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Meet the Governors

Priorities for Governors at Glance

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
 

Hobbies:

I love spending time with my family including my grand children Jacob, Aaron and Indigo, 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!

 

 


Name: Sandra Clarke

Deputy Headteacher

 

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

 

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

 

Previous Employment: 

2008 - 2012 - Deputy Head - St John's Special School, Kempston

2000 - 2008 - Senior Teacher - Lady Zia Wernher School

1997 - 1999 - Head of Year - Putteridge Junior School 

1992 - 1997 - Design Technology Co-ordinator - William Austin Junior School 

 

Hobbies: swimming, reading, crafting, travelling, socialising

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name: Steve Gibbs

 

Position: Chair of Governors, Co-opted Governor, member of Curriculum Committee

 

Skills/Area of interest: Special Needs provision 

 

Employment: Previously senior operational and sales manager for Post Office Ltd. Trained to be a teacher. Worked in Adult Education until February 2019.

 

Hobbies: Sports, reading and travelling

Name: Fr Richard Brown

 

Position: Co-opted Governor, Vice Chair of Governors.

 

Skills/Area of Interest: Safeguarding, inclusion

 

Employment: Parish Priest & Bishop of Richborough’s representative in the Diocese of St. Albans

 

Other initiatives: Trustee of Aylott James Almshouses

 

Hobbies: Reading, classical music, walking the hounds, travelling

 

 

 

Governor Name:  Kerry Rees

 

Position on the Board: Co-opted Member. Chair of the Finance, Premises and Personnel 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.

 

 

Governor Name: Emma French

 

Position on the Board: Co-opted Governor, member of the Finance, Premises and Personnel Committee

 

Specific Responsibilities: 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 Vice Chair of Curriculum Committee. Responsible for Governor training.

 

Skills/Areas of Interest: Special Needs Education

 

Employment: Woodlands Secondary School

 

Role/Position:  Class teacher

 

Hobbies: historical reading, travelling, socialising

 

 

 

 

 

Name: Leeroy Jenkins

 

Position on the Board: Co-opted Governor, Member of Finance, Premises and Personnel Committee.

 

Specific Responsibility: Community Links; Health and safety.

 

Skills/ Areas of Interest: Networking, printing, marketing

 

 

Employment: Next Up Local.com  

Role / Position: Director

 

Other initiatives: Sponsor for the following:

LTICC , The Academy Luton

Friends of Hightown, Panthers Netball Team, Luton Foodbank, Tropical FM,

 

Hobbies: Snooker, family, friends

 

 

Name: Kate Burchell

 

Position on the Board: Co-opted member.

Member of the Curriculum committee. Careers Link Governor.


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.

 

 

 

Name: Karen Quirke 

 

Position:  Parent Governor; School Council link governor
 

Skills/Area of interest: Raising awareness of special needs and inclusion 
 

Employment: HR
 

Other initiatives: Parent mentoring (for parents of children with additional needs)
 

Hobbies: Going to the gym, baking, family and friends

 

 

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