Governing Body

  • Linda McGrath

    Head Teacher/Staff Governor

    I have been deputy head teacher at Woodthorpe JI School since 2007, and now have the privilege and honour of serving the school and its community as Head Teacher. We are a happy, inclusive school and I look forward to continuing to build a future of opportunity for our children. This is made possible by our dedicated team of staff and governors and from the support of our parents, carers and wider community.

  • Martin Webster

    Parent Governor

    I am a parent governor who joined the governing body in December 2014.

    I am the father of Zosia (Y6), Clover (Y4), and Kit who has not yet started school, which means I have been a parent at the school for over four years, and will be for another ten. I have also been actively involved with Woodthorpe friends for 4 years, involved in many of the fund raising activities, I also introduced the winter fair which has been a great success.

    I am especially interested in the provision of IT, as I have been an IT consultant for nearly 20 years, and hope to use this experience to benefit the school.

  • Luisa Gibson

    Parent Governor

    I became a parent governor in 2016 after my stepson started the school. After having a difficult time in my own education, I felt the best way to make changes was to become a school governor. I feel all children, regardless of their ability or background, have the right to a good education and a happy childhood. Prior to taking up this post, I spent 10 years volunteering with a youth advice service and several years volunteering with university student unions. Both of these roles gave me insight to the issues faced by children and young people in our modern society, which I feel I can apply to my role as a parent governor. I am on the curriculum and policy and health and safety committees, as well as being the school's SEND governor.

  • Matt Trevor

    Staff Governor

    I have been teaching at Woodthorpe J&I since 2008 and have been a Staff Governor for the large majority of that time. I have spent 5 years teaching in Year 6, and been more recently based in Years 3 and 4. My school responsibilities involve leading both Physical Education and Computing within the school, as well as forming part of the e-Safety and Buildings and Finance committees. My appointment as Deputy Head Teacher of the school mean that I have an important role to play on both a strategic and operational level at the school.

    I am passionate and enthusiastic towards the need for transparent and efficient methods of communication between all stakeholders at the school and have been proud of what the Governing Body has achieved over recent years.

  • Marion Atkin

    Co-opted Governor

    Both of my children attended Woodthorpe School between 2001 and 2010 and in 2006 I was elected to the Governing Body as a Parent Governor. My children both enjoyed their time at Woodthorpe School and received an excellent education whilst there. When my children moved on to Secondary school I was very happy to be asked to be a Co-opted Governor. 

    I have held a number of posts within the Governing body over the years and I am now the Chair. I feel very proud of the school and will continue to work to ensure that all the children receive the education they deserve. My profession is a Chief Audiologist and I work at the QE Hospital. 

  • Ms Rebecca Carrington

    Co-opted Governor

    I have been teaching Year 6 at Woodthorpe since 2013 and since September 2017 I have been the Assistant Head and SENDCo. This has meant that I now have a strategic role, particularly in the leadership of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities across the school. A role which focuses on the inclusion of all children, something I am passionate and enthusiastic about.

    I am committed to the school and have gained a great insight into the wider aspects of running a school since joining the governing body. I am enjoying the opportunity to also share my perspective and knowledge of the children and school with the governors.

  • Mr Steven Jackson

    Co-opted Governor

    I have been a co-opted governor since December 2017 and I am a member of the Curriculum and Policy Committee. I am also a member of Woodthorpe Friends. I have two young children, the eldest being a pupil at Woodthorpe. For the last six years I have been employed in university admissions. Prior to this I practised law for more than a decade and prior to that I worked in the Civil Service. Woodthorpe provides such a happy, stimulating and caring environment for its pupils and I believe passionately that every child deserves a fulfilling and enjoyable education. I wanted to give up some of my time to contribute to our school’s continuing success, including ensuring consistently high standards of achievement for all children
    at Woodthorpe, and I feel privileged to be given the opportunity to do so.

  • Steve Wright

    Co-opted Governor

    I have been a Governor at this school for over 12 years - starting as a Parent Governor when my children were at this school. I have held various positions from Vice Chair to Chair of the Curriculum Committee. As a Learning & Development and Health & Safety Manager I believe I can provide additional skills that support the school and pupils. I am very proud of the teachers and pupils at Woodthorpe with not only the results they achieve but also the ethos and environment they create to give pupils a great experience.