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School Development Plan

To view the key objectives of the School Development Plan, please click here.

Governing Body 

To view the Register of Interests, Governor attendance records, scheme of delegation etc. please click here

Governing Body 

  • Dates for Governing Body Meetings for 2021-22 are: September 29th, January 19th & July 6th 

  • Details of Governors' Roles and Responsibilities can be found here

  • The Clerk to the Governing Body is Lynn Atkins clerk@wps.org.uk 

  • If you need to contact the Governors, please contact the Chair on the following email address:    chair@wps.org.uk, or you may write to them at our school address.

Details of the Bourne Education Trust Governing Body structure and members can be found here


Effective from September 2021

Alan Forder - Chair of Governors

Name: Alan Forder
Category of Governor: Local Authority
Appointed by: Governing Body
Term of Office: 14th October 2020 – 13th October 2024

Biography: I volunteered as a Governor and was appointed by the Governing Body as the LA Governor in November 2016. Having recently taken early retirement I was looking for a role where I could use the experience and knowledge I have gained through my working life for the benefit of others.  I have a raft of experience in finance, audit, project management and board level leadership across a wide range of multinational companies. As well as finance and audit qualifications, I have a Masters degree in Business Administration. I hope that this wide range of skills and experience will help me to make a positive contribution to the life of the school and the education and growth of the pupils.

Although my current knowledge of the Education world is relatively limited, I look forward to learning more about this and how I can effectively contribute.  My wife and I, together with our now grown up children, have lived in Woodmansterne for over 30 years and I look forward to helping the community, especially the children, grow, learn and enjoy this community as much as we have.

Clare Bishop - Vice Chair

Name: Clare Bishop
Category of Governor: Co-Opted Governor
Appointed by: Governing Body
Term of Office: 21st October 2019 – 20th October 2023

Biography: I was very excited to be elected to the governing body in October 2015 shortly after my oldest daughter joined the reception class.

I have a passion for education having worked previously in two London universities as a research scientist and undertaking teaching responsibilities. I completed my PhD in theoretical Chemistry at University College London in 2009 where I also worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. I then took up a position at Imperial College London performing research in the area of nuclear materials for the European F-BRIDGE project and acting as course organiser and lecturer for a Masters computer modelling module. I hope to use my experience of working in the higher education sector to assist in the development of Woodmansterne Primary School.

Since having my two children I have worked as a private tutor of mathematics and science and have enjoyed meeting many wonderful young people in the local community and helping them with their studies.

I am looking forward to working with the staff and other governors to develop the school and ensure that all pupils receive an excellent and inspiring education in a happy and safe environment.

Emma Brown

Name: Emma Brown
Category of Governor: Parent Governor
Appointed by: Parents of the school
Term of Office: 15th December 2020 - 14th December 2024

Biography: I am delighted to join the Governing Body at Woodmansterne Primary School. As a parent at the school, I’ve seen first-hand what an empowering, engaging school it is, and I believe the importance of encouraging well-rounded learners is only growing by the day.

I am a Communications Director with almost 20 years’ experience working across a range of organisations – from large consumer brands, to charities and not-for-profit. As the Director of Brand and Communications at The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation – and a parent of two young boys - I am passionate about education and, in particular, the importance of encouraging resilience, confidence and adaptability in young learners.

I look forward to working with the staff and governors, to continue to build a safe, engaging and inspiring space for pupils now and in the future. 

Mani Gangadharan Venketachalam

Name: Mani Gangadharan Venketachalam

Category of Governor: Co-Opted Governor

Appointed by: Governing Body

Term of Office: 14th October 2020 - 13th October 2024

Biography: It is a pleasure to join the Governing Body of Woodmansterne Primary School. I am a business executive with 28 years' experience in building and growing global businesses. I have worked at large multinational corporations and at start-ups and have extensive experience in managing international operations, sales, marketing, finance, M&A and integrating acquired businesses. I am a Chartered Accountant and hold a bachelor’s degree in commerce.

I am a firm believer in the power of nurturing young talent and have been fortunate to have worked with some incredible people. I would now like to give back to the society and for me, there is no better way to contribute than to be involved with schools, the very foundation of our education system. This is my first role as a school governor, and I look forward to learning about the education system and use some of my experience to contribute to the growth and development of schools. My wife and I live in Epsom and are blessed with a lovely boy.

Manoj Kumar

Name: Manoj Kumar

Category of Governor: Co-Opted Governor

Appointed by: Governing Body

Term of office: 18th October 2017 - 17th October 2021

Biography: I am very excited to serve on the Governing Body of Woodmansterne Primary School. As a parent of school aged children aged 8 and 12, I have always wanted to contribute in some way to something that is so fundamental to our lives. So, when the opportunity to volunteer at the school came by, I was pleased to put my name forward for it. I am a CyberSecurity consultant by profession and am currently a Director at KPMG LLP.

Prior to this role, I have spent over 20 years in the IT and Security sectors in various roles spanning business development, consulting and project management. In between, I have enjoyed varying stints as an entrepreneur, a Lego parent and an overambitious golfer.

Victoria O'Keeffe

Name: Victoria O'Keeffe

Category of Governor: Community Governor

Appointed by: Governing Body

Term of Office: 28th November 2018 - 27th November 2022

Biography: I am very excited to have joined the governing body at Woodmansterne, having been elected in November 2018.  My professional background is in education and I worked for twelve years as a secondary school French teacher and a member of school middle and senior leadership teams.  Following the birth of my eldest daughter I joined the Department for Education, leading on the delivery of policy relating to school improvement and teacher recruitment and retention in the South London area.  

While I love my role as a civil servant I do miss the dynamism and noise of life in a school and am very much looking forward to getting to know the pupils, staff and parents at Woodmansterne. I have a passion for education and the opportunities it offers young people. I am a firm believer in seeing children in the round and hope to use my skills and experience as a teacher and parent to help ensure all pupils reach their potential in a happy, nurturing and aspirational environment.