The Governing Body
The Governing Body decides on the direction of school policy, making decisions concerning staffing, school policies, the curriculum, finance and the premises.
Its members serve for four years and usually meet once or twice a term. A large part of the Governors’ work is done in two committees: the Pupil, Staff and Curriculum Committee and the Resources & Outcomes Committee (covering Finance, Staffing, Premises, Health and Safety)
Our Governing Body is made up of the following: four Parent Governors (elected by parents), one Local Authority Governor (appointed by the London Borough of Barnet), four Co-opted Governors (appointed by the other governors), one staff governor (elected by staff) and the Head Teacher.
Meet The Governors - September 2017
The governing body is organised into sub-committees that focus on specific areas:
The Pupil, Staff and Curriculum Committee covers teaching, staffing, curriculum and child protection. The Resources and Outcomes Committee covers finance, premises and health & safety.
Link governors are appointed for core subjects and statutory areas such as child protection, special educational needs and health & safety. They meet regularly with their subject leader and visit the school to keep informed on current initiatives and see how they are being implemented.
Governors undertake on-going training and development to ensure they are well informed about their role and keep up-to-date with current issues and legislation.
Nick Parker (Chair) - Nick joined the Governing Body in 2013 as a co-opted Governor and chaired the Resources and Outcomes Committee. He became Chair of Governors in 2014 and is the lead governor for safeguarding and health and safety. Nick has undertaken a wide range of governor training courses including level 3 safeguarding. Professionally, Nick has held senior positions in a range of children's charities and brings strategy and leadership skills to the governing body, as well as an active interest in helping young people achieve their potential.
Keith Hill (Co-Vice Chair) - Keith was co-opted in 2012, becoming LA Governor in 2013. As co-vice chair he attends all committees and is Link Governor for Computing. As Link Governor for training he facilitates the Governing Body’s annual self-review and resulting development plan. Keith completed the national Chairs of Governors programme in 2014 and is a Governor Reviewer for the Barnet Partnership for School Improvement. Keith is a former primary headteacher, trainer and policy adviser with extensive experience of working in the best interests of all children in local, national and international contexts.
Louise Ross (Co-Vice Chair) – Louise joined the governing body in 2014 as a parent governor, and was co-opted in 2017. Louise was appointed co-vice chair in 2016 and shortly afterwards became a Governor Reviewer for the Barnet Partnership for School Improvement. Louise co-chairs the Pupil Staff and Curriculum Committee and also sits on the Resources and Outcomes Committee. Louise has completed training in safeguarding, primary assessment, the Pupil Premium and the prevention of radicalism. Louise is a solicitor with professional experience in finance, project management and strategic planning.
Colin Dowland - Colin became a governor on appointment as headteacher in January 2016, having been a school governor for the previous 12 years. He sits on both the Pupil, Staff and Curriculum Committee and the Resources and Outcomes Committee. Colin is the Lead Safeguarding Officer for Woodridge and is Safer Recruitment Trained.
Dean Underwood - Dean joined the Governing Body in 2014 as a parent governor. He is the Link Governor for School Attendance, a member of the Resources and Outcomes Committee and has received training in child safeguarding, Pupil Premium, RAISEonline and the prevention of radicalism. Dean is undertaking a review of the school’s policies. He is a barrister by profession and brings legal and business skills to the governing body.
Clare Jones - Clare joined the governing body in 2017 as a co-opted governor. Clare sits on the Resources and Outcomes Committee and recently attended a training course for new governors. Clare is an Accountant, working for a law firm and has professional experience in budgeting, compliance, project management and strategic planning.
Lisa Hooper - Lisa joined the Governing Body in 2015 as the staff governor. In addition to attending full governing body meetings, she is a member of the Pupil, Staff and Curriculum Committee. She has received governor training in Pupil Premium and has completed training in the prevention of radicalism. Lisa is the Computing Co-ordinator and the Year 1 teacher.
Nooshin Alavi - Nooshin joined the governing body in 2014 as a parent governor. She is chair of the Resources & Outcomes committee and is the link governor for Maths. She has attended a number of governor training courses including Financial Management for Maintained Schools and the School Budget.
Lynne Matkovits - Lynne joined the Governing Body in March 2014 as a Parent Governor. She is the co-chair of the Pupil, Staff and Curriculum Committee and Link Governor for English. She has undertaken a range of governor training courses and brings with her years of experience as a secondary and primary school teacher. Lynne is passionate about improving the whole school experience.
Immy Lemer - Immy joined the Governing Body in September 2017, as a Parent Governor. She will be joining the Pupil, Staff and Curriculum Committee. Immy has been a state primary school teacher in Barnet, with particular experience in the infants, for many years, and hopes to put that experience to good use in her new role.
Laura Monro – Laura became a governor on appointment as deputy head teacher in September 2017. She sits on the Pupil, Staff and Curriculum Committee, having also been a governor at her previous school. Laura’s roles at Woodridge include deputy head teacher with responsibility for Teaching and Learning and Assessment, Key Stage Two leader, Safeguarding Officer and Year 6 teacher.