Governance

The Governors aim to support and drive Woodlands in their journey to become an Outstanding school.

Governors act as a critical friend challenging the Head Teacher and staff to ensure that the school provides an excellent education.

The governing body of Woodlands Community College was reconstituted on 1st September 2015.

The Governing Body who are volunteers meet six times per school year and are responsible for:

  • The school having a broad and balanced curriculum
  • Monitoring of progress in relation to the School Development Plan
  • Special Educational Needs and Disability provision
  • The school budget
  • Policies
  • Monitoring standards and performance

For enquiries, please contact Mrs Jenny Edwards, Clerk to the Governors at jenny.edwards@woodlands.southampton.sch.uk.

Governors Details

Name Post Term of Office Start Date Term of Office End Date Appointed By Date Stepped Down Business & Financial Interests Governance Roles & Responsibilities
Mr Oliver Bligdon Co-opted Governor (Chair) 8th October 2015 9th October 2019 Local Governing Body N/A Employee of Wates Group Data & Progress, Leadership (including Head Teacher’s Performance Management).
Mrs Karen Denyer-Hampton Co-opted Governor (Vice-Chair) 8th October 2015 9th October 2019 Local Governing Body N/A None Leadership (including Head Teacher’s Performance Management), Appeals & Admissions Panel.
Mr Jim Henderson Head Teacher 16th April 2018 Local Governing Body N/A None
Mrs Sue Blatchford LA Governor 1st September 2016 31st August 2020 Local Governing Body N/A None Finance & Personnel, Appeals & Admissions Panel.
Mrs Pauline Hilton Co-opted Governor 8th October 2015 9th October 2019 Local Governing Body N/A None Safeguarding, Child Protection, Attendance and Health & Safety.
Mrs Kirsten Buist Co-opted Governor 23rd May 2018 22nd May 2022 Local Governing Body N/A None Teaching & Learning, Appeals & Admissions Panel.
Mr Dave Strange Co-opted Governor 23rd May 2018 22nd May 2022 Local Governing Body N/A None Behaviour. 
Mr Andrew Whitworth Staff Governor 25th October 2017 24th October 2021 Staff Election N/A None Teaching & Learning.
Mrs Ruth Thomas Parent Governor 21st October 2015 20th October 2019 Parental Election N/A None Special Needs, CLA & Vulnerable Students.

All governors appointed to the governing body have voting rights.

Governors with material interests arising from relationships with school staff (including spouses, partners or other relatives)

Dave Strange, married to a teacher within the school.
Ruth Thomas, child attends the school as a student.

Governors with roles of governance in other schools.

Jim Henderson – Kanes Hill Primary School (Inspire Learning Partnership).

Kirsten Buist – Kanes Hill Primary School (Inspire Learning Partnership).

Governors Attendance Grid 2018-19

Governor Name Meeting 1 – 03/10/18 Meeting 2 – 05/12/18 Meeting 3 – 06/02/19 Meeting 4 – 27/03/19 Meeting 5 – 15/05/19 Meeting 6 – 10/07/19 Total Attendance
Mr Oliver Bligdon Present 100%
Mrs Karen Denyer-Hampton Present 100%
Mrs Sue Blatchford Present 100%
Mrs Pauline Hilton Present 100%
Mr Jim Henderson Present 100%
Mrs Ruth Thomas Present 100%
Mr Andrew Whitworth Present 100%
Mr David Strange Present 100%
Mrs Kirsten Buist Not Present 0%
Average for Governors 88.88% 88.88%

Click here for information on governors who have now left the governing body, along with attendance grids for previous academic years.