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Meet the Governors

Priorities for Governors- At a glance

Name: Sandra Clarke

Position: Headteacher


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

Previous Employment: 

2012 - 2021 - Deputy Head - Woodlands Secondary School 

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: Nadeem Butt

Position: Parent Governor, Chair of Governors, member of Curriculum Committee


Skills/ Area of interest: Wellbeing, Behaviour, Curriculum, Life Skills

Employment: Solicitor

Hobbies: Family, friends and football!

Name: Sam Batchelor

Position: Parent Governor, member of Curriculum Committee, Health and Safety Governor


Skills/Areas of Interest: Health and Safety

Employment: stay at home mum 

Hobbies: socialising, travelling, walking



Name: Jada Downer                                       

Position : Co-opted Governor, member of Finance, Premises and Personnel Committee, Headteacher's Appraisal Committee. 


Skills/ Areas of Interest: Quality of Education and Community Engagement; Equality, Diversity and Wellbeing

Employment: HR Professional

Hobbies: Travelling, going to the gym, cooking and gardening



Name: Steve Gibbs

Position: Co-opted Governor, member of Curriculum committee


Skills/Area of interest: Strategic Leadership, Education and SEN, Equality and Diversity

Employment: Retired.  Previously manager for Post Office Ltd.  Adult Education teacher.  Casual Exams invigilator

Hobbies: Travel, rugby, golf, politics - member of Labour Party


Name: Adil Khan

Position: Co-opted Governor

Skills/ Interests: Programme/project management, Strategic planning, Risk/Cost management, community engagement.
Employment: Over 26 years of technical and program/project management experience (as a freelance consultant) at global finance, insurance, banking, consulting, and telecoms companies in the US, UK, Europe, APAC, and Gulf  countries. 
Hobbies:  World history, Movies, Travelling


Name: Caroline Lowry 

Position: Deputy Head Teacher, Associate Governor 


Skill/Areas of Interest:  I have a particular interest in the school curriculum and promoting functional learning, life skills and independence skills. 

Previous Employment:

1999 - 2001 Adina School, Brighton, class teacher  

2001 - 2004 Five Springs School - music coordinator

2013 - 2021  Woodlands Secondary School

· 2013 - 2017 Class teacher

· 2018 - 2021 Assistant Head Teacher

 Hobbies:  I love gardening, baking, going to the gym and spending time with my family and friends.


Name: Robert Parker

Position: Co-opted Governor, Chair of Finance, Premises and Personnel Committee, Member of Pay Committee


Skills/Area of Interest: Finance, strategic direction, accountability

Employment: Finance Director of Biogen UK, a renewable energy company. Previously held a number of commercially focused finance roles within Volkswagen Group UK

Hobbies: Running, cycling, swimming, good food, travelling and larking about with my 2 children





Name: Karen Quirke 

Position:  Co-opted Governor, member of Curriculum committee, School Council Link Governor


Skills/Area of interest: Raising awareness of special needs and inclusion 
Employment: Parent Support worker for CAMHs

Other initiatives: Parent mentoring (for parents of children with additional needs)
Hobbies: Going to the gym, baking, family and friends



Governor Name:  Kerry Rees

Position: Co-opted Governor, Safeguarding Governor.


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 supporting children and adults with complex needs.

Other Initiatives:  Makaton Tutor, Crafter, Advocator

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


Name: Helen Rolfe

Position: Staff Governor and Vice Chair of Curriculum Committee. Responsible for Governor training.


Skills/Areas of Interest: Special Needs Education

Employment: Class teacher, Woodlands Secondary School

Other initiatives:  I have past experience of safer recruitment through many years of scouting and understand the importance of keeping young people safe. 

Hobbies:  Walking my dog in the countryside, growing flowers and vegetables in my garden, and enjoying my caravan with my family. 


Name: Shagufta Shahin 

Position: Co-opted Governor; Chair of Curriculum Committee


Areas of interest: Managing and developing curriculum

Previous employment: Qualified teacher of English, ESOL and Functional Skills.  Worked in Senior management positions in colleges across London.  Formerly the Vice Principal at Barnfiled College.  Trained as an additional inspector for Ofsted. Educational Consultant in the FE sector. 

Other: Currently retired but a very active grandmother


Name: Mike Smith

Position: Co-opted Governor, Vice Chair of Governors, member of Finance, Premises and Personnel Committee, Chair of Pay Committee, member of Headteacher's Appraisal Committee.


Skills/Areas of interest: KPIs, financial management, governance strategy, accountability,

Employment: Database programmer

Hobbies: cycling, running, rock climbing, photography


Name:  Robert Roche

Position: LA Governor

Skills/ Interests  Local authority finance

Employment: Elected member for Northwell Ward and Portfolio Holder for Finance, Revenue and Benefits.

Other initiatives: Active member of community, partnering with many local organisations

Hobbies: A keen Luton Town Supporter. I love watching Test Match Cricket, reading, and listening to music.