Welcome to the section of the website where you can find out more about our school's governors and the work of the Governing Body.

Governance Statement 

The Governing Board has three core functions, as set out in the Department for Education’s Governance Handbook.

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school
  • Ensuring financial health, probity and value for money

Governance Arrangement

The governing body meet together as a full governing body every term and visit school at least termly to ensure vision is being turned into reality, ethos is being embedded and progress is being made against the strategic plan.

The Governing Body consists of:

  • Four Parent Governors
  • One LA Governor
  • One Staff Governor
  • The Headteacher
  • Four Co-opted Governors

Working Together

Parents, staff, governors and the wider school community – working in partnership to ensure that every child can succeed and reach their full potential. To achieve this, and to carry out our role as governors effectively, we need to know what issues are important to you (so we remain responsive) and ensure that you know what issues the governors are discussing (so that we remain accountable).

Keeping in Touch

The website is a good way of keeping up to date with all aspects of school life. If you have a concern or a point of view to share, please come and speak to us.

We welcome your views. You can contact us by email via the school website or by dropping a note in at the school office.

Becoming a Governor

Being a school governor is an important role but you do not need to have any particular skills, knowledge or experience to become a governor. What you need to bring is: a commitment to school life; the ability to work with others; patience and enthusiasm; a willingness to learn; a commitment to working openly and democratically; and, most importantly a willingness to spend what time you can offer getting involved in school life. Our governors typically spend about 10 hours a term contributing to school life (attending meetings, undertaking training, visiting school, participating in school events and much more) but some do less and you can do a lot more if you choose.

The most important thing to note is that governors are a team, not a collection of individuals or groups with separate agendas. However much we may differ in our opinions and experiences we are united by our commitment to the school and the responsibility we share for its long-term success. In short, we have a common purpose. If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a school governor please get in touch with any of our governors.


Name Type of Governor & Responsibility Committee Membership Start Date End Date
Cole Andrew Head teacher Accountability to All Committees 01/09/2014  
Steven Hall Parent Governor Teaching & Learning Committee 03/04/2017 02/04/2021
Diane Whaite Parent Governor   04/03/2019  

Cllr Jim Hobson

LA Governor


Resources Committee 10/03/17 09/03/21
Ian Howson Co-opted Governor Teaching & Learning Committee 14/11/2015 13/11/2019

Franki McErlane

Parent Governor

Training Link Governor

Chair of Resources Committee

Exclusions Committee

Resources Committee

Pay Policy Committee

20/10/14 19/10/18
Stephen Poole

Co-opted Governor

Health and Safety Governor

Resources Committee

Pay Committee

Health & Safety Committee

01/03/2016 10/03/2020
Amy Robinson Co-opted Governor Resources Committee 01/05/2018  
Kirsty Shepherd Staff Governor Teaching and Learning 07/10/2016 06/10/2020

Lynne Worden

Chair of Governors

Co-opted Governor

Behaviour and Safety Governor

Pay Policy Committee

Exclusions Committee

Resources Committee

Teaching & Learning Committee


08/11/17 07/11/21


Friday 13th July 2018 -  09:30 - Full Meeting

Governor Documents

Contact the Governing Body

If you would like to contact the Governing Board with any comments, concerns or compliments please address your correspondence in writing to the Chair of the Governing Body, C/O the school (marked private and confidential).


Ian Howson

Co-opted Governor

Kirsty Shepherd

I have been a TA at Woodlands for almost 19 years and am the proud adoptive parent of my 25 year old son who is a former pupil at Woodlands. I am very proud of the school and the work we do in helping pupils achieve their aspirations.

I have been a Level 3 Support Assistant for almost 19 years and completed my HLTA accreditation in 2013. I am the proud adoptive parent of my 25 year old son who has profound and multiple disabilities and is a former pupil of Woodlands. It is my belief that my experience as a member of staff and as a parent would assist me to play a valuable role as governor to the school. I am very proud of Woodlands School and the work we do with our pupils, helping them to achieve their goals and aspirations despite their complex disabilities.


Cllr Jim Hobson

Local Authority Governor

Frankie McKerlane

Parent Governor
I believe it is important for parents and school staff to work closely together in order to bring out the best in our children. I see the role of a parent governor as being the liaison between parents and school. I am totally committed to the role.

Lynne Worden

Chair of Governors

Stephen Poole

Co-opted Governor

Steven Hall

Parent Governor
I have a 5 year old son that has Autism who is a pupil at Woodlands School. I am dedicated to the school, pupils and teachers. I stood for election as a Parent Governor because I'm very interested in children's education and in supporting the school.

Diane Whaite

My son has been at Woodlands since 2010. I joined the governing body in as a parent governor in 2014. During my time on the governing body I learned new skills which helped me to challenge the work of the school to ensure that every child was given the be