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Woodside Primary School

Believe, Achieve, Succeed


Welcome to our Governors' section. 

Woodside Primary School part of the Ivy Learning Trust. The overarching responsibility for governance of the Trust and its schools lies with the Trust Board. The Trustees are responsible for setting and monitoring strategic objectives, as well as compliance with charity and company law and the Trust’s funding agreements.


Each School within the Trust has a Local Governing Body (LGB). We are responsible for monitoring and evaluating standards and pupils’ achievements. We act as a critical friend to the headteacher and work both with her and with the Trust Board. The Local Governing Body meets at least once a term and our minutes can be found on the school website within the governors page.


School governors are ordinary people from the local community who wish to make a positive contribution to children’s education. They are the largest volunteer force in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards. Governors are not involved in the day-to-day management of the school.


Almost anyone can become a school governor and you can find out more information here. All new governors receive training and support from Ivy Learning Trust and their fellow governors. If you are interested in assisting the School in this way, please contact


Further information can be found on the Ivy Learning Trust website. Please see link above. 



Samantha Kersley

Chair of Governors

Inclusion Governor (joint)

Trust Appointed 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:



Rubbina Umar

Vice 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


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

Inclusion Governor (joint)

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

Inclusion Governor (joint)

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:




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.

Business/ finance interests in the school:



Linda Foster

Trust appointed 

I am passionate about teaching and learning, having spent the best part of my career as a teacher, manager and leader in the education sector. I have a degree in Dance and Education, and have continued to work in London’s creative sector alongside teaching and bringing up a family of four children. My interest is in pedagogy, quality assurance and arts education. Education is transformational and I regard it as a privilege to be able to be part of the life of Woodside Primary School, where the pupils are on the first and vitally important stages of their learning journeys.

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Eleni McDowell

Parent Governor 


I’m so excited and delighted by the opportunity to join this lovely team of dedicated governors to support the school.

I have spent many years teaching dance, performing arts and fitness after training at The Urdang Academy , to then have a career on stage.  I also took time out by traveling the world, working as a flight attendant for a long haul airline, Air New Zealand. I still continue to teach and work as a pharmacy adviser alongside looking after my family.

My experience over the years through my work, I can put to good use, by using my skills of compassion, empathy and being able to be there for both parents and the children to support the school in maintaining a good education and opportunities that the children deserve.

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