Welcome to the Woodborough School Governing Body page. Here you can meet the governors and find out more about the role they play within the structure and process at Woodborough School.

The Governing Body is made up of volunteers from the parent body, the staff and the Church community. The over-arching aim is to create the best possible education for our pupils and working environment for our staff. We help in developing the strategic direction of the school, whilst also monitoring and evaluating the work of the school itself.

We act as a single decision making body whilst also delegating responsibility to the Finance, Staffing, Safeguarding and Premises sub-committees as appropriate.

Follow the link for more details of Governor Roles Responsibilities 2021 2022

You are very welcome to contact the governing body via the school office:


Woodborough CE Primary School is proud to be part of Equa Multi Academy Trust

Equa Multi Academy Trust is a group of good and outstanding schools, initially five primary and one secondary, providing excellence in education for children in rural Wiltshire, aged 2-19. Initially, like-minded schools came together in 2016, with a common goal of providing the best possible learning opportunities for children in Wiltshire market towns, and surrounding villages. Equa Multi Academy formally formed on 1 April 2019.

You can follow our progress towards becoming an academy through the documents below:

On Thursday 9th June, Governors held an Open Evening to share information about Academy Status and what it might mean for Woodborough School. Slides presented on the evening are available via the following link: Governors’ Academy Open Evening, 9th June 2016


Slides presented on the evening can be viewed here:

Governors’ Open Evening Presentation, 06.04.17

In September the Department for Education gave their support for the development of the new Multi Academy Trust, to be named EQUA. Read the letter to parents and FAQs here:

Letter to Parents about DfE support for the development of EQUA Multi Academy Trust, September 2018

Proposed new EQUA Multi Academy Trust FAQs for Parents, September 2018


Read more about this event here:

EQUA MAT – Parents’, Community & Stakeholder Consultation Meeting, 22.11.18

EQUA MAT FAQ – 17 Oct 18 (amd ST)

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the Consultation Meeting for Parents and Wider Stakeholders on 22.11.18. Please follow this link to view the presentation that was shared by Mark Banham, Foundation Governor:

Equa MAT – Parents & Wider Stakeholder Consultation Presentation, 22.11.18

Don’t forget any questions you have can be addressed to

Following the Governors’ Ratification Meeting on 26th February 2019, Governors and Headteachers from Lavington, All Cannings, Bishops Cannings, Chirton, Rushall and Woodborough Schools have agreed to the formation of a new multi-academy trust (MAT) called EQUA Multi Academy Trust and was inaugurated on 1st April 2019.

More information is available here: Agreement to form EQUA Multi Academy Trust – letter to stakeholders, 1st March 2019

Follow this link to the EQUA website.

Foundation Governors

Foundation Governors have the same duty to the School as parent and staff governors but they are chosen by the local Churches and act as a ‘bridge’ between the Church and the School Community; they are guardians and guides, encouraging the distinctively Christian ethos which makes a C of E School different from others.

Mr Mark Banham

Chair of Finance, Staffing, Safeguarding & Premises Committee

I have been a Foundation Governor since 2013 and I live in Beechingstoke having retired from the Army and a follow-on role running a Non Departmental Government organisation working to the MOD. I am responsible for Finance, Health and Safety, Premises and I am the Link Governor for Safeguarding. I worked as the Woodborough lead Governor in the formation of the EQUA MAT and now represent all of the Primary Schools on the EQUA Resources Committee. I am committed to supporting Woodborough School in its continued improvement, preserving the identities of primary schools within the MAT, and using my experience of running large organisations to introduce efficient processes and ease the burden of the staff in making Woodborough a special place for children.

Mrs Sally Banham

My name is Sally Banham and I have been a Foundation Governor since 2015.  I have lived in Beechingstoke since 2001. I am also a member of the PCC. Although my two children are grown up I am happy to support Woodborough School at this important time and as a lawyer for NHS England I can offer  a legal perspective to the Governors discussion.  My specialisations are healthcare law and property.

Mr Philip Wigg

I joined the Governing Body in May 2018 as a Foundation Governor, shortly before our eldest boy joined Oak Class. I am a solicitor, working for a law firm in Devizes, and I specialise in company and commercial law. I became a governor in order to serve the church, the school and our wider community. I look forward to contributing to the strategic direction and distinctive Christian ethos of this wonderful school, as well as the challenge of helping each child reach towards his or her full potential. I live in Hilcott with my wife and our two young sons, having moved to the Pewsey Vale from London in late 2013.

Canon Deborah Larkey

I am the local vicar, the Team Rector of the Vale of Pewsey Team of Churches and therefore Ex- officio Foundation Governor. Neil and I have been in Woodborough since January 2007 and we are thankful that both of our children had the great opportunity of attending Woodborough School. Matthew is at University and Bethany at secondary school now. It is a privilege to see all our children go through the school from reception to year 6, growing in body, mind and spirit as they develop as unique individuals, part of the school family and loved by God. In my role I am able to encourage connections between the church and school community and it is a special joy to see children I baptised as babies start in Oak class. The churches are very glad to offer weekly ‘Open the Book’ Bible stories in school too. Then later on, it is wonderful to see the students at secondary school, who continue in the Christian faith taught at Woodborough and decide to make it their own and be Confirmed as a young adult. If I wore a hat, I would take it off in honour of Mrs. Brewis and the Staff as they work so hard to champion and celebrate Christian values in our school. The quality of Collective Worship (thanks to Mrs. Needham and Mrs. Partis too) is exceptional and the special times we share together in the church year, like Harvest, Christmas and Easter are full of joy and deeply moving.



Dr Tim Atkins

Chair of Local Governing Body

I joined the Governing Body in 2013, as a parent Governor, in order to gain a better understanding of how the school is managed and to support the school on a volunteer basis. In 2016, having sat on and Chaired various committees, I was elected Chair of the Governing Body. It is a privilege and yes, sometimes a challenge, to Chair such a great team and to contribute to the success of such an amazing school. Professionally I am a full time government scientist and a senior member of staff which gives me broad experiences including HR, health and safety, project management and technical management.  If you wish to talk to me about the Governing body or if there is something you wish the Governing Body to look at then please don’t hesitate to contact me via the school office.  

Parent Governors

Parent Governors are selected by election and drawn from parents and carers of children at the school.

Mrs Nicola Sutherland

Vice Chair of Local Governing Body

I joined the Governing Body in June 2018 as I felt the time was right to give something back.  Woodborough School is at the heart of our community and one of its many strengths is the strong partnership between parents, staff, governors, children and wider community. Like many parents I feel that Woodborough School is a special place and I have a real desire to see it thrive and achieve the highest standards in all respects.  I hold a genuine belief that every child should leave Woodborough School having grown to reach their full potential. Although work and family keep me busy I do try to find the time to pursue some of the other interests I enjoy, including amateur photography, gardening (not as often as I’d like but the wildlife thanks us for it), reading and travel (mostly arm chair these days).  My husband, two children and I moved to Bottlesford in 2011 and I have been a parent at Woodborough School since 2012.

Mrs Hettie Hodgkinson

I became a parent governor in 2021 after witnessing first-hand Woodborough's positive and proactive response to the many challenges presented by Covid-19. I was impressed by the commitment of the staff to provide the very best education and opportunities to every pupil, even under the most difficult circumstances, and wanted to be able to give something back and to contribute to the school’s ongoing success.  I have been a parent at Woodborough since 2018, with two sons now at the school and my daughter due to join in 2023. My professional background is in features journalism, working as deputy editor of the London Evening Standard magazine for many years, and latterly at the Sunday Telegraph. I live locally with my husband and children.

Staff Governors

Mrs Sarah Brewis


Mrs Cheryl Johanson

I joined Woodborough School in 2014 as a Newly Qualified Teacher and have since enjoyed six memorable and fun-filled years teaching pupils in Year 5, Year 3 and Year 2.  I am Key Stage 1 Leader and Curriculum Subject Leader for Mathematics and Geography and have recently taken on the role of Disadvantaged Learners’ Lead. Woodborough is a fantastic school and a key part of the local community which I wanted to be more involved in and sitting on our Governing Body as Staff Governor felt like a natural progression.  I am delighted to represent our hardworking and innovative staff as well as working with the governing body to further improve and develop Woodborough Primary School. I live locally with my husband and my three nieces and nephew keep me busy at the weekends.