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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

Trust Appointed Governor


Being a parent of six wonderful children, three of whom have been through the Woodside journey and are now at secondary and sixth form and three of whom are currently at Woodside, I have always been interested in the education of children, particularly my own and so I became a governor at Woodside when my older children were attending 10 years ago.

I have been brought up always taught to value a good education and myself went to University and completed an Honours Degree in Chemistry and a PGCE in Secondary Science.

I was and continue to be involved in setting up and running Broxbourne Muslim Community (BMC) and I work with Ware Community Muslims (WCM) helping organise and run events for the community both faith, inter-faith and non-faith, in Hertfordshire and in Enfield, all as a volunteer.

I am currently involved with setting up Broxbournes' first interfaith organisation and sit on the Standard Advisory Council for RE (SACRE) in Enfield and the Herts Inter Faith Forum (HIFF).


Business/ finance interests in the school:



Caroline Ginty



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 may be called to quote for relevant jobs in line with procurement procedures- declared to governing body


Penny Mukherji

Deputy Chair 

Trust Appointed Governor

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.


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Chris Theodoulou

Trust Appointed Governor

I have been a teacher at Eastfield Primary (a school within the Ivy trust) for 7 years now, and have just recently moved to the Goffs Oak area. Prior to this, I ran my own house renovating company and I was an area manager running a number of after school clubs in Highgate. All of which was done after completing my degree in Sport & Exercise Science.

Becoming a Governor has been something I have wanted to do for some time now so that I can enhance my understanding of the inner school workings, and help promote the importance of education, helping to provide children with the best possible start.

Being a part of the Woodside local governing board will give me the opportunity to build valuable relations, by sharing my experiences and understanding of education. I hope this will help Woodside continue to promote a love for learning, and assist in providing the children with greater opportunities for their future knowledge and development


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Sophie Everist

Trust Appointed Governor


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-Churchgate Academy since 2018 after previously working at Goffs Academy. My current working roles are English Teacher and Head of Literacy, both of which I enjoy equally.

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.


Will Dakin

Parent Governor


I live in Cheshunt with my family and I have a son who is a pupil at the school. I have worked for over 30 years within public and private sector organisations abroad and in the UK in areas of management and strategic operations.

I value the importance of children’s education to enable them to develop and achieve their full potential. I am a strong believer of life-long learning having gained an honours degree in social science, a post-graduate degree in corporate risk and I have recently completed an MBA.

I help raise money for charities for children who have become victims of crime.

Business/ finance interests in the school:



Samantha Kersley

Parent Governor


I am the Mum of a gorgeous little girl in Year 1 and I specifically chose Woodside as I fell in love with it on my first visit.  I currently hold a management position for a local Financial Services organisation and have a Master’s Degree in Human Resources.  I have over 15 years’ experience working with people as a HR Manager and believe I will be able to bring this experience to good use within the parent governor role.

Business/ finance interests in the school:



Nicola Boyd

Staff Governor 


I’m no stranger to the world of education. I’ve worked for the last 15 years as a TA & HLTA in a school in Hertfordshire  taking on different roles within that  same school.

I have lived in Cheshunt all my life ,  so has my family,  I have  a wonderful son who has now finished his education.

My position at Woodside affords me the opportunity to build relationships with both teachers  and  support staff, meaning I have a good understanding of what happens in the classroom, as well as behind the scenes. 

I’m excited by the opportunity to join the existing dedicated governors to support the school.. I am confident that I can contribute many of the relevant skills required and  I have the experience needed to support the school in achieving  its goal,  whilst ensuring that the school maintains its values. 

I am truly passionate about the education that children receive and have a desire to ensure that every child gets the best possible education and opportunity to succeed in life.


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