The Governing Body
What is the Governing Body?
"Governing bodies are the strategic decision makers and vision setters in every school and academy. They play a vital role in ensuring the best possible education for every child by creating robust accountability for school leaders".
"Crucially, that means using and being familiar with objective data on the performance of pupils, teachers and finances to ask the right questions and ensure resources are allocated to school priorities. It also means ensuring that schools prepare pupils for life and the workplace by building their character and resilience."
Taken from the foreword of The Governors' Handbook, January 2016 - John Nash Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools
Mrs S Longmuir
Mrs P Black
Mrs V Chimoindes
Mrs J Howe
Mr D Stanbridge
Committee: Health & Safety Buildings
Mrs G Jackson
Committee: Chair of Finance
Mrs J Wassell
Committee: Computing, Leadership and Management
Ms S Michaels
Mrs Sharon Longmuir – Headteacher
Mrs Paula Black – Staff Governor
Mrs Vikki Chimoindes – Parent Governor, Chair of Governors
When Vikki’s eldest son joined the school in 2013, she became actively involved with the PTA, organising fundraising events and then taking on the role of secretary. Wanting to learn more about the running of the school, Vikki was voted a Parent Governor in summer 2015.
After achieving a BSc (Hons) degree in Applied Biology, Vikki worked in Chemical and Microbiological laboratories before moving across into Category and later Project Management within the FMCG sector. Her commercial experience, organisational and practical skills are some of the attributes she brings to the Board.
Living in the village for nearly 12 years, Vikki and her husband feel incredibly lucky that their sons (youngest is currently in Year 4, enjoying being a ‘Badger’) have had a brilliant start to their educational journey in this wonderful village school.
Taking on the role of Chair of Governors in 2017, Vikki has attended many Governor courses to develop her knowledge and understanding of Governance. She remains committed to ensuring all local children have the opportunity and access to an excellent start in a nurturing, rural setting.
Ms Sue Michaels – Co-opted Governor, Vice Chair
My name is Sue Michaels and I am a co-opted Governor at the school. My background is in Education. I taught and managed in schools in England and Italy for 25 years and now run a Tutoring Service in South Bedfordshire. I applied to be a Governor because I have always been fascinated by the tiny and ancient school in Woburn and when I moved here, I couldn't believe my luck when the position came up! I feel very fortunate to be part of such a committed and passionate team who strive to protect your children's education in this amazing school.
Mrs Gill Jackson - Co-opted Governor
I have been lucky enough to live in Woburn for over 30 years. My children attended Woburn Lower in the 1990s, when it was a much smaller school, with just 2 classrooms and under 40 pupils. This is my second spell as a Governor. I was a Parent Governor for 5 years in the 90s and I have been a co-opted Governor for the last 8 years, with responsibility for SEND, English and Finance. I am proud to be associated with such a special village school, which has given so many children, including my own, the best possible start in life.
Mrs Jo Wassell – Parent Governor
Jo has recently joined the Governing Board. Having seen her two children flourish at the school in the last couple of years, she feels very passionately around supporting the school on their journey. She brings with her a wealth of commercial experience, having run her own business for 5 years and prior to that working in marketing for a number of global organisations. She is passionate about inclusion and ensuring that every child has the best possible start to their educational journey.
Mr Darren Stanbridge – Parent Governor
Darren was elected as a Parent Governor in 2017. He is a Director in a national property consultancy firm and is a Chartered Surveyor with significant experience in managing property, budgets and people. Darren has a keen eye for detail and helps to provide practical solutions when faced with challenges. Amongst wider Governor duties, he particularly focusses on building maintenance related matters at Woburn and also helps the school to ensure compliance with our health and safety requirements.
Darren’s two sons both attended Woburn where they laid strong foundations in their primary education. He has been committed to his role on the Governing Board since he joined in 2017. He continues to develop his skills and knowledge of governance through regular participation in the ongoing training programme provided by the local authority.
Vacancy – LA Governor
Mrs Jenny Howe - Clerk
If you think you have what it takes to be a school Governor then please contact the Clerk to the Governors in the first instance, firstname.lastname@example.org.