Introduction of Chair of Governors

Welcome from the governors here at Woodlea. We work as a team with the Head teacher for the benefit of all the pupils and staff.

All Governors are volunteers and have a diverse background. We’re here to give the school a strategic direction and to act as ‘a critical friend’ - helping to guide the school and improve the standard of education for all our children. Governors take an active role at Woodlea, not only in attending regular meetings, but also in attending numerous school functions and events. Governors also undertake visits to classrooms during lessons, help out with school visits and take part in governor week, an annual event.

Governors don’t get involved in the day-to-day operation of the school, but together with the Head teacher, set the strategy and criteria by which the school is managed. Governors ensure that local and national government legislation and targets are either met or being worked towards and that Woodlea continues to be well led, effectively managed and well maintained. Also that it works within budget, and there is a clear focus by all staff on the educational attainment and well-being of our children. Importantly Governors ensure that a broad and balanced curriculum is delivered to benefit all of our children.

Governors continue to be reassured that the school facilitates, encourages and supports children’s educational needs and continues to embed a culture of personal and shared values, respect, tolerance and individual achievement. These views were mirrored in the findings of the most recent Ofsted inspection conducted in 2019.

The school has in place a School Improvement Plan, a working document that identifies and drives forward opportunities for improvement or further development of the school. Similarly, there is in place a Governance Development Plan which aims to identify where improvements can be made in the governance arrangements of the school and to drive that improvement.

Woodlea Primary School strives to inspire, guide and prepare our children for the next stage in their education and is held in high regard as a place of learning. This is made possible by the commitment and efforts of all staff, parents and pupils of which they should feel PROUD.

If you want to contact us, then we’d be happy to hear from you; please contact Ken Reed, Chair to Governing Body at Woodlea Primary

Mr Ken Reed, Chair of Governors, On behalf of the Governing Body



Equality Information


If you would like to discuss anything with a member of our Governing Body, please ring the school office on 0191 3852675 so this can be arranged. 


Register of Interests

Committee Terms of Reference

Governor Skills Audit January 2020

Governor training record September 2023

Governor Pen Portraits

How To Become A School Governor

If you require further information on the roles and responsibilities of School Governors or you are interested in becoming one, visit the Durham County Council website School Governor section.

Meeting Dates

All meetings start at 4:45pm unless otherwise stated

  Autumn 2023 Spring 2024 Summer 2024
Full Governors

Tuesday 10th October

Tuesday 6th February

Tuesday 21st May
Achievement & Standards Tuesday 14th November Tuesday 12th March Tuesday 16th July
Curriculum Development Tuesday 21st November Tuesday 5th March Tuesday 2nd July
 Finance & Premises Tuesday 5th December Tuesday 26th March Tuesday 4th June
Pay Review / First Tuesday 10th October N/A N/A



Statutory Guidance for Governing Bodies

Woodlea Primary School adheres to the statutory guidance from the Department of Education. This means that governing bodies must have regard to it when carrying out duties relating to the constitution of governing bodies in maintained schools.

For further information please view or download the full document below.

The Constitution of Governing Bodies of Maintained Schools (Updated Sept 2016)