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Governing Body & School Development Plan

School Development Plan

To view the key objectives of the School Development Plan, please click here.

Governing Body 

Governing Body 

  • Dates for Governing Body Meetings for 2018 -19 are: 17th October, 28th November, 16th January, 24th April, 12th June and 10th July.

  • Details of Governors' Roles and Responsibilities can be found here

  • The Governors' Impact Report 2017-18 can be found here

  • The Clerk to the Governing Body is Lynn Atkins

  • If you need to contact the Governors, please contact the Chair on the following email address: chair@wps.org.uk


Effective from September 2018

Alan Forder - Chair of Governors

Name: Alan Forder
Category of Governor: Local Authority
Appointed by: Governing Body
Term of Office: 16 November 2016 – 15 November 2020

Current committee memberships and roles on the Governing Body: Chair of Governors, Health & Safety Monitor, Finance and SFVS Monitor, Assessments, Standards & Attainment Monitor, SDP Monitor (Community), HT Appraisal Panel, LA Liaison in event of Allegation against HT.

Biography: I volunteered as a Governor and was appointed by the Governing Body as the LA Governor in November 2016. Having recently taken early retirement I was looking for a role where I could use the experience and knowledge I have gained through my working life for the benefit of others.  I have a raft of experience in finance, audit, project management and board level leadership across a wide range of multinational companies. As well as finance and audit qualifications, I have a Masters degree in Business Administration. I hope that this wide range of skills and experience will help me to make a positive contribution to the life of the school and the education and growth of the pupils.

Although my current knowledge of the Education world is relatively limited, I look forward to learning more about this and how I can effectively contribute.  My wife and I, together with our now grown up children, have lived in Woodmansterne for over 30 years and I look forward to helping the community, especially the children, grow, learn and enjoy this community as much as we have.

Clare Bishop

Name: Clare Bishop
Category of Governor: Co-Opted Governor
Appointed by: Governing Body
Term of Office: 21 October 2015 – 20 October 2019

Current committee memberships and roles on the Governing Body: Vice Chair, SDP Monitor (Curriculum), HT Appraisal Panel, Assessments, Standards & Attainment Monitor.

Biography: I was very excited to be elected to the governing body in October 2015 shortly after my oldest daughter joined the reception class.

I have a passion for education having worked previously in two London universities as a research scientist and undertaking teaching responsibilities. I completed my PhD in theoretical Chemistry at University College London in 2009 where I also worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. I then took up a position at Imperial College London performing research in the area of nuclear materials for the European F-BRIDGE project and acting as course organiser and lecturer for a Masters computer modelling module. I hope to use my experience of working in the higher education sector to assist in the development of Woodmansterne Primary School.

Since having my two children I have worked as a private tutor of mathematics and science and have enjoyed meeting many wonderful young people in the local community and helping them with their studies.

My responsibilities for the governing body are to monitor SEND and priority 1 of the SDP. I am looking forward to working with the staff and other governors to develop the school and ensure that all pupils receive an excellent and inspiring education in a happy and safe environment.

 Steve Williams

Name: Steve Williams
Category of Governor: Parent Governor
Appointed by: Governing Body
Term of Office: 24th November 2016 - 24th November 2020

Current committee memberships and roles on the Governing Body:  Pay Committee, SDP Monitor (Community), SDP Monitor (Curriculum), Finance & SFVS Monitor.

Biography: I have been a parent governor at Woodmansterne Primary for the past 6 years however my involvement in the school goes back just over 12 years when my eldest daughter first started in Reception - by the time my youngest daughter finishes at Woodmansterne I will have been there for 17 years straight!

In my working life I come from a finance industry background having previously worked for a couple of UK corporate banks supporting their local community.  I now run my own commercial finance brokerage business working with SME businesses and property investors throughout the UK to deliver their finance requirements and this experience allows me to bring an understanding of budgeting, finance and analytical skills to the governing body.

I am a passionate advocate of the school and aside from my involvement in the governing body have always had an active role in supporting the PTA in their fund raising endeavours (mainly operating the BBQ!) and various other events at school including school discos, football tournaments and the Dads' race at Sports Day!

Karen Reddington

Name: Karen Reddington
Category of Governor: Staff Governor
Appointed by: Staff at the school
Term of Office: 23 September 2017 - 22 September 2021

Current committee memberships and roles on the Governing Body: Health & Safety Monitor, SDP Monitor (Wellbeing).

Biography: I have worked at Woodmansterne Primary School since January 2005 as  a Teaching Assistant. I gained Higher Level Teaching Assistant status in 2007 and cover classes on a regular basis. I was appointed to the Governing Body as a Support Staff Governor in September 2013. My current Governor responsibilities are Link Governor, Health and Safety Governor and Governor responsible for monitoring raising the achievement of all pupils as outlined in the School Development Plan.

