Woodlea Primary School


At Woodlea, the Governors, Headteacher and Staff work to constantly improve the quality of the education we provide to our children.


The governors are a team of up to 12 volunteers from our community, who have a vital and demanding role that requires a wide range of skills and professionalism.  The Governing Body is accountable to Ofsted for its effectiveness.  There are several types of governor within our school.

  •  Parent Governor.  These posts are filled by parents and are elected by the parents of the school at the time. 
  1. Staff Governor. This person is elected by the school staff.
  2. Co-opted Governors.  They are appointed by the Governing Body due to the specific skills they can offer.
  3. Local Authority Governors.  These people are nominated by the Local Councillor and appointed by the Governing Body.

What is the Governors’ Role?

The role of the Governing Body is to provide non-executive leadership and is similar to the board of trustees of a charity.  The Governing Body operates at a strategic level, with the Head Teacher and senior school leadership team remaining accountable to the governors for the operational management of the school. Each governor serves for a term of four years. The Whole Governing Body usually meets three times a term.   The meeting may have a Resources/Finance focus or Curriculum. Governors bring a wealth of experience and knowledge but will also be expected to attend relevant training courses to fulfil their duties. Additionally governors will make pre-arranged monitoring visits to the school around once or twice a term, and share a report of their visit at the following meeting. Most governors spend around 20 hours per term performing governor duties.

A clear understanding of, and distinction between, the role of the Governing Body and the Head Teacher is crucial to effective governance.  

 The Governing Body of Woodlea Primary School focuses on three core functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and direction
  • Holding the Head Teacher to account for the school’s educational performance and the performance management of its staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and ensuring its money is well spent.
    Governors are expected to demonstrate robust processes and frameworks for setting priorities, creating accountability and monitoring progress. This means governors need to ask challenging questions on the basis of robust objective data.

Vacancies - There are currently 3 vacancies. If you would like to apply to become one of our Governors, please contact the Clerk to Governors: Mrs Janine Brooks j.brooks@woodlea.hants.sch.uk

Woodlea Governors



Mrs Jackie Jones




Date appointed: 22 May 2019

Term: 4 years 

Chair of Governors,  Safeguarding Governor

Local Authority Governor




 Mr Lee Puttock




Date appointed: 14 Jul 2019

Term: 4 years


Co-Opted Governor




Mr Neil Butcher



Date appointed: 19 Oct 2021

Term: 4 years

Lead Curriculum Governor

Co-Opted Governor



Miss Lucy Ventham



Date appointed: 20 Nov 2019

Term: 4 years

Staff Governor






Mrs Tamily Holland



Date appointed: 1 Sept 2022


Term: 4 years 

Co-Opted Governor



Mrs Linda Gouldsmith



Date appointed: 18 Oct 2021

Term: 4 years

Co-Opted Governor



 Lead SEN and Vulnerable Groups Governor

Mr Russell Kirby


Date appointed: 7 Feb 2022

Term 4 years

Lead Finance Governor

Co-Opted Governor

Mr Edward Beales


Date Appointed: 9 June 2022

Term 4 years

2nd Vice-Chair

Parent Governor

Miss Jo Mumford  

Head Teacher



Date appointed: 1 Sept 2019

Term: ongoing


Head Teacher

Mr Paul Booker


Date appointed 28 Sept 2022

Term 4 years

Associate Member

Health & Safety

 Mrs Susan Barrett  - Date appointed: 16 Jul 2018 Term: 4 years - Resigned 11/11/2020

Mrs Nita Daw - Date appointed 13 Oct 2020 Term 4 years - Resigned 31/03/2021

Mrs Karen Bevis - Date appointed: 14 Nov  2017 Term: 4 years - Resigned 11/04/2021

Mrs Pippa Probert - Date appointed: 21 Jan 2020 Term 4 years - Resigned 17/05/2021

Mrs Kathrine Wallis - Date appointed: 8 Dec 2020 Term: 4 years - Resigned 23/07/2021

Mrs Pippa Adams - Date appointed: 13 Oct 2020 Term 4 Years - Resigned 22/11/2021

Mrs Jade Wenman - Date appointed: 21 May 2019 Term 4 years - Resigned 22/03/2022

Mr Paul Booker - Date appointed: 7 Dec 2021 Term 4 years - Resigned 22/6/2022


 Clerk to Governors: Mrs Janine Brooks j.brooks@woodlea.hants.sch.uk


Please click on the links below to go to more of our Governor pages:

 Register of Interests:
Jo Mumford - Headteacher employed by School from 1/9/2019 - ongoing

Lucy Ventham - Staff Member employed by School - ongoing


You can also find information on the Hampshire Governor Services website; http://www3.hants.gov.uk/education/governors.htm