Governing Body


The Woodroffe School governing body consists of 18 governors:

  • 5 parent governors
  • 1 local authority governor
  • The head teacher
  • 1 staff governor
  • 8 co-opted governors
  • 2 partnership governors

There are currently 3 governor vacancies: 1 parent governor and 2 partnership governors.

Parent governors are elected by parents/carers or, if there are insufficient candidates, appointed by the governing body. Local authority governors are – as the name suggests – appointed by the local authority. Staff governors are elected by the school staff. The governing body seeks nominations for partnership governors from parents and carers and others in the community with an interest in the school. The governing body appoints, as co-opted governors, people who have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.

The governing body has the following committees:
  • The Finance and Resources Committee
  • The Standards, Staffing and Curriculum Committee
  • The Head Teacher’s Performance Review Committee
  • Pay and Pay Review Committee

The Finance and Resources Committee is responsible for monitoring the school’s income and expenditure against the approved budget. It also considers matters relating to the building and grounds, including health and safety.

The Standards, Staffing and Curriculum Committee monitors the quality of teaching, standards and progress achieved by pupils. It monitors the staffing structure and has oversight of the school curriculum and timetable, including how the curriculum is taught, evaluated and resourced.

The Head Teacher’s Performance Review Committee considers the headteacher’s performance against objectives set for the year, in conjunction with the School Evaluation Partner (an experienced school leader or senior LA adviser).

The Pay and Pay Review Committee reviews the school pay policies and receives recommendations from the Headteacher on the pay of teaching and support staff.

Governors are also invited to attend a School Improvement Group. This is a working group that provides advice and guidance to the Head and the senior leadership team and also monitors school actions against the aims and targets set out in the School Learning Plan.

Our current governors are:
Chair of the Governors
Mary Kahn
 
Vice-Chair of the Governors
Sarah Earwicker
 
Parent Governors Appointed Expiry of Office
Mr J Smith 25.04.2016 24.04.2020
Mr Nigel Dewar-Gibb 05.09.2017 04.09.2021
Mr A Shepherd 03.09.2018 02.09.2022
Ms E Pole 03.09.2018 02.09.2022
 
Local Authority Governor
Mrs Jane Beck 14.06.1998 22.07.2022
 
Staff Governor
Mrs Wendy Jones  03.01.2017 02.01.2021
 
The Headteacher
Dr Richard Steward
 
Partnership Governors
Vacant
 
Co-opted Governors
Mr Mat Daly 01.04.2006 26.01.2019
Mr C Sweetland 15.11.2007 26.01.2019
Mr D Gilbert 13.04.2015 12.04.2019
Mr Gil Ross 01.05.2012 30.14.2020
Mr Jonathan Oates 01.11.2015 31.10.2019
Ms A Bonwick 28.02.2018 27.02.2022
Mrs M Kahn 02.05.2018 01.05.2022
Ms S Earwicker 02.05.2018 01.05.2022
 
Clerk to the Governors
Miss Wendy Howard

For further information, or to contact the governing body please email: whoward@woodroffe.dorset.sch.uk.


Membership of Committees

Finance and Resources

  • Jane Beck
  • Mat Daly
  • Mary Kahn
  • Jon Oates (Chair)
  • Gil Ross (Vice-Chair)
  • Richard Steward

Standards, Staffing & Curriculum

  • Sarah Earwicker
  • Doug Gilbert
  • Mary Kahn
  • Gil Ross (Chair)
  • John Smith
  • Richard Steward
  • Chris Sweetland (Vice-Chair)
  • Wendy Jones
  • Nigel Dewar-Gibb

Head Teacher’s Performance Review Committee

  • Sarah Earwicker
  • Mary Kahn

Pay & Pay Review

  • Sarah Earwicker
  • Mary Kahn
  • Richard Steward
Attendance at Meetings

Title
Governor Attendance at Meetings 2017-18
 6 downloads
6th September 2018 Download
Governor Attendance at Meetings 2016-17
 52 downloads
3rd October 2017 Download
Governor Attendance at Meetings 2015-16
 46 downloads
15th December 2016 Download
Governor Attendance at Meetings 2014-15
 21 downloads
15th December 2016 Download


    Governors with relevant business and pecuniary interests which may arise from relationships between governors and school staff:

    • Mr Gilbert works in the area of education as a data advisor with Dorset County Council.
    • The Head’s wife teaches at Woodroffe.