A great fete to end the year – a message from the Chair of Governors

I think I have just about recovered from the school fete at the weekend. I think it must  be at least my 10th year manning the barbeque. In truth, the memory fades; might have something to do with the heat and the smoke.

The fete was a perfect example of the central role that the school plays in the village. It was brilliant to see so many people there and I had older villagers tell me it was like the good old days when the village had an annual carnival. These events do not happen magically and we are really appreciative of the fabulous contributions made by so many to make the event the success it was, particularly the FOWSA team.

Earlier in the year, the governors organised an Auction of Promises that raised a substantial amount of money for the school. With budgets as tight as ever, it was good to be able to help make a contribution that could directly impact the children in the school.

We have a really good board of governors who are working hard to make sure that the experience of each child at the school is as good as it can be. We have had our final meeting of the academic year but we will be back in September ready to review and monitor the schools performance. My thanks to the governors for their contribution this year.

Finally another plug for our Reading Helpers initiative. This has been running for a couple of year now and we have built up a brilliant band of loyal volunteers who come in weekly to listen to the children read. Ask any of the teachers and they will tell you that the impact of the initiative has been significant. And ask any volunteer and they will tell you how rewarding it is to spend time in the school with the children. My heartfelt thanks to the volunteers. For the forthcoming new school year, I would love us to build on the success of last year by recruiting even more volunteers. We would be delighted to double the number of volunteers we have and the impact on the children would be enormous. We appreciate any contribution that you can make and will give you help and guidance in how to help with the children’s reading.

If you would like to play a part in helping the growth and development of our children, then please speak to Sarah Allen in the school office and she will help you. Either pop into the school or call her on 01233 860232.

Finally, thanks to Miss Harrington and her staff for the commitment they show to the well being and education of the children in their care.

Simon Godfrey

Meet the Governors

Simon GodfreySimon Godfrey has been a parent governor since September 2009 and is Chair of the governing body. Simon lives in Woodchurch with his wife Clare and they have three children, all of whom attended Woodchurch School. Simon is a director of a local professional services group of companies.


Mike REynoldsMike Reynolds has been a parent governor since October 2009 and chairs the Resources Committee which covers Finance, Property & Computing. Mike lives in Woodchurch with his wife Sally and two children; both children attended Woodchurch school. Mike runs a local property development company.


Scott StevensScott Stevens has been a parent governor since October 2012 and is Chair of the Learning & Development Team. Scott lives in Woodchurch with his wife Karen and two daughters both of whom attend Woodchurch School. Scott owns a wholesale supply company.


HJ-031014082806Stuart Gawthorpe has been the Deputy Headteacher, and Year 4 teacher, at Woodchurch CE Primary School since September 2014. Previously he was Deputy Headteacher at a school in Dover for 4 years where he also served on the governing body. He has taught children in all years from EYFS through to Year 5. He is currently subject leader for Computing and RE and is a designated Child Protection Co-ordinator.


Anne TipladyAnn Tiplady is a retired Children and Families Social worker, having worked for KCC for 24 years in the role of social worker and finally as Principal Social Worker in the Ashford referral team. She worked closely with the Police and other statutory agencies in responding to and acting appropriately in allegations of abuse. She has been married twice, her first husband being the father of her three sons. She has been widowed for fourteen years and has two remaining sons.  Her eldest sadly died seven years ago and her second son lives in Canada with his wife and two children. Ann’s youngest son, Andrew, lives in Ashford with his partner and two children. Ann is a Church Warden at All Saints, where she holds Friday coffee mornings in organises ‘The Mix’ craft mornings for children during school holidays. She is on the Parish Visitor team. She also works for Canterbury Diocese as a trainer for Safeguarding of Children and Vulnerable Adults and as an authorised listener for those who have been victims of historical abuse. Ann also  belongs to Woodchurch Players Society as light relief.


CLCallie Durrand has just joined as a parent governor. She has three children Rose, Pearl and North, two of which currently attend Woodchurch primary school, with the last set to join in September 2017. Callie is a keen baker and used to be a head buyer for an outdoor retail chain.


David BellinghamDavid Bellingham has lived in Woodchurch with his wife Mary for over 30 years, and retired in 2004 from working in the city of London as a manager for an Insurance Broking office. He is a member of All Saints PCC, and a volunteer reader at Woodchurch School.


Ben Hebblethwaite is a Parent Governor. Ben lives in Woodchurch with his wife Clara and their son, who is a pupil at the school. Ben is an architect practising from home as well as occasionally in his London based studio. He is a keen runner all year round and enjoys cycling and boating in the summer. He is passionate about helping the school provide the best possible outcome for all its children. Ben’s governor role is to oversee Health and Safety, the school premises and also the delivery of Physical Education within the school.




Sarita Goacher is a Foundation Governor. Sarita lives in Shadoxhurst with her husband, Jeff and has three children – Katie, at Highworth Grammar School, Dora and Jack, both at Woodchurch school. Sarita has a passion for children and education: as a mother, she home-educated her eldest daughter for 6 years and as a Montessori teacher, doula and childbirth consultant, she is dedicated to ensuring children get the best start in life. She is also an active member at Ashford Baptist Church working with children of all ages.



Lynne Clemiston is the Clerk to the Governing Body. She is an experienced professional Clerk and works for the KCC Clerking Service. Past experience as a PA has been invaluable experience in working for Governing Bodies.


All of our governors sign a Declaration of Business Interests to disclose any information which may conflict with school business. A register of attendance is also kept for each meeting. You can download the report for 2015- 2016 here governor-business-interests-form-2015-2016-final.