided against commuting to Gloucester daily and established a lettings and management company within the estate agency I was working for, which is still going strong. I am now settled in Woolaston and am not planning on moving again.
Working with Woolaston School is incredibly rewarding. As Chair Person of the Education Committee and Literacy Governor I am very involved with the children and staff and I like to volunteer as a parent helper as and when required which keeps me in touch with everything at the grass roots level. This makes me feel more confident in making decisions and understanding data at a governor level.
Annette Farr LA Governor
I moved to Woolaston with my husband in 1977. Both my children were born in the village and attended Woolaston School before moving on to Wyedean Comprehensive School.
I qualified as a teacher in July 1972, starting my career in the music department of Chepstow Comprehensive School in September of that year. Later, having trained in special education, I worked in the Special Needs department of Chepstow Comprehensive until 1981.
Following a break when my children were born, I returned to work as a part-time teacher and continued in the field of education unto July 2011 when I retired from my job in the education sector at the Welsh Assembly Government.
I became a Governor at Woolaston School in 2017 and have a particular involvement in Maths, pupil attendance and pupil welfare.