Mrs Margaret Knight ~ Chair
Area of focus – Numeracy
Curriculum, Ethos and Finance and Audit committee
Date of appointment: 01/11/2015
I have lived in the Woodford Valley since marrying over 30 years ago and both our children attended Woodford Valley Primary school when they were younger, having a very happy and successful time here. When I retired from my teaching career of 40 years (mostly in middle schools) I offered some help to Woodford Valley Academy and this led to an invitation to become a Governor and now to taking on the role of Chair of Governors. It is important to me that the Chair of Governors should be ‘visible’ in the school and, apart from getting to know the staff and pupils through my continuing contact on the teaching side, I attend PTA meetings and events as well as Parents Evenings and other occasions, hoping to get to know parents as well.
Mrs Sophie Soar
Area of Focus – Literacy
Curriculum Committee (chair)
Date of appointment: 01/09/2019
I have two sons at Woodford. I am a freelance Music Therapist, working in mental health across all age groups, and I am also a freelance proofreader. In my spare time, I play the drum in a pipe band, play the fiddle in a ceilidh band and am studying part-time for an MA.
Mrs Verena Huntley
Area of Focus Early Years and Art
Buildings and Sites committee
Date of appointment: 01/09/2015
I was previously parent governor for 12 years having had 3 children at the school between 1996 and 2012. My specialist area is Early Years and I run Little Orchard Preschool. My reasons for being a governor is to promote the safeguarding, wellbeing and education of the children in a school whose ethos I share.
Mrs Amanda Iles
Area of focus – Music
Buildings and Ethos committee
Date of appointment: 12/03/2019
I have lived in the valley for over twenty-five years and my daughter has just started at the school. As a foundation governor I hope to further strengthen the school’s links with the local church and wider community.
Mrs Fiona Makin
Area of Focus – SEN and Modern Foreign Languages
Curriculum and Ethos Committee
Date of Appointment: 20/5/2021
I have lived in Salisbury since 2006 and work for the NCT. I enjoy aerobics and have taken up beginners tap lessons.
Mr Steve Fair
Area of Focus – PE
Date of appointment: 30/06/2020
Rev Dr Mike Perry
Area of Focus: ICT
Date of appointment: 01/09/2017
Vicar of the Woodford Valley with Archers Gate, Foundation Governor and Trustee of Woodford Academy. I have been a vicar for just over twenty years, with the last six in the Woodford Valley. With a background in research biology I have a passion for Christian care of the natural world and issues of global justice.
Mrs Caroline Holt
Area of focus: Child Protection and PSHE
Buildings and Ethos Committee
Date of Appointment 01/09/2020
I first worked with the school when I was school liaison officer in Wiltshire police delivering talks and running the local junior good citizen scheme. My daughter joined the school in reception and thoroughly enjoyed her whole schooling, leaving to join south wilts grammar school in 2015. After retiring from the police I was chair of the PTA for 2 years and I now work for Wiltshire council as an education welfare officer. As a governor I recognise how special the school is and will work to ensure it continues to enable all pupils achieve their full potential. In my spare time I enjoy gardening and reading.
Mrs Susie Vivian
Area of focus: Design & Technology
Finance and Audit and Ethos Committee
Date of Appointment – 13/01/2021
I’ve lived in the Woodford Valley for the last 10 years. I’m a member of the local church and also on the committee for The Woodford Valley Village Market and Cafe. My background is in business and I was managing director of a marketing communications agency for a number of years. I’m currently a director of my husband’s training & coaching company with responsibility for finance.
I’m also a researcher for a media database company and a telephone bidder for a local auction house.
Mrs Rebecca Carson
Curriculum, Finance and Audit Committee
Date of appointment: 01/06/2012
Head teacher and a member of the of Finance Committee. I have been the head for the last thirteen years and a member of staff since 1994. I am a new head teacher mentor, a member of the executive committee for the SAS (Salisbury Association of Schools and PHF (Primary Head’s Forum) I love gardening, reading and being with family in my spare time.
Mrs Donna Young
Ethos (chair) Buildings and Sites Committee (chair)
Date of appointment: 11/09/2020
I am the school’s deputy head. Outside of school I like to walk my dog and enjoy keep fit..
Mrs Rachel Martin
School Business Manager, Clerk to the Governors
Finance and Audit Committee
Date of appointment: 01/09/2021
All terms of office are 4 years.
The annual accounts, on the academy information page, detail attendance records at governing body and committee meetings and pecuniary interests.
Minutes of meetings are available on request.
Contact details for the Clerk to the Governors:
Mrs Rachel Martin