My previous working experience has been in the Banking Sector, where I worked in a variety of roles and locations in a career that spanned 19 years.  I started working in the Branch Network and Head Office of Barclays Bank PLC in Liverpool before moving to London where I then worked at  Barclays Training Centre, Head Office - UK Finance and Planning Department and finally Head Office - Barclays Private Banking.

Mark Robins

Name: Mark Robins
Category of Governor: Parent Governor
Appointed by: Parents of the children at the school
Term of Office: 18th January 2017 - 17th January 2021

Current Committee memberships and roles on the Governing Body: HT Appraisal panel, Pay Committee.

Biography: I am looking forward to supporting Woodmansterne School in the capacity of Parent Governor over the coming years. I have a son who has recently joined reception at Woodmansterne and another who attends the preschool on site. I am taking on my first role within an official education capacity, albeit I have sports coaching qualifications and have been involved in coaching children over the years. I do have a strong connection with education as my brother is the Head of Maths at Warlingham Secondary School and I can count on him for additional support/ guidance when required.

In terms of my commercial background, I have been running recruitment businesses in the city over past 16 years holding board level positions for the last ten of those. This experience includes working for a FTSE listed company in London/ New York (Michael Page); selling a business into private equity and most recently working through the successful transformation/ turnaround of a business that specialises in the creative/ marketing industry. I am currently in the process of launching a well funded start up recruitment business that specialises in the digital space. My key skills include: project management, people management, sales & marketing, change management and of course recruitment of talent.

I am looking forward to using my experience and background to bring some new ideas to the group and to soak up the nuances involved within the education sector.

Manoj Kumar

Name: Manoj Kumar

Category of Governor: Co-Opted Governor

Appointed by: Governing Body

Term of office: 18th October 2017 - 17th October 2021

Current committee memberships and roles on the Governing Body: Finance and SFVS Monitor, SDP Monitor (Community).

Biography: I am very excited to serve on the Governing Body of Woodmansterne Primary School. As a parent of school aged children aged 8 and 12, I have always wanted to contribute in some way to something that is so fundamental to our lives. So, when the opportunity to volunteer at the school came by, I was pleased to put my name forward for it. I am a CyberSecurity consultant by profession and am currently a Director at KPMG LLP. Prior to this role, I have spent over 20 years in the IT and Security sectors in various roles spanning business development, consulting and project management. In between, I have enjoyed varying stints as an entrepreneur, a Lego parent and an overambitious golfer.


Victoria O'Keeffe

Name: Victoria O'Keeffe

Category of Governor: Community Governor

Appointed by: Governing Body

Term of Office: 28.11.18 - 27.11.19

Current committee memberships and roles on the Governing Body: SDP Monitor (Curriculum), Assessments, Standards & Attainment Monitor

Biography: I am very excited to have joined the governing body at Woodmansterne, having been elected in November 2018.  My professional background is in education and I worked for twelve years as a secondary school French teacher and a member of school middle and senior leadership teams.  Following the birth of my eldest daughter I joined the Department for Education, leading on the delivery of policy relating to school improvement and teacher recruitment and retention in the South London area.  While I love my role as a civil servant I do miss the dynamism and noise of life in a school and am very much looking forward to getting to know the pupils, staff and parents at Woodmansterne. I have a passion for education and the opportunities it offers young people. I am a firm believer in seeing children in the round and hope to use my skills and experience as a teacher and parent to help ensure all pupils reach their potential in a happy, nurturing and aspirational environment.


Sarah Turner

Name: Sarah Turner

Category of Governor: Parent Governor

Appointed by: Parents of children at the school

Term of Office: 23.01.19 - 22.01.23

Current committee memberships and roles on the Governing Body: Safeguarding Monitor, SDP Monitor (Wellbeing)

Biography: I am a parent governor, I have 3 sons, 2 of whom are at Woodmansterne in years 4 and 6. I am a qualified Children’s Social Worker and currently chair Child Protection Conferences and Reviews for Children Looked After. I have over 20 years’ experience working with Children and Families to support their welfare and wellbeing and to safeguard children. I have worked as a safeguarding advisor in schools and can support Woodmansterne Primary with risk assessment and ensuring vulnerable pupils are supported to achieve their potential. I have experience of working with children with Special Educational Needs and have been a governor in 2 previous schools. I am passionate and motivated about ensuring that all of our children are able to have a positive experience of school, to feel happy and to be the best they can be, to dream big and to work hard to reach their goals however great or small. I look forward to supporting the school in any way that I can and would ask that if any parents have any issues that they would like me to raise with the governing body that they can either speak to me in the playground or email me at the school address.