Endeavour MAT

Wilmington Grammar School for Girls is part of Endeavour MAT, which has its own website to explain the overall strategic Trust structure. At local level however, each school has its own Local Governing Body (LGB).

A message from John Webster, Chair of Local Governing Body:

John websterIt is both a responsibility and a privilege to be Chair of Governors. WGSG is special because its focus is broader than purely academic performance. Staff, students, parents, and governors work together in different ways to ensure that students achieve all that they are able, both academically and in terms of personal development.

Within the Endeavour Trust, the role of our local governing body is strategic, to oversee the direction and policies of the school, to monitor its standards and be responsible to the Trust Board for its conduct and performance. We also support the work of our excellent Head Teacher and her senior leadership team, who are responsible for the day-to-day running of the school.

Our Governors have different backgrounds, providing different perspectives, but having a common interest in helping WGSG build on its strengths. We learn more about our school through staff briefings and visits and conversations with staff, students, and parents. All the Governors have a deep commitment to the continued success of the school, ensuring that our students achieve their full potential, within a caring, harmonious, and supportive environment.

Being a governor is an important role; training is provided. If you are interested in learning more, please contact the Clerk to the Governors via the school office.

John Webster chairs the LGB at Wilmington Grammar School for Girls. To contact John Webster, please email marking your message for his attention.

Membership of the Local Governing Body

Governing Body

Term of Office

Appointed by

John Webster


John is married to Jenny, with three grown-up daughters, two of whom are currently living in Botswana. John is now retired from 12 years as a Civil Servant making competition work in the CMA after 25 years in banking, working on the dark side! Initially an economist, he moved to financial analysis as a management accountant.

In his retired life, John remains the under-gardener at home. He is active as a Licenced Lay Minister (formally a Reader) in the Church of England and volunteer for Prison Fellowship, facilitating on a course focussed on restorative justice at HMP Rochester. John had been looking for the right role as a school governor and hopes to add value to Wilmington Girls Grammar School.

11.03.20-10.03.26 Trust
Joy Price (Vice Chair)

Joy has been a Governor for the last 10 years at WGSG and previously for 8 years at her daughters’ primary school as a parent governor where she was Vice Chair and then Chair for 4 years. She was a staff governor at WGSG for many years and is now a community governor.  Prior to joining the governing board for WGSG Joy was the Finance Trustee of a local children's registered charity for 15 years.

Joy has worked in the Education Sector for the last 19 years both in primary and secondary and prior to this, worked for 15 years in IT as project manager and systems designer of finance and information management systems.  Joy is the governor with responsibility for health and safety and works with the Chair of Governors on safeguarding and parent and student voice.

18.09.19-17.09.25 Trust

Michelle Lawson

Mrs Lawson has focused her educational career around instilling in young people a love of learning and a demand to explore the ‘big questions’ that life throws at them.  As a self-confessed philosophical geek she is never happy with the simple answer and always strives to open up the students to the world of alternative possibility. Mrs Lawson is determined that Wilmington Grammar School for Girls continues to meet the demands of an ever-changing world, by equipping its students with the resilience and determination to overcome the obstacles that life can throw, whilst supporting them to grow as intellectually independent thinkers capable of coping within an increasing stressful world.  N/A Ex-officio

Shola Ojo

Mrs Ojo joined the Governing Body in 2010. She was a Local Authority Governor for many years and is now a Community Governor. Mrs Ojo is a qualified accountant with many years experience in local government finance. She is one of two Governors with the responsibility of financial monitoring and more recently student careers.

01.09.19-31.08.25 Trust
Laura Iles

Laura has worked as a teacher at WGSG since 2016. She is currently Head of Physical Education and PSHE. She is mum to two boys who keep her busy in her spare time. Laura was elected as staff governor in February 2021 and is keen to support the school in providing all students with the best possible education whilst ensuring each individual reaches their true potential. 

25.02.21-24.02.27 Staff
Manjit Gill

Manjit joined the Local Governing Body as Parent Govenor in November 2022.  After graduating with a Business Studies degree, she then acquired a wealth of experience in management, sales and marketing in the Conference & Exhibition sector.  Her career has allowed her to travel the world which has broadened her outlook and enhanced her professional ability across commerce.

Manjit is a good empathetic communicator being able to understand and bring forward multiple ideas to help achieve a wider goal for the partners she has worked with.

Manjit has a dedicated interest in her role a Parent Govenor, she hopes her skills and experience will enable her to contribute new ideas towards the WGSG vision to improve the outcomes of the students, staff and overall management of WGSG.

08.11.22-07.11.25 Parents
Nishita Rana

Nishita joined the Governing Body on 15th November 2023.

15.11.23-14.11.26 Staff
Gurpreet Singh Jandu

Gurpreet joined the Governing Body on 18 December 2023. Having studied for a BSc in Biology, and then a Master's degree in Applied Biology (Infectious Diseases and Virology), Gurpreet has been working in the MedTech sector in various commercial divisions, primarily as a Medical Affairs or Clinical Affairs specialist. He also studied further for a Graduate Diploma in Law and has completed in-house work-related courses during his employment.

As a keen athlete and UKA official, as well as having an overall interest in sports for children and adults alike, Gurpreet is involved with a local athletics club and assists with the running of various league and club events. In 2023 he completed both the National 3 Peaks challenge and the Yorkshire 3 Peaks challenge in under 24h and 12h respectively (the target times for both challenges), whilst raising money for Make-A-Wish.

Approachable, committed, and not afraid to ask questions, Gurpreet has a daughter at WGSG and so is keen to bring some of his experience and skills to the Governing Body in order to achieve the best outcomes for the students, staff, and school.

18.12.23-17.12.26 Parents
Neil Benson   19.02.20
Michael Isola   01.07.20
Stephen Thomas   01.07.20
Michele Dooley   18.11.20
Diane Connell   31.08.21
Chetan Kotecha   12.07.22
Laura Wakeling   02.03.23
Bridget Ampofo   18.05.23
Laura Wakeling   31.07.23
Catherine Goodhind   10.11.23


Governor Responsibility
Joy Price Safeguarding
John Webster, Laura Iles & Manjit Gill Education / SEND / Pupil Premium
Joy Price & Laura Iles Sixth Form
Joy Price Health and Safety
John Webster & Shola Ojo  Finance
John Webster & Joy Price Leadership, Management and Coaching
TBA CPD and Development

Wilmington Grammar School for Girls is part of Endeavour MAT. For Trust level information please visit: