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 some governor vacancies: 1 Parent governor, 1 Partnership governor and 2 Co-opted 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 governing body has the following committees:

  • The Finance Committee
  • The Premises Committee
  • The Standards, Staffing and Curriculum Committee
  • The Headteacher’s Performance Review Committee
  • Pay & Pay Review Committee

The Finance Committee is responsible for monitoring the school’s income and expenditure against the approved budget.

The Premises Committee is responsible for all matters relating to the building, grounds, building projects and 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
Mrs M Kahn
Vice-Chair of the Governors
Mr J Smith
Parent Governors Appointed Expiry of Office
Mr C Stafford Smith 25.04.2020 24.04.2024
Ms E Pole 03.09.2018 02.09.2022
Ms M Wallace 23.11.2018 22.11.2022
Mr J Tucker 18.03.2019 20.04.2021
Mrs S Le Bas 18.03.2019 17.03.2023
Local Authority Governor
Ms A Bonwick 28.02.2018 27.02.2022
Staff Governor
Mrs L Farrow  03.12.2018 02.12.2022
The Headteacher
Mr D Watts
Partnership Governors
Dr J Deary
Co-opted Governors
Mr M Daly 27.01.2015 26.01.2023
Mr C Sweetland 27.01.2015 26.01.2023
Mr J Oates 01.11.2015 31.10.2023
Mrs M Kahn 02.05.2018 01.05.2022
Ms S Earwicker 02.05.2018 01.05.2022
Mr J Smith 25.04.2016 24.04.2024
Clerk to the Governors
Mrs M Oldfield

For further information, or to contact the governing body please email:

Membership of Committees


  • Ms A Bonwick (Chair)
  • Mr J Oates (Vice char)
  • Mr M Daly
  • Mrs M Kahn
  • Mr J Smith
  • Mr D Watts (Headteacher)
  • Mr C Stafford Smith

Standards, Staffing & Curriculum Committee

  • Ms S Earwicker (Chair)
  • Mr C Sweetland (Vice chair)
  • Mrs L Farrow
  • Mrs M Kahn
  • Ms E Pole
  • Mr D Watts (Headteacher)
  • Ms M Wallace
  • Mrs S Le Bas
  • Mr J Deary

Headteacher’s Performance Review Committee

  • Mr J Smith (Chair)
  • Ms S Earwicker
  • Mrs M Kahn
  • Mr J Oates

Pay & Pay Review Committee

  • Ms A Bonwick
  • Mrs M Kahn
  • Mr J Oates
  • Mr D Watts (Headteacher)
  • Ms M Wallace

Premises Committee

  • Mr J Smith (Chair)
  • Vice Chair Vacant
  • Mrs M Kahn
  • Mr M Daly
  • Ms A Bonwick
  • Mr D Watts (Headteacher)
  • Mr C Stafford Smith
  • Mr J Oates
Attendance at Meetings


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

  • Adrienne Bonwick was registered as a trustee of The Woodroffe School PTFA from February 2019 to May 2020
  • Clive Stafford Smith is a trustee of Humanade & Founder of Reprieve
  • Elizabeth Pole holds the following positions:
    • Constituency Spokesperson, Policy and Campaigns Officer, Tiverton & Honiton Labour Party
    • Media Officer, Devon Labour Campaign Forum
    • Member of Labour Party South West Executive Committee
  • John Smith is a trustee of Partners for Progress & Parochial Church Council – St Andrews Church, Charmouth
  • Mary Kahn is the Founder of Axminster and Lyme Cancer Support