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 sub-committees as appropriate. Our sub-committees are:

  • Curriculum, Standards & Achievement
  • Finance, Staffing, Governance & Premises
  • Health, Safety & Safeguarding
  • Parents & Community

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


Follow the link for more details of Governor Roles Responsibilities 2018-19

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 forthcoming 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

Follow this link to the newly launched EQUA website.

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). The new MAT will be called EQUA Multi Academy Trust and will begin on 1st April 2019.

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






Associate Governors

Sally Gilbey

Chair of Health, Safety & Safeguarding Committee

I joined the Governing Body in November 2008 as a parent governor shortly after my eldest son entered Woodborough in Reception. When I joined I was looking for the opportunity to give something extra to the school and its community. Like many others I also wanted the chance to really understand and influence the workings of the school. I am now Chair of the Health, Safety & Safeguarding Committee and being a governor has really given me the opportunity to see beyond the 9 am - 3.15 pm workings of the school and be part of the strategic direction. As a family we moved to Bottlesford in 2006 and our second son joined Woodborough in 2011.

Authority Governors

Tim Atkins

Chair of Governors

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.  

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.

Aubrey Newman

Vice-Chair of Governors and Chair of Curriculum, Standards & Achievement Committee

I was lucky enough to send my two daughters to Woodborough School which benefited them enormously. They flourished in our school's environment and thanks to the school they are growing up with a thoughtful and caring attitude to others and to the world around them. As a Foundation Governor I hope that some of my experiences as an Architect and builder can contribute to the continuing success of the school. I am chair of the Curriculum, Standards and Achievements Committee and also a member of the Parents and Community Committee. Through both, I think it is important to encourage links with other schools and organisations, and of course, with parents. Then we will be better equipped to safeguard the ethos of our school, whilst meeting the demands of the changing educational landscape.

Mark Banham

Chair of Finance, Staffing, Governance & Premises Committee

I am a Foundation Governor living in Beechingstoke and whilst my own children did not attend Woodborough they both attended similar primary schools which did them proud and set the foundation for their development. I joined the Team in 2013 having retired from the Army and I now work for a Government  organisation that provides support services for the military reserves and cadets across the UK. I am a member of two committees and I bring the experience of my day job as a coordinator although my work commitments mean that I cannot make many of the planned meetings.  I see my role as trying to get more detailed knowledge of the school in able to better support those committees, and also to support the  Head Teacher and the Staff to deliver a quality education in a safe and inspiring environment. I am committed to preserving the ethos and standards of Woodborough School through the challenges ahead.

Mary Partis

Chair of Parents & Community Committee

I have a passionate interest in giving children an excellent start in education. As a Foundation Governor I also try to ensure that Woodborough School’s Christian Ethos is recognised in all that we do. I have a Bachelor of Nursing Degree from The Welsh National School of Medicine (Cardiff). I worked initially in Coronary Care but then pursued my real interest, Midwifery. A career I thoroughly enjoyed up to my retirement in 1999. In 2009 I started working as a part-time teaching assistant at Woodborough School. I am married to Rob, a freelance TV lighting cameraman. We have two daughters; Hannah is a Geography teacher in London; Lucy is studying Midwifery at Oxford Brookes University. I Chair the Parents & Community Committee and I am Link Governor for RE & CW & PSHE. In September 2010 I gained an Accreditation in PSHE from Roehampton University. As PSHE Link Governor, I attend School Council meetings and teach Relationship and Sex Education with the class teacher’s support. I regularly attend RSE, RE & CW update meetings.

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.

Philip Wigg

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.

Parent Governors

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

Carolyn Silva

Nic Sutherland

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.

Staff Governors

Mrs Prathayini Wright

I was elected by the staff at the school to represent their views on the Governing body.  I have been Staff Governor at all my previous schools and have immensely enjoyed this role. Being a member of the teaching staff, I am well placed to understand staff views, to remind the governing body how staff matters being discussed affect staff and to help the governing body communicate effectively with staff.