Governors

The Governors are responsible for strategic decisions about how the school is run, in partnership with the Headteacher, staff and the Local Education Authority (Herts County Council). Governors are representatives of the community ranging from parents to local council representatives. The Governing Body meetings take place half termly.

Chairs Welcome

On behalf of all Governors, a warm welcome to Woolenwick Junior School.

As school Governors we have an important role in monitoring the safety, welfare and education of all of our children. We work collectively and strategically as a corporate body to drive forward the school’s vision.

Governors do not manage the school, this is the role of the Headteacher and the Senior Leadership team. Instead we oversee the development of the school by working closely with them to monitor and provide supportive challenge, ensuring our children receive the best.

These are some examples of some of our areas of responsibility:

  • Monitoring pupil achievement and progress and pupil safety.
  • Ensuring statutory requirements are met and achieved.
  • Financial oversight.
  • Setting strategic priorities for the school’s continued development and improvement.
  • Safeguarding of children and staff.

The members of the Governing Body are proud and privileged to be able to contribute to the leadership of Woolenwick Juniors for the benefit of all children, parents and staff. We hope you will take time to get to know your Governing Body and please feel free to get in touch at any time.

Find out more about becoming a school governor here

Governing Body Members

 

Getrude Acheampong

Chair of Governors

GDPR

I joined the governing body in 2019. I have lived in Stevenage for over 12 years and both my children Symone and AJ attend school. My background is from Hotel Management, HR and Finance. I also coach, train and offer support for women in business across the UK and very proud to have set an awards scheme recognising women of colour in business. I do believe that my vast experience would be highly beneficial to the school and joining the Governing Body was just the right thing to do. It’s a very exciting joining the team as my desires derives from a genuine interest in school improvement at all levels and a deep rooted belief in the importance of education and support for all. The Headteacher and staff at Woolenwick Junior school provide a welcoming and supportive environment for all children and the school has a very open, forward thinking approach. As a parent governor I aim to help direct and support the vision and growth of the school. I want to see all children, no matter their background, be the best that they can be and I want to support the school on their continuing journey of success.

 

Karen Jones

Staff Governor

I am a nominated and elected staff member of the governing board. I was born and raised in London. I attended primary and secondary schools in Barnet, North London. I have been working in the school for 4 years. I have taught years 3,5 and 6 in our school. In the past, however, I have taught all year groups from Nursery upwards having been a teacher for 26 years.
Becoming a teacher is something I have always wanted to do and would ‘practice being a teacher’ in my bedroom as a child! As a result, I am an experienced communicator, who teaches with warmth, care for my pupils as individuals and enthusiasm. It is important to me that I maintain positive relationships with my pupils and their families and often have pupils come back to let me know how they are getting on.
Wayne Hanson-Prince

Vice Chair of Governors

Co-opted governor  Maths

I’m a civil servant currently working at the environment department (Defra) and I’ve lived in the area since 2016.

Until recently, I was a tutor at the Open University business school and have some experience as a private tutor and supply teacher. I also have experience dealing with mental health and safeguarding issues as a former panel member for a local youth offending team.

I enjoy travelling and spent a year in Japan as an English language tutor after university. I’m also interested in politics and current affairs, music (I play the piano, though I’m a bit rusty these days) and walking my Boston Terrier Bruno!

As the first person in my immediate family to go to university I’m passionate about ensuring that every child has the opportunities and support they need to grow and thrive, so I’m really looking forward to working with my fellow governors to help the school in any way I can.

 

Keith Westcott

Co-opted Governor

Health & Safety

My name is Keith Westcott. I am a retired Electrician. I have worked in Building Maintenance for the last 30 years. I have worked for Marks & Spencers department store in Marble Arch London and many other store’s in my working life. For past 18 years I have worked at the Spirella Building in Letchworth Garden City. I have lived in Stevenage since 1966 and close to Woolenwick Junior School for the last 45 years. Both my children went to Woolenwick and are both now married. I have 2 grandchildren aged 16 and 13 from my Sons marriage. My interests include Sport (mainly football); History/Genealogy. I hope to be able to support the school with my knowledge of buildings maintenance and Health & Safety.
 

Clair Friedrich

Co-opted Governor

SEND/Inclusion/CLA

I have lived in Stevenage most of my life, I lived in London for eleven years when I turned 19 and promptly returned to be close to my parents when I fell pregnant with twin girls (now 9). I started my career in hotels in London and spent nine years of my working life in the Metropolitan Police Service as an Event Manager. I then worked as the National Sales Director for a hotel chain across the UK. This took me to many Cities and many Countries and I loved my job however I loved my husband and children more and missed them terribly so when my children reached the age of seven, and one of my daughters was diagnosed with Dyslexia, I decided to change my life and career entirely and took a leap into the world of education. My first role was at a local SEMH school and then I was lucky enough to move on to a local senior school as the Support & Inclusions Manager, which I absolutely LOVE. I now spend so much quality time with my family and have no regrets. In order to support my daughter to the best of my ability I aimed to work within the SEN departments in order to gain as much knowledge as possible. I have a real passion to help children with learning difficulties, hence my link role as Governor. I am also in my third year of Counselling at college and hope to explore this more when I qualify. In my spare time I am a horse rider, dog lover and holiday lover!
Kathy Dunnett

Co-opted Governor

Finance, Pupil Premium, Sports Premium, Attendance and Safeguarding

Kathy Dunnett is a Senior Adviser for School Governance and works at Herts for Learning. She has been in governance for many years within schools and charities, covering a number of roles. She was recently a Chair of Governors of a primary school, and has previously been a Chair of Governors at a special secondary school. Currently she holds many governance roles. She is a Trustee on the Board of a Multi Academy Trust, a governor in a small primary school and a Member of a single academy and a Multi-Academy Trust.

Prior to her employment in school governance, she worked with schools, health and education for many years. She is a nurse by background and has worked as a health professional in Hertfordshire for around 25 years. She specialised working with vulnerable children’s groups, especially children looked after. Kathy has been involved with many national organisations and worked with the Department of Health on developing the Children’s National Service Frameworks, and the DCSF in the early stages of Integrated Practice and Every Child Matters. She has authored and edited books/papers on children’s health, partnership working, and the common assessment framework.

Kathy Dunnett is a National Leader of Governance (NLG), and was involved in the development of national materials and training for External Reviews of Governance. She is also the NLG Advocate for Hertfordshire and Luton and supports the deployment of other NLG’s in the area.

More recently, she has just completed a course in Leadership Coaching, offering support to leaders in a variety of organisations.

 

Joanne O’Reilly

Co-Opted Governor

English

Hello, my name is Joanne O’Reilly. I am Stevenage born and bred and returned to Stevenage 6 years ago. I am delighted to join the Woolenwick Governing Board and hope to be able to support Woolenwick in various ways.I am currently an Account Manager at Herts for Learning and was previously Area Manager North and East Herts for Young Enterprise, an educational charity, supporting young people in developing key skills. Prior to that I was a Manager at John Lewis in Welwyn Garden City, working in various departments across the store. I have 2 daughters, 19 and 23 and a mad rescue dog called Stevie. In my spare time I like to spend time with friends, read, practice meditation (I have done a few courses) and walk my dog. I feel it is important to give our young people the best opportunities to learn as well as to develop key skills, whatever their background and ability, to enable them to be the best version of themselves.

 

Sandra Alloo

Associate Governor

Finance

I am very much looking forward to being an Associate Governor at Woolenwick Junior School. I was born in Manchester and subsequently support Manchester United Football club. I have lived in Stevenage since 2001. Through the years I have been lucky enough to have travelled and lived in various parts of the world. I have in this time learnt a few different languages and experienced many different cultures.
I feel I have a lot to contribute to the Governing Body. I studied Computer Science programming at North London University, while working in Hotel Management. I worked in several 5 star hotels in Central London before working in Schools. I have worked as a SEN teaching assistant then a Pupil Premium teacher. I am very good with numbers and I am proud to now be Woolenwick Schools Finance Secretary.
I am a friendly and jolly person, please do not hesitate to stop me for a chat if you need to. I will always aim to help to the best of my ability

Celine Mfuko

Associate Governor

Equality

My career aspiration is to work, influence and serve in the public domain wherever possible. Personal reflection on ‘how can I be present and bring my whole self’.  How can my team and I proudly deliver high quality, compassionate and individualised care to the community we serve. Always been curious on; what is my purpose? How can I do things differently and how can I help others?

A health care worker with a very positive attitude, pro-active and possess professional manner at all times. Constantly encourage others to develop personally and professionally, also utilises emotional intelligence when interacting with others thus being aware that emotions can drive our behaviours and create an impact (positively or negatively) on people around us.

In today’s volatility environment we cannot truly predict the future and we are faced with lots of challenges therefore, we should be guided by our values, principles, visions and purpose. I am very passionate about inclusive leadership where one can create an environment for people to trust, feel safe and have sense of belonging. Nurturing a culture, in which sharing and collaboration are the expected but also become a leader who is concerns about people and relationships or simply being a compassionate person with responsibility.

Kelly Harris  Associate Governor  Finance I am a charted accountant and have worked in many different sectors throughout my career from House builders, Chemical manufacturing to Essential Infrastructure. I have lived in Stevenage for over 16 years.

My niece currently attends Woolenwick Juniors and I intend to support the development of the school by providing my financial knowledge.

Melanie Wearn

Associate Governor 

 

I joined the governing body as an associate governor in July 2021. My background is in Social work having worked with children, young people, and families for the last 21 years. I currently work with children who have experienced early childhood trauma and support/ train carers, professionals and families to understand how best to support them, helping the children to begin the healing process with positive support around them, to nurture their understanding and help them to feel safe.

I have lived in Stevenage for the past 32 years and lived close to the school for the last 15 years. All four of my children aged 21- 8 years have attended both the infant and Junior school, and I now want to give something back.

I have a passion for education and want to support the school in helping each and every child to thrive and achieve all that they can for their future, in a safe and nurturing environment. For me every day is a school day, even for adults and I believe that we all learn from everything we do.

In my down time I enjoy walking and spending time with the family as well as reading.

 

 

Kayleigh Kingsland Clerk to Governors

 

To find out more about the members of our Governing Body please see documents listed below. If you need any further clarification regarding our Governing Body and the work that they do please contact either the Chair of Governors or Clerk via the school office.

Gov Declaration of Interest 2020-21 Updated April 2021

WWJ Terms of Reference for committees 2020 REVISED

Governor Meetings 2019-2020 attendance