School Name

Wildground Federation

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School Name

Wildground Federation


Welcome to our Governors’ section. 

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.


The Role of the Governing Body
The Governing Body are a team of volunteers who provide support and guidance to the Senior Leadership Team and Staff and is collectively responsible for setting the strategic direction of the school and for monitoring the schools performance.


The Governing Body has three main roles:

  • Strategic The Governing Body sets the general direction of the Infant and Junior School, looking at how they should best develop. This is done by reviewing and agreeing policies, targets & priorities and monitoring and reviewing aims & school objectives.

  • Critical Friend The Governing Body must work closely with the Senior Leadership Team and create a clear understanding of the challenges faced in managing the two schools. The Governing Body must feel able to question and challenge, real critical friendship is only achieved where there is trust and mutual respect.

  • Accountability A school is a business and its stakeholders are the pupils. The Governing Body must have a professional attitude and use its collective skills to benefit the pupils. It must gather views, ask questions and decide what is best for the schools. The Governing Body is answerable to parents and the wider community.


What do Governors do? 

See below two Governor Impact Reports from 2019-2020 and 2018-2019 showing a summary of activities from the Governing Body over the last couple of academic years.

The Structure of the Governing Body.

In September 2018 a change in structure from Committee Led to a Flat Governance structure for the Governing Body was proposed and accepted unanimously.  Prior to this date the governing body was split into two main committees being a Resources Committee and a Strategy Committee.  There were 6 Full Governing Board meetings, 5 Resource Committee meetings and 4 Strategy Committee meetings a year.  By moving to a Flat Governance structure, hence disbanding the requirement for the Resources Committee and Strategy Committee, all members of the Governing Body attend all meetings and discuss all areas of the Federation.  We now hold 10 Full Governing Board meetings a year.

Name Position Who Appointed Current Term of Office Start & End Dates Term of Office Business; Pecuniary & Material Interests Responsibilities Governance Roles in Other Educational Institutions
Debbie Sawyer Chair Co-Opted Governor - proposed by Fiona Western - Accepted by FGB 7/10/17 - 6/10/21 2 None
  • Chair of Governors
  • Western Governors Forum Representative
  • Staff Pay Panel
  • Safeguarding Governor
  • Marketing Link
  • Governor Visits Link
  • RE Subject Link
  • Art Subject Link
Hannah Mitchell Vice Chair Co-Opted Governor - Proposed by Fiona Western - Accepted by FGB 23/11/17 - 22/11/21 1 None
  • Vice Chair of Governors
  • Staff Pay Panel (Chair)
  • Finance Link
  • PSHE Subject Link
  • DT Subject Link
Paul Stevens DTG Co-Opted - Proposed by Debbie Sawyer - Accepted by FGB 19/9/19 - 18/9/23 1 None
  • Development & Training Governor
  • Exec HT Performance Panel (Chair)
  • Staff Pay Panel
  • Geography Subject Link
  • Modern Foreign Languages Subject Link
Amanda Mullett Exec HT Exec HT 7/10/13 - N/A Ongoing as Exec HT Staff
  • Executive Headteacher
Anneka Schofield   Parent Governor - Parent Elected 25/1/18 - 24/1/22 1 Works for Conservation Organisation RSPB - Use of New Forest Site for Forest School Activities.  No Charge to school.
  • Safeguarding Governor
  • Forest Schools Link
  • Science Subject Link
  • Sports/PE Subject Link
Matthew Hawes   Parent Governor - elected by Parent Recruitment Process 04/10/19 - 03/10/23 1 None
  • Health & Safety Link
  • History Subject Link
  • Music Subject Link
Jessica Spacagna   Staff Governor - Staff Elected 12/10/18 - 11/10/22 1 Staff
  • Behaviour & Attitudes Link
  • Pupil Link
Julia Stevens   Co-Opted Governor - Proposed by Debbie Sawyer - Accepted by FGB 24/05/18 - 23/05/22 1 Staff
  • Personal Development Link
  • Staff Link
Zoe Snow   Co-Opted Governor - Proposed by Debbie Sawyer - Accepted by FGB 12/12/19 - 11/12/23 1

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  • SEN Link
  • English Subject Link
Thomas Reynolds   Co-Opted Governor - Proposed by Debbie Sawyer - Accepted by FGB 23/01/20 - 22/01/24 1 None
  • Exec HT Performance Panel
  • Behaviour & Attitudes Link
  • Maths Link
Fiona Western   Co-Opted Governor 17/09/2020 - 16/09/2024 5 None
  • Exec HT Performance Panel
  • Personal Development Link
  • ICT Subject Link
Vacant Position   LA Governor          
Marika Johnson   Clerk 8/11/18 - ongoing   Admin Staff
  • Clerk to Governing Body
  • Policies Link
Member of Preschool Committee at Orchard Preschool
Deb Summers   Associate Member     Staff
  • Head of School Infants
Lisa Taylor   Associate Member     Staff
  • Head of School Juniors
Parent Governor at Noadswood
Janice Chainey   Resigned 12/7/18 - 27/02/20 1 None    
Alice Willis   Resigned 11/07/19 - 12/12/19 1 None   None


When governors are appointed to a governing body, they are entitled to keep their appointment for a whole Term of Office which is 4 years.  Within this table, the Current Term of Office Start & End dates refer to the latest term that the governor is serving.  The Term of Office column signifies the Current Term of office that the governor is serving within.  E.g. if a governor has been identified in this table as being in Term of Office 1, then the Start and End dates are representative of their initial appointment as a governor.  Where the Term is a number greater than 1, they have already served the number of previous terms in blocks of 4 years prior to the start date shown in this table.  (i.e. if they are in their 3rd term of office, they have already served 8 years (2 * 4 year terms) as a governor previous to the dates shown here)

Wildground Federation Governing Body encourages interest from members of our community in finding out more about the work we do.  Please see page Governors Information for more details on the background of each Governor and Governors Attendance for information on attendance figures at meetings over the last academic year.  If you are interested in joining Wildground Federation Governing Body, please see our Governors Vacancies page.


If you wish to contact the Governing Body - please choose from:

Debbie Sawyer, Chair of Governors on

Marika Johnson, Clerk to the Governing Body on