Governing Body

Please note that the current Instrument of Governance as listed below is currently under review and will be updated in due course.

The Woodroffe School governing body consists of 14 governors:

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

We currently have one governor vacancy: 1 Partnership Governor, please see the Vacancies page for further details.

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.

If you are interested in becoming a governor for The Woodroffe School and would like further information please do contact the Clerk to Governors by email –

The governing body has the following committees:

The governing body has the following committees:

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

The Finance & Premises committee are responsible for monitoring the school’s income and expenditure against the approved budget and all 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
Meeri Wallace
Vice-Chair of the Governors
Vicki Dixon
Parent Governors Appointed Expiry of Office
Ian Jennings 02.03.2023 01.03.2027
Christopher Newall 06.09.2021 05.09.2025
Emma Styles 30.03.2023 29.03.2027
Phil Whitehead 08.03.2023 07.03.2027
Local Authority Governor
Vicki Dixon 15.12.2021 14.12.2025
Staff Governor
Charlotte Lemon 16.10.2023 15.10.2027
The Headteacher
Dan Watts September 2019
Partnership Governors
Dr John Deary 25.03.2020 24.03.2024
Co-opted Governors
Dave Barker 06.09.2021 05.09.2025
Irena Campion 21.09.2022 20.09.2026
Mat Daly 01.04.2006 26.01.2027
Bijan Omrani 15.12.2021 14.12.2024
Meeri Wallace 21.09.2022 20.09.2026
Clerk to the Governors
Mrs M Oldfield

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

Membership of Committees

Full Governors

  • Dan Watts
  • Meeri Wallace
  • Mat Daly
  • John Deary
  • Dave Barker
  • Chris Newall
  • Bijan Omrani
  • Vicki Dixon
  • Phil Whitehead
  • Ian Jennings
  • Emma Styles
  • Irena Campion
  • Charlotte Lemon

Finance & Premises Committee

  • John Deary (Chair)
  • Chris Newall (Vice Chair)
  • Dave Barker
  • Mat Daly
  • Ian Jennings
  • Meeri Wallace
  • Dan Watts

Standards, Staffing & Curriculum Committee

  • Bijan Omrani (Chair)
  • Vicki Dixon (Vice Chair)
  • Phil Whitehead
  • Emma Styles
  • Irena Camion
  • Meeri Wallace
  • Dan Watts
  • Charlotte Lemon

Headteacher’s Performance Review Committee

  • Vicki Dixon
  • Dave Barker

Pay & Pay Review Committee

  • Meeri Wallace
  • John Deary
  • Chris Newall
  • Dan Watts
Attendance at Meetings


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

    • Emma Styles – employee at Colyton Grammar School – 2016.
    • Meeri Wallace – Treasurer for Hawkchurch Community Shop – 2014
    • Christopher Newall – Directorship, Specsavers – 2004
    • Phil Whitehead – Phil Whitehead Ltd, educational consultancy – 2011; DSB International School, Mumbai, Consultant/recruitment – 2009
    • Bijan Omrani – Shute Festival, Co-Director – 2016; St Michaels Church, Shute, Churchwarden & Trustee – 2018; University of Exeter, Hon Assistant Research Fellow – 2020
    • Vicki Dixon – Lyme Regis Society, Trustee – 2013