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Woburn Lower School

The Governing Board

What is the Governing Board?

"Governing boards 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
Head Teacher

Committee: Staff

Mrs P Black
Staff Governor

Committee: Staff

Mrs J Kearney
Chair of Governors


Mr D Stanbridge
Parent Governor

Committee: Health & Safety Buildings

Mrs J Wassell
Parent Governor

Committee: Computing, Leadership and Management

Ms S Michaels
Co-opted Governor

Vice Chair

Miss G Grossman
LA Governor


Mrs Sharon Longmuir – Headteacher

Mrs Paula Black – Staff Governor

Mrs Jennifer Kearney - Chair of Governors

I am currently working as a Director at Milton Keynes University Hospital. The majority of my career has been in the NHS, and I hope to continue serving the NHS for many years to come as it is an incredible institution. I have a degree in Psychology and am currently finalising my Masters of Law (LLM) from the University of London. I am also a CEDR accredited Mediator.

We moved to the Woburn Area around 4 years ago when my daughter was 2 years old. Woburn Lower School was one of the key reasons we chose this area. From talking to parents and reading through Ofsted reports, we knew it was the perfect school for our daughter, who is now in her second year at the school. Woburn Lower is even better than we could have imagined.

I joined the Board of Governors in the hope my experience and skills, combined with existing board members, will contribute towards the continued success of this wonderful school. I am passionate about parity of access and equality for all children, and believe successful grades are only part of the educational priority for each child. Building confidence, learning to value themselves and others, tolerance, curiosity and a strong moral compass are of as equal value.

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 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.

Miss Gemma Grossman - LA Governor

I have recently joined Woburn Board of Governors as local authority governor. With my son attending Year 3 Badgers Class, I wanted to support the school in its continuous improvement as well as use the opportunity to continue my own personal and professional development. I qualified as a teacher in 2007 with a BA Hons Degree in Education with a specialist focus in Mathematics and have had experience in both Middle and Lower schools, since then I have successfully completed the National Professional Qualification for Headship. I have been a Deputy Head Teacher at Greenleas Lower School since 2013, where I am responsible for Safeguarding on the Kestrel Way site, Data lead for the whole school and have a clear overview of the implementation of current developments in Education.

I feel I can bring knowledge and skills to the school, which I have acquired through teaching across year groups in both middle and lower schools. I am passionate about ensuring that every child has a positive learning experience where they are valued, develop a love of learning and have the opportunity to excel and reach their full potential.

In my spare time, I enjoy reading, time with my family and playing netball for a local team. I love being outdoors and during the lockdown developed and maintained Woburn Lower School’s allotment.

Mrs Emma Lunn - 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,

Click here for the Governor Sub Committee - Finance

Related Documents:

Governing Body Newsletter
Governing Body Newsletter

Gov newsletter Autumn 2020.pdf

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