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School Development Plan

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

Governing Body 

To view the Register of Interests, Governor attendance records, scheme of delegation etc. please click here

Governing Body 

  • Dates for Governing Body Meetings for 2020-21 are: October 14th, December 9th, January 27th, March 24th, May 19th & July 14th 

  • Details of Governors' Roles and Responsibilities 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

Details of the Bourne Education Trust Governing Body structure and members can be found here


Effective from September 2020

Alan Forder - Chair of Governors

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

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 - Vice Chair

Name: Clare Bishop
Category of Governor: Co-Opted Governor
Appointed by: Governing Body
Term of Office: 21st October 2019 – 20th October 2023

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.

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.

Manoj Kumar

Name: Manoj Kumar

Category of Governor: Co-Opted Governor

Appointed by: Governing Body

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

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: 28th November 2018 - 27th November 2022

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: 23rd January 2019 - 22nd January 2023

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.