Meet our Governors
As Chair, I see it as my role to ensure that the work of Governors is focused on Penn Wood’s core purpose and vision 'Better Never Stops - Mastery Learning in the pursuit of Excellence’. In essence, this means that we aim for our whole school, children and staff, to be the best that they can be to ensure we are an exceptional school and recognised as such by our community, the wider community, nationally and by those schools that we support on their improvement journeys.
I have had many years’ experience in
governance and continue to work across schools in a range of functions:
• Supporting and challenging school leaders
as a Professional Leadership and Learning Partner.
• Working with governing bodies as an experienced Governor Mark Assessor to ensure that they are fit for purpose, carry out their statutory roles and responsibilities and keep children’s well-being, learning and progress at the heart of their work.
• Delivering the National Chairs' Programme under Hampshire’s License.
• Delivering National Leadership Programmes for the Institute of Education, and Inspired to Lead.
• Designing and delivering a host of professional learning opportunities/programmes for school governors.
• Acting as a leadership coach for school staff at all levels.
• Professional external advice to Governors for Headteacher appraisal panels.
Chair of Governors
Child protection & safeguarding
Responsible for liaison with the LA in the event of any Child Protection allegation against the headteacher
October 2018 - October 2022
I have 2 children at Penn Wood Primary and Nursery School and am passionate about ensuring that all children receive a quality education at the school. I work for London
Transport and am originally from Sri Lanka. My particular interest is in sports and I want to ensure that children have the opportunity to develop in sport as well as performing well academically, with behaviours that positively support learning.
Sports Premium (Sport/PE)
July 2016 - July 2024
With two children currently in Penn Wood School, I have a vested interest in the school’s wellbeing and performance. My new-born being my third child to join the school (hopefully!) in the next few years, my relationship with Penn
Wood will be extending well into the future and so I feel a personal responsibility to help, support and nurture the school's development.
My responsibility on the board was to approve the finances, help set the future strategy and to hold the CEO to account for her performance and decisions made in the running of the service.
Vice Chair of Governors
Chair of Resources Committee
Pupil Premium/Vulnerable Pupils Governor
February 2019 - February 2023
I have worked in school and community settings with Aik Saath since September 2015 and coordinate their training in primary and secondary schools, planning and delivering work around conflict, cohesion and diversity, linking with PSHE and British Values. Through Aik Saath I have worked with several Year 4 and 5 classes at Penn Wood School and also worked with current students/alumni of Penn Wood in Youth Clubs. I have also worked with children and young people in previous roles as a water sports instructor and play worker. I have an MA in Conflict Resolution, am First Aid trained and have Level 1 Safeguarding. I have a key focus as a Governor in Mental Health. Outside work, I am a volunteer with the youth charity the Woodcraft Folk and enjoy netball, kayaking, cycling and walking.
Mental Health, Wellbeing, Equality and Diversity Governor
February 2018 – February 2022
As a Governor, my role is to:
targets and the curriculum for the governing body to consider adopting
February 2002 - present
I graduated from Aston University with a BSc in Psychology and Sociology and then qualified as a teacher from Bath Spa University with a PGCE in Primary School Education. I am in my fifth year of teaching at Penn Wood Primary &
Nursery School and am the Year 6 leader. I as passionate about the need to expose children to a wealth of knowledge and experience through a mastery curriculum. I believe every child should have an equal opportunity to a great education and support network. It is my responsibility, as a member of the governing body, to ensure the delivery of this.
Governor training and development
September 2020 - September 2024
As Governance Professional, my role is to work with the Governing
Board and Senior Leadership Team to ensure that the
Governors can work effectively and are supported with advice and guidance to fulfil their statutory duties. I work in other schools, including academies, as their Clerk, across different Local Authorities, which ensures that I can learn best
practice and share this with all my Governors. I am an Accredited Clerk.
April 2016 - Present
I am an experienced PFI Facilities Operations, Contract and Mobilisation Manager working in the education sector for over 12 years.
Within the scope of responsibilities I currently undertake, I strongly believe my skillset can complement the existing board.
To this end, I can confirm the following are aspects of my current role:
Full accountability to Budget planning and management spend
Full procurement process approvals from tender to order ensuring best value to all parties
Authorising person for H&S tasks and overall accountability for all H&S related matters on my contracts.
Premises and Facilities Management has been the backbone of my career for over 20 years
Within that period, I have gained skills in Project Management from small renovations to larger complex additional rooms / blocks.
We engage local providers where practical and sponsor local sports teams.
I was vice-chair of the Burnham Business Association and I still engage with them on an external support basis.
I am fully committed to undertake and adhere to both the boards values and any training opportunity that will enhance my offerings to them.
Health and Safety
July 2021- July 2025
My career background involves 13 years with Heathrow Airport as a Manager for Terminal 5 alongside my personal business of being a driving instructor. Between my two jobs I have gained extensive experience, knowledge of the skills of senior level management and leadership, managing accounts and tax
returns, reaching decisions with teams and independently. My instructor role has enabled me to know our local community and gives me the skill of teaching using different forms of communication. I am also involved in some charities abroad that help support gynaecology and labour wards. I have two children and one is at the Nursery at Penn Wood. As a Governor I hope to contribute towards the continuous improvement of education and enhance the environment for staff at the school to
enable everyone to flourish.
No specific role at this stage
October 2019 - October 2023
|Joanne Shears||Surjit Sandhu|
|Deputy Headteacher||Business Manager|
|SLT Adviser||SLT Adviser|
|Sakina Shah||Emma Mann|
|Acting Assistant Head||Deputy Headteacher|
|SLT Adviser||SLT Adviser|
Governors who have left the Governing Board within the last 12 months:
|Mr||Omer||Farooq||Parent Governor||Full Governing Board||Jan 2021|
|Mr||Ayyaz||Mehmood||Parent Governor||Parents||Sept 2021|