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Wildground Federation

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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 a Governor's Impact Report from 2018-2019 showing a summary of activities from the Governing Body.

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
  • Exec HT Performance Panel (Chair)
  • Staff Pay Panel
  • Safeguarding Link
  • SEN Link
  • Marketing Link
  • Quality of Education Link
  • Western Governors Forum Representative
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
Paul Stevens DTG Co-Opted - Proposed by Debbie Sawyer - Accepted by FGB 19/9/19 - 18/9/23 1 None
  • Development & Training Governor
  • Staff Pay Panel
  • Quality of Education 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 None
  • Safeguarding Governor
  • Forest Schools Link
Matthew Hawes   Parent Governor - elected by Parent Recruitment Process 04/10/19 - 03/10/23 1 None
  • Health & Safety Link
Janice Chainey   LA Governor - Proposed by Cllr Malcome Wade - Accepted by FGB 12/7/18 - 11/7/22 1 None
  • Exec HT Performance Panel
  • Quality of Education Link
  • Personal Development Link
Jessica Spacagna   Staff Governor - Staff Elected 12/10/18 - 11/10/22 1 Staff
  • Behaviour & Attitudes Link
Julia Stevens   Co-Opted Governor - Proposed by Debbie Sawyer - Accepted by FGB 24/05/18 - 23/05/22 1 Staff
  • Staff Link
Alice Willis   Co-Opted proposed by Debbie Sawyer accepted by FGB 11/07/19 - 10/07/23 1 None
  • Quality of Education Link
Vacant Position   Co-Opted Governor          
Vacant Position   Co-Opted Governor          
Marika Johnson   Clerk 8/11/18 - ongoing   Admin Staff
  • Clerk to Governing Body
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
Fiona Western   Resigned 10/10/17 - 14/11/19 5 None
  • Resigned from Co-Opted Governor position in November 2019
Carol Moody   Resigned 7/10/17 - 31/08/19 2 None
  • Resigned from Co-Opted Governor position in August 2019


Ben Walmsley   Resigned 23/11/17 - 11/07/19 1 None
  • Resigned from Parent Governor position in July 2019


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