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 2019.

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) 1st September 2019 31st August 2023 Local Governing Body N/A Employee of Wates Group Leadership & Management,
Head Teacher’s Performance Management,
Admissions Panel
Mrs Karen Denyer-Hampton Co-opted Governor (Vice-Chair) 1st September 2019 31st August 2023 Local Governing Body N/A None Leadership & Management,
Head Teacher’s Performance Management,
Appeals 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 Personal Development including Wellbeing,
Behaviour & Attitudes,
Finance & Personnel,
Appeals Panel
Mrs Pauline Hilton Co-opted Governor 1st September 2019 31st August 2023 Local Governing Body N/A None Safeguarding & Health & Safety
Mrs Kirsten Buist Foundation Governor 1st September 2019 31st August 2023 Local Governing Body N/A None Quality of Education,
Appeals Panel
Mr Dave Strange Co-opted Governor 23rd May 2018 22nd May 2022 Local Governing Body N/A None Quality of Education
Mrs Sally White Staff Governor 2nd October 2019 1st October 2023 Staff Election N/A None Admissions Panel
Mrs Ruth Thomas Co-opted Governor 27th March 2019 26th March 2023 Parental Election N/A None SEND
Mrs Justine Gillie Parent Governor 27th March 2019 26th March 2023 Parental Election N/A None Leadership & Management,
Finance & Personnel
Mr Tony Jackson Parental Governor 6th February 2019 5th February 2023 Parental Election N/A None Personal Development including Wellbeing, Behaviour & Attitudes

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.
Justine Gillie, child attends the school as a student.  Works at Solent University.
Tony Jackson, 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 – St John’s Primary

.

Governors Attendance Grid 2019-20

Governor Name Meeting 1 – 02/10/19 Meeting 2 – 27/11/19 Meeting 3 – 29/01/20 Meeting 4 – 25/03/20 Meeting 5 – 13/05/20 Meeting 6 – 08/07/20 Total Attendance
Mr Oliver Bligdon Present Present
Mrs Karen Denyer-Hampton Present Present
Mrs Sue Blatchford Not Present Present
Mrs Pauline Hilton Present Present
Mr Jim Henderson Present Present
Mrs Ruth Thomas Present Present
Mrs Sally White Present Present
Mr David Strange Present Not Present
Mrs Kirsten Buist Present Present
Mr Tony Jackson Present Present
Mrs Justine Gillie Present Present
Average for Governors 90.90% 90.90%

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 Present Present Present Present Present 100%
Mrs Karen Denyer-Hampton Present Present Present Present Not Present Present 83.33%
Mrs Sue Blatchford Present Present Present Present Not Present Present 83.33%
Mrs Pauline Hilton Present Present Present Present Present Not Present 83.33%
Mr Jim Henderson Present Present Present Present Present Present 100%
Mrs Ruth Thomas Present Present Present Present Present Not Present 83.33%
Mr Andrew Whitworth Present Present Present Present Present Present 100%
Mr David Strange Present Not Present Not Present Present Present Present 66.66%
Mrs Kirsten Buist Not Present Present Present Present Present Present 83.33%
Mr Tony Jackson N/A Observer Present Present Present Present 100%
Mrs Justine Gillie N/A N/A Observer Present Present Present 100%
Average for Governors 88.88% 88.88% 88.88% 100% 81.81% 81.81% 89.55%

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