Woodlea Primary School

Interim Executive Board

Further to the letter to parents on 28/02/23 explaining that the Governing Body had decided to hand over responsibility for the school’s governance to a new Interim Executive Board (IEB) with effect from 1st March 2023, we are pleased to introduce ourselves to you.  We have already met as a group with the Interim Headteacher and we look forward to meeting the children and staff team shortly.

As a board, we’ll carry out the same functions as a Governing Body and we’ll work with the school to further support school improvement. Going forward we’ll work with the Academy sponsor, The University of Chichester Academy Trust, to ensure a smooth transfer. We’ll keep you updated when further information is available.

The IEB has been appointed to hold the leadership to account for standards and safeguarding as part of the School’s Improvement Plan.

The IEB will also be responsible for:

  • Upholding good governance of the School
  • Promoting the School and safeguarding the School’s values
  • Monitoring achievements, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety
  • Engage with all the School’s stakeholders, for example parents/careers, pupils and staff.

 Terms of Reference

Meet the Board Members

 Jenny O’Keefe  - Chair

Jenny has a background in banking and finance and now works for Hampshire Governor Services.  Her passion for education started over 20 years ago as a school governor, and her experience includes 8 years as Chair of Governors. Her monitoring focus will be on Finance, policies, governor communications and website compliance.  She looks forward to working with the headteacher, the staff and the pupils on her visits to school.

Chris Brooks-Martin

Chris has been a headteacher for over 10 years and now works for Hampshire Children Services as a Primary Phase Inspector and Leadership and Learning Partner. He is passionate about making a difference for all pupils, staff and the wider community.

His monitoring focus on the IEB will be Pupil Behaviour and Attitudes, Pupil and Staff Wellbeing and Early Years

Michele Frost

Michele previously worked as the Executive Headteacher of The Federation of Liphook Infant School and Liphook C.of.E. Junior School. Previously to that was the Headteacher at Bordon Junior School and worked as a school improvement partner for Hampshire Local Authority. She is an experienced headteacher and governor with 40 years in education.


Michele will focus her monitoring responsibilities on Safeguarding, Health and Safety and Early Years.

Deborah Burroughs

Deborah is currently Chair of Governors at Mill Rythe Infant School and a governor at Oaklands Catholic School.  She has worked in education for 29 years, both as a teacher and governor. She is a busy mother of 3 children and enjoys working with schools to help them improve.

Her focus at Woodlea will be monitoring SEND and Early Years education and policies.

Liz Holford

Currently working as a Careers Adviser at the University of Portsmouth Liz has been a Governor for over 12 years and is currently Chair of Governors at St Peter’s Catholic Primary School, Waterlooville. She has worked in education for over 30 years and whilst part of the IEB will focus on policies and the monitoring of teaching and learning, with specific focus on the key core subjects of English and Maths. 


Clerk to the IEB:
Please contact the school office

Register of IEB Member Interests

 Meeting Dates

Tuesday 19th September 2023 at 5.30pm
Tuesday 17th October 2023 at 5.30pm
Tuesday 14th November 2023 at 5.30pm
Monday 11th December 2023 at 5.30pm
Tuesday 23rd January 2024 at 5.30pm
Tuesday 27th February 2024 at 5.30pm
Tuesday 26th March 2024 at 5.30pm


IEB Attendance Register - Academic Year 2022-2023

Copy of communication introducing the Interim Executive Board (IEB) 30 June 2023 - Newsletter 30 June

Copy of communication introducing the New Headteacher 26 January 2024 - New Headteacher letter