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Woodlands Primary School

Woodlands Primary School

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Welcome to the section of the website where you can find out more about the school’s   governors, and the work that we do.

Our main role is to support the Headteacher and the staff – the phrase often used to describe this role is ‘a critical friend’. We help them to set and reach targets and to strive for excellence across the whole spectrum of school life. The key document used for this is the School Development Plan (SDP)

Our legal duties include:-

  • setting strategic direction, policies and objectives
  • approving the school budget
  • reviewing progress against the school's budget and objectives
  • appointing, challenging and supporting the headteacher.

The Governing body invites parental contribution at any time.  However, in particular, the governing body carries out a parental survey once a year to obtain feedback .  In addition parent forums are held on a regular basis to obtain parental input for specific areas (for example behaviour).  The governing body can be contacted on

Woodlands Primary School Current Governing Body

Name Type of Governor
Graeme Reynolds (Chair) Co-opted
Helen Bennett Co-opted
Glenn Fisher Parent
Alan Hendry Co-opted
George Little Co-opted
Michael Norrie Co-opted
Caroline Pearce Co-opted
Lark Snow Parent
Gareth Williams Co-opted
Steph Williams Co-opted
Vicki Lonie Headteacher
Mark Burns Associate Member
Karen Corbett Staff
Tracey Surmon Associate Member
Rita Tarrant-Blick Associate Member

Formation of the Governing Body

The governing body uses the circle method of governance.  It meets 6 times a year and the use of committees is limited to 3. 

Finance Committee

Members:  Chris Bulman, Alan Hendry, Tracey Surmon (School Business Manager), Vicki Lonie.  

  • Oversees the financial performance of the school
  • Monitors the setting of the 3 year plan and budgeting to that plan.
  • Reports the monitoring to the full governing body.

Headteacher’s Performance Committee

Members: Chris Bulman, Steph Williams

  • To meet annually with the Headteacher and external advisor to review the  Headteacher’s performance.
  • To set the Headteacher’s targets for the forthcoming year
  • To make recommendations to the pay committee about pay progression
  • To monitor the performance of the Headteacher of the year.

Pay Committee

Members: Chris Bulman, Alan Hendry

  • To undertake an annual pay review for members of the leadership team
  • To consider fully all recommendations for pay progression
  • To ensure the performance management process is carried out according to policy
  • To review the pay recommendations for the Headteacher salary progression.

The committees and their remit are reviewed each year in September.  All other content and decisions are made by the full governing body as detailed in the Woodlands Primary School governing body handbook.  This is reviewed every year.