Woodham Academy Trust

Governors and Academy Trust

As a “School performing well” Woodham became an Academy on 1st September 2012. Woodham Academy Trust is a company limited by guarantee, company number 8167333.

Trust Members

Original Members signatories to the Memorandum; new Members appointed by unanimous agreement of the existing Members

Term of Office Expires Position
Mr S Barnett 16/10/2019 Chair of Governors
Mr R Cherrie  23/11/2019 Vice-chair of Governors
Mr A Marshall 19/10/2018


Mrs C Forsyth Ex officio Headteacher

Member Appointed Governors

Appointed by Members of the Academy Trust

Mrs D Newton 01/12/2021
Mr J S French 05/06/2020
Mr B Winwood  06/04/2019
Mr R Eirew  01/11/2021

Parent Governors

Elected by Parents/Carers

Mr R Cherrie 23/11/2019 Vice-Chair of Governors
Mr S Mendelsohn 23/06/2020

Staff Governors

Elected by School Staff

Mr R P Heaven 02/10/2018
Mr R Gales  01/10/2021

Membership of Committees (as of December 2017)

Appeals/ Pay Appeals 

  • Mrs C Forsyth (advisor)
  • Mr A Marshall
  • Mr B Winwood

Appointments Committee

  • Mr S Barnett
  • Mr R Cherrie
  • Mrs C Forsyth

Curriculum & Structure

  • Mr S Barnett
  • Mr R Cherrie
  • Mr J J French
  • Mr R P Heaven
  • Mr R Gales

Finance & Resources

  • Mr J J French
  • Mr R Gales
  • Mr A Marshall
  • Mr B Winwood

First / Pay Review

  • Mr S Barnett
  • Mr R Cherrie
  • Mrs C Forsyth (Advisor)
  • Mr J J French

Policy & Planning

  • Mr S Barnett
  • Mr R Cherrie
  • Mr A Marshall

Pupil Discipline

  • Mr S Barnett
  • Mr R Cherrie
  • Mr R P Heaven
  • Mr B Winwood

Link Governors

  • Leadership – Mr S Barnett
  • Teaching Learning & Assessment – Mr R Cherrie
  • Behaviour & Attendance – Mr R Eirew
  • SEND/LAC/CSE/Vulnerable Students – Mr B Winwood
  • Health & Safety – Mr I Johnson
  • Pupil Premium – Mr A Marshall
  • KS3 Outcomes – Mr S Mendelsohn
  • KS4 Outcomes – Mr J J French
  • Science – Mr S Barnett


The governing body has general responsibility for the conduct of the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement. This general responsibility gives rise to a wide range of specific responsibilities some of which are delegated to committees.

Committees include Appeals/Pay Appeals, Appointments, Curriculum and Structure, Finance and Resources, First Committee/Pay Review, Policy and Planning and Pupil Discipline. The governing body must review the establishment, terms of reference, constitution and membership of any committee annually and any committee to whom a decision has been delegated must report any action taken or decision made.

It is essential for the governing body to have access to adequate financial skills to ensure they meet their statutory responsibilities for the financial management of the school and can safeguard the large amounts of public money for which they are responsible. Not all governors need all these skills, but collectively members of the governing body (and finance committee) have these skills among them.

The finance committee analyse their skills on a regular basis to identify any skills gaps and have access to training when gaps are identified. This helps them to fulfil the role of challenge and support in the field of budget management and value for money. The governing body can show how the school has used its resources and is able to respond honestly to questions about its financial probity and minutes of the full governing body and committee meetings are available on request.

Governor Attendance 2016-17

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