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 Partnership governor and 1 Co-opted governor.

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
Meeri Wallace
Parent Governors Appointed Expiry of Office
Zannah Chisholm 06.09.2021 05.09.2025
Sheena Le Bas 18.03.2019 17.03.2023
Christopher Newall 06.09.2021 05.09.2025
Elizabeth Pole 03.09.2018 02.09.2022
Meeri Wallace 23.11.2018 22.11.2022
Local Authority Governor
Adrienne Bonwick 28.04.2018 08.02.2026
Staff Governor
Laurie Farrow 03.12.2018 02.12.2022
The Headteacher
Dan Watts September 2019
Partnership Governors
Dr John Deary 25.03.2020 24.03.2024
Vicki Dixon 15.12.2021 14.12.2024
Co-opted Governors
Dave Barker 06.09.2021 05.09.2025
Mat Daly 01.04.2006 26.01.2023
Clara Douglas 06.09.2021 05.09.2025
Mary Kahn 01.04.2010 20.09.2022
Dr Bijan Omrani 15.12.2021 14.12.2024
John Smith 24.04.2020 23.04.2024
Chris Sweetland 15.11.2007 26.01.2023
Clerk to the Governors
Mrs M Oldfield

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

Membership of Committees

Finance Committee

  • Adrienne Bonwick (Chair)
  • Dr John Deary (Vice Chair)
  • Mary Kahn
  • Dan Watts
  • Mat Daly
  • Meeri Wallace

Standards, Staffing & Curriculum Committee

  • Meeri Wallace
  • Elizabeth Pole
  • Mary Kahn
  • Dan Watts
  • Dave Barker
  • Zannah Chisholm
  • Laurie Farrow
  • Sheena Le Bas

Headteacher’s Performance Review Committee

  • Mary Kahn
  • Meeri Wallace
  • Dave Barker
  • Dan Watts

Pay & Pay Review Committee

  • Adrienne Bonwick (Chair)
  • Mary Kahn
  • Dan Watts
  • Meeri Wallace
  • Dr John Deary

Premises Committee

  • John Smith (Chair)
  • Mary Kahn
  • Dan Watts
  • Dr John Deary
  • Chris Newall
  • Chris Sweetland

WIDE Committee

  • Adrienne Bonwick (Chair)
  • Irena Campion
  • Zannah Chisholm
  • Clara Douglas
  • Laurie Farrow
  • Mary Kahn
  • Dan Watts
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
    • 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
    • John Smith holds the position of Governor at Charmouth Primary School
    • Zannah Chisholm is the Artistic Director, CEO of Pavilion Dance South West and is a member of the Skills Advisory Panel & Board of Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership