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 The Role of our Governing Body

Governors have considerable responsibilities .  Governors don’t exercise them as individuals, but work as part of a Governing Body – a corporate team.  They do not manage schools – This is the role of the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team, but they do oversee the development of the school- their main aim being to always provide a high standard of education for all pupils, of all abilities..

The Governing Body has three main roles

  • Strategic – The GB sets the general direction of the school, looking at how it should best develop. 
  • Critical Friend – A Governing Body  should work with the Headteacher and create a clear understanding of the challenges faced in managing a school.
  • Accountability – A school is a business and its stakeholders are the learners.  The Governing Body must have a professional attitude and use its collective skills to benefit the learners.  It must gather views, ask questions and decide what is best for the school.

Governors serve a term of 4 years. Their roles and responsibilities are decided upon annually.

Governor List as of September 2018/19

Governors Declaration of Interests 2018/2019

Designated staff and governors linked roles sept 18-19 tbc

Chair of Governors

  • Mrs Catherine Tierney   Term of Office 01/09/2018 – 31/08/2022


Parents Elected on to GB by parents.

  •  Mrs Carly McDowell   Term of office    06/01/2015 – 05/01/2019


LEA Governors Appointed by the local Authority

  •     Mrs Margaret Notley  28/09/2016 – 27/09/2020

Staff (2) Other than the Headteacher elected onto the GB by staff.


  • Ms Karen Jones    Term of Office 01/01/2018 30/06/2022



  • Ms Joanne Marshall    Term of office


Co-opted Governors Appointed to the GB by governors according to skill sets.


  • Mr James French   Term of office 17/06/2016 – 16/06/2020
  • Mr Mark Hessey     Term of office  15/02/2016 – 14/02/2020   
  • Mr Jonathan Ellam   Term of Office 
  • Mr Alan Smith.         Term of Office 


Associate Governors – Appointed by the GB for a specific skill/role.


Clerk to Governors  Mrs Caron Montague

Governors attendance register can be found here

If you wish to contact the School Governors the email is chair@woolenwickjm.herts.sch.uk

If you would like to make an appointment.thiscan also be done through the school office.

If you would like more information in becoming a governor please see here

Useful websites for Governors  click here

The Woolenwick Junior School Governing Body is made up of 15 members, a mixture of staff, parents/carers, members appointed by the Local authority and members from the wider community. They all have a specific area or subject they are linked to.

Governing body minutes are available free of charge to parents from the school office.

For the latest Governing Body Annual Statement here tbc 

For a  comprehensive list of our policies click here

School performance tables can be found here.