Woodlands Secondary School

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Meet the Governors

Priorities for Governors at Glance

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Name: Debbie Foolkes

Position: Head Teacher

Previous Teaching Experience:

1986-1993  Furzehill Middle School Borehamwood

•         Head of Year 8 1988-1992

•         Head of Year 6 1992-1993

1994-2004 Royal National Institute for the Blind

•         Qualified Teacher of the Visually Impaired

•         Senior Teacher – Sunshine House School Northwood

2004-2013 Richmond Hill School Luton

•         Deputy Head Teacher

2013 - Present Woodlands School


I love spending time with my family including my grandson Jacob, gardening, walking, being outdoors and travelling. I try to go back to Yorkshire to see my parents whenever possible and love the open space of the moors and dales. I also love cooking, baking and I have recently discovered jam making!



Governor Name: Ian Luckett

Position on the Board: Chair of Governors


Specific Responsibility:   Health and Safety


Skills/ Areas of interest: Finance and Performance


Employment: Innovate to Success Limited


Role / Position: Founder and Business Performance Coach


Other initiatives: I approach the role as if the school was my own business while spending my own money. My values are integrity, responsibility and trust and the schools greatest assets are the staff.


Hobbies: Golf, Running, DIY, spending time with the family





Name: Sandra Connolly

Role/Position:  Deputy Headteacher


Position on the Board: Chair of Curriculum Committee and member of Finance and Personnel Committee


Skill/Areas of Interest: Special Needs Education; Post-school opportunities


Employment: Woodlands Secondary School


Hobbies: swimming, reading, travelling, socialising







Governor Name: Emma French

Position on the Board:Vice Chair of Governors, Chair of Finance, Personnel and Premises Committee


Specific Responsibility: Finance Monitoring, Safeguarding


Employment: Healthcare Company


Role / Position: Computer Business Consultant


Other Initiatives:  I volunteer as a Beaver Scout Colony assistant.  My eldest son, Matthew, was a pupil at Woodlands.  I care about all the pupils in this school, and want to understand the different challenges they face, applying my business skills to support the school in the excellent work that it does.

Hobbies: Gardening, craft




Name: Helen Rolfe

Position on the Board: Staff governor and member of Curriculum Committee


Skills/Areas of Interest: Special Needs Education


Employment: Woodlands Secondary School


Role/Position:  Class teacher


Hobbies: historical reading, travelling, socialising






Governor Name:  Kerry Rees

Position on the Board: Co-opted Member. I sit on the Finance Committee.


Skills/Areas of Interest:  Post 16 and Post 18, PMLD, ensuring the ‘voice’ of the young people is heard.


Employment:  Previously employed at Luton Council as the Transition Team Manager until November 2016.  Now self-employed and also working part-time as a Home Carer.


Role/Position:  Self-Employed and Home Care Support Worker


Other Initiatives:  Makaton Tutor, Crafter, Advocator


Hobbies:  Costa coffee, crocheting, theatre/cinema, shopping, chatting.



Name: Leeroy Jenkins

Position on the Board: Community Governor


Specific Responsibility: Community Links


Skills/ Areas of Interest: Networking, printing, marketing


Employment: Next Up

Role / Position: Director


Other initiatives: Sponsor for the following:

LTICC , The Academy Luton

Friends of Hightown, Panthers Netball Team, Luton Foodbank, Tropical FM, Vice Chair Luton in Harmony


Hobbies: Snooker, family, friends



Name: Matt Jeziorski

Position on the Board: Local Authority Governor


Employment: Matt works as the education officer for Pax Christi, the international Catholic movement for peace, a job which sees him visiting school across England and Wales to facilitate workshops and deliver talks exploring issues of peace and conflict resolution.


A youth worker by profession, Matt has spent his career working in both formal and informal education settings.


Other information: He lives in Luton with Jennie and is the Chair of the local Credit Union. He enjoys football and cricket, is an avid supporter of Warrington Rugby League Club, has a fondness for good beer and loves a seaside pier.

Name: Kate Burchell
Position: Co-opted member. Curriculum committee

Skills/areas of interest:  Child protection, Looked After Children, Advocacy

Employment: Luton Borough Council

Role:  Service manager for Disabled Children's services

Hobbies: Travelling, theatre, reading and upcycling furniture.