The value for this half term is responsible. We will be teaching the children what this means and recognising when they demonstrate this value at school.

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Woodside Primary School

Believe, Achieve, Succeed


Welcome to our Governors' section. 

Every school has its own Governing Body. Briefly, their job is to oversee the general conduct of the school, maintenance of the buildings and implementation of the curriculum. They are a critical friend to the Headteacher.


The Governing Body is made up of Local Authority Representatives, Parents, School Staff and Members of the Community. They meet at least once a term to discuss matters of School Policy. The minutes of each meeting are kept in the School Office and can be seen by parents at any time on request.


Our committees are structured as follows:

· Resource Committee will include matters relating to the Finance & Premises , including Health and Safety, and Pay & Personnel.

· Curriculum & School Improvement Committee: SEN & Safeguarding will report into this committee.


Rubbina Umar

Chair of the Governors

Parent Governor

Resource Committee (acting chair of committee)

Curriculum & School Improvement Committee


I am a parent of six wonderful children, three of whom have been through Woodside and are now at secondary school and two of whom are currently at Woodside and one to be joining next academic year.

I have been a governor at Woodside for nearly 10 years.

I have an Honours Degree in Chemistry and have done a PGCE in Secondary Science.

I am also involved with voluntary Interfaith organisations and sit on the Standard Advisory Council for RE in Enfield and the Herts Interfaith Forum.

I have been involved in setting up Broxbourne Muslim Community and help organise events for the community both in Hertfordshire and in Enfield.


Business/ finance interests in the school:



Caroline Ginty


Resource Committee

Curriculum & School Improvement Committee

I am delighted to be the headteacher here at Woodside. I started in September 2017 and know that under my leadership Woodside can go from strength to strength. I hold the children’s well being and achievement at the heart of my leadership.

I have been a teacher for 22 years and prior to coming to Woodside I was a deputy head of a large junior school in Enfield. I have worked in a variety of different schools fulfilling various teaching and leadership roles, all of which have given me valuable experience when it comes to leading a school.

I have two beautiful children, both now at secondary school so have experience of both sides of the education system.


Business/ finance interests in the school:

Husband is a builder and will be called to quote for relevant jobs in line with procurement procedures- declared to governing body



Penny Mukherji

Co-opted Governor

Curriculum & School Improvement Committee

SEN & Safeguarding governor

I have lived in Goffs Oak since 1984 and both my children went to local schools. I have always been an active member of the community, and have been a governor of Woodside School since 20013. I have a deep interest in children’s education and development having been involved in educating students in the field of early childhood for over 30 years. Before my retirement I was a Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies at London Metropolitan University, where an important part of my teaching involved supporting both undergraduate and postgraduate students completing their research projects. I continue to be actively involved in the university, both as a tutor for students who are distance learners and as a supervisor for students completing their undergraduate and masters dissertations. With a background in health and psychology, I am an established author, with a special interest in the health and well-being of young children. I am proud to be a governor of Woodside School because I sincerely believe that the children here are given the best possible start on their educational journeys.


Business/ finance interests in the school:




Ann Smith

Co-opted Governor

Resource Committee

Health and Safety governor


I have two daughters and two grandchildren. My grandson has just started in reception at a school in Cheshunt . I live local to Woodside Primary School, and have been a governor here since September 2017.

I have 17 years experience of working in a Junior School. I am a member of the Institute for Administrative Management and have been a School Business Manager for the last ten years. In January this year I took on a new role as an Asset Business Manager for a Multi Academy Trust.


Business/ finance interests in the school:



Ben Conway

Co-opted Governor

Curriculum & School Improvement Committee (chair of committee)


I am an experienced primary school leader, having worked in various schools across Enfield and Hertfordshire, currently I hold the position of Deputy Headteacher in 2 different Hertfordshire schools. I have been a governor at Woodside for the past 3 years.

Prior to working in education, I attained an honours degree in sports therapy and spent time working with professional and semi-professional football teams.

I live in Broxbourne with my young family, and enjoy participating in a wide range of sporting activities in my spare time.


Business/ finance interests in the school:



Suzanne Howard

Staff Governor

Curriculum & School Improvement Committee


I have been a class teacher at Woodside for 11 years and during that time have taught in every year group. Before that,  I worked in Radio Drama for the BBC for over 15 years.  I have two grown up sons who both went to Fairfields Primary School - where I was a parent governor and chair of the PTA - and then to Goffs School. 

I believe its very important to support the governors' understanding of the curriculum and our pupils' achievements and, as the staff governor, be able to communicate effectively with all staff to create a happy and stimulating learning environment for the children.


Business/ finance interests in the school:



Sophie Everist


Curriculum & School Improvement Committee

Myself and my entire family have lived in Cheshunt all of our lives and I attended Flamstead End Primary School and Goffs Secondary School as a child and young adult.

I have a degree in English Literature from the University of Greenwich and I have been teaching at Goffs Academy since 2013. I am currently an English Teacher, Mentor and Head of Literacy at Goffs Academy. In  August 2018, I will be moving within the Multi Academy Trust to become a member of the Goffs Churchgate Academy; fulfilling similar roles.

Before becoming a teacher I worked for Marks and Spencer for seven years in a customer services advisor role.

I am particularly keen in the cross-over from Primary to Secondary and what we can learn from each other. It is also very important to me, as someone who has lived in the area all their life, to ensure that the schools that I feel make our local community are prosperous for the future community and perhaps one day, even my own future children